The southern tradition of a charm pull was originally called ribbon pulling. Wedding charms date back to Victorian times. There are typcally 12 charms attached to ribbons. The charms are placed in the bottom layer of the wedding cake with the ribbons fanning out around the perimeter of the cake.
Each charm has a specific meaning or prediction of the future.
Ring: Upcoming marriage
Heart: New love
Kite: Fun and leisurely life
Fleur-de-Lis: Love will blossom, prosperity
Four Leaf Clover: Lucky in life
Anchor: Adventure awaits
Red Bean: Good luck
Star: Wish comes true
Hot Air Balloon: A life of travel and adventure
Butterfly: Eternal beauty
Wreath: Contented life
Bridesmaids, family members or friends are usually asked to participate in the pull. The cake pull takes place right before the cake is cut. After the pull the charms are normally kept as gift by those who participated. The charms can be ordered from many online sites such as Etsy. Tell us if you have participated in a charm pull and which charm did you receive?
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