Sometimes the best traditions are the ones we make ourselves and the cake is no exception. An old supervisor of mine got married at a picnic area outside of Hershey Park. The town of Hershey is charming and filled with clever nods to the ubiquitous candy bar. Out of all the kitchy touches, my favorite are the Hershey Kiss shaped streetlamps. The area is permeated with a savory olfactory smackdown of chocolate scented air from the factory. The wedding was a morning affair, with a light luncheon picnic, and then the reception was--you guessed it--riding the rides and touring the park in our wedding attire. And, of course, the dessert was each guest received a simple bar of Hershey's chocolate with delightful personalized wrappers. Instead of a photobooth, the bride and groom had arranged to purchase the souvenir roller coaster images of our groups, similar to this family's photo. One of the traditions that didn't even come to pass was the traditional three tiered wedding cake and its cutting. We didn't notice, mainly because the whole affair was simply different than most weddings from soup to nuts, but still...it was exciting that the couple bucked tradition and went with their own wedding themed chocolate-lovers dessert!
The wedding cake is delicious and wonderful tradition, but with so many other adorable alternatives, why not consider something completely different--like these great ideas: