Sweet News – why do wedding cakes have tiers?

August 24, 2010

As usual when we’re talking about wedding traditions, we have to take a little walk thru history.

In 1672 Sir Christopher Wren, England’s most famed architect, designed the church in the picture to the left.  It’s the second tallest of Wren’s churches.  (He rebuilt 51 churches in London, England after the Great Fire of 1666.)  The beautiful spire was added in 1701-1703, but was later struck by lightning in 1764, resulting in a loss of eight vertical feet.    You can see the steeple is built from four octagons of decreasing diameter – just like a tiered wedding cake.

What’s the name of the church, you ask?

It’s St. Brides.


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