The tradition of cutting the wedding cake at weddings in the New Orleans area is preceded by another ritual tradition: unmarried female friends of the bride each “pull a ribbon,” to which a silver charm or “favour” is attached, from the cake.  Charms can include a ring, a heart, a thimble, a button, a horseshoe, and a clover, each with a traditional meaning. Typically, each woman or young girl holds on to a ribbon as a photograph is taken and then all “pull” simultaneously on cue. 

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