There is no wedding reception without a wedding cake. The tradition of wedding cake is very old, and it began in the Roman Empire, when the cake was actually a loaf of bread that the groom had to break over the bride’s head. This was a symbol of the groom dominance in the marriage and over the bride. Usually, the color of the cake is white, to symbolize purity, and the cutting of the cake by both the groom and the bride, symbolized their first task as a married couple. An average wedding cake costs $550.