What is the purpose for these? Are they just for show. If you have your reception at a Country Club the people serving the cake don't really use them, do they? I could see the knife so the bride and groom can cut the cake, but do they really need the server? I have a bride asking because she wants to use her grandmother's set but can only find the knife.
I don't think the server uses them. I was always under the impression it's more for photos & a keepsake for the B&G.
My daughters wedding was just March 8th and the country club we held the reception at used the knife and server for the main Bridal Cake.
I made 15 cakes for it and we provided knives and servers for each cake.
The country club only cut the main bridal cake but did use the ones we provided.
I know I always bring my own cake-cutting tools, my own knife and my cake cutting comb. The server ... which as a pointy tip .... is pretty useless when cutting rectangle pieces. I would bet it's a carry-over from the days when cake was still cut in pie-wedge-shaped pieces.
I actually rarely see them on tables anymore. Most of my brides even use my knife rather than spend money on something they are only going to use once.
I wouldn't worry too much about the server... As I recall, for my wedding and my brother's, we both just used the knife to cut the cake for pictures (small piece), and then just turned the knife sideways as a "server". Hope that helps!
I was thinking along the same lines as all of you (that the server was basically useless). However, I just wanted to check. The mother of this bride is kind of freaking and wants everything to be just perfect and politically correct.
Oh Geesh! A "posta" mom!
"You're 'POSTA have a knife and server at your wedding!"
Too funny Indydebi -
My wedding planner/cake slicer thanked me a million times over for having a knife AND server. She said it helps a lot to have the two. I guess its all just preference. I want a cake comb, personally.
Monica, I agree you need two utensils to properly cut-n-serve a cake. I just MUCH prefer the cake comb over a pointy-tipped server!
I still think you could get by with just the knife for the PICTURES of the bride and groom cutting the cake. For the actual serving, I don't think it matters if it's a heirloom piece or not. Just something functional.