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The Wedding Cake Topper: A Personal and Artistic Choice

Updated on September 26, 2017
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Wedding cakes are drenched in tradition and, historically, were meant to bring good luck and prosperity to the wedding couple and all of their guests.

As far back as the 1840s, the color white has been synonymous with wedding ceremonies, because it was a shade that represented purity and virginity. Even today, more than one hundred and seventy years later, white is still "the go to color" for traditional, and not so traditional weddings.

Why a white wedding cake? Originally, the wedding cake was known as "the bride's cake." So in keeping with a tradition of white, if a bride's dress was white, her cake would, naturally, be the same color.

When Did Cake Toppers Appear?

The exact details of the origin of cake toppers are unknown, but what is known is that they are "modern adaptations," originating as early as the 1950s.

When they first appeared, they resembled a miniature version of the bride and groom dressed in formal attire. And, as the name suggests, the cake topper sat on top of the wedding cake, as a symbol of the bridal couple's togetherness.

Traditional Wedding Cake Topper

Not Just a Decoration

Although the cake topper's original design has lasted for generations and is still popular today, it has evolved into a more personal representation of the bridal couple, one that embraces shared activities, passions, or hobbies. The result is a plethora of choices.

How to Choose Your Wedding Cake Topper

Most modern cake toppers come in a variety of styles, and are usually made of porcelain, crystal, metal, glass, acrylic, and even paper. They are also hand-blown and some are made of spun glass, silver or gold, for "maximum life and maximum beauty."

Furthermore, the most elaborate cake toppers are embellished with genuine Swarovski crystals, which makes for an elegant display and photo opportunity.

Couple with Signs Wedding Cake Topper

Army Wedding Cake Topper

Dancing Bride and Groom Wedding Cake Topper

Marine Corp Wedding Cake Topper

Where, O Where Will My Perfect Wedding Cake Topper Be?

To narrow down your choice of cake topper, begin with your wedding's theme. For example, if you're having a mythical or whimsical-themed wedding begin by perusing cake toppers in this category. Or, if your wedding's focal point will be a hobby or will be centered around your culture, begin there. You can also garner ideas by looking at custom designs.

Cinderella and her Prince Charming Wedding Cake Topper

Fairytale Wedding Cake Topper

Arabian Wedding Cake Topper

African American Wedding Cake Topper

Anju Phixr Wedding Cake Topper

Cultural Wedding Cake Topper

The Best Place to Start Your Search

The best place to start your search is on the Internet. A good keyword search, to begin with, is either "funny," or "sporty," or "humorous wedding cake toppers."

For example, a sporty cake topper may be a custom image of a wedding couple hiking, or skiing, camping, or riding on a motorcycle, whereas a humorous or funny cake topper might depict a groom dressed in formal attire with a ball and chain shackled around one ankle and his bride proudly holding the only key.

Funny Wedding Cake Topper

Funny Wedding Cake Topper

Funny Wedding Cake Topper

Bald Groom Motorcycle Wedding Cake Topper

Hockey Fan Wedding Cake Topper

Funny Wedding Cake Topper

Custom Wedding Cake Topper

Custom Wedding Cake Topper

Other Ideas?

Other ideas include numbers and initials. And, if vintage is your style, there are wedding cake toppers in this category, as well.

There are even companies that create polymer clay cake toppers in the likeness of the bride and groom sharing an activity.

If done wisely, your choice will be "a match made in heaven," and your wedding cake topper will "come to life" with the theme you have chosen.

Initial Wedding Cake Topper

Initial Wedding Cake Topper

Anniversary Wedding Cake Topper

Vintage Wedding Cake Topper

Vintage Wedding Cake Topper

Elegant Wedding Cake Design

The more refined and elegant your wedding cake design, the more intriguing it may become to find the ideal match. In this case, it is important to collaborate with your pastry chef. By collecting pictures and images of your best ideas, together, you will originate the perfect design.

In the end, your wedding cake will be a luxurious centerpiece befitting a posh display, and your wedding cake topper will be a unique and personal memento that will create lifelong memories of a joyful and momentous occasion.

Elegant Wedding Cake Topper

Elegant Wedding Cake Topper

Elegant Wedding Cake Design


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