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Handpicked Unique Wedding Cake Toppers

Updated on April 22, 2014

Because Each Wedding Couple is Unique, So Should Their Wedding Cake Topper

Are you searching for a wedding cake topper that expresses your and your spouse-to-be's personalities, occupations, hobbies or leisure pursuits? Then a unique wedding cake topper is the answer.

Unique wedding cake toppers are unquestionably as distinct as each bride and groom and there is virtually no limit to the types, kinds, sizes and styles of unique toppers available. The hardest part will be in deciding which one{s} you want!

Since your wedding is such a defining moment in your life, make the most of the process of finding the absolute best unique topper for your unique wedding cake. In this article, I will cover a little wedding cake topper history, some important decisions to make before looking for your topper, and finally I will share with you some of my very favorite unique wedding cake toppers.

Enjoy!

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Wedding Cake Toppers From the Past

The specific origin of wedding cake toppers is unsure, although references are made to them in the early 1800s.

These toppers, in the form of roses, birds or cherubs, were oftentimes made with hardened sugar, gum paste, or marzipan, a sweet paste created with ground almonds and sugar, typically with egg whites or yolks, which could easily be molded.

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Royal Trendsetters: England's Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg

The importance of wedding cake toppers developed mainly because of the marriage of Great Britain's Queen Victoria to Prince Albert of Saxony in 1840, where figures of the royal couple adorned the top of their wedding cake.

The use of marzipan for toppers gave way to wax, then celluloid, and subsequently porcelain, glass and plastic became popular topper alternatives.

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What to Do Before You Choose Your Unique Wedding Cake Topper - First Things First

Here are just a few tips to consider when thinking about your topper, particularly if you are looking into having a tiered cake:

1. It is suggested that you choose your wedding cake topper AFTER you choose your dress and your wedding reception venue, mainly because the former will undoubtedly be considerably influenced by the latter. The bride and her wedding gown occupies center stage in a wedding event, and the wedding cake, along with its topper, comes in a close second.

2. Make your topper selection in keeping with the diameter or size of the top layer. If the topper is larger than the top tier, it can appear awkward and out of scale.

3. Do not include heavy heirlooms or family keepsakes, as their size and/or weight might cause them to sink into the cake. If you are unsure, you might want to have a discussion with your pastry chef or cake person.

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Beach-Inspired Wedding Cake Toppers

Are you planning a beach-themed wedding or going all out for a destination wedding to a tropical locale? Check out Island Brides for ideas and inspiration for your own beach-theme or dream tropical destination wedding.

Whether your tropical-influenced wedding is local or you exchange your vows beachside, under the palms, consider incorporating one of these beach-inspired wedding cake toppers for the perfect finishing touch!

Unique Acrylic Wedding Cake Toppers - Options abound!

There are so many variations of acrylic wedding cake toppers it boggles the mind. They are available in round, square, heart-shaped, fleur de lis, vintage and snowflake styles. They can be customized with one or more monograms, the wedding couple's names and wedding date, or any combination thereof. These acrylic toppers are often clear, but a variety of colors are also offered to coordinate with your wedding's color scheme.

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Acrylic Wedding Cake Toppers from Amazon

Bring in Some Bling with Crystal Wedding Cake Toppers - If a little bling is good, isn't more better?

This large, heavily-encrusted crystal medallion starburst (or snowflake) topper, along with its three smaller medallions, make an elegant statement on the simplest wedding cake. If the cake is too austere, consider wrapping each tier with rhinestone ribbon.

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Fit for a Princess - Perfect for her special day

If you have always dreamed of being the princess bride in a fairy-tale wedding, your big day would not be complete without a sparkling crown atop an elegant wedding cake. This regal topper is studded with dozens of rhinestone teardrops in a stunning 360-degree design.

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Parlez Vous Francais? - For French or Parisian Themed Weddings

There is nothing shy or retiring about this spectacular Swarovski crystal Fleur de Lis wedding cake topper! It will surely take center stage when adorning the top of the confectionery masterpiece that is your wedding cake. The Fleur de Lis is appropriately-sized at 8.5" high and 3.5" wide.

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Take a Trip Down Memory Lane - For Vintage Themed Weddings

Go with a family heirloom wedding cake topper or comb antique and collectible shops, eBay and the internet for a vintage topper. Another strategy might be to utilize a delicate, old-fashioned teacup and saucer to put atop your cake. Fill it with fresh or gum paste flowers that go with your other wedding blooms for a lovely trip down memory lane.

The vintage bride and groom in the picture, above, are authentic Goebel wedding day figurines from 1925.

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Love for Always - L'Amour Toujours

This elegant topper was nspired by the Art Deco era. The vintage inspired bride and groom stand in front of a sparkling Eiffel Tower and tiny stars encircle them. They stand atop a ribbon cut banner that reads: "L'amour Toujours" ( Love for Always). This banner can be customized. It measures 5 inches tall and is 4.5 inches at its widest point and is hand painted on matte cover stock.

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Share your thoughts! - Do you have a favorite unique wedding cake topper?

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      wecomparebooks 5 years ago

      Mmm... Wedding Cake

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      Wow - some people put a lot of thought into the cake topper...

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Really some unique and beautiful wedding cake toppers!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      My daughter is marrying this summer and I have not even heard her say what they will be using as a wedding cake topper yet. There are so very many to choose from.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I liked the image of the couples' names and the date of their wedding. I like these unique cake toppers because the traditional man and woman cake toppers can be kind of boring. Great lens. God bless!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      I rather like the simplicity of the acrylic one with the names! :)

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      grega85 5 years ago

      This lens is very good. Thanks for sharing.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I like the "Over the Moon" topper. Great choices!