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Top-Tier Wedding Cake Toppers

Updated on August 24, 2017

Get Hip to Top-Tier Wedding Cake Toppers

Looking for the skinny on top-tier wedding cake toppers? Get the whole scoop here! Whether you want a topper that is sleek and sophisticated, dreamy and romantic, flirty and fun, or one that can express a favorite hobby or pastime, you will discover everything you need to find the perfect topper for your perfect day!

We will cover a little wedding cake history, as well as look at some of today's current popular wedding cake trends. Once we have set the proper wedding cake stage, we will examine the most popular types of wedding cake toppers: traditional, funny, unique, monogram, and custom toppers.

By the end of this article, you will be totally hip to top-tier wedding cake toppers!


Your Wedding Cake Deserves to be Crowned with a Special Wedding Cake Topper

Marriage ceremonies are events observing the union of a bride and a groom, commemorating the start of their brand-new lives together.

In many cultures, the bride and her gown are considered to be the focal point of the occasion, closely followed by the wedding cake, which frequently is a multi-tiered, iced confectionery masterpiece.

Wedding cakes are commonly adorned with wedding cake toppers, ranging from conventional figurines of the bride and groom to jewel-encrusted crowns to just about anything one could ever imagine.


Wedding Cake Goes Back to the Roman Empire - Now that's ancient history!

The first mention of a wedding cake dates to the Roman Empire, where stories are told of a groom breaking a loaf of bread over the bride's head as a way to demonstrate his dominance within the marriage as well as over her.

A few crumbs of the bread would be gathered up and eaten in a custom referred to as "confarreatio" or "eating together".


A Current Wedding Cake Trend is the Cake Buffet - Do I have to choose just one?!

Should the wedding couple have difficulty narrowing their choice to just one cake flavor, many brides and grooms are opting for a cake buffet, supplying enough different options to suit everyone. These smaller cakes almost always have their own wedding cake topper, properly scaled to suit their more petite size.


Another Trend in Wedding Cakes Is An Individual Cake For Each Guest - To each his own (cake)

Single-serve or mini cakes have become more popular for brides today.

Available in endless variety, they offer a unique presentation opportunity. Larger than cupcakes, these individual cakes do not use cupcake liners and are most often covered with rolled fondant.

Individual cakes are perfect for more formal or contemporary weddings.


Let Them Eat (Cup)cake(s)! - A very popular trend in wedding cakes

Cupcakes have become extremely popular in the last several years, for obvious reasons:

- Cupcakes are just plain fun to eat!

- Cupcakes are the perfect size - not too much, not too little

- Cupcakes can made in different flavors, providing a variety of choice to wedding guests.

- Cupcakes are easy to DIY, making them ideal for the budget-minded bride.


Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too! - So many cake choices, so little time!

Which wedding cake trend to you prefer?

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Top Wedding Cake Idea Books

Looking for wedding cake ideas? Check out these great books for some delicious inspiration!

Wedding Cakes You Can Make: Designing, Baking, and Decorating the Perfect Wedding Cake
Wedding Cakes You Can Make: Designing, Baking, and Decorating the Perfect Wedding Cake

Full of great-tasting wedding cake combinations, like lemon-blackberry cake, raspberries and cream cake, marzipan and orange essence cake, chocolate-covered caramel cake, and chocolate-covered-cherry cake.

Need I say more?

The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating
The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating

The best how-to book on cake decorating!

Included are detailed sections on cake and cupcake baking, making fondant, buttercream frosting, whipped cream frosting, ganache, piping, royal icing, gumpaste accents, flowers, and on and on!

A must-have for anyone interesting in making and decorating cakes!

Chic & Unique Wedding Cakes: 30 Modern Designs for Romantic Celebrations
Chic & Unique Wedding Cakes: 30 Modern Designs for Romantic Celebrations

The focus on this wedding cake book is on detailing the 30 romantic designs for wedding cakes, from Damask Elegance, to Flora Abundance, to Sunset Macaroons, and more!

The Wedding Cake Book
The Wedding Cake Book

Full of great-tasting recipes that anyone can successfully make. Perfect for the bride who wants a yummy, beautiful cake!

The Contemporary Cake Decorating Bible: Over 150 Techniques and 80 Stunning Projects
The Contemporary Cake Decorating Bible: Over 150 Techniques and 80 Stunning Projects

Cake jewelry, embossing, stenciling, carving - just a few of the cake decorating topics covered in this great reference book on cake decorating.


Traditional Wedding Cake Toppers - Elegant and sophisticated

There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of different types, sizes, styles and kinds of wedding cake toppers and it is impossible to display them all here.

To give you an overview of the wide variety of toppers available, let us begin with the traditional depiction of the wedding couple.

The topper shown here is a re-creation of a vintage-style bride and groom. The bride's veil and bouquet are trimmed with 24K-gold detail. Her bouquet is also embellished with rhinestones and faux pearls, all wrapped with a fine-gauge gold wire. The base is covered with moire fabric and finished with silk welting.

There are bride and groom wedding cake toppers available in a wide array of skin tones and ethnic backgrounds.


Not So Traditional Bride and Broom Wedding Cake Topper - Comfortable and relaxed

With so many wedding couples are deciding to take their wedding to a tropical resort or beach destination, what could be more perfect than this non-traditional wedding cake topper featuring casually-dressed bride and groom all set to get their feet wet?

Click over to for fascinating details on creating your own tropical destination wedding or incorporating beach-inspired ideas as you stay local to celebrate your special day!


Lenox Fine China "First Dance" Wedding Cake Topper - The crowning touch for the wedding of your dreams

This graceful rendition of your first dance after becoming husband and wife is the ultimate expression of the union of your two lives. Remember the moment with this exquisite wedding cake topper.

Lenox Wedding Promises First Dance Fine China Cake Topper
Lenox Wedding Promises First Dance Fine China Cake Topper

Beautiful. Elegant. Timeless.

It will be a keepsake to treasure for the rest of your lives. Use it to adorn your anniversary cakes in the coming years, display it in a prominent location in your home, tell your children all about your amazing day and how magical your first dance was together. "First Dance" is a perfect memory maker!


Funny Wedding Cake Toppers - Don't take yourself so seriously!

These Lover Duckies are about to swim off to the honeymoon of their dreams, but not before floating to the top of their wedding cake!

A charming keepsake to remember your big day!


'Take to the Slopes' Wedding Cake Topper - For the skiing enthusiasts

More funny wedding cake toppers can be found involving almost every different kind of sports activity imaginable, including skiing.

All dressed up for a trip together down the snow-covered slopes of life, the bride sports a down jacket, mukluks and her wedding bouquet, leaving the groom to do the heavy lifting.

He doesn't seem to mind!


Unique Beach-Themed Wedding Cake Topper

Ideal for a beach-themed or destination wedding - or for any ocean-loving bride and groom!

The bride starfish wears an ivory dress, holding an ivory bouquet, while the groom sports a black top hat and gingham bow tie.

The handmade bride and groom are shown in an interlocked position and are not connected. They will support each other when interlocked, but can be posed any way you like.

Shown on an 8-1/2" cake, the figures are each 5" to 6" tall and 5" to 6" wide


Two-Rings Wedding Cake Topper - With this ring, I thee wed

There is nothing more unique than the love you have for your soon-to-be spouse.

Capture that feeling with this unique two-ring wedding cake topper.

Standing 5.5 inches tall and 3.75 inch wide, the diamond solitaire and wedding band sits on top of a resin base.


Monogram Wedding Cake Toppers - Give me an 'M'!

Monogram wedding cake toppers are probably the most popular type of cake toppers currently on the market.

Available in almost limitless fonts, colors and finishes, you are sure to find a monogram, or two, or three, that you absolutely love!

The topper shown here is made of brushed metal, and is about six inches high and 4.5 inches wide.


Sparkly Monogram Wedding Cake Toppers - I like my letters to gleam and glitter!

Monogram wedding cake toppers can be undecorated, partially decorated, or fully decorated.

The three initials seen in this picture have been fully decorated and are completely covered with Swarovsky crystals, making them shoot brilliant fiery sparkles everywhere.

There is a rainbow of crystal colors from which to choose, allowing easy coordination to your overall wedding color scheme.


Make Your Topper Truly Yours With a Custom Wedding Cake Toppers

There will be no mistaking whose wedding is being celebrated with this custom wedding cake topper from Etsy.

It is 5.5 inches wide and has a 2 inch cake pick for secure placement on your wedding cake.

Made from acrylic and shown in black, you can also pick from a silver mirror, gold mirror or brown finish.


Blended-Family Custom Wedding Cake Toppers

There are so many different kinds of blended families today that one size cake topper definitely does NOT fit all.

For that reason, I suggest you turn to Etsy for a totally custom wedding cake topper, especially created to display your newly-formed family.

For an additional cost, you can include cats or dogs, children, musical instruments, books or other props to your custom wedding cake topper.


What is Your Fave? - How do you lean?

Let the world know which type of wedding cake topper you prefer!

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If you have been looking for the perfect wedding cake topper for your big day, share your thoughts on the perfect one for you!

Which One of the Many Wedding Cake Toppers Available Would You Use? - Funny? Unique? Monogram? Custom? Something totally different?

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      6 years ago

      Fantastic lens! Great job! Squidlike

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      6 years ago

      Very lovely selections here - particularly the crown!

    • queenofduvetcover profile image


      6 years ago

      I agree with the comments below, the crown topper is gorgeous!

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      Pam Irie 

      7 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I LOVE the crown shown above; it's simply stunning!

    • gypsykitschpres profile image


      7 years ago

      I really like the crown! Beautiful. Wonderful lens


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