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Unveil Top Custom Wedding Cake Toppers

Updated on April 22, 2014

Fall in Love with Custom Wedding Cake Toppers

Have you met your soul mate? How wonderful! Getting married? Congratulations!

Chances are, you are right in the middle of making the dozens of decisions required to plan your big day. One of the first things which should be decided upon are the wedding ceremony and reception sites AND your wedding gown.

Once these items have been finalized, you can turn your attention to choosing your wedding cake AND its perfect topper. If you and your sweetie share one-of-a-kind personalities, you should take a moment to consider crowning your wedding cake with a one-of-a-kind cake topper.

Custom wedding cake toppers offer the perfect opportunity to completely express your unique qualities. There are literally endless custom topper possibilities, so take some time to enjoy the journey of uncovering which custom creation is just right for your special day. Whether it is romantic, vintage, quirky, colorful, fun-loving, sophisticated, or anything in between, the perfect custom topper is waiting for you!


Gum paste doves as a wedding cake topper
Gum paste doves as a wedding cake topper

History of Wedding Cake Toppers

Classic elements offer great symbolism

Wedding cake toppers have not always necessarily provided wide-ranging possibilities for the bride and groom. Although the exact moment when cake toppers became popular is hard to establish, a number of historians recognize that it appeared to be during the early part of the nineteenth century. At that time, wedding cake toppers were basically limited to fresh flowers, hand-carved figurines symbolizing the bride and groom, gum paste flowers, hearts, bells or doves. The use of doves was especially significant, since doves are one of the few creatures who mate for life, making them a particularly appropriate choice to top a wedding cake.


For the DIY Bride

Bride & Groom Cake Topper Decorating Tutorial
Bride & Groom Cake Topper Decorating Tutorial

Can't wait to put your personal stamp on your wedding? Why not make your own custom bride and groom wedding cake topper?

Make your own custom wedding cake topper with step-by-step help from this detailed book

Include all the details that set you apart from all others to create a one-of-a-kind custom wedding cake topper!


Royal Newlyweds Take the Cake

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are tops!

In 1840, the wedding involving England's Queen Victoria to Prince Albert propelled the popularity of wedding cake toppers into the mainstream, when likenesses of the royal couple appeared on their wedding cake, the top tier of which is shown here.

The entire cake, made by the Queen's Buckingham Palace Confectioner, Mr. John Maudett, was a gargantuan three hundred pounds and nine feet in diameter! A symbolic figure of Britannia stood over replicas of the bride and groom, blessing their union.

Middle-class and affluent brides-to-be of that time very quickly accepted the use of cake toppers as their own custom.


The 1927
The 1927

Manners and Marketing Motivate More Merchandise

I'd like to buy that wedding cake topper, please!

Soon after the First World War, two episodes happened which actually worked to push cake toppers into even greater use:

The first transpired in 1922, when Emily Post launched her must-have guide on etiquette and social matters, which included a detailed section on acceptable wedding protocol.

The second developed when major businesses and retail merchants, specifically Sears, Roebuck and Co., began large-scale marketing of reasonably-priced wedding cake toppers to the buying public. In 1927, the Sears catalog showed an extensive page of miniature wedding couples to be used as cake toppers. They were available for purchase as a pair and in lots of a hundred, expressly designed as party favors for the wedding attendees.


By the 1960s, Brides are Starting to Break Away From the Formal and Traditional

Just after World War II, sales of cake toppers boomed due to the myriad post-war weddings. These toppers continued to be quite basic and were considered to be a symbol of the newly-joined togetherness of the happy couple.

But the 1960s ushered in the beginning of a transition in American society, the evidence of which was felt even in the changing choices of wedding cake toppers.

Wedding couples began to desire more unique expressions of their style and interests, as shown in this vintage 1960s topper of a childlike bride and groom. Extremely popular, this style of topper was one of the factors which started the trend toward more custom wedding cake toppers.


Heavens to Etsy!

Pretty as a Peacock

These days custom wedding cake toppers are plentiful and some of the most creative and interesting toppers can be found on Etsy, including this stunning pair of beautifully beaded iridescent peacocks, accented with Swarovsky crystals, from Paris XOX.

If beading does not appeal to you, have a custom top made, using actual peacock feathers in the form of a spray.

For those brides featuring cupcakes at their weddings, edible custom peacock feather cupcake toppers are available from Jean Marie Cake Design, also found on Etsy.


A Star(fish Topper) is Born

Spend a day at the beach

If you are planning a beachfront or beach-themed wedding, think about having a custom topper made with shells gathered together with your special someone.

Choose fanciful, colorful shells to harmonize with your wedding's overall color scheme or go with pale, monochromatic shells and add pearl accents for a more sophisticated look.

Go to to learn more about beach-themed or tropical destination weddings.


Silhouette Toppers

On a bicycle built for two!

Yet another engaging recommendation from Etsy incorporates a tandem bike silhouette cake topper, made from your choice of silver, black, gold or copper wire.

It stands 5-1/2" tall and perfectly captures the wedding couple's love of a shared activity.

Ready to ride off into the sunset with your special biker?


A Picture Perfect Custom Cake Topper

Portrait of Happiness

For those seeking a personalized portrait topper, look again to Etsy for the answer. The artist utilizes your photographs, details and information for full-blown custom product.

When you have approved all the details, the portrait topper is cut from poplar wood and the design is burned onto the surface. Your names and wedding date are etched on the underside of the foundation's base, then painted with non-toxic paints.

Enhancements, such as a glittered sugar layer, can be added to highlight the bride's wedding gown. Eco-friendly finish coats, along the lines of beeswax, are also offered.

The topper shown is about 4-1/2" wide and 5"-6-1/2" tall, which will definitely fit on a six inch cake tier.


A Friendly Rivalry Makes a Fun Custom Cake Topper

Will yours be a blended household? A blended SPORTS-TEAM household, that is.

If you cannot, or will not, agree on one team, agree to disagree by declaring your unwavering allegiance to each other and your alma mater with a custom topper featuring each of you as your own team's mascot!


'B' is for Bobble Head

Give this custom topper option the nod

For something truly one of a kind, have your images incorporated onto a pair of personalized bobble-head dolls, complete with a miniature version of the happy couple's wedding attire and flowers.

Clear, close-up photos of both the bride and the groom, including eye and hair color, and pictures of the bride's dress, groom's tuxedo, and bridal flowers, all help the artist to achieve accurate renderings of the wedding couple.

There are several poses from which to choose, for even more possible options of custom wedding cake toppers.


Custom Wedding Cake Toppers Offer Something for Everyone

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Which custom topper best fits your taste?

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Comments? Questions? Suggestions? Thoughts? - Share them all here!

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    • Spiderlily321 profile image


      6 years ago

      What a cool lens. I still haven't decided on what I want on my cake for my wedding yet. There are some great ideas here. Perhaps I'll get the bobble heads! Thanks for sharing this

    • shellys-space profile image

      Shelly Sellers 

      6 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I think the Bobble Heads topper would be great fun!

    • Tangled07 profile image


      6 years ago

      This is a great lens. I had no idea about the symbolism behind using doves as toppers. So sweet :)

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      6 years ago

      This lens is very good. Thanks for sharing.

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      6 years ago

      I love these wedding cake toppers, nice job!

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      6 years ago

      Some fun ideas here! :) Thanks for sharing!


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