The perfect finishing touch, a top-tier trend, and they literally take the cake! Wedding cake toppers are the perfect opportunity to bring a little personalization into your wedding day. We’ve scouted out the best custom cake toppers, unique wedding cake toppers, and even a few funny ones to take your cake to the next tier.
Historically, wedding cake toppers depict the bride and groom. They began rather figuratively, with figurines posed in traditional wedding attire after World War I. In the ’20s, retailers like Sears & Roebuck began marketing 2-inch toppers, and as the wedding cake tradition took off, so did the toppers.
How do you choose a wedding cake topper?
The first step in choosing a wedding cake topper is picking one that represents you as a couple. While cake toppers aren’t as necessary as they once were, they still carry the same tradition of representing the newlyweds. Only these days, there are fewer figurines and more laser-etched custom designs, floral pieces, and even funny wedding cake toppers.
Secondly, the topper should literally top off the cake. The size of the topper is important relative to the size of the cake. It shouldn’t be SO big that it overwhelms the cake and throws off the balance. It should elevate and complement the cake’s design. It’s always a good idea to let your baker know if you have one you’d like to incorporate, as well.
Finally, a good question to ask yourself is this one: can it be re-used? Generally, this is a good question to keep in mind throughout all your wedding planning. But something like a wedding cake topper has the potential to move into the heirloom-worthy realm! Even if it can’t be re-used right away, perhaps down the line it will come into play for another purpose.
What do you do with a wedding cake topper?
Before the wedding, the cake topper should be given to the baker or the planner. The cake may need to be transported without the topper, depending on size, and added once your cake is in place. After the wedding, instruct your planner to give the topper to a parent or attendant for safe-keeping. You can display it somewhere in your home, stick it in a plant, or keeping it wrapped safely in a box of your wedding mementos.
Where do you buy a wedding cake topper?
As for where to buy wedding cake toppers, there is no question that Etsy is where it’s at! You can find custom cake toppers from independent designers that are top quality and create the best designs. Truly, no place compares if you’re looking for something unique and stylish. With that said, we found the best in the categories of custom cake toppers, modern figures, unique wedding cake toppers, and funny wedding cake toppers below!
The Best Custom Cake Toppers
Modern Figurine Cake Toppers
How beautiful is this wooden portrait topper? And this one was expertly crafted based on this wedding we shared on GWS!
The Best Unique Wedding Cake Toppers
We loved the topper from this wedding! And you can get it off Etsy for the perfect finish to a celestial cake.
Funny Wedding Cake Toppers
Every true Harry Potter fan can appreciate the humor here!