Inspired by Monday’s crafty bride, who created the most gorgeous set of figures for the top of their cake, I thought I’d delve a little bit deeper into the world of wedding cake toppers! First becoming popular in the early 1900′s, cake toppers were traditionally an ornament depicting the happy couple, which would be kept as a special memento of their big day.
Rather than sticking with the traditional figurines, I’ve rounded up of some of the more popular trends that have been appearing lately. A lot of them would be very easy DIY projects, but if you’d rather not have another thing on your to do list, all of the versions below can be bought online! I’ve done the homework for you, so get shopping!
Bunting was a huge trend for 2011, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to disappear anytime soon! I especially love the cake topper bunting versions that have appeared, they can be personalised to show your name and the date, and add a lovely splash of colour to the cake! A Fete Beckons on Etsy created all of the lovely toppers you see above, and have plenty more to suit a range of styles and colours.
As well as Etsy, Wedzu is a great resource for handmade wedding items. Simply Silhouettes created the gorgeous cake toppers above from photos, so dig out that favourite photo of you both and you could have your own personal silhouette for the top of your cake! Such a simple but lovely idea.
If you’re looking for a cake topper that’s off the beaten track, BHLDN has some really quirky options! They’re pretty pricey, but there’s no doubt that porcelain bears hugging on your cake would make a statement!
If you think porcelain is a bit too heavy or formal for your cake, how does paper sound? Another gem found on Wedzu are ReadyGo who create personalised banners, flags, and paper figures to suit the style of your big day. Although cupcake wedding cakes are becoming increasingly popular, it doesn’t mean you have to skip the cake topper experience! Lot’s of little colourful flags with a special message could be the perfect way to share your style.
I’m a big fan of hand stamped cutlery, I think it would make such a lovely present for some newly weds! But I hadn’t ever considered it could work as an unusual cake topper! Though there’s always the danger your guests could get too tempted by the amazing cakes and use the fork to tuck in! If you fancy you’re own special wedding cutlery (for the top of the cake or not!) you can find it at JessicaNdesigns and Pretty Paris. Another lovely find for a pretty and contemporary wedding are the pom pom cake toppers by Potter and Butler.
Wooden peg dolls have become really popular as cake topper figurines. DIY sets are available if you fancy creating one in your own likeness, or equally they’ll customise one for you! Goose Grease has a great selection including the ones above.
Finally if you’re feeling like a bit of make and do, both the cake toppers were above featured in a fantastic series on homemade wedding cakes on Once Wed, you can see all the inspiration, and the how to bit, here and here!
So I hope you found something to your liking from the selection! Has anyone ever tried a cake topper for a non wedding cake? Birthday cake maybe?! I might just be tempted to try one this year so I have an excuse to get one of my own!