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Wedding Cake Toppers 101: - Types, Variations & Ideas

Posted At : March 1, 2010 5:57 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 89,780
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Couple sittign on wedding cake, whimsical cake topper

photo: Sweet Cravings, North Vancouver

Sometimes cute, sometimes serious and often funny and quirky, wedding cake toppers add the final touch to any wedding cake. As the crowning glory of the display cake (real or fake), choosing the right topper is an especially difficult task, especially when so many different options exist. We ran a first, quick guide to wedding caketoppers, last year. It proved to be one of our most populart stories ever! (over 30,000 readers so far.. wow!) So here is our updated/upgraded, completed Wedding Cake Toppers 101, for 2010.

In general, wedding cake toppers can be arranged in very specific categories. Once you narrow down which category suits your style and budget the best, you can elaborate from there:

1. The Bride and Groom

A couple standing proudly atop the wedding cake is the most traditional form of wedding cake topper. If you like this but want to add a special twist to it, there are many variations of the bride and groom theme, from the comical (bride dragging groom, or groom fishing for bride etc) to the personalized (replicas of you can be made into a topper based on a recent photo).

Some great examples

Elegant Cake Topper: wedding couple dancing

photo: Sweet Cravings, North Vancouver

Funny Caketopper: groom running on his motorcycle

photo: Cakeoholics, Toronto

Custom personalized wedding cake toppers

Custom, personalised, whimsical caketoppers
made to look-like and express your wedding style
by Mara's Cake Toppers

modern cake topper

Interesting & fun "modern art" cake topper
photo: Tartlets Cake Design, North Vancouver

2. Crystals

A tiara or crystal heart are often used as toppers to add shine and sparkle to the cake. Add some variation to this by choosing crystal monograms of your initials. DIY? create a tiara, heart, or your initials from a cardboard cutting, then paint and decorate the creation to suit the cake and wedding theme.

Wedding Cake Topper: crystal tiara

Gorgeous crystal tiara cake-topper
from Kelly Creations

Crystal monogram custom wedding cake topper

Custom monogram crystal cake topper
from Sparkle... Your Cake

Sakworski crystal wedding caketopper

photo: Tartlets Cake Design, North Vancouver

Heart-shaped cake topper

Aand... a heart-shaped cake topper
(Just Like Gram's Designer Cakes, Fort St.John)

3. Flowers

A delicate and beautiful addition to any cake, flowers (edible or real) always are an excellent choice. Many couples use the toss away bouquet as the cake topper, allowing it to adorn the cake until it is time for the cake to be eaten and the bouquet to be tossed. (One expense, two uses, savvy!).
DIY Flower Topper? arrange your favourite buds atop your wedding cake (quick and easy!)

Flower bouquet wedding caketopper

photo: Everlasting Blooms, Waterloo

Fresh flowers (iris) wedding cake topper

Amazing fresh flower cake top
design: Just Temptations, Mississauga

Calla lily, edible flower wedding caketopper

Another gorgeous flower cake top!
Calla Lilly design by Cakery Café, Grande Prairie

Fresh red roses wedding cake top

Classic & always elegant: Fresh, red roses
cake: Tier Delight Cakes, Barrie

4. Theme Toppers

These toppers usually reflect the theme of the wedding. For example, a snowflake would be the perfect addition to a winter wedding or an Eiffel tower would be fantastic if you are planning a honeymoon in France.

Themed wedding cake topper: Eiffel tower

design: Just Temptations, Mississauga

Snowmen winter-wedding cake-topper

Winter-wedding cake topper by Frostings by Judy, Ajax

Fairty tale wedding, snowwhite castle cake topper

Fairytale-wedding theme by Cakery Café, Grande Prairie

Beach wedding, starfish cake topper

Beach wedding theme by Tier Delight Cakes, Barrie

5. Animals

Doves, swans, love birds are all excellent choices for wedding cake toppers as they are synonymous with weddings and love. Other animals make great choices if they are meant to reflect the couple's personality. For example, puppies would show the couple's affection for dogs.

Heart & hummingbirds wedding cake topper

Romantic hummingbirds: Wedding Cakes by Helena, Toronto

Dog-themed cake topper

For pet lovers? Cake by Aeyra Cakes, Vancouver

Swan wedding cake topper

Cakery Café, Grande Prairie

Wedding Cake Topper: Love birds

Cakery Café, Grande Prairie

6. Cartoon Characters & Caricatures

Cartoon style toppers depicting the bride and groom in a comical way add personality to the cake.

Custom wedding cake toppers: personalised

More examples of personalized,custom caketoppers
from Mara Luiza's "little people"

7. Minimalistic

Many couples are choosing to go the minimalistic way and have a wedding cake without a topper. This allows the beauty of the cake itself to be the focus without any further distraction. Also, in today's economic times, the missing topper would make the couple appear "savvy-chic".

wedding cake topper on the side of the cake!

Funny & unexpected twist: the couple has left the bulding!

idea: Sweet Cravings, North Vancouver

beautiful wedding cake décor

Another brilliant cake décor variation by..
Frostings by Judy, in Ajax (GTA)

Contemporary, minimalistic, chick wedding cake idea (bow)

Trés Chic! (Old Schoolhouse Cakes, Kitchener)

Low-key, chic wedding cake idea - no topper

Subtle, elegant, chic & fresh: design by Sweet Art, in Kelowna

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