Each wedding cake needs something good to top it off. A lot of people just use flowers these days, but there are many wonderful options for small figurines (people, animals, and thematic) to perch atop the top tier of your cake. Check out these adorable ideas for wedding cake toppers.
The bride and groom figurines are the most traditional form of cake topper. There are several variations available that almost anyone can get a style which appeals to them. Vintage figurines from the 1920s-1950s are especially popular. They're made from great materials such as porcelain, Bakelite, or sometimes wood, and can be found in vintage shops, online, and sometimes at bridal salons. Each age has its own distinctive style. The '50s toppers feature brides in pearl bridal jewelry and grooms in shawl collar tuxedos, the ones from the '40s sometimes have the groom in army attire, and earlier toppers often featured cutesy little Kewpie doll couples.
For contemporary bride and groom toppers, many couples enjoy the offbeat ones. They can be found to suit almost any interest (for instance, a bride and groom riding a bike or holding fishing rods) and if you can not find what you want, you can purchase it on etsy. Brides and grooms done in the style of the Mexican Day of the Dead figurines. There are bobble heads, Nightmare Before Christmas couples, and even classic porcelain figures for the traditionalists.
Wedding theme toppers are a terrific idea for a cake ornament. They could tie in with both the design of the cake and the general wedding motif. To get a nautical wedding, perch a small lighthouse on the top tier. If the wedding theme is Winter Wonderland, pick a three-dimensional snowflake decoration. As soon as you get thinking about it, there are several fun toppers you can choose to tie in with a theme. A pair of squirrels for a woodsy wedding could be darling. Or how about a mermaid for a wedding on a boat? Make sure to store your topper for a memento of your weddingday.
Your cultural heritage can also serve as inspiration for your cake decorations. The couple who is having an East-meets-West party can pick a set of origami cranes for their cake. For an Irish bride or groom, think about a cake frosted in a basketweave pattern, with sugar shamrocks on the tiers and a freestanding Claddagh symbol on top. A mini Eiffel tower could be great for the bride with a French background. If the classic bride and groom are more your style, make certain to select figurines with the same ethnicity as the actual couple. Nowadays, they may be ordered online or have your set custom made.