Every wedding cake needs something good to top off it. A lot of people just use flowers these days, but there are lots of wonderful options for small figurines (people, animals, and thematic) to perch atop the top tier of your cake. Check out these cute 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 find a style which appeals to them. Vintage figurines from the 1920s-1950s are especially popular. They are made from great materials like porcelain, Bakelite, or occasionally timber, and can be found in vintage shops, online, and sometimes at bridal salons. Each era has its own distinctive style. The '50s toppers feature brides in pearl bridal jewelry and grooms in shawl collar tuxedos, those from the '40s occasionally have the groom in military attire, and sooner toppers often featured cutesy little Kewpie doll couples.
For contemporary bride and groom toppers, many couples like the offbeat ones. They can be found to suit almost any interest (for instance, a bride and groom riding a bicycle or holding fishing rods) and if you can't find what you want, you can order it on etsy. Brides and grooms done in the style of the Mexican Day of the Dead figurines. You will find bobble heads, Nightmare Before Christmas couples, as well as classic porcelain figures for the traditionalists.
Wedding theme toppers are a terrific idea for a cake decoration. 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, choose a three-dimensional snowflake ornament. 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 would be darling. Or how about a mermaid for a wedding on a ship? Make sure to store your topper for a memento of your wedding.
Your cultural heritage can also serve as inspiration for your cake decorations. The couple who is having an East-meets-West party can choose a pair of origami cranes for their cake. For an Irish bride or groom, consider 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 traditional bride and groom are more your style, be sure to select figurines with the same ethnicity as the real couple. These days, they can be ordered online or have your set custom made.