The wedding cake topper is the cherry on top of your already show-stopping cake. It really puts your cake over the top, if you will. It’s also a chance for you and your partner to show off something uniquely you. You might be huge sports fans, for example, and choose a cake topper that represents that, or, you can go “on-theme” and choose a modern or romantic cake topper that matches your reception.
Below are 10 unique wedding cake toppers to consider.
Perhaps the most traditional option (if that’s important to you) is to go with a miniature figurine of the couple on top of the cake. This type of figurine cake topper has been around for centuries, although the most famous version—vintage porcelain couples dressed in formal wear—seemed to gain popularity in the United States in the 1950s.
Today, any couple can get a figurine that represents themselves created and personalized online. You can also send in a photo of your wedding day attire so that the mini version will be dressed the same. If formal wear isn’t your thing, have a figurine made of yourselves in sports jerseys from your favorite team. You can even get a beach wedding figurine, if you’re going the destination route.
And, if you have a dog or cat, they can be included in the figurine, too. It’s a nice way to incorporate your furry family into your wedding day without them carrying your ring down the aisle!
To add a little humor to your reception, go with a funny take on the traditional bride and groom figurine. For example, one groom dragging his partner away from football or video games on a mini TV. Or, the groom may be rescuing the bride who has fallen into the top of the cake. Appropriately, in this time of coronavirus, the brides may be wearing mini masks. Perhaps the couple can be making funny faces at each other, or feeding each other pizza, if that’s your style. The laughable possibilities are enless.
Having your names or initials displayed is another direction that you can go with, if you’re looking for a unique wedding cake topper. You can alternatively go with a monogrammed letter of your new last name. This choice will give your cake a modern or boho look, depending on the style of font that you choose.
Your initial letters can go on the side of the cake, too. Just give your baker a head’s up and ask if this design would be appropriate for your wedding cake.
Animals or different characters are a trendy option for your cake topper. You could pick out an animal that goes with your wedding theme, such as squirrels, birds, or foxes for a wedding that takes place in the woods. Or, go with two toucans or flamingos for a tropical destination wedding. You could get a figurine made of your favorite pets, too.
You can also get mini versions of your favorite school mascot, video game, action figures, or Harry Potter characters. Pop culture has so much to offer in terms of inspiration for your creative cake topper.
A romantic cake topper spelling out “Love,” or one with two hearts is a lovely sentiment—the day is all about love and romance, after all. These are usually laser cut and can be printed in different colors, such as metallic gold or champagne. After cleaning it off, romantic cake toppers make a lovely keepsake to hold onto after your special day. You could frame it with your invitation, or stick it in your wedding album to enjoy for years to come.
Flowers, whether fresh, fake, or made of sugar, are a beautiful way to top a simple or rustic wedding cake design. You could get elaborate with roses, hydrangeas, or other blooms that match the flowers from your reception décor. Or, you could go with greens, succulents, or vines for a lovely touch for a rustic or outdoor reception.
You could also choose seasonal flowers or even autumn leaves for your dessert, depending on what time of year you’re getting married. If you’re interested in sugar flowers, work with a baker on a delicious design that you’ll love.
A “Just Married” cake topper might be the exact sentiment that you’re hoping to express when you reveal your cake to your guests. Plus, if you aren’t planning on doing the whole getaway car at the end of the night, this is a sweet, modern take on the same idea.
For a Western or Southern wedding, do it right and use a pair of mini cowboy boots as your topper. Yee-haw!
If you’re athletes, you could also take this idea in a different direction. Consider a cleats topper for soccer or football players, or an ice skates topper for the hockey-playing couple.
You might remember the famous scene in “Sweet Home Alabama” when the traditional cake topper is tossed aside and replaced with Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em robots. For couples always butting heads, you might want to copy this idea. Or, if you just really love robots, you could find two mini robots for a unique cake topper option.
If you’ve searched and searched, but nothing appeals to you, go ahead and choose a cake design with no cake topper. Remember, it’s your day, and you can still have a beautiful cake without any cake decoration on top.
Alternatively, you could also place a topper on the groom’s or bride’s cake, or simply off to the side when you display the cake. Explore all your options and go with a choice that works best for you.