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Styles of Cake Toppers

When it comes to choosing your wedding cake topper, it may be a little daunting due to the number of options and styles that are available to you. We have created this article to help highlight the most popular options and take the stress out of this part of your wedding plans.

Traditional wedding cake toppers
The original and most common type of wedding cake topper is a figurine of the bride and groom. Traditionally, these take the form of a romantic pose, made from a ceramic material allowing it to be kept after the wedding.

More recently, traditional wedding cake toppers have been updated and expanded to include cartoon styled figures and sometimes even including the family dog or cat! Some couples opt to turn themselves into animals for something a little less formal. If you opt for a figurine that is more modern, it is always a nice idea to have one designed to look like you and your family.

You are not restricted to ceramic or clay cake toppers either. Edible options made from sugarcraft are becoming increasingly popular and can be a more affordable option. One thing to note with edible cake toppers is that they can be more delicate and won’t last as long as their ceramic equivalents.

Monogram wedding cake toppers
For a more minimalistic, simple approach, many couples opt for monogram or lettering based toppers for their wedding cake. Traditional wedding cake toppers tend to be a love or hate topic with no middle ground so if you are a couple who thinks that they can be as bit garish, using your initials can make a less brash way of having a custom made cake topper.

The design of a monogram wedding cake topper can be as simplistic or detailed as you wish, with some designs incorporating hearts and even wooden styled lettering that adds rustic charm to any vintage styled wedding.

DIY (Do-It-Yourself) wedding cake toppers
If your wedding is on a tight budget, why not make your own cake topper? There are many websites, with tutorials for making many styles of wedding cake topper and you don’t need to be artistic to make many of them!

A quick search on a website such as Pinterest will give you plenty of inspiration and if you are feeling creative, why not give the DIY option a go?

Some examples of DIY styled wedding cake toppers include miniature bunting – perfect for a summer fete or vintage theme, the use of clothes pegs, cardboard cutouts and even using painted eggs (although this is a very acquired taste and not for everyone!)

Floral wedding cake toppers
If you have decided not to go down the traditional, monogram or DIY alternatives to your wedding cake topper, another affordable approach which is becoming increasingly popular is the use of flowers to decorate your cake. A simple floral arrangement can be made by your florist to match your bridal bouquet or other wedding flowers. This simplistic approach can really tie in a wedding colour scheme.

Vintage style Wedding Cake Toppers

Vintage styled weddings are becoming more popular, and it is easy to see why when you look at photographs of real vintage weddings. Each is uniquely styled and elegant so if you are planning a vintage themed wedding, it is important to make sure the vintage theme extends through every little detail, including your wedding cake topper.

Luckily with the popularisation of the Internet and social media, you can find inspiration at the click of a mouse. Here are our top suggestions for a vintage themed wedding cake topper that not only will look stylish but be affordable too.

Something old
For a true vintage wedding cake topper, the first place to look is in antiques or second hand stores and websites. Wedding cake toppers became more common in the 1950s, so what better way to embrace a vintage theme than with an authentic vintage cake topper. These styles generally include a bride and groom in a traditional pose and can be very reasonable in cost.

Vintage themed bunting
For something a little different, the bunting styled wedding cake topper can look quirky and very vintage. Think summer fetes and street parties. Bunting styled wedding cake toppers can be plain, multi-coloured or display text such as “Just Married” or “Mr and Mrs.”

Many vintage themed weddings include bird cages and doves so why not continue this theme through to your wedding cake. Doves have many meanings when it comes to weddings including purity, peace and fidelity, as they mate for life. We can’t think of a better reason to use them in your wedding cake topper!

Old photographs
For a truly unique vintage wedding cake topper that is also affordable and guarantees to grab attention, why not use an old, small black and white photograph of your parents or grandparents wedding. Pop this in an ornate frame for a meaningful vintage cake topper.

Floral teacups
The addition of a floral teacup whether empty or filled with flowers can make an extremely vintage looking cake topper. If you are having mismatched China during your wedding reception, you can tie-in the theme by using a teacup as a cake topper.

One thing to watch with unusual wedding cake toppers is their weight. Always check with the person in charge of baking and decorating your cake to ensure that they have the right tools and techniques to support the weight of your chosen wedding cake topper. The last thing you want is for it to sink the top tier of your wedding cake!