Weddings and wedding gifts are a big business, more so now than ever, and in particular wedding cake toppers have become a popular and and fast-growing part of the wedding market. The variety of styles is mind-blowing; from the very traditional to the very contemporary. Back in the 1980’s when people like my parents got married they had very little choice over wedding paraphernalia and opted for a sophisticated little construction made of icing which has stood the test of time and still exists today.
These days, many people are opting for figurines of themselves to sit on top of their cakes. The more conservative couples among us often opt for an elegant cake topper featuring a generic couple. From the more adventurous amongst us, I’ve seen really ‘cartoony’ ones that are almost caricatures of the couple and more realistic ones that look like the couple have been shrunk down into miniature versions of themselves. Couples that have shared interests have even had them modelled participating in a favourite past time as a very personal and individual wedding topper idea. A friend of mine and her (now) husband designed their figurines to be dressed as their usual selves so they could keep their wedding attire more traditional. Usually, fashion-wise, they are both more gothic in their tastes but didn’t want their wedding outfits to be like that so the figurines reflected their personalities and allowed them to have the best of both worlds!
If you don’t like the idea of a cake topper representing you for the top of your cake there are plenty of other choices. For instance, Disney do a great range of romantic themed ornaments that can be used as cake toppers or any ornaments that take your fancy can be used as centre pieces for the top of your cake. You could choose something that is special to the both of you that doesn’t offer a direct or obvious link and could be viewed as a purely decorative feature. That way it is your own little secret!
Some celebrities and even television programmes have embraced the idea of personalised wedding cake toppers. Manchester United player, Wes Brown and his wife had such figurines on their cake and in ‘Hollyoaks’, Carmel McQueen and Calvin Valentine had their own little versions of themselves as a fun part of their wedding day.
Whether you would have a cake topper designed to look like you or not there is a huge amount of choice for what to top your cake with on your wedding day. I like the idea of introducing a really personal touch to your wedding celebrations, but if you’re a bit shy of the spotlight you have plenty of choices to make your cake individual without it having to be all about you!