Cake Topper Alternatives

Let me tell you a story about cakes. When my friend Heidi got married last December, she decided to have an alternative to traditional wedding cake, so we dreamed her up a tower of delicious glazed donuts. Unfortunately, her rubbish day-of co-ordinator, who was supposed to stack them and pretty them up, just kind of piled them on a plate and disappeared before the ceremony had even started. The venue didn’t know any better, and they placed them alongside the lemonade bottles for cocktail hour. They looked just like another party snack. So (and I think you know where I’m going with this), by the time we came up from the photo session, most of them had been eaten by some very appreciative guests. Yep, that’s right. The bride and groom never even got to see their own wedding cake.

I know who I blame for this little story (which, in the end, became just a funny anecdote to tell about the big day, as all ‘disasters’ should), but I couldn’t help thinking that a cake topper would have made all the difference. And yes, with most cakes your guests aren’t going to be in any doubt, but there’s something very weddingy and special about having something perched on top of whatever you design (plus, a great topper immediately snazzes up a plain shop-bought cake). But what if you’re not into the little figurines? The good news is, there are loads of alternatives, and this is one of those places where you can really personalise your details. So if you’re having an Alice in Wonderland wedding? Top your cake with a teacup, or playing cards. You both love chess? Pop chess figurines on the top. Or how about origami cranes? The possibilities are limitless. But to get your inspiration flowing, here are some ideas from real life brides and grooms

Declare your love…

Sources: LOVE sign; fabric heart (our Labour of Love); DIY fringed True Love sign (Katherine Elizabeth); ‘we do’ wooden birds (Katelyn James); wire ‘love’ sign; ‘I Do’ scrabble archway

Sweet silhouettes

Sources (clockwise from top left): 1 (Simpy Silhouettes); (Gia Canali); 3 (Jen Huang); 4 (Simpy Silhouettes)

Little creatures

Sources: Peacocks in cage (Creative Image Photography); monkeys (Heather Waraksa); mandarin ducks (Ku Photography)

Magic monograms

Sources: DIY pinwheel monograms; curly monograms (Shang Chen); modern monograms (Aleit/Joe Dreyer); glitter monogram with heart (Blooms by Martha Andrews)

More fun ideas

Sources: Adirondack chairs (davina + daniel); message in a bottle (fancy that); polaroids (Brancoprata); playing cards; lego bride and groom (Natural Light Photography)

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