10 wedding cake toppers bound to become family heirlooms
Memorable toppers to crown your confection with.
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One of the more delightful and delicious wedding day decisions on your to-do list is selecting your wedding cake. While tastings can be fun, for most couples, it only adds more stress to pre-planning your wedding celebrations. How many tiers will feed your guests? What flavor do you prefer? Should you have a cake topper? The questions are as endless as the choices, which is where Reviewed comes into play.
While we can't help break the tie on whether you should opt for vanilla or chocolate cake, we will throw our support behind wedding cake toppers: they're essential. Traditionally designed with a groom and bride on top, these wedding day essentials have become more diverse over the years.
So, whether you're in the market for a sleek wire design, a wood-carved one, or your future initial laster-cut onto lucite—there's a model for everyone. Scroll through to see our favorite ten wedding cake toppers to top off your cake and make it a once-in-a-lifetime celebration.
1. This personalized cake topper
As far as cake toppers go, there's nothing more personal than you and your beloved's names intertwined—and that's why this wedding cake topper ranks high on our list. Designed with a casual cursive silhouette, the handmade and hand-painted piece is available in any color (such as gold, black, or rose gold) and is perfect for cakes five to seven inches wide. Stick it straight into the cake for elegance, or decorate it with flowers for a lavish look.
2. This penguin couple
Add a cute-as-can-be-twist by reaching for this wedding cake topper featuring a matching bride and groom penguin. This ceramic design measures just over an inch wide and an inch high, and while the wedding cake topper might petite in size, we're confident it will be major in its impact (and charm!).
3. This rustic bunting
For a sweetly understated wedding cake topper, consider this bunting-style option. The vintage-inspired letters are situated on crisp white flags, with your names threaded onto delicate jute twine and tied at the sides. Lastly, customizable petite satin roses, finish the ends and bring this wedding cake topper to life.
4. These oversized faux flowers
Topping your wedding cake with real flowers can be pricey, and as beautiful as they are, you can't reuse them for celebrations to come. Instead, nab this cake topper from Etsy, made of faux ivory peonies and faux lambs ear. The bottom of it is finished with a stiffened felt circle that you can wipe down with a damp rag to be used for baby showers, birthday parties, and all kinds of celebrations to come. This topper measures approximately five inches in diameter and fits best on a six-inch-wide topper to enhance its oversized feel.
5. This festive floral cake topper
Have you noticed that some wedding cake toppers only show off your initials but not your style? Not any more. Opt for this all-occasions-worthy floral design that presents 15 colorful paper flowers atop bamboo skewers and measures six inches wide. Surely, this bold and bright wedding cake topper will show off your distinct style.
6. This pair of love birds
Calling all love birds! This wedding cake topper evokes a vintage '50s feel with two wooden birds perched on a real twig. The birds are adorned in a hand-painted wedding dress and bowtie, and beside the wooden leaves lay a delicate spray of pearls that add subtle sparkle. This topper measures nearly six inches across and seven inches from top to bottom of the dowel. Each element is hand-carved by an Etsy artist in their home workshop, so each pair of love birds is truly one-of-a-kind, just like you and your partner.
7. This wire Mr. & Mrs. cake topper
Cue the "awws." This budget-friendly wedding cake topper is created with one looped metal wire, creating an understated and romantic look -- so much so that you might not want to cut it into your cake. It'd elevate the appeal of a simple wedding cake without distracting from what guests should really have their sight set on. Plus, the topper measures seven inches wide and two inches high and is the widest option on this list, best for topping a larger top tier.
8. This acrylic cake topper
This barely-there but majorly chic acrylic cake topper is begging for attention at any modern wedding this wedding season. Suitable for cakes anywhere from five to seven inches wide, this wedding cakes topper offers laser engraved and strong, sturdy acrylic that is sure to please.
9. This wooden cake topper
Bucolic brides, this cake topper is for you. If you're hosting a barn wedding or any outdoor affair, this rustic, wooden cake topper is fit for your celebrations. Personalize it with your initials, wedding date, and other flourishes. Don't worry about not liking it: after you purchase, this Etsy seller will send you a sketch of your cake topper to ensure it's the cake topper of your dreams. This topper is available in several sizes: four, five, six, and seven inches wide. For the most proportional, stand-out look, choose a topper that measures just slightly smaller than the top layer of your cake. To lean into the wooden theme, consider purchasing the coordinating table numbers and place cards, too.
10. This art deco cake topper
Love the Great Gatsby? Turn to this ultra-glamorous wedding cake topper. It's hand-made with strong, thick baltic birch plywood with an elegant sans-serif font that can feel modern atop a cake with clean lines or vintage alongside an ornate cake. Available in a slew of stunning shades from gold to silver (to name a few), factor in the customizable feature and consider us all sold.
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