Wedding Planning Guide

unique wedding cake topper ideas

Your wedding cake will be one of the highlights of the reception and you can make it even more memorable by adding a chic and creative cake topper. While fresh flowers are always a nice idea, many couples are choosing something more unique and personal to top off their dessert.

Need some cake-topper inspiration? We’ve created this guide to help inspire your own one-of-a-kind wedding confection.

floral tiered wedding cake

Photo: Love & Light Photographs


TOPPERS INSPIRED BY:

YOUR NAME

fondant tiered floral wedding cake

Photo: Dylan & Sarah Photography

  • First names – Always a sweet and simple way to personalize your cake.
  • Monogram – Go the classic route with a traditional joined monogram or have some fun with a more modern design.
  • Initials – Keep things simple with just your first initials.
  • Mr. & Mrs. / Mr. & Mr. / Mrs. & Mrs. - Simply classic.

YOUR LIKENESSES

tiered natural buttercream wedding cake

Photo: Sweet Monday Photography

  • Paper dolls – Modern versions can be customized to match your wedding-day look.
  • Painted wooden dolls or clothespins – They’ll add a sweet, handmade touch to your dessert.
  • Figurines of your pets – Have your favorite furry friend celebrate beside you on your wedding cake!
  • Polaroid photos of yourselves – Display the instant photos on a pair of photo stands.

WEDDING VENUE

unique city skyline tiered wedding cake

Photo: Clean Plate Pictures

  • City skyline – Highlight your city’s photogenic skyline on the top tier.
  • Pair of miniature Adirondack chairs – A cute complement to a lakeside or beach wedding.
  • Shells, sand dollars, or sea stars – Ask your baker to sculpt these beach motifs from sugar.
  • Miniature horseshoes – Fitting if you’re hosting your wedding at a rustic venue like a farm or barn.
  • Deer figurines – Complement a woodland wedding with a pair of deer figurines (you could even spray paint them gold!).
  • Miniature replica of a local statue or monument - Such as the “LOVE” statue in Philadelphia.

WEDDING THEME

flamingo wedding cake topper

Photo: Jen Huang

  • Pair of miniature flamingos - The perfect cake topper for a tropical wedding.
  • Pennant flags or felt banner - You could even go the DIY route and make this yourself.
  • Pair of pine cones - A great idea for a rustic wedding—easy and (best of all) free!
  • Banner of nautical flags - So clever if you’re planning a nautical-themed wedding.
  • Paper pinwheels - Another potential DIY idea that’s great for more casual celebrations.
  • Himmeli ornaments – These geometric ornaments would look right at home at a modern-themed celebration.

YOUR PERSONALITIES

state wedding cake toppers of massachusetts and pennsylvania

Photo: Mint Photography

  • State cut-outs – Give your home states a wedding dessert shout out.
  • A family heirloom cake topper – Highlight a special keepsake atop your own wedding cake.
  • Guitar picks – So great if you love to jam together.
  • Lego figurines – The perfect cake topper for a couple of kids at heart.
  • Wire tandem bicycle – Bonus points if the topper features the two of you riding off into the sunset.
  • Stack of books sculpted from sugar – Ask your cake designer to create miniature versions of your favorite books from sugar.

SWEET SENTIMENTS

best day ever gold wedding cake topper

Photo: Diana McGregor

    Top off your confection with a cake topper that captures the spirit of your celebration. Many online shops offer custom cake toppers of the phrase of your choice; the most popular options these days are made of paper or laser-cut wood. Some of our favorites phrases:

  • Best day ever
  • Tied the knot
  • XOXO
  • Hooray!
  • Happily ever after
  • The best is yet to come
  • At last
  • For like ever
  • We do
  • Love
  • Love is sweet
  • And so the adventure begins
  • Let’s party
  • Oh happy day

Whether you decide to go the more traditional route with a custom cake topper of your names or monogram, or with something more playful and unexpected, like a pair of guitar picks or a tandem bicycle, choosing a wedding-cake topper that reflects your backgrounds and interests is a wonderful way to put a personal stamp on your celebration. And don’t be afraid to get creative with your cake embellishments; often everyday objects like salt-and-pepper shakers or favorite Polaroids of yourselves can turn out to be the perfect detail to personalize your dessert.

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