Like a gorgeous ribbon tied beautifully around a package, the cake topper is the finishing touch that makes the entire package come together. Let’s face it, even the most beautiful cake needs a little something on top to complete the look. Wedding cake toppers are traditionally a representation of a bride and groom in formal wedding attire sitting atop the cake. This custom was dominant in US weddings in the 1950s where it represented the concept of togetherness. It is important to note that cake toppers have advanced a long way since your parents or grandparent’s wedding. Seldom do couples even look for the standard cake toppers where the only decision is to try to find one of the little plastic couples that resemble you in hair or skin color. Couples today can use the cake topper to signify the silly, irreverent or romantic spirit of their relationship. Don’t be too worried if your fiance is not jazzed about cake toppers just yet. Wait until he sees the options (now) available, then you can sit back and enjoy as he delves into the wonderful world of wedding details…. and this one can be downright fun! What’s hot in cake toppers for 2012?
Romantic – Choices to express romance include Lladro figurines, doves, or hearts made of various materials. It isn’t about cost since there are options made for every budget. Although a beautiful Lladro could set you back hundreds of dollars, a simple plastic sculpture of intertwined hearts can cost less than lunch.
Fun- Bobble head likenesses, a cute Lego or cartoon couple, a whimsical wire sculpture. Maybe a couple doing something you both enjoy like surfing or fishing. Perhaps you want to focus on your profession; firefighters, police and military cake toppers are very popular and easy to find.
Monograms – Monograms are HOT! You can do the traditional monogram with your first initials on either side and your shared last initial in the middle, you can do just the last initial or just your first two initials intertwined. Rhine-stoned cake toppers gained so much popularity last year that some companies have begun offering them with colored stones so you can match your wedding colors! WOW!
Same Sex - With a handful of states passing legislation that same sex marriages are legal (and hopefully more to follow), it is now easier than ever to find a variety of cake toppers depicting same sex couples. Bravo.
Ethnic – Cake toppers are also widely available in a variety of traditional ethnic wedding attire so you can mix your Asian, African, Hispanic or Middle Eastern heritage with a traditional American wedding cake.
Today’s couples have limitless styles to choose from since so many companies offer custom cake toppers. My only advice to to future brides and grooms is to get something you love, something you can afford and something you will want to keep forever, it is a wonderful keepsake and would look great on top of your future anniversary cake.
-Penny Frulla for Bridal Expo Chicago