Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Cake Toppers

Whether you make your wedding cake yourself or buy it from a bakery, a very memorable and personal touch will be a one of a kind, personalized cake topper. Cake toppers can range from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars in price, but unfortunately, the less expensive ones can be mass produced and tacky looking, and the more expensive ones, while arguably more elegant, are fairly generic and impersonal. Here are some tips to make a cake topper that your guests will be remembering and talking about for years to come.

A Treasure Box
Find a very small wooden box at a craft store, sand it well and paint it to match your wedding. Basic white or ivory is a good choice with small accents of color or silver or gold. Sew a tiny velvet or satin pillow to fit inside as a base (or fold a scrap of fabric well so no raw edges show and it looks pillow-like). Now the really creative part begins. Add dried petals from bouquets with special meaning, jewelry that was given as gifts through the years, tiny photos, or ticket stubs. Any small personal items that will fit and remind the happy couple of the great times they’ve spent together.

Fresh Flowers
A tiny vase or silver basket filled with fresh flowers is an inexpensive alternative to a traditional cake topper. Making the effort to match the bridal bouquet with these flowers will really cause the guests to oh and ah.

Vintage or Alternative Figurines
Keep an eye open at thrift stores and garage sales for figures to become your cake topper. These can be traditional bride and groom figurines, but there’s no need to limit the search just to wedding themed figures. Perhaps kissing china frogs or Lego figures in a home scene will best reflect the taste of the couple.

Beaded Garland
Garland and beaded toppers are fast becoming very popular decorations for wedding cakes. These are easily personalized if you plan to string them your self. Use beads and colored wire that match your wedding colors and add it beads shaped according to personal interests. You can even add charms here and there among the garland that represent the bride and groom, their growing up years, and their dating time. The guests will love to try to find the charms and guess the stories behind them.

A Small Picture Frame
A wedding cake can easily be topped by something as simple as a small silver or golden picture frame with a classy picture of the wedding couple. If perhaps a picture of the couple seems too traditional, the picture could be of anything that is important to them, perhaps where he proposed or of the new house they’ll be sharing soon.

The best way to decide what kind of a cake topper to use is to really reflect on the interests of the wedding couple. Decide whether they are classic or quirky and try to match the mood and theme of the wedding. Making an alternative wedding cake topper can save a couple lots of money in the wedding budget, and add tons of value when it comes to personalizing the wedding cake table.

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