There are only two occasions where you can get away with putting little people on top of a cake: a child’s birthday party and a wedding. Wedding cake toppers have come a long way since the sanitized, ideal generic bride and groom from the 50’s. These days, you can make your toppers as unique and playful as you and your partner. There are plenty of fun ways to DIY, or you can let someone else do the work and buy from Etsy. Here are a few possibilities to spark your imagination and help you choose wedding toppers as unique as you and your partner.
Lego is enjoying something of a Renaissance right now. They’ve acquired the licenses to every cool, nerdy property imaginable, from comic book heroes to fantasy novels. If you and your partner like building with the tiny plastic bricks, a Lego cake topper is a fun way to celebrate your obsession. Lego sells a little cake topper wedding set, but we think it’s more fun — and more in the spirit of Lego–to build your own. Lego stores have big bins of mini-figure parts you can use to make your own mini-you, or you can visit a site like Bricklink for more options.
Unlike our parents, we’ve learned that becoming mature doesn’t mean you have to grow up. It’s perfectly acceptable to be a full-grown person and still play with toys (or at least collect them and display them). There are action figures of almost everyone imaginable, from the Ninja Turtles to Albert Einstein. Show off your pop culture obsession by using action figures as your stand-ins. Where else are your guests going to be able to see Iron Man getting hitched to Buffy the Vampire Slayer?
If the action figures and Lego mini-figures don’t look enough like you why not go the distance and put yourself on top of the cake? It’s a simple little project, but the end result looks great and adds a nice air of whimsy to your wedding. Simply take a picture of you and your partner (perhaps even your engagement photos), print it out, glue it to cardstock, and carefully cut around the two of you with a craft blade. Stick them in the icing and they’ll stand up, making it look like you and your partner are standing on a giant cake.
If you’ve been to a Dia de los Muertos celebration, you’ve probably seen little carvings of skeletons, all fully-clothed and seemingly going about their business. There are skeleton doctors, musicians, bloggers–any profession or costume imaginable. These figurines are called esqueletos, and they make really cool cake toppers. To someone not in the know, it might seem a little morbid to have skeletons on your wedding cake, but Dia de los Muertos is about remembering the dead joyously, not mourning them. The skeletons represent ancestors partying in the afterlife. Who says you have to go with “‘til death do us part?”
When you’re choosing your cake toppers, try to find a shared passion with your partner that can lead to something really unique. After all, shouldn’t your cake toppers be just as cool as your fancy cake?