Wedding cake ornaments are also known as wedding cake toppers. But beyond that they also include any accessories used to beautify wedding cakes.
Wedding cakes and wedding cake ornaments have always been sort of like fashion. And just like fashion,one trend tumbles over another from one season to the other. It went from the puritan all white cakes with multiple tiers to the more daring colorful ones, to a mix of all sorts of designs.
In recent times, the changing trends have become even more dizzying. There’s a whole plethora of designs and fads to keep up with. This in addition to the high cost of weddings make decision making tougher for couples.
Remember that whatever wedding cake fad you choose to go with, there’s a wedding cake ornament that’s a match. Click here to refresh your memory with this article on wedding cake toppers from our archives.
Also bear in mind that the wedding cake ornament puts a finishing touch to your cake and reflects your passion. By the way, it also helps to infuse ”you” in the midst of all the fad.
Above all, wedding cake ornaments can either be show stoppers or downers. Similarly, you can get your guests salivating for a slice of cake just by looking at the wedding cake ornament.
Intro To Types Of Wedding Cake Ornaments
Generally, one would think that after agonizing about the wedding cake (designs, flavors, colors et al) choosing the wedding cake topper should be a breeze. But no! You still have to go through hours or maybe days of looking and comparing before making a choice.
Well, let’s make it easy for you. We’ll show you different cake styles and trends and the wedding cake ornaments that work best for them.
Similarly, this article would help you to compare and contrast between styles and trends. This is especially for those who want to have an eclectic style on their wedding day.
Wedding Cake Ornaments That Match With White Cake Designs with Simple Classic Look
For these kinds of cake consider the following with samples:-
Bride and Groom Figurine Wedding Ornament
By the way, before you tune off, hear this; your figurine doesn’t have to be corny or cheesy. There are different ways to jazz it up and still make it fit with the classic design of your cake.
There are bride and groom figurines that depict the hobbies or quirks of the couple. Some others even tell pictorial stories of how the couple met while others show their humorous side.
There’s so much you can do with a family heirloom. You could redesign it, add it some other sets of jewelry or just set it in a place of honor; the top tier of your cake!
However, if you don’t have a family heirloom that you can use, you can always get vintage antique jewelry. This can make up for the “something old” tradition.
A good cake designer would know how to incorporate your antique jewelry and make it a beautiful wedding cake topper.
Wedding Monogram or Motif
You can get your cake designer to mold a motif or monogram that features on your invitation card. You can also have it designed by an artist of a sculptor.
Metallic Wedding Cake Ornaments
These wedding cake ornaments usually come mostly in gold or silver. However, you can also get them in vibrant colors with metallic sheen. It adds a touch elegance to your cake and also makes it pop. You can certainly jazz up motifs and monograms with edible shimmers and glitters!
Traditional Love Symbols
There are a lot of designs that are inspired by traditional love symbols. Some of them include intertwined hearts, tilted champagne hearts, kissing doves or the sign of cupid (two hearts and arrow).
Some couples choose to have two doves in a cage which they release when they cut the cake.
Similarly, you can create your own love symbols using objects that have sentimental value to both of you.
Acrylic Wedding Cake Ornaments
These are designed in different forms and shapes. Some are silhouettes of a bride and groom in different poses. Some others incorporate silhouettes of animals. These are for animal lovers who want their pets to be part of their happy day.
Other acrylic toppers are write ups like Mr. & Mrs. “God gave you to me” “Happily ever after” “Forever Yours” and many more.
Some couples even go as far as making silhouettes of a man, woman,child and pet.
The great thing about acrylic is that it is a versatile material. You can always adapt it to any shape, size or design. It is one of the most adaptable materials for cake toppers. This gives you the freedom to customize your wedding cake ornament to fit the theme of the day.
Wedding Cake Ornaments That Match With Naked Wedding Cakes
Naked cakes started trending like two or three years ago. They are designed to have less sugar than the regular celebratory cakes hence they have only filling between layers. Consequently, these cakes are devoid of elaborate decorations.
This trend is gaining popularity because many “health conscious” people have decided to forego the sugar overload of frostings.
These cakes usually feature best in evening weddings, garden wedding or highly informal or casual weddings.
If you have decided to have a naked wedding cake, you might want to consider the following wedding cake ornaments:-
Wooden Wedding Cake Ornaments
These toppers are made from different types of timber and carved into different designs. This is a wedding cake topper that you can either buy already made or customize. You can also DIY if you are the artsy type.
There is no limit to what you can make with timber for a wedding cake ornament. You can even go as far as scripting an ode or carving a picture of the bride and groom.
Fresh or Artificial Flower Bouquet
Naked cakes are usually decorated with flowers and fruits. The reason for this is so that the design would be deliberate and not appear like an incomplete cake project.
Remember that fresh flowers on cake have to be treated; your cake decorator or florist probably knows this.However, there’s no harm in your double checking to be sure and safe.
When using fresh fruits (especially berries), ensure that they are properly prepared before placing them on the cake. First of all, wash them then pat dry with a clean dish towel. This is so that they’ll be as dry as possible.
However, from experience we have learnt that fresh fruits should be placed on the cake at the last minute.This should be as close to consumption time as possible. The reason for this is because fresh fruit would bleed on the cake once it comes in contact with sugar. And this would in turn ruin the aesthetics of your cake.
Mix and Match
This is a combination of fresh fruits and flowers and sometimes some drizzles. You could top off your naked wedding cake with cascades of flowers, ferns and fruits. This is after you have drizzled with either some caramel or chocolaty goodness.
You can also decide to forego the drizzles and go with only a cascade of fruity goodness interspersed with flowers and ferns.
Wedding Cake Ornaments That Match With Semi Naked Wedding Cakes
The semi naked cake is a compromise between a naked cake and the fully frosted one. The cake is usually made with fillings between layers and frosted lightly with parts of the cake showing through.
That’s where the difference ends; your cake topper for this is the same as for the naked cake.
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Rustic Wedding Cake Ornaments
Synonyms of the word rustic include pastoral, country, homey, rural, simple, picturesque verdant. Therefore it is safe to assume that one of these words sum up your taste. Why? Because you chose a semi naked cake!
What better way to show forth this personality or taste than a rustic wedding cake topper?
The great thing about this type of wedding cake topper is that it gives you creative license. You can create anything your mind conceives; either by commissioning an artist or DIY.
Wedding Cake Ornaments That Match With Bold and Colorful Wedding Cakes
This is a broad category of cakes because it covers so many of the wedding cake trends not mentioned in this post.
It is normal these days for couples to use their wedding cake as a showcase of their cake decorator’s expertise. Similarly, the grandeur of the wedding cake might also be a status symbol.
For cakes that are already making a statement, the wedding cake topper should be simple. This is not to say that the wedding cake topper would be any less elegant or pretty. But the essence is that it shouldn’t compete with the cake.
Combining an elaborate wedding cake toppers with over the top wedding cake designs would make your cake table dizzying. In addition to this, it would leave your guests with the feeling of a tacky display of “class”
Here are some ideas that would help you choose an appropriate ornament/topper for a wedding cake with bold designs or colors:-
We mentioned earlier that acrylic toppers are appropriate for simple and classic all white cakes. However the acrylic toppers for those cakes would be more dramatic compared to ones we are suggesting here.
For instance a simple Mr. & Mrs. would do for cakes with bold and colorful designs.
There are also other designs that wouldn’t detract from the overall aesthetics of the cake or look tacky.
This could be a large rose, carnation or peony (or any flower the couple love). This work well for cakes with floral designs. A single large flower placed on the top tier helps to tie in the details.
And who said the cake topper can’t be by the side of the cake? This single flower can also be placed on the side between two tiers to serve as a contrast or compliment of the arrangement.
Sugar craft flowers works best for this kind of arrangement.
Porcelain or Simple Ornaments
There are many beautiful porcelain figurines or ornaments that wont clash with the bold design of your cake. Some can even be knick knacks that would serve as mementos. The aim here is to place something that would top off the overall design and not compete with it.
Huh? Yep! Nothing! A cake already loaded with intricate designs and patterns all in bold colors may not need a cake topper. You might decide to leave out the wedding cake topper entirely. This is especially if you’re having issues choosing one that doesn’t clash with the overall design.
Wedding Cake Ornaments That Match With Retro/Vintage Wedding Cakes
There is a saying that there is nothing new under the sun. This so true about weddings; fads tend to come and go.
To this end, we find that there are couples who want to celebrate their wedding the good old way. Therefore they try to replicate mum and dad’s wedding or grandpa and grandma’s.
As a result of this love for retro and vintage wedding accessories, some specialty shops online specialize in such items.
Authentic vintage or retro wedding cake ornaments are not as easy to find as other categories of ornaments. So as a rule, you have to start your search early if you want to use a vintage/retro wedding cake topper.
However, in the event that you cannot get an authentic retro wedding cake ornament, you can get an imitation.
By the way, no one would care enough to investigate whether your topper is authentic or an imitation.
Before we sign off, we want to give you a brief summary table. This table is to help you have a quick recap of all we’ve discussed so far.
|Wedding Theme||Type of Wedding Cake||Wedding Cake Ornament|
|Formal/Traditional, Southern Charm||All White Cake Designs||Bride and groom figurines, antique jewelry, acrylic toppers, wedding monograms and motifs, Metallic toppers, traditional love symbols|
|Garden, Beach, Bohemian||Naked/ Semi Naked Cakes||Wooden toppers, fresh or artificial flowers, fresh fruits, mix and match, rustic toppers|
|Modern, Chic, Alternative||Bold and Colorful Cake Designs||Acrylic monograms, single flower, porcelain or simple ornaments, Nothing|
|Old school, Vintage, Retro||Retro/Vintage Cake Designs , Recipes of yester years||Parents/grandparent’s wedding cake topper, retro accessories, antique jewelry|
There are things to consider before choosing a wedding cake ornament. First of all, you have to ascertain the food safety of the topper.
Second consideration is hygiene and prevention of contamination and food poisoning through any of the accessories. .
As a rule, even inedible cake toppers must be made with food grade /safe materials. Similarly, fresh flowers must be treated accordingly before placing on the cake. Last but also important, fresh fruits should be handled hygienically to avoid food poisoning.
Thirdly, you need to consider your budget. Wedding cake ornaments should not cost an arm and a leg; there’s a topper for every budget.
Fourthly, do not be coerced into buying a wedding cake ornament. In case you see a wedding cake ornament that you like but can’t afford, you can DIY. You mustn’t replicate it in the same material as the original; get creative!
Finally, as you prepare for your happy day, we wish you all the best.