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Types Of Wedding Cake Toppers

(Last Updated On: 19/06/2018)

Wedding cake toppers are considered by some, the last piece of the wedding to decide upon. For many its the most fun of the selection or the hardest depending on the couple. The wedding cake topper is the physical representation of the relationship as it is generally smaller versions of the couple upon the wedding cake.

Today we are looking at the different types of cake toppers. If you have started looking then you have come to the realisation that there are so many variations of wedding cake toppers and probably more than you ever realised.

Wedding Cake Toppers – Too Many To Choose

Bride and Groom

The bride and groom wedding cake toppers are considered the traditional wedding cake toppers. Generally speaking it is a miniaturised version of the couple on top of the cake. The traditional style is of the bride and groom. The bride is in her wedding gown and the groom in a black-tie tuxedo. There are many variations to suit most couples with various of hair colours, skin types, heights, body shapes and much more.

With the recent advancement of 3D printers there are even toppers with photo realistic quality replication of the bride and groom. Some couples will also just scan their head and replace it with a fantasist. For example replacing the groom’s body with bulging muscles or the bride in a Hogwarts uniform from Harry Potter.

Bride & Groom Wedding Cake Topper

Traditional Bride & Groom Cake Toppers

In recent years with same-sex marriage being legalised in many countries, same-sex wedding cake toppers have exploded onto the scene with just as much variety as the bride and groom version. This is great news as prior to this same-sex couples had to either buy two sets and split them up or have them custom made. As this has become more mainstream same-sex couples no longer have to look hard and there are many variants included alongside the bride and groom counterparts.

Same Sex Wedding Topper

Same Sex Wedding Topper


Do you want to eat EVERYTHING on your cake? Have you considered an edible fondant cake topper? These tasty treats not only look got but are also edible as well. These edible cake topper can be bought “as is” or custom designed for that extra bit of personalisation.

Wedding Cake Toppers: Fondant Cake Topper

Edible Fondant Cake Topper


Who doesn’t like to have a bit of a laugh. Adding a humorous cake topper can as that light touch to the wedding to take the serious edge and pressure. This is a great option because there are soon many humorous cake topper out there that you can find just about anything. While the vast majority are about the wife finally getting her man, there are many variations to include in house jokes as well.

Funny Wedding Cake Topper

Funny Wedding Cake Topper

 Ice Sculptures

Ice sculpture toppers are very delicate to make. They require specific climate conditions to be made but also maintained in. These toppers as an extra touch of elegance to any wedding and add an almost magic feeling on the day. They are crafted in a cool room with expert precision.

The toppers are then transported in special coolers and transport vehicles. This is provide the right temperature and are secured so they do not break or melt. Mini ice sculptures are kept in the freezer at the reception venue and only placed moments before the cake is about to go out so they do not melt.

An alternative to this is to have a clear perspex version so that they do not melt and can be kept afterwards (they are also cheaper and easier to maintain). Another alternative is to have a catch phrase that the couple have.

Ice Sculpture

An Ice Sculptured Cake Topper – Better eat that cake quick 😉


How about something simple and elegant just as using just your initials. This can be done with wood, plastic and anything you can use to craft the letters of your name. This can be achieved by laser engraving, tying, bending, welding and many other creative ways to craft your Monograms.

One option which is not technically a monogram but the same principle can be used for this is to spell out your name, like Michelle and James. You can also look into a lovely saying like “Love is in the Air”. You can find these at cake shops or even online.

Monogram Cake Topper

Monogrammed Cake Topper

 Coat Of Arms

Do you come from a proud lineage or perhaps you just like  watching Game Of Thrones? Does the thought of bringing together two family houses in matrimony to create a strong alliance sound like your cup of tea? Then perhaps representing your family coat of arms atop your cake sounds like just your thing.

While the focus these days is the union of 2 people, in olden times they were seen as business transaction or alliances. Unlike other cake toppers these can be placed on the side of the cake as well as on top.

Family Crest Cake Topper

Family Coat Of Arms Cake Topper


Do you and your partner have an animal that you relate to or just really like? Perhaps you are both dog or cat people? How about a cute set of little animals on top of your cake to represent who you are. You can literally have any animal on top with penguins generally being the most popular option in recent time.

Animal cake toppers are tasty and can be created in fondant as well. Warning though as these cute little critters are too cute to eat. 🙂

Animal Cake Topper - Penguins

Cute Little Penguin Cake Toppers


You can have the flowers of your wedding as a cake topper. This is generally done in 2 ways. The first is to use real flowers which are placed on the day or synthetic latex to have a keepsake. The second option is to have an edible sugar flower. You will be surprised at how realistic they look and taste great. In fact many wedding bakeries offer sugar flowers as part of their standard package.

Generally it will be the flower head and formed in the shape of a bunch. The branch can also be used depending on the type of flower / flowers used. They can also be the same type of flowers used in the style of the wedding.

Flower Wedding Cake Topper

Beautiful Flowers As Toppers / Decoration On A Cake

Hobbies & Personal Interest

If you are a fan of a particular TV show, movie, book, sports, hobby or anything then this option is great for you. In recent years there have been many speciality cake topper makers dedicated to a particular niche. If you love Star Trek, Simpsons, superheros and so on then this may be the option for you. Show the world your inner Minion, Iron Man, enthusiasm for tennis and more.

Cake toppers like this do not have to match the entire theme of the wedding. A good example is that you might be having a traditional wedding with a rustic theme yet you have a wedding cake topper showcasing your partners love of football.

Minion Cake Topper

Funny Minion Cake Toppers

Themed Toppers

Does your wedding have a specific theme that can be reflected in the cake topper? Perhaps you are having a Star Trek wedding and want to add the final touch and show off your inner Trekkie. Perhaps even a Star Wars wedding and want to show off your inner wookie with a Star Wars topper. What about a Gatsby themed wedding with retro style monograms or a couple from the era on top of the cake.

As wedding planners we get requests for unique wedding ideas all the time. This includes styling an entire wedding based off a Disney movie which can include the wedding cake topper for the final touch.

Themed Wedding Cake Topper

Disney Themed Little Mermaid Cake Topper

Wedding Cake Toppers Your Way

No matter what you decide for your wedding cake topper, it’s all about representing. you. So if you like traditional, cartoon, monograms or anything else its ultimately up to you. What we have learned here at Pink Caviar Events is that even if you can not find what you are looking for, you can definitely have wedding cake toppers custom made.

What type of wedding cake toppers do you like or have seen? Are you looking for anything specific? Join the discussion below and let us know 🙂

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