It’s finally here – that time in the wedding planning process when you decide on your wedding cake topper.
Do wedding cakes need a topper?
How tall should a wedding cake topper be?
What do wedding cake toppers cost?
Short answer, It depends…
Just how do you decide on your perfect wedding cake topper when there are a ba-zillion wedding cake toppers to look through on Pinterest, dozens of ETSY wedding cake topper shops to ‘favorite’, and too many other wedding decisions competing for your attention. And you can’t leave this decision to the last minute. Your wedding cake baker most definitely needs to know so she/he can make sure your cake can support your cake topper.
So what do you do?
Wedding Cake Topper Types: Traditional vs Modern vs Hobbyist
What fits you as a couple? You could be a traditional couple who loves to play golf (hobby) or a modern couple that loves vintage materials (traditional) or a mountain climbing couple that loves urban design (modern). It’s all in how you mix the match or match the mix. We are all a little bit of all three. Which one works for you? After that we’ll browse materials, colors and price ranges.
Traditional Cake Toppers
Traditional wedding cake toppers usually involve hand-painted porcelain – posed, dressed up and perfect for highly decorated white wedding cakes. These often are or can become family heirlooms and reused from one generation to the next. For same sex couples this may be an impossible find because it’s hard to find figurines that work without going whimsical, stereotypic, or cliche.
Slightly less traditional, yet classic, are figurine pets and children to add to the top of the cake or on the tiers. Porcelain figurines also come in a variety of custom hair colors, skin colors, attire, and poses. If you see mostly toppers that are white and blond, don’t get discouraged. When you don’t see yourself represented – ASK – or let the owner know you are taking your business elsewhere. It’s a great opportunity to push and ask for more inclusivity and cultural diversity in the wedding industry.
Modern Cake Toppers
Acrylic or wood Laser-cut words and phrases are cake toppers that can be used to display a quote, your names, or just your initials. These toppers take an updated approach to a traditional décor piece. There are some beautiful choices out there with acrylic colors in solids, glitter or with metallic finishes. There’s the option of stained wood cut calligraphy which adds an elegant and whimsical feel to any cake design. These are a great way to personalize your wedding day.
Laser cut toppers are easily customizable to commemorate your special day with names, initials, or the date of your wedding. Wood toppers and acrylic blocks can be heavy and require advance planning with the baker. Acrylic cake toppers are often thin (1/4”), somewhat fragile, and will include cake stakes to hold them up. Stakes can be designed to break off easily so that you can store or display your topper after.
A little less modern in the traditional sense – see what I did there – are Silhouette Cake Toppers. They are the ‘vintage’ modern and can be whimsical by adding silhouettes of balloons, words, pets or special items that relate to the two of you. Silhouette Cake Toppers are usually acrylic, but can also be found in wood.
Wire Wedding Cake Toppers are also popular, particularly for brides and grooms wanting a casual, modern vibe. These are not ‘hangers on’ from days-gone-by. These are modern toppers with-a-twist to spell out a variety of different words, monograms or just spell out your name(s) in a fun twisted script. If you are having a dessert table full of trendy Bundt Cakes, a few of these trendy toppers certainly are a nice finishing touch your guests will notice
Hobbyist Cake Toppers
If you have a passion, or love doing a particular thing together, you can show that off on your cake top. There are custom and ready made topper designs for golfers, motorcyclists, dog lovers, beach lovers, and everyone in between! The more meaningful and personalized to your relationship, the better. Hobbyist cake toppers come in a variety of materials – porcelain, wood, acrylic and plastic.
Creative Wedding Cake Toppers and Unique Cake Topper Ideas
Having a Beach wedding? A pair of Adirondack chairs embraces that sun-kissed vibe and romance. A woodland wedding? How about some antlers laser cut out of wood. A garden wedding? What about a topiary initial cake topper. Maybe it’s just simply the BEST DAY EVER! in a custom acrylic color or a beautiful laser cut wreath cake topper for a rustic wedding. If you have a particular theme, there is a cake topper for it.
Same Sex Cake Toppers
When Derek and I were looking for a wedding cake topper we did not have as many choices when it comes to materials and expression. Same sex wedding cake toppers can be as simple as an acrylic Mr. & Mr. to a Bride and Bride Same Sex Wedding Cake Topper Set in Hand Painted Porcelain. Custom acrylic cake toppers with names and dates because they are easy to customize and also in a variety of colors, materials and designs.
Themed Cake Toppers
Cake toppers can also come in a wide range of themes. Disney, Game of Thrones, Vampires, Star Wars, Sports, Harry Potter, super heros, and on and on. Themed weddings with a wedding cake topper to match will take your event from cool to AMAZING. It’s your wedding – go for it.
Funny Cake Toppers
Who doesn’t love a good laugh. Fun and funny cake toppers can range from Batman Legos, funny figurine wedding cake toppers, cake toppers that look like you with bobble heads, and some over-the-top expressive cake toppers.
Floral Cake Toppers
Boho Weddings are famous for amazing floral wedding cake toppers. Dahlias, Tropical leaves, Roses, Eucalyptus, Paper Flowers, Grapevine are all great features on your cake and make a beautiful ode to nature. Check with your baker about whether your live toppers are edible, or ask for sugar versions instead.
Materials and Size
Wire, stone, acrylic, porcelain, wood, plastic, flowers, and paper are all available materials. It comes down to personal preference, keepsake value, cost and vision. I actually think this is the least difficult part of the decision. Once you have your look and feel of your wedding down you’ll know what material would fit best.
Size is largely determined by the size of the cake. If your cake is tiered, it is the top tier size you will want to consider. Most stand alone cake toppers are about 6 inches tall. The more custom your wedding cake topper, the more control you will have over the size, but know that a topper can easily look top heavy. Weight also becomes an issue as size increases. Get your cake baker or wedding planner involved to help you with your decision.
And you don’t need a cake topper for your wedding cake. Some cake designs are best left alone.
Wedding Cake Topper Pricing
Wedding cake topper pricing varies widely. Ready made cake toppers are generally less expensive than custom designs, but still will vary based on materials and personalization. You’ll have to decide what makes sense to you on cost. At Taylor Street we have wedding cake toppers that start at under $30 and have custom wedding cake toppers that could cost you upwards of $100. We try to offer a variety of prices and materials.
Getting married is an incredibly magical and sometimes stressful experience. Wedding cakes are deeply rooted in tradition. Deciding on your cake topper is a little wedding decision with a surprising amount of pressure behind it. Whether you prefer a traditional, modern topper or something with a lot of glitter and flair, we’re sure that Derek and I can help you find that perfect fit here on Taylor Street.
Contact us if you need some help finding what you need. We can check our resources to see what is possible.
We love this color combination for weddings!
Elegant and classy, navy & gold is a sophisticated color combination that appeals to both men and women. Adding white helps to lift the overall feel without pulling focus, and cameras love it. All three of these colors are easy to find, and while interpretations of Navy will vary somewhat, most golds and whites shades are very close.
Navy and gold make a striking night sky color palette, perfect for outdoor evening weddings with a golden sunset as your backdrop. There is nothing subdued about this color combination; it is dramatic, bold and beautiful.
Here are a few of our most popular navy and gold items:
These classy favor boxes are the perfect size for small treats – 2 inch squares. We make these ourselves from heavy duty card stock, no flimsy cardstock wannabe paper used. If you love the idea but are not sure about the geometric pattern, we also offer these in a champagne bubble top. The navy blue pull on top is optional.
We import these candle holders from the Philippines. They are beautifully handcrafted and provide a shimmery candlelight glow, even with battery tea lights. These also make beautiful gifts.
These gold geometric candle holders add a modern element to your reception tables. We show it here as a flower holder, but since the glass holder is included, you can easily use candles or battery operated fairy lights. These look great indoors or outside, and the small eye-lit at the top makes it easy to suspend these in trees or archways.
Our labels come in a variety of colors – including Ivory and Navy. They coordinate beautifully with a variety of wedding reception themes and are easy to use. The black bow tie doesn’t come with these, but we do sell them if you want to kick your wine bottles up a notch!
These mercury glass votives are just perfect for a navy and gold theme. These are 2 inches in diameter and about 2.5 inches high. Guests love these little candle holders as wedding favors. The price is right too.
A great complement to the mercury votives, these glass coaster favors come gift ready in a gold gift box with a clear lid. Coasters have rubber feet too, so they really are a gift your guests (or you) could use over and over again. They capture the navy, gold and white color theme perfectly without being over-the-top. These are affordable at less than $2 per coaster. Sweet.
There you have our most popular navy, gold and white decor, gift and wedding favor ideas. Let us know what you think or if you have any ideas on what to create. We love to create!
Finding that first dance song is never easy. Some songs may fit one personality, but you want something that represents you both. Maybe you have a song that you fell in love to, when you first met or had your first kiss. From classic to contemporary, romantic to sappy, rock and roll to country to rap – it’s your day, it’s your song. Below are our top 29 picks for a first dance – not 30, just 29. Our first dance song was Love Me Crazy by Moonshine Collective and we were lucky enough to have them at our wedding. What song did you chose for your first dance?
- Love Never Felt So Good – Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake
- “At Last,” Etta James – sung by Beyonce
- You & I – John Legend
- All of Me – John Legend
- Perfect – Ed Sheeran
- Simply the best – Noah Reid
- Stand By Me – Tracey Chapman
- Somewhere over the Rainbow – Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole
- New York – Alicia Keys
- Love me crazy – Moonshine Collective
- Meant to Be – Bebe Rexha (feat. Florida Georgia Line)
- A Thousand Years – Christina Perri –
- Amazed – Lonestar
- One More Try – George Michael
- The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – George Michael
- You’re My Best Friend – Queen
- Better Together – Jack Johnson
- Yours – Ella Henderson
- You Are The Best Thing – James TW
- Marry Me – Train
- How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
- You Are The Reason – Calum Scott
- Home – Michael Bublé
- The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
- The Rest of Our Life – Tim McGraw, Faith Hill
- Can’t Help Falling in Love – Haley Reinhart
- Someone Like You – Van Morrison
- No one – Alicia Keys
- “Marry Me” – Jason Derulo
Let us know in the comments below what song you chose for your first dance.
- Love Never Felt So Good – Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake
If you’ve recently become engaged, congratulations! Check out our wedding registry guide below of exciting places for you to navigate and register for gifts, making gifting easy—for you and your guests. Don’t be shy, your friends and family want to give you whatever will make you smile. Keep checking back too, this list is continually updated with new and exciting places to register.
Trivia: Did you know that 43 percent of weddings will take place from late September to November?
That’s a whole lot of drinking! Wine and beer are fine, but couples increasingly are offering a signature drink at their reception, and creating yet one more wedding decision to make, ‘
What signature drink should we serve at our fall themed wedding reception?’.
Well, I can now offer a tasty solution. I was watching WeddingWire’s Creative Director, Jeffra Trumpower, on the
Today Show and she mentioned a new fall favorite — the Fig & Honey Martini. Talk about ‘fall’-ing in love with fruit. – I am all over this one. One, I love figs and really, to be honest, any drink that sounds like dessert – I’m all in.
Clearly I am no bartender, but I am so willing to jump in and give it a shake. Here’s a recipe I found that I thoroughly enjoyed…a few times…all trial and error for the sake of perfection.
- 8 ounces vodka
- 2 ounces elderflower flavored liqueur
- 6 ounces apple juice
- 1/4 cup honey thyme syrup (below)
- 4 fresh figs, halved*
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
Add the vodka, elderflower flavored liquor, apple juice, honey syrup and figs to a cocktail shaker. Using a muddler (A
muddler is a bartender’s tool, used like a pestle, and mash—or muddle—the figs, and add to the shaker. Add ice. Replace the top on the shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into 4 martini glasses. Garnish with figs and fresh thyme.
Honey Thyme Syrup
- 1 cup honey
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
In a small saucepan combine the honey, 1 cup of water, and the thyme. Bring to a low boil and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool completely before using.
*If fresh figs are not available, 2 teaspoons of fig preserves can be used. Just make sure to stir the preserves until incorporated and then strain.
And on a healthy note, figs are nutritional powerhouses loaded with antioxidants and beneficial nutrients like B vitamins, calcium and potassium. Figs and honey have been shown to do everything from calm stomach troubles to lower blood pressure (and don’t we all need to lower our blood pressure just a little bit). Figs are also thought to have a high amount of Vitamin B5 which makes them so amazing for the skin. So no matter how you slice the fig they make the perfect cocktail!
I feel healthier already. Don’t you?
Now, I bet you’re wondering ‘
What am I going to pour this amazing martini into?’. Well, Taylor Street can help you with that. Below are a few suggestions that will take your martini up a notch. I’ve created a search link as well for a great selection of Martini Glasses. Click here.
Of course you’re going to need a napkin to place those Fig & Honey martinis on. Share the merrymaking with this Martini Glasses Printed Napkin, offered in multiple color options to add a pop to any party.
We’d love to hear about your Fig and Honey Martini experience. Send us a comment below, tell us on
Facebook, Instagram us your Martini (#TaylorStreetLife) or send us a tweet. Right now, I am off to shake up another good ol’ fashioned healthy fig & honey martini. You know, for my skin. Cheers!
So you’ve decided its time to try your hand at a classic. Good for you! Stirred, never shaken, your first sip of a perfectly mixed Americano delivers refreshing magic.
A notable drink for its place in James Bond history, an Americano is the very first cocktail ordered by James Bond in Fleming’s first 007 spy novel “Casino Royale.” Beautifully bright and refreshing, the Americano is the older cousin to the Negroni cocktail (gin instead of soda) and is composed of Campari, sweet vermouth and club soda. [NOTE: Bond preferred Perrier, “…the cheapest way to improve a poor drink.”, over club soda.] The Americano is not for everyone; though it is a gentle introduction to Campari, a somewhat bitter aperitif characterized by its dark red color. According to Mr. Bond “…a drink like this is better suited for dining at an outdoor cafe.” Maybe, but that depends on the cafe.
1.5 oz Campari
1.5 oz Sweet Vermouth
2.0 oz Soda Water
Garnish with a lemon twist or orange slice.
You’ve just built yourself an Americano!
Ice or no ice? The ultimate Americano is stirred (and then strained, much like a Negroni), into a chilled glass (served “up”) or poured over fresh ice (on the rocks). Freeze our diamond-bright stainless steel liquor sphere, then pour your drink directly over it. More important than the ice/no ice decision, the best bartenders always start with ice-cold ingredients — less ice melt = better tasting high ball.
The Americano originated in Milan, created by Gaspare Campari to sell his product. American tourists made it famous in the early 20th century. This drink remains a classic & will not leave you with a huge hangover in the morning
We have a few Old Fashioned barware options to help you out.
It’s not just burlap and mason jars. As the rustic wedding theme’s popularity snowballs, it is increasingly both an attitude and a style, involving planning as well as purchasing decisions. Local sourcing, more natural textures & materials, and less fussy, more comfortable decor are the defining elements of today’s rustic weddings.
And while barn venues continue to define the quintessential rustic wedding reception, inspired brides & grooms (and their creative planners, florists and bakers!) are designing ever more creative elements to consider (queue Pinterest). David and I happen to have gotten married in one of THE absolutely most romantic and historic barns in Central California, so we bring a personal as well professional perspective to this rustic wedding decor and favor fever. Here are 12 of our current favorites.
Rustic Wedding Decor – Good design comes from the heart, not the brain. So when you think of your ideal rustic wedding decor, find inspiration first — looks that you love — colors and textures that delight you.
The best part about this wood and glass box is that it is something you really will want to use at home too!
This enamel pitcher is a simple and casual centerpiece natural. Add flowers and you are done. You will want to have this for home use too.
I chose these because they are made from real wood. There are less expensive resin birch logs available (we carry the resin ones too), but if your budget can accommodate these, real wood wins the day.
If you want to skip the burlap, consider hand dyed silk for your table runners, pocket squares and bouquets. Janelle Nicole Wylie, the owner of Tono + co. creates beautiful one-of-a-kind hand dyed fabrics. Awesome.
Not only is this a lighthearted wedding guest book alternative, it happily lives on after your wedding day as a game-night essential that will rekindle memories every time you play. I wish we had thought of this for our wedding — we play this game often and it would have been so easy to set up for guests, either at a reception table or incorporated at each place setting.
If you are looking for a more traditional wedding guest book, this one is not only made with natural leather and kraft paper, it looks the part too – refined but not fussy. Makes a beautiful personalized keepsake.
Rustic Wedding Favors: At their best, favors are meant to be a thoughtful way to show your guests your appreciation for participating in your wedding day. I’ve written about selecting favors here before, so I’ll just refer you to that article from last year here, and leave you a few suggestions of popular rustic favors we love.
Super cute and truly a miniature version of its workhorse name sake, these galvanized buckets could be filled with just about anything – candy, plants, candles, confetti, crayons – to name a few.
Continuing the miniature theme, these picnic basket favors are almost as versatile as the mini-buckets above…and they might even be cuter. Not shown in the image, they come with a solid lid too, in addition to the double handles and classic woven wicker design.
While these card stock wood print boxes have been around awhile, they continue to be very popular — easily customized with our personalized black chalkboard style label, and affordable.
Rustic Inspired Wedding Gifts – these gifts prove that rustic can be fun too.
This flask makes a great gift for your entire wedding party – guys & gals both will appreciate this personalized reminder of their participation in your wedding day.
Available in two finishes – cherry or white oak, these round wood cufflinks with toggle backings in a personalized wood box make gift giving easy.
Our wood heart treasure box comes in two sizes and can be laser engraved with up to two lines of text. The inside is bare wood, and the two sizes can be nested, if you want to kick it up a notch and get both.
Happy rustic wedding planning!
“First, think. Second, believe. Third, Dream. And finally, dare”. -Walt Disney
It is EVERYWHERE and we love it!
Geometric madness has struck and I don’t think it’s going to leave us anytime soon. This wonderful, modern and playful look blends elegantly with many different table-scapes. And you don’t need to go overboard … even adding just some gold geometric candle holders to your centerpieces creates an air of contemporary simplicity. Below are some of the geometric decor items we offer in this chic trend. You can see all of our Geometric offerings by going here »
Looking for geo gifts?
Cosmetic bags and totes make memorable and fun bridesmaids gifts. And we didn’t leave the groom out of the geo trend. We have some great ideas for groomsmen gifts too, like our Argyle Diamond Monogram Oak Wrapped Hip Flask or these Apex Square Cufflinks.
We’ve got you geometrically covered.
While it all comes down to personal taste, we think our current geometric wedding reception decor items give you the tools you need to create a look that is sophisticated, full of energy, and uniquely your own.
Take a look at our selection of gifts and wedding decor. Let us know what you think and also, what you’d like to see. Derek and I love new ideas and we’d be happy to see what we can find that would help make your day a time to celebrate.
…and remember these mathematical words of wisdom – Life without geometry is pointless !
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” -Dr. Suess
We all know Dr. Suess is right, we just don’t necessarily act on this knowing, especially when in the midst of wedding planning. And while beautiful wedding day photos and a professionally edited video are wonderful to look back on too, they do not re-connect us emotionally in the same way as a personal message tucked inside a wedding day time capsule does.
I’ve collected a few ideas to help you incorporate some type of time capsule into your wedding day. Confession, we did not do this on our wedding day – not because we decided against it, but because we were not aware of it. [And I absolutely am sufficiently cornball/romantic to have included this.] So heads-up, David. I am thinking of including some version of this into our lives now – almost 2 years post wedding day.
There are two ways couples usually incorporate the time capsule idea into their wedding day: “Day of” ceremony time capsule or a Guestbook time capsule.
“Day of” Time Capsule
Supplies: A box & paper.
Really, the supplies required do not create too high a bar, even for those of us who are DIY-averse or flat-out-of-time. We have some options on Taylor Street for boxes & stationery that will not only add symbolic significance to the occasion, but also create a true wedding day keepsake. A shoebox with blank paper or note cards, however, will do just fine.
Boxes: Both of these keepsake boxes could first be used for your wedding reception, so they would not only be pulling double duty, they would have the added significance of having been a part of your wedding day itself.
Paper: There are many awesome stationery alternatives available for you to consider. We have a few for that would work well, like these:
The directions are straightforward. You each write a love letter to your soon-to-be spouse, expressing your feelings on this day — your wedding day — what you are most excited about, your hopes, what is most important to you about this day, and why & when you fell in love with him/her. You know, the emotional kind of “stuff”.
[And this idea is really awesome for a blended family ceremony – including your children in on the time capsule by adding their own notes makes it even more memorable. And, it creates a potential family tradition with the opening of the time capsule and its periodic updating.]
Guestbook time capsule
This version has you asking guests to write you a note on a postcard you provide and drop it in your “time capsule” to be opened on your 1st anniversary. This invites your guests to participate in a way that a guest book signature does not. Here are a couple of ideas for collecting your postcards.
Kick it up a notch: So a year has passed and you’ve opened up your time capsule on your one year anniversary. You’ve read your letters over a glass of wine and eaten what remains of your wedding cake. So now what?! Here are a few ideas for what to add for “the next time” — regardless of what time capsule option you decided on — for your 5 year anniversary, 10 year, … or whatever year you agree to re-open it.
- Take a picture of the two of you with the time capsule the day you open it up & include it for the next time;
- Include that day’s front page from your local paper or print-out from your favorite news source;
- Write about:
- The hardest moments you faced as a couple your first year;
- Your favorite memory of year one;
- A goal or prediction for the next time you open your time capsule;
- Write another personal note to each other.
You get the idea, there are lots of things you could include. Just don’t make this list so long that it gets tedious.
Close it up, store it somewhere safe. Done.
This may become a ritual that you continue the rest of your lives or it may be something you enjoy once and set aside. Regardless, your notes to each other or notes from your friends & family will become something you will be able to look back on, reflect & reminisce when you do happen upon it – especially after it has gathered dust for years. Your children may also enjoy the opportunity to glimpse a bit more about you as well, in your own writing and in your own words … “when you were young”.
Life goes by pretty fast and if you are like me, unless we force some pauses along the way to reflect and reconnect, we miss some awesome & inspiring moments, unique opportunities to really connect with each other.
Your time capsule may help you both re-connect, to a younger you and to each other. Sweet.
Gold decorations for weddings is elegant, sophisticated and timeless. A great accent color for any time of the year.
Here are a few simple ideas to add some glam on a budget. Each of these are affordable and easy to do – so what are you waiting for? Check out our pinterest page for more ideas.