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A Grand Debate: Cake Topper Versus No Cake Topper

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The choice to not have a cake topper hurts the heart of Wedding Collectibles as that is our expertise and passion, BUT we understand that there are different aesthetic tastes for types of cake topper, there will be those that prefer to not have one at all. Let’s take a look at the pro’s and con’s of having a wedding cake topper.

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Photos: Left - 100 Layer Cake: Our favorite wedding cakes of 2013, Right - Wedding Collectibles: Beach Cake Toppers

Cons to Having a Cake Topper

  • Can limit the style of your cake
  • Cost of cake topper
  • Stress of finding a cake topper you like.

Pros to Having a Cake Topper

  • Adds style quickly to your cake.
  • Can be personal to you.
  • Long lasting (i.e. will not “die”)
  • Becomes a keepsake from your wedding day.
  • Is a traditional symbol of unity
  • Cuter than flowers
  • Can be a spark of personality in a sea of white and tradition.

Other things to consider:

If you are using fresh flowers instead of a traditional cake topper you may find yourself spending just as much money or more on something that will wilt and die later on. With that, you also have to be very careful about when the flowers are purchases and when they are attached to your cake. Flowers can be beautiful and may even be a better option for some wedding styles and themes, but they are not necessarily a better option.

Also, your cake topper is a great way to incorporate the something old, new, borrowed and blue tradition as you can easily use a family members cake topper or find one that features the blue color.

Cake toppers may not be for everyone, but they are at least worth looking at!

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What You Should Know About Wedding Cake Toppers

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Animal Wedding Cake Topper

Dealing with wedding cake toppers on a daily basis as a business means we get a lot of questions about all the nooks and crannies that have to do with what cake toppers are made of and how to tell if what you are getting is well, good. We have answered these questions on an individual basis — be it over the phone or through email — and have begun trying to reach a wider group of our shoppers with answers on our blog, but I feel like this is information that not only our brides would ask, but any bride with her heart set on a cake topper would want to and should know.

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How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Cake Topper

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How to Choose Between Contemporary, Novelty, and Traditional Wedding Cake Toppers

When choosing your wedding cake design, you are going to have to take into consideration that wedding cake topper. Of course, you will be designing a wedding cake that will fit in or coordinate with your wedding colors and theme, and with so many different options, you really have to do the same with your wedding cake topper. That may seem like a “duh” moment, but if you have had your heart set on using the most darling little surfer dude and chick salt and pepper shaker that you think is just too cute and totally you to not pass up, but then you have a very traditional black-tie, red roses wedding, the cake topper will look out of place. The same will go in reverse. It is important that your wedding cake topper is unique to you, but in order to create a cohesive wedding look, you need to make sure that uniquely yours wedding cake topper coordinates with the vintage lantern and daisy centerpieces. Let’s take a look at some criteria that will help you navigate and decide what type of cake topper will fit into your wedding theme.

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Three Fun Twists to the Traditional Wedding Cake

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The tradition of a wedding cake acts as a centerpiece to most weddings, but this does not necessarily mean that your wedding cake needs be traditional.  If you have been dreaming of that four tier white frosted cake with roses or a traditional cake topper, go for it! If not, then why not have some fun? A lot of brides are taking creative liberties in their wedding cake designs, formats, and are even throwing out the cake for something more their taste!

Non-traditional Designs: New inventions in how to design a wedding cake include specific themes and abstract designs. This is probably the most personalizeable route to take in designing your wedding cake. The above image features a couple’s nightmare before Christmas wedding cake. This cake holds the traditional features of multiple tiers, rounded layers, and flower accents, but stands out as a one-of-a kind design. This cake is obviously not for every bride, but represents how every bride can create a unique wedding cake for them. Why not push the boundaries on the classic wedding cake look?!

Cupcakes: One of our favorite wedding cake twist trends is wedding cupcakes! This is one of those occasions that anything mini is automatically adorable. With this, we have seen cupcakes made to look like mini wedding cakes, as well as a small cake at the top of a display with the lower tiers as cupcakes. Both options are definitely workable, but the second may be easier. What is nice about having the top tier be a small cake is that you are still given the option to keep the traditions of cutting the cake and keeping the top tier to share on your one year anniversary. 

Pies , Cheesecakes, Ice Cream Sundaes: Never been a fan of cake? Then don’t have cake at your wedding! There are so many different types of dessert options that there really is no need to restrict yourself to a wedding cake. Why not wedding pie? We have even seen a couple have a wedding pie and mini pies just like the small cake and cupcake tier design. Take a peek at Tara Guerard’s Bon Bon Blog for some great tips on making and serving individual pies. With this option you can still have a cute wedding cake topper or have flower accents, so you are in no way sacrificing decor for your favorite desserts!


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Let Them Eat Cake!

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When it comes to cake designs for your wedding, there are so much to choose from! You can either go very simple and do a one-tiered wedding cake or get gypsy wedding on us and do like 10 tiers! Whatever you choose, you just have to make sure it ties with your whole wedding design and speaks YOU. Below I have put together some cake design ideas that are trending to cater to everyone’s style and personality.

Art Deco Inspired Cakes

art deco cake on lael cakes blog

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Art Deco Cake by Sweet and Saucy

Did you fall in love with the new Great Gatsby like we did? Designing your cakes and wedding with some sort of art deco style would be the perfect touch for a Gatsby-themed wedding. I love these cakes that incorporate the beauty of art deco with a modern touch!

Colorful and Floral Inspired Cakes

red flower cake
blue cake on once wed

Do you love color and flowers? The best and easiest way to add color and floral to your wedding are by adding them to your cake. You can ask your cake designer to not use any flowers and save money by asking your florist to add real flowers yourself!

 Simple and Chic Cakes

malibu wedding cake by sweet and saucy

once wed cake

If you have a simple white wedding and want to go for a sophisticated look then your cake should reflect that as well! The best simple cakes are the ones that are usually white or pastel. You don’t want to go too crazy with color or designs. To add a little personality you can add a little cute cake topper like one here!


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Cake Boards and Thin Fondant: Two Little-Known Questions to Ask Your Cake Baker

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Guest Post By: Renata Papadopoulos, Lovely Cakes


The two cakes pictured above may look different but they’re actually exactly the same. The cake on the left is sitting on a fondant-covered board, while the cake on the right is set on a foil-covered board. It makes a big different, don’t you think?

It’s shocking to me that there are so many cake professionals still presenting their cakes on foil-covered boards.  And it’s even more shocking that some bakers charge to cover the board with fondant!Very few couples ask me about their cake’s board presentation during their tastings. But you should make sure that your cake board will be dressed in a way that coordinates with your cake.

When you visit websites of a potential baker, be sure to take note of the cake boards. That  will give you a good indication of how much attention to the detail your cake professional has.

Another important question to ask your baker: How thick does he or she roll fodant? Fondant should be rolled super-thin, about 1/8” thick. This way the fondant will melt into the buttercream a bit and won’t have as gummy a texture.

Although looking at pictures will not tell you if the fondant covering the cake is thin or not, looking at the thickness of decorations and borders of a cake will give you a good clue if your cake professional takes the time to roll her fondant thin.

Tip: If you have a smaller wedding cake, use a stand to elevate and give more presence to your cake. Just make sure that the stand can sustain the weight of your cake and still be stable.

Renata Papdopoulos | Owner, Lovely Cakes

Renata Papadopoulos is the owner of Lovely Cakes in Connecticut. One of her designs was selected by Brides magazine in 2011 as one of America’s Most Beautiful Cakes.

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Cake Displays

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A fun trend we’ve noticed over the past few years is the disappearance of the wedding cake!  Don’t worry, though.  Cake at weddings isn’t going anywhere.  Instead of a traditional tiered wedding cake, we’re seeing more and more cake displays!

Here’s a fun cake table from Kelly & Jason’s wedding in Alexandria, VA:

(photo by Heather Z Photography)

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Thawing Your Frozen Wedding Cake Top

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So – you decided to freeze your wedding cake and eat it on your first anniversary?  Congratulations on getting your freezer space back!

Here are some handy steps to help you bring your cake back from the dead.  Our bride Heather did this and was kind enough to take some photos for us.

(Heather’s cake on the wedding day. Pretty, right?  Photo by Regeti’s Photography)

1. Let’s assume your wedding was on a Saturday and your first anniversary is on a Sunday.  Take the cake out of the freezer on Friday night and put it in the refrigerator:

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Freezing Your Wedding Cake Top

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Some traditions are neat, some traditions are silly, some traditions are simply outdated, and other traditions we do just for the sake of tradition.

One tradition that’s still around is freezing the top tier of your wedding cake and eating it on your first anniversary.  As a wedding planner, I’m seeing this less and less.  Some bakers will include a small cake for your anniversary when the date rolls around.  Other couples find the idea entirely unappetizing.

(Maggie & Gareth share their cake. Photo by Deb Lindsay)

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LVL’s I Do {How To’s} Sweet Stations

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We’ve all heard of the saying, “Like a Kid in a Candy Store,” and when presented with a table full of your favorite, delicious treats don’t you just get down right excited like a little kid? We sure do and so do our clients.   In the past few years LVL’s clients have really jumped on the candy/sweet station band wagon and we have too!

Not only does it spice up the party but it also makes for a fun and interactive favor for your wedding guests to take home. Whether you are designing the candy station yourself or hiring someone, here are some helpful tips on how to create a fabulous candy station.

Sweet station created by: Candee by Sandee

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