Caroline Wolfe Papocchia - In the world of weddings there are a million details to consider, but few so small and precious as the wedding cake topper. Popular since the 1950s as a symbol of togetherness, most cake toppers figuratively represent the couple. Lovebirds in an ornate nest or smiling, upright brides and grooms are the most traditional styles.
As with many wedding details, however, the cake topper has been appropriated by couples wishing to personalize their wedding. These days the options are nearly endless, but two unique styles recently caught our eye.
Day of the Dead cake toppers, realized in skull or skeleton form, are a deliciously macabre way to enhance any tower of tiers. These colorful and detailed pieces don't require a themed event or cake; in fact, they would pop on simple white buttercream or fondant.
Porcelain animal cake toppers are another irresistible trend. The Aesop's Fables-inspired whimsy of these pieces is pulled out of childishness by the plain white porcelain finish, resulting in a topper that is sweet and elegant.
The wedding cake topper may be a small detail, but it's also a creative opportunity. Inspired by the ghoulish motifs and colors of the Day of the Dead and fanciful anthropomorphic creatures, these toppers are sure to delight couples and guests alike.
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