Monday, August 23, 2010

Cake Top Ornaments

What you decide to put on the top of your wedding cake can make a huge difference in the finished look.  The thing that you need to ask yourself when deciding on a cake topper is "Will this distract or complete the look of the rest of the cake?" Even though an ornament may be "cute," you don't want it to distract from the cake. If you are sold on using something cutesy, you may want to consider just putting it on the table and use something like fresh flowers or a monogram or simple pick on the top. I really like the look of the monograms and there are lots out there to choose from now...research them on the internet. If you do decide to use a figurine of some sort, make sure it is not too large for the cake, and make sure it is something simple and elegant. If you think fresh flowers will complete the look of the cake, go with that option. 

Here are a few examples of good and not so good choices...

First, examples of appropriate fresh flower arrangements on top of cakes. Just make sure the flower size is appropriate for the size of the cake. Sometimes, even a simple floral spray can be elegant.

Here are some examples of monograms and picks...

I love the way the jeweled monogram sparkes

The floral arrangement is a bit large for the first cake, but the heart pick added with the flowers was a nice touch

Examples of some simple figurines...

Simple and appropriate size

Cinderella and Prince Charming...appropriate for theme of cake along with glass slipper on largest tier. Also, notice how the square mirror under the figurine coordinates with the cake shapes

Examples of inappropriate cake toppers...

Figurine simple and nice, but a bit too large for this cake

Definitely inappropriate...distracts from overall look of the cake...simply more pansies or a pick would have completed the look

Flowers too large for cake, also not enough color contrast...a simple fondant bow or pick would have been ideal

In this cake, the bride decided to put the ornament under the cake and have fresh flowers on top...perfect for this design...

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