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Wedding Cake Toppers

  • Posted on January 24, 2012 at 3:26 am

Are you feeling overwhelmed and out priced even before you really start the major parts of your wedding accessories gathering? Want to save money, but still have an elegant wedding topper that kicks butt in taste, elegance, AND within your budget?
What if you could find the perfect cake topper, but a cake topper that was different than the norm. Something that is not cookie cutter in look or design. Maybe one in which you can even save some real money on the things that during your wedding reception, EVERYone looks at, and still have a stunning display?
Have you ever noticed that all of the wedding cake topper figurines only have one or two different faces? There is no real differentiation between a Caucasian, the African Diaspora, Asian, or Hispanic figurine. That is other than skin tone and possibly thicker eyebrows for Hispanic and curlier hair for the people of African Diaspora descent. Otherwise all are based on Caucasoid features. In order to have real inclusiveness (within the wedding cake topper) more thought must put into the manufacturing process, as well.

After the recent passing of the bill to allow gay (Same-Sex) marriages into law, (here in New York state) I began to really look at what was out there for wedding cake toppers. Not much has changed even when I was getting married almost seven years ago, but shouldn’t it. Have you really looked? Do you feel stuck in the 1980’s? All the wedding toppers really are from the same mold, but with hair differentiation and of course coloring, but if you look at the human forms, they are all from the same mold. Now that’s personal, right? It gives you that warm fuzzy feeling of it being mass produced doesn’t it?

Wouldn’t it be completely fun to have exactly what you want? Make it special, make it fun and make it yours and your fiancé’s AND it not cost an arm and a leg? Most wedding cake toppers start at $99 and upwards, but they aren’t personable at all. There are a few companies out there that have much less expensive ones, but the features and figures do not change even from the more expensive ones. It’s your wedding reception, so make the wedding topper say who you are. Late last year I was going to have a wedding topper “how to” workshop, but with various things happening within my own life, I was not able to pull that off. Now my husband, the designer, wants in on the act and is starting to design some extraordinary wedding toppers for real world people. That’s not to say that you cannot make your own wedding cake topper, because of course you can. I still may have the Wedding Decor Workshop in conjunction with a “How To” hands-on exploration with working with flowers, in the near future. For now I want you think about what types of wedding toppers you might like to see. I want you to imagine making your personal wedding cake topper fresh and bopping just like you.

Marriage, especially with the inclusion of a reception is about community, but com’on. We don‘t want to feel like we are part of a communal clone society. At least not when we have gone to all the trouble to have our wedding be a bit different from other people’s and more like who we are as a couple. As a keepsake, the wedding topper should be a bit different, don’t you think?

Some History About the Wedding Topper

Prior to the 1950’s wedding cake toppers were either decorative sugar or natural flowers. During the 50’s the idea was born to show the couple’s life as it becomes just shortly after the marriage ceremony; a togetherness on top of the cake. Prior to a mold, I am sure there was added work for the pastry chef to create the couples on top of the cake, either standing in formal attire or sitting on the side of the cake in formal attire. Thus started the idea for mass production, I suppose.

How to Pick Your Wedding Invitations

  • Posted on January 16, 2012 at 12:09 am


Once you have your wedding and reception venues, even if they are different you are ready to start on your invitations, although not to send them out, but to decide how you will execute them with the wording, designs, and what’s inside the envelope. Some of it depends on the type or formality of your wedding; whether it is casual or formal. You could go with an email if it is a very casual event. If it is a more traditional or formal wedding then you’ll probably want to have engraved invitations or you could do them yourself or have some straight out of a box. You’ve heard of Bed-in-a-Bag right, well now at Michaels (craft store) they have something that looks like Bride-in-a-Box, although that is not what they call it. It’s really called the The Bride. I like my title better, but there might already be something else called that.

Whatever direction you choose, make sure you are aware of the price point surrounding your choice. Remember, however many guests you would like at the wedding the cost for postage will minimally be $0.44/invitation (until the price of stamps rises) and really if you are including two sets of envelopes (outer to them and an inner back to you) it might be as much as $0.80 – $1.50/invitation. Unless you are hand delivering each invitation, that is your bottom line.


Suggestion: Pick out the envelope size and shape, then assemble all of the parts of your invitation and take to your local post office to find out the price of each invitation before you make your final decision. You can take several different configurations, so you know exactly what each one’s price point is. Tip: A rectangle envelope is considered standard postage, whereas a square envelope is not and requires additional postage.


There are many styles of invitations, including the ones that you design yourself depending on your budget. Here are a few you might see:


The Pocket – Usually a 3-sectioned folded card stock, consisting of two folds. The fold closest to the bottom or to the right if horizontal rather than vertical, holds the invitation announcement. (Also known as the pocket fold enclosure.) Envelope is extra.

The Pochette – Square center with four rounded flaps. (If you think about it too hard and look at it objectively, it is reminiscent of a diaper with four rounded flaps rather than two.) Usually sealed with a cute sticker. Folds into itself so you can mail it out. For return RSVP, enclose a small self-addressed stamped card for guests return response.

Seal & Send – Usually four sections with a perforation for the return card. There are three folds with one as the perforated card that folds into itself and you seal it before sending it out to your guests. This saves you time and extra postage by eliminating the envelope.

Jacket Invitation – Usually invitation is made of card stock wrapped in a cutaway vellum (much like a tuxedo jacket) held in place with by ribbon.

Gate Fold – Similar to the Jacket invitation, except that the folded flaps meet in the middle. Can be held together with a seal, but commonly held together with ribbon. Envelope extra.

Layer Invitation – Usually the top card* has the information or wording on it. The card is another color which frames the invitation itself. Trivia: Often the top layer of the card’s color is a representation of the bride and the color of the bottom card layer is representative of the groom. Sometimes the ink is the same color as the bottom card’s color which integrates the two people coming together in marriage.

There are of course many other various types of invitations. I am sure I have only scratched the surface and I believe some of these names will change from company to company. For our invitation papers, I went to Paper Presentation on West 18th Street, between 6th & 7th Avenues. I used all of my invitation layers from their paper collection. *(I used special paper rather than card stock, which kept the postage down.) My invitations were a combination of gate and layered, so there is some creativity available, no matter the formality of your wedding.

They also have a wedding engraving section on the second floor and if you know what you want when you go in you can have your invitation back within a day or two of ordering. You may of course want to go with a department store or even online. All-in-all, your choices are varied. All you have to do is decide what you really like, whether it expresses the feel of your nuptials and if it is within your budget.