Cake Toppers

          Traditions have changed over the decades, so you have to be very careful what you select.  What may seem innovative with just that right touch of humor may turn out to be offensive to some of the older wedding guests.  The safest route is still traditional, but you don't have to be completely stick-in-the-mud.   There are many technical improvements these days, allowing the bride and groom to be created in the image of the actual wedding couple.  This is especially important for non-standard pairings and relationships.

          Don't forget the backdrop which can add much to the theme, not necessarily the usual Roman columns and horeshoes.  For all traditions, good wishes and luck is in the best interest of your choice for everyone wants only the best future for the celebrating couple.

          In the 1920s and 1930s, a flower bower replaced the columns and horseshoes. The bases were still made from plaster, but the bowers were constructed from wire, and decorated with flowers, often lilies of the valley. The tiny figures became more durable, being made from porcelain or chalkware. The clothes of the bride were elegant and sleek, reflecting the trim Art Deco trend in fashion. The groom was in black tie and tales, and together the tiny couple appeared as if they had just stepped out of high society. The middle of the 1930s had a radical change, with the tiny couple more like kewpie dolls, with child-like bodies and youthful faces. After the beginning of World War Two, military toppers were popular, with the groom drawing more attention than the bride for the first time ever. All branches of the military were represented, so the dashing groom could appear as a sailor, airman, soldier, marine. The theme was also significantly patriotic with flags and ribbons.

          After the war, the bridal couples became plastic, with a background theme that was more ostentatious than not -- gatherings of netting, strings of pearls, cabbage roses, with icons that included doves, cupids, hearts and bells. As the decades advanced, delicate porcelain once more became popular and detailed, but usually quite fragile. Because of the fragility, they can be found in all states of preservation, with the pieces losing value with every chip, dent, missing part, or soiled item of clothing. The better the care and the more the piece reflects the time period, and the higher the value.           The wedding has many collectibles, including the little bride and groom that often graces the tops of wedding cakes. As reflections of our time, these miniature couples are able to reflect our style of dress as they change throughout the years. Before the twentieth century, early cake toppers were made from sugar and were either eaten or crumbled easily. The next types were carved in wood and usually stood on plaster bases, which were molded into delicate and attractive backgrounds for the tiny wooden dolls. 

           When money is no object, there are some truly original creations that will make your wedding the talk of the town.  Best to discuss this matter not only between the bride and the groom, but also the immediate family members, as their input can make the difference between a good time for all, and hurt feelings which can last a lifetime.









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