57 Creative Wedding Cake Topper Ideas

From classic to modern, these unique cake decorations are the perfect way to show off a little personality on your big day.

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October 04, 2019

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Foreva Eva?

Incorporate a fun song lyric or snippet of your favorite tune into your big day with a custom cake topper like the ‘foreva eva’ cut-out seen here. Photo by Winx Photo

Sweet Succulents

Succulents have quickly become a must-have for weddings of all seasons. An assorted cluster of the hardy plant makes a colorful and trendy statement on this semi-naked cake. Photo by Suzy Goodrick

Castle of Dreams

Your wedding day is a dream come true. Or is that Disney World? Why not both, right? A magical Disney-inspired castle sits glowingly atop a wow-worthy cake in this Cinderella-themed wedding held at Disney’s Epcot theme park. Photo by Root Photography

Puppy Lovin'

How adorable is this topper? A replica of your furry friend all dressed up for the big day is the perfect way to incorporate them in your wedding without the hassle or stress of them actually being there. Photo by Rachel Buckley Weddings

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Beating in Thyme

Fresh thyme, floral wire and a cake pop stick are all it takes to craft this adorably chic topper. Get the tutorial here. Photo by Christina Hussey Photography

Fresh Fruit + Flowers

For a (literal) fresh take on the classic topper, consider an arrangement of fruit and flowers. Here, lemons and blackberries are mixed with vibrant florals for a simple and pretty combination that’ll have guests excited to dig in.

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Go Team!

Are you and your partner big sports fans? Choose a delightfully-unconventional cereal treat cake dripping in chocolate-dipped strawberry footballs.

Hobby-Lovin’ Husband

To all the spouses who can’t drag their significant others away from the golf course, this fun-loving topper is for you. Photo by Amanda May Photos

Cute Cactus

This trendy, minimalistic cake gets a Southwestern-inspired accent with the addition of a prickly, heart-shaped cactus topper. Photo by Carrie J Photography, Cake by Le Dolci

Gold + Geometric

For a modern, streamlined wedding cake, a matching topper is a must. Two gold geometric balls are accented with greenery and placed atop this cake for a chic and contemporary look. Photo by Brandon Scott Photography

Floral Cascade

Figurines or sweet quotes aren’t the only options for cake toppers. As a decorative alternative, have your florist provide extra flowers to arrange atop. Here, beautiful bold blooms crown, then cascade down a pretty white cake.

Home Sweet Home

Pay tribute to your and your spouse’s roots with wooden toppers shaped like the states or countries you're from.

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I Love You to the Moon

Pay tribute to your out-of-this-world romance with a galaxy-inspired marble cake and glittery moon-and-stars topper. Photo by Jeff Brummett Visuals

Heart of Gold

A 3-D, geometric heart brings a modern touch to this beautiful, three-tier cake while carrying the gold theme all the way to the top. Photo by Eva Photo Studio

Love Birds

A pair of perfectly smitten wooden birds share a sweet kiss atop this delightful wedding cake. Photo: Revival Photography

Hit the Slopes

For a personalized touch, consider a cake topper that displays a favorite hobby or activity you and your partner enjoy doing together — like hitting the slopes.

A Toast to Love

Raise your dessert plate to a long, happy marriage with these tasty, adorable rosé toasting cakes adorned with individual ‘cheers’ toppers for a celebratory touch. GET THE RECIPE

Southwestern Steer

An avant-garde choice for a Southwestern-inspired soirée, this glittery, watercolor wedding cake showcases a whimsical steer head adorned with artsy, colorful peace signs.

Merry Monogram

Celebrate a newly-shared last name with a custom monogram cake topper featuring both partners' initials.

Sweet Tooth

If your baker is also a gifted artist, ask them to craft a custom, cartoon topper of you and your partner out of edible fondant.

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Flowers to Keep

Turn basic tissue paper into a cause for celebration. The simple, minimalist look of these budget-friendly, DIY flowers will have your event bursting with originality and charm.

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Upcycled Gift Bag Topper

Whether you're serving traditional wedding cake, a tower of cupcakes or another decadent dessert, a clever cutout of colorful blooms is the perfect way to save big bucks without losing style points. To recreate this topper, cut the prettiest blooms out of a floral gift bag, then glue onto short wooden skewers. Arrange three or more on top of your cake for a lush, three-dimensional look.

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Laser Cut Last Name

It’s hard to top (pun totally intended) a laser-cut, script topper featuring the newlyweds' newly shared last name. Pair with fresh flowers for an elegant touch.

Me, You and the Dog

Is your furry friend a part of your love story? Put him on the cake! This is a great way to include your pup on the big day if he’s not wedding-guest material or if the venue doesn’t allow dogs.

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Fruity Freshness

This semi-naked cake looks even sweeter when piled high with fresh fruit. Choosing an array of fruit varieties will ensure a colorful, photo-worthy spread.

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The Best Is Yet to Be

For that moment when you and your love cut the top tier and exchange bites of buttercream, choose a swoon-worthy statement like "Better Together" or "Grow Old With Me."

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Edible Flowers

Guaranteed not to die before pictures, pretty flowers piped from icing are a delicious alternative to real blooms.

Mr. and Mrs. Mouse

We all know a Disney fan or two, and that may be you! Your favorite cartoon characters in sweet silhouette are a clever way to incorporate your fandom without going overboard.

Tipsy Topper

Turn mini red cups into an adorable cake topper. Start by cutting the base of the cups at various angles and sticking them down into the cake. Add a tiny bottle of your favorite booze and finish it off with a drizzle of honey to give it the look of an extra good time.

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Cute + Classic

Take a classic approach and trim a sweet white cake with fresh flowers and a gilded topper in a pretty script font. Photo by Dana Cubbage Weddings

Custom Clay

This clay creation is a nod to the classic cake topper but with a personalized feel since the figures are modeled after the couple — and their dog!

Cake Is Love

Top your cake with the romance of the written word. Accent with fresh florals for a sweet touch.

Picture-Perfect Smooch

Pucker up and add a little old-school charm to the reception with fun Polaroid shots of the newlyweds. Photo by Jenny Ebert Photography

Single Bloom

For a simple and classic topper, a single flower bloom, like the garden rose here, is the way to go. Incorporate a few stems of loose greenery for a touch of color.

Simply Chic

The glitz and glam of this suspended cake stand are continued on to the cake topper. A single initial of your newly shared last name is a simple-yet-elegant topper idea.

A Splash of Color

Add a splash of color to the cake table with decorative bunting and flags coordinated to match your theme and color palette.

Winter Wonderland

For a holiday wedding, create a festive winter wonderland of frosted trees. Made from ice cream cones and sugar candy, these trees will make any cake sparkle.

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Seasonal Freshness

Adding fresh berries and loose greenery is an easy, pretty way to infuse a bit of color into an otherwise plain cake.

A Classic Touch

Bright blue with gold leaf details is a little unconventional for a wedding cake, but the design is grounded by the classic bride and groom cake topper.

Just Beachy

Fun for a wedding on the coast or great for a couple who simply loves the beach, a pair of brightly painted mini Adirondack chairs looks just right on top of Design Star Meg Caswell's "sandy" wedding cake.

Birds of a Feather

For outdoor or seaside nuptials, consider incorporating natural elements into your decor. A trio of pheasant feathers adds a whimsical, boho vibe to the top of this waffle cake.

“And They Lived…”

Give a storybook ending to your cake with this Cinderella-inspired topper. Coordinate the color to your wedding to carry the theme throughout.

Fun DIY Banner

Embellish a plain white cake with colorful DIY bunting. Craft your own with our free printable design.

Keep It Simple

If you're going for a simplistic vibe, sometimes basic is the best way to go — as was the case with this simple cake that features two unpainted wooden peg people and DIY bunting.

Party Flags

A simple project that makes a big (and sparkly!) statement, these easy-to-make party flags from Something Turquoise are the perfect cake toppers to get guests in the celebratory mood.

Thank You for Bean Here

Calling all coffee lovers! This groom's cake is topped with coffee beans the groom roasted himself as a nod to his favorite drink.

“I’ll Love You…”

Semi-naked cakes need a dainty topper so the cake doesn't look weighed down. This sweet topper pairs nicely with the floral details and doesn't overwhelm the look.

Best. Day. Ever.

Because your wedding should truly be the best day ever. This tiny banner with twine is the perfect way to sum up the big event. Image courtesy of Rustic Wedding Day.

Colorful Pinwheels

Using strips of colorful craft paper, toothpicks and a glue gun, you can create festive cupcake pinwheel toppers. For a vintage twist, personalize your cupcake toppers with antique buttons — maybe even a few from your mother's wedding dress.

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A Sweet Note

Have a phrase you and your spouse say to each other? Make it into a cake topper for a personalized touch.

Deer-ly Beloved

A pair of golden deer is a perfect choice for a chic, outdoor-loving couple.

Show Your Nerdy Side

It may be your wedding day, but that doesn't mean you can't act like a kid! Choose a favorite toy from the past (LEGOs? Barbies? Matchbox cars?), and adorn your cake with them for a fun, personal touch.

A Rustic Touch

Small, his-and-hers log chairs are sweetly adorned with a veil and cowboy hat. Display the topper after the wedding for a memorable keepsake item from the big day.

Written in Wire

Feeling crafty? Save a few bucks and create your own topper instead. Black wire is formed into a beautifully crafted ‘hitched’ topper in this easy DIY.

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Dapper Penguin Cake Toppers

Animals are a fun way to liven up a cake and these penguins are extra cute with bow and neckties.

Sparkler Surprise

It’s time to celebrate! Put on a big show with a sparkler display on your cake. Just remember — safety first! Only use if your nuptials are taking place outdoors in an open area.

Collected Cones

Two pinecones dressed up with a veil and top hat were a frugal and seasonal addition to this winter wedding.

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