Why Cake Toppers?
Wedding cake toppers have been a part of wedding tradition almost as long as their have been wedding cakes. From what we have found, the exact origin or starting point of when people started using cake toppers is not exactly clear, but we did find one sweet anecdote that embodies why we even use them still today:
“One account regarding its origin a century ago revolves around a baker’s daughter who was about to get married. The girl asked her father to create a symbol of the unflinching love between her and the groom, for the world to see.
After mulling over several ideas and carefully deliberating over each one of them, the father decided to make a unique creation – a lovely wedding cake, with two fabulous figurines on top of it. The figurines that the cake top featured were obviously of his daughter and her groom-to-be. The baker had conceived the cake topper as the perfect symbol of their love and bonding.
On the wedding day the daughter was moved by the sight of the cake made with love and affection by her father. The daughter was indeed touched by the beautiful gift and the sentiments behind it. For her it was the best gift, among the most unique wedding favors, she could have received. The cake, hosting the figurines, was prominently placed at the venue of the wedding. (The History of the Wedding Cake and Cake Toppers)”
From this, we know and understand at least one aspect of the use of the wedding cake topper: It is a symbol of the love between the bride and groom. This is the why. There are a lot of couples that choose to opt out of using a topper, but they are missing out. It may be all sentimental, but wouldn’t it be wonderful to have something, a symbol, that captures the sentiment of the biggest day of your life?
Cake toppers are used at a lot of other big events as well; such as anniversary parties, sweet sixteens, and Quinceaneras. While they are representative of different things, their function as a lasting symbol remains the same. Though that symbolism sometimes take second ring to its value as a decoration.