How to Keep Your Wedding Cake Topper Keepsake

How to Keep Your Wedding Cake Topper Keepsake

Language of Love Forever Wedding Cake Topper Figurine

When we say “how to keep” your cake topper we basically mean, “what the heck do you do with it after the wedding?” Wedding cake toppers are beautiful, sentimental, and are the type of keepsake that you could potentially pass down to your future children. Even if your wedding cake topper is not ideal for being handed down through the generations and is instead a uniquely you design, it is still a memento and symbol of your special wedding day and because of this we recommend keeping that beautiful wedding cake topper out of a storage box and instead put on display!

Wooden Keepsake Display Stand

When displaying your cake topper there are a few things you should consider: First is the break-ability of your cake topper, second is the size of your cake topper, and third is the style of your cake topper. For example, if your cake topper is more comedic it probably won’t mesh in a formal living room displayed in a glass case, and contrarily, if you have a crystal or porcelain wedding cake topper, then you won’t want it to be on a entry table that is easily bumped or a coffee table that is frequently in use. If you have a particularly small cake topper you may consider creating a wedding day shadow box that includes the cake topper, your wedding bouquet, handkerchief, a photo, and other wedding keepsakes. A wedding day shadow box is a fun and creative way to display your wedding keepsakes, but if you are looking for something simpler, more transitional, and focused on your wedding cake topper, something like the above wooden display stand would be ideal. This stand incorporates your cake topper, a personalized message, and wedding photo. By having a display stand you can designate a less-bump-able/please-don’t-touch room decor, while keeping it open and  a less museum-serious-glass-case display.

 

You spend so much time planning every detail of your wedding from picking out your wedding dress to selecting your wedding cake topper, and then it is over in just the blink of an eye. Let you wedding cake topper stand as a reminder of the planning, joy, and love of that special day. 

Wedding Garters: Don’t Blush!

 Dorritt Solesbee Photography - Garter TossWedding Garters: Don’t Blush!

Tossing the wedding garter is a fun tradition that has come to be thought of as the male version of tossing the wedding bouquet, but it has some interesting roots. There are two slightly varied roots for this tradition. The first was that in order to gain proof that the marriage was consummated a witness would be given the garter. Then along side the “as proof” tradition, the garter was seen as good luck and it was seen as good luck to get pieces of any of brides undergarments. This became quite obviously problematic in a way that no bride appreciated as people tried very desperately to get a hold of the garter. The tradition has thus tamed down to not giving it out from the bride and grooms bedroom on their wedding night to some witness and to having the groom toss the garter to the single men rather than them take it from the bride.

Beach Wedding Garter

With that background being laid to rest in the past, the wedding garter is now a playful and teasing tradition that is fun at any wedding. Typically a bride will have two garters; one to keep and one to toss. We recommend not spending as much money on the one you will toss and to make sure the elastic has a lot of bounce. Also, the garter is a perfect opportunity to get your something blue! The garter is to be worn above the knee and during the reception with the bride sitting on a chair the groom removes it with his hands to then toss it. More…adventurous grooms with brides that won’t punch him in the nose may even decide to snag the garter with his teeth, but we recommend reading your audience on whether or not this will be appropriate or if you will be making enemies with your new in laws. 

French Lace Wedding Garter

The garter is to be tossed to the single men at the wedding (much like the bouquet is tossed to the single ladies). The gentlemen who catches the garter is said to have good luck and to be the next man to get married (which is seen as a lucky thing…). Sometime people will have the gentlemen who caught the garter put it on the lady who caught the bouquet, but this might be a tradition that would make the two uncomfortable and you wouldn’t want to discourage anyone from participating in all the fun! However you do it, keep it fun, full of laughs, and PG (Don’t forget who your guests are!!!). 

Wedding Cake Toppers for all Four Seasons

Wedding Cake Toppers for all Four Seasons

As a year ends and a new year begins, all of the brides to be that are deciding on their wedding dates have the full scale of wedding seasons to choose from. Will you be a spring bride? Full of light laughter and twiterpated lovey-dovey-ness? Will you choose to exchange vows on a sandy beach with the summer heat sinking down with the sun on the ocean shoreline? Will you be a fall bride taking advantage of the vibrant and warm colors of the changing leafs? Or will you be a winter wonderland bride snuggling up with your groom, serving hot chocolate, and warming your fingers and toes by a fire? With each season comes a new set of wedding themes and styles, and Wedding Collectibles has the perfect favors, wedding accessories, and darling wedding cake toppers to help you fit your theme and your season.

Adorable "Leg Pop" Ribbon Accent Cake Topper- Custom Colors!

Twitterpation Season

Spring has been the “IT” season for weddings for….I don’t even know how long. To be a June bride is like entering into a secret club of getting everything you ever wanted. If the Spring bride is you, congratulations you have hit the “It” season mark. You might decide to look into vintage, floral, butterfly, or shabby chic wedding themes. Each of these fit nicely with the colors and flowers that come with the Spring. Everything should be light, smile-ready, and focused on new and butterflies-in-the-stomach love. Cake Toppers like the adorable “Leg Pop” one above will help you reach that twitterpated mood of spring because it embodies that same lightness and new energy of romance. 

Romantic Wedding Couple Lounging on the Beach Figurine

Sand-between-the-toes Season

Summertime equals sunshine, warm nights, starlight picnics, and summer love! Summer love may indicate that fleeting love, but let’s go with the Grease version where the summer lovers end up back together happily ever after. Summer is one of the funnest seasons in that it is a perfect dating season and generates ideas and the option to go to fun theme parks, circuses, to go see fireworks, on boat rides, hiking, fishing, camping, and all sorts of outdoor activities that either end or begin with you holding hands. Each of these summer activities can inspire unique wedding themes; For example, the circus or perhaps a festival with carnival like games can translate wonderfully into a creative and active wedding reception. Playful cake toppers like the wedding cake topper of a bride and groom cuddled lounging in the sand is perfect addition to a summer wedding because it acts a a cut out of what those long summer days and nights entail: Fun, romance, and dreaming of forever.

Willow Tree ® "Promise" Wedding Cake Topper Figurine

Blustery Days Season

Fall can sometimes be a season that gets skipped over as an in between season that just acts as a separator between the summer sun and winter snow and rain, but it is such a beautiful season that it deserves to have its day: Your wedding day! Fall is a season of warm, rich, and vibrant color schemes. You can use reds, purples, oranges and any other color that a green leaf turns into at the season change. The Willow Tree cake topper is an absolute perfect choice for a fall wedding cake topper. It’s earth tones and simple carving creates a tone that just says fall. This would work with vintage, country, shabby chic, storybook, and fairy tale wedding themes. 

Glass Heart Dancing Couple Cake Topper

Sleigh Bells Season 

We have talked about what makes a winter wedding great before, but to recap, it is uber romantic. Winter often equals cuddling close, mistletoe kisses, and whispering I love you along side the soft fall of snow. With winter being so magical, you will want a wedding cake topper that will equal that feeling. The above “Glass Heart Dancing” cake topper works great for winter in that the glass and crisp white implies a winter wonderland and the couple dancing creates that feeling of intimacy and romance.

 

 

Gag-Me-With-a-Spoon Cutsie Wedding Cake Toppers

Gag-Me-With-a-Spoon Cutsie Wedding Cake Toppers


Showered with Love Couple Figurine

Are you that couple that just can’t help but talk in sweet little voices to each other, sneak little kisses, and are holding hands or cuddling so much that your friends pretend to be joking about not being able to stand being around you? Do you have so many pet names for each other that you have moved way passed sweetheart and have entered a world where pumpkin butt is a term of endearment? If so, then you will want to capture that lovey-dovey-ness in your wedding cake topper because your cake topper is not only for your wedding, but is a keepsake that can represent your love for each other for the many years to come. Wedding Collectibles has so many different types of cake toppers available, but some of the best wedding cake toppers we have are our too cute to stand cake toppers, including the “Showered with Love” cake topper that is featured above.

"Picture Perfect" Couple Figurine

The “Picture Perfect” couple wedding cake topper is another fun cutsie cake topper option. Part of what makes this so adorable is its play off of the trend of taking wedding photos or engagement photos with a frame (the whole frame within a frame effect). If you are doing the framed them photos then this cake topper would be perfect! Plus, as it allows for your cake topper to be more of a sweet moment captured, rather than a stoic image of a bride and groom

"The Look of Love" Bride and Groom Couple Figurine

If you are looking for a twist on the traditional wedding cake topper, the “Look of Love” would be the perfect choice. This cake topper is unique in that instead of the usual bride and groom standing side bye side, you have a bride and groom sitting together in one of those soft and intimate moments where you don’t worry about those friends that are making kissy noises or are pretending to throw up because all that matters is looking into his deep dark brown eyes and hearing him whisper “I love you”. What is really great about this cake topper is how natural and unposed it seems. It really could be that moment at the end of the night, when the bride and groom think that finally no one is watching and they just sink into themselves. 

There really is a lot of freedom in the choice of what kind of wedding cake topper you choose to use, so take your time in deciding on that perfect wedding cake topper that truly captures the love and personality of your relationship. 

The Best Flowers to Accompany a Traditional Wedding Cake Topper

 

The Best Flowers to Accompany a Traditional Wedding Cake Topper

Wedding Collectibles Caucasian Couple Figurine

If you have had your heart set on a traditional bride and groom cake topper or perhaps plan to use the same one your parents used , but you also really like the idea of flowers on your cake don’t think you can’t do both! You just want to make sure you don’t let the flowers over power or otherwise hide your cake topper and you don’t want the floral design to be so insignificant that it is like there is nothing there at all. 

Sunflower & Burlap Wedding Cake

Too Big

Sunflowers, Peonies, and Garden Roses are some wedding flower favorites that can look great on a cake, but if you want to have a cake topper too, these would be overbearing and would take away from the cake topper you so carefully picked out. If you find smaller sunflowers, it could work, but they are still a really bold flower choice, so you will have to play with it. 

 

Memento's Designs

TooSmall

Flowers like baby’s breath could end up being too small. The above cake looks great, but the flowers are such a small element that unless you do do something where the cake is colored, the flowers won’t make much of an impact. If you want the flowers on the cake to be a complete side note, then these might work for you, but if you want flowers to be a major part of the cake’s design that works with the cake topper, these just won’t cut it. Baby’s breath really is just a filler flower, It is the soft stuff that goes in-between the pretty stuff and they just don’t quite make enough of an impact to go on a wedding cake.

 

Spring Wedding Flower - Lily of the ValleyJust Right

The lily of the valley flower is a great option for a cake with flowers and a cake topper, Like the baby’s breath, the flowers are small, but not overly small. This allows for you to have a floral cake design that frames a wedding cake topper without over doing it. Other flowers that can fit this just right category are daisies and lilacs.

 

Bridesmaid Dresses: To Match or Not to Match, That is Every Bride’s Question

Bridesmaid Dresses: To Match or Not to Match, That is Every Bride’s Question

Wedding Bee

One of the many wedding cliches that everyone likes at and every bride’s potential bridesmaid fears is the ugly bridesmaid dress. There have been years of wedding and generation of bridesmaids that have endured ballooned sleeves, satin, velvet, lace worthy of a doily, and prints that can be found in your grandmother’s left over quilting scraps. It is like a train of “What was she thinking” and five minute trends.Now, we realize that some of what we call ugly today, may have truly been the style ten years ago, but the thing we are hoping to help you avoid is being in that list of ugly dresses ten years from now five years from now, next years and the day those horridly wonderful curtains walk down the aisle. 

Would You Rock These Hideous Bridesmaids' Dresses? « Read Less

What your bridesmaids wear is going to be a direct reflection of your (the bride’s) taste and since having ugly dresses is such a cliches, it is going to be something everyone will look for. So, what are the danger zone and how can you avoid fitting the cliche? Let’s take a look at the options.

1) You pick everything head to toe and everyone wears the same dress.

Hot Pink Bridesmaid DressesLet’s go on a little journey. Think about the families you see at Disneyland or tourist attractions that are all matching. If the kids are all under five it might be cute, but any older and it could tip on the tacky side. Depends on how it is done? Okay. Now remember your family photos. Is anyone a little too matchy? Is it over bearing? A little? Still sometimes cute? Okay, now think about your bridesmaids. Do they all have the same hair color, skin tone and body type? No. Then they are not going to look good in the exact same thing. (ie. don’t put a red head in bright orange, hot pink, or red and don’t put someone with really pale skin in pale peach. It just won’t translate very well. We don’t say this to bash on matching bridesmaid dresses, as you can see the very first picture in this post has bridesmaid in matching dresses and it looks great, but we just want you to be careful because this is the highest danger zone for falling into the cliche. If you really want to have all your girls matching, then take them with you shopping. This doesn’t mean you need their opinion per se, but so you can see how everyone looks in the dress options. Or, take a look at option two. 

2) Pick one element, they pick the rest (perhaps with some guidelines).

{Wedding Trends} : Bridesmaids in Skirts - how to styled, accessorized and mix-match

This really is the best  middle ground option. It works best if you pick out a skirt for all the girls to wear and then have them find and pick out their tops, accessories, or shoes. Other things you could do is pick out a cardigan, statement necklace, or matching shoes. Once you have sent out the piece you are require them to wear, they can then fill in the rest. It is, of course, usually best to give them a color palette to work from so that everyone coordinates with each other and your overall wedding look, but, other than that, let them decide. This gives you flexibility, but also allows you some more control. 

3)Pick a color and they pick the rest.

The Secrets of Successful Mismatched Bridesmaids

This option is for the bride that doesn’t have her heart set one everyone matching or would like one less thing they need to fully decide on. The idea here is that each bridesmaid would be told what color scheme you want and then would be given the freedom on deciding what to wear. By doing this, you allow your bridesmaids to find things that they will feel beautiful in and will want to wear again. If you are worried, you can have everyone send you pictures if you want to keep tabs on how everyone will coordinate, or if everyone is local, you can have a girl’s day shopping trip so that everyone can work off of each other and find what they want.

The Grand Exit: A Sparkling Send Off

The Grand Exit: A Sparkling Send Off

Charming Montecito Estate Wedding

Sparklers

The Send Off Trends

Brides everywhere are jumping to create a send off that screams style and sizzle. Why? Not only does the bride and groom need a grand entrance, they need a grand exit. For the wedding the bride walks up that aisle, music is playing, all eyes are on her or are peaking to try to glimpse the priceless expression on the grooms when he sees his bride in her wedding dress. It is a a turning the heads of the crowd moment that is tailor made into the wedding. You really don’t have to do anything. It will be spectacular. Just don’t fall. But, for the nights end, when the bride and groom leave their honeymoon to embark on their honeymoon and journey as a husband and wife, there are a lot more ways to make it a wow moment. Traditionally, guests would line the exit, wave goodbye, and throw rice as the couple walked out smiles all around. Then it started where people blew bubbles and now the big thing is to distribute sparklers and have a gilded exit. Personally, I hope this doesn’t go out of trend.

Two Things to Consider

1) Will you have a big line or small one?

If you are having a small wedding and will therefore have a small send off, the line of sparklers may not be your best bet. Part of what makes the sparkler send off so amazing is that the sizzling lights become overwhelming and truly represent the love and excitement of the people there. If you have  a group of fifteen people, it just won’t have the same effect.  

2) Make sure the guests know the game plan.

It is important to help your guests to know where you need them to be and when. This can be as simple as having a sign posted with the sparklers or having one or two people coordinate and instruct people where to go. The thing with sparklers is that timing will need to be perfect. What happens if the guests light there sparklers up before you make your exit? You leave on awkward “oopsies”, laughs, and small streams of smoke. One of the best things you can do is to line everyone up first, then have a crew hand out the sparklers, then when you are ready, that same crew will go down the line and light everyone’s sparklers and then whoever you have coordinating the timing will tell you when to go. You can have the crew lighting everything light every other (or so on) and then have the guests light each others from there. Also have a set plan for how your guest are to throw away their sparkler once it is out. One simple and cute way to do this is to have tin or decorate buckets that have a few inches of water on the bottom available. This would be especially perfect for any country vintage, or shabby chic  wedding style.

 

How to Pull Together the Perfect Gift and Sign in Table

How to Pull Together the Perfect Gift and Sign in Table

As your guests enter in on your wedding or reception one of the first things they will do is try to find the gift table and sign in, so there are a couple of things we suggest doing in order to make this first introduction to your special day absolutely perfect.

1: Combine the gift and sign in table.

Having these two together will make your guest’s lives a whole lot easier. They do not necessarily need to be the same table, but at the very least have them in the same location.

2: Have the table(s) near the entrance of your venue. 

This does not mean have it at the front door, but have it along the path or entry way the guests will walk through in order to get to the wedding festivities. By having it along the way, you will avoid getting clumps of people waiting to sign in at the same place that you were planning on having dancing. Plus, it allows for your guests to drop their gift off and sign in right when they get there so that they don’t need to worry about it during the rest of the wedding celebrations.

3: Get creative with the sign in book.

Burlap & Lace Guest Book

You are completely welcome to having the traditional sign in where you have a guest book and the guests simply sign their names, but there are three fun trends that will kick it up a notch and allow you to capture more memories. The first is a photo guest book. These are really easy and a lot of fun. You can order these at Michael’s craft store, Walmart, Sam’s Club, or  Shutterfly. Shutterfly is a costumer favorite even though it is a little expensive, but as a perk, when you register at Target, they will often give you a gift card to Shutterfly that can off set the cost. Each store does have customizable options, Shutterfly just has the most. With each, however, it is easy to do. You simply select pictures (these can be your engagements) and then place them in the book. The idea would be that you would provide pens or sharpies (metallics work best if you have a dark background) and then you have you guests sign and write messages along the margins and next to the pictures. These are easy, fun, and a great way for you to create a more personalized guest book.

Wishes Cards Tan

The second trend is signing cards. With this you provide a decorative box and set of stationary cards like the ones above and each guest takes a card, writes their names and a message to the bride and groom. This is an easy option that can provide a little more intimacy for the guest because it allows for them to feel like they are writing you an individualized message, rather than just signing along with a group. Instead of cards, you could also do Polaroids of your guests. This would take a little more work in that you would need to have a designated photographer and the guests may have to wait longer, but it is also a cute way to put all the faces, names, and sweet messages together for the later years when you reminisce about your wedding day.

Initial Canvas Signature Guest Book

The final trend that can really step up your guest book is doing a frame sign in. This option is great in that it allows you to create sentimental decor for your future home together. It also allows guests to feel more like they are a part of something. However, depending on the size print and frame you get, this may be a better option for a smaller wedding so that the print is not over crowded with signatures. Although, it might be a good kind of overwhelming to see the print fill up to the point where its two dimension design looks like it is going to overflow.

4: Don’t forget a Card Box.

Scrolling Heart Birdcage Card Holder

Not everyone is going to bring a wrapped present and you definitely don’t want to lose cards from your wedding guests, so having a card “box” out is a great way to keep it all together and make your guests feel like you are accepting card gifts just as happily as a wrapped present.

Three Fun and Corny Date Ideas

Always Date Each other

You’re in love and you’re getting married. That is the end goal for the relationship right? We grow up playing barbies, ken and barbie date and then once we have decided they are in love they get married and that’s that. Every Disney princess movie ends in that fairy tale wedding, happily every after, the end ( at least until they make a sequel that makes you cringe). In real life relationships there will be moments that you will be caught up in the romance and butterfly feeling that will move your love story right along to the wedding bell ending, but that is just the thing, that decision to get married and being married does not end the necessity to court and woo one another. So, here are some light hearted date ideas to help remind each other the point of the five page wedding planning check list. 

 

Ice Skating Around the World

1: Rollerblading or Ice skating.
This is an especially fun one if neither of you are very coordinated. With this date you can hold on to each other, or if one of you is rollerblading adept, one can help the other, and this will keep you physically close throughout the night. Then, with the very real possibility of falling over and looking ridiculous, you open yourself up to be a little vulnerable. If being vulnerable together is something you have a hard time with, this date would be a perfect exercise or way of tricking yourself into letting your guard down a little more. Plus, there is bound to be a photo booth at your local roller rink that you can squeeze on into and take those silly and cute photos that are designed especially for making memories.

"GROOM (under new management)" Wedding Transfer2: Make a Bet.
Let us explain. Buy coordinated Bride and Groom t-shirts or iron-ons and go out to the mall, a theme park, or otherwise crowded place. Before leaving, each of you place a bet on the number of times someone asks you about your wedding, openly stares, gives you a “I’m a stranger, but I am happy for you” smile. Then, simply keep a small notepad in your pocket or purse and as you go throughout the day mark down the responses. The one whose guess was closest can receive a “prize” of whatever sort you decide upon before heading out. You can, and should, of course do date-like things while the bet is going on, but this can add an extra twist and inside laugh for the day for you and your groom.

A Weekly Fangirl Discussion: A Couple That Plays Together Stays Together3: Geek Out.
Rent your favorite two player video game – be it a childhood favorite or your current weekend unwind. This can be fun because it can bring out the competitive nature of the most tame person. You may want to establish a “I am actually really frustrated by this game” safety word, but otherwise enjoy some junk food, and see how creative you can get with your smack talk.

A Gift from You to Your Groom: Don’t Forget it is His Wedding Too!

A Gift from You to Your Groom: Don’t Forget it is His Wedding Too!

When people bring up wedding planning and that “big day”, they usually focus on the bride and what she wants. Now, this isn’t wrong or bad. A majority of brides have been day dreaming about their wedding day since they were little girls. This does not, however, that there are not any grooms out there that haven’t been doing the same, and even if they have not, that does not take away from the fact that it is there wedding day too. So, we would suggest making sure your groom is given the same amount of doting as the bride. 

NFL Engraved Pint Glasses

Start by treating him to a night out with the boys to celebrate his new commitment. Why only have him celebrate at his bachelor’s party? Through all the stress of wedding planning, relaxing with the guys and watching the sports game will be the perfect way to keep tempers down, just like the bride needs time with her girls to get pedicures and catch a chick flick. What better way to make sure your groom knows you appreciate his support and help then gifting him with sports paraphernalia like the above engraved pint glasses and a free night to not worry about wedding planning woes? 

Black Border Designer Cuff Links & Tie Clip

Then treat him to some masculine wedding “bling”. One of the perks of the wedding day for a bride is the excuse to get new earring, bracelets, or necklaces to accessorize with her beautiful wedding dress. Typically, this means getting the best jewelry to create the best and most classy wedding look.  Why should the bride be the only one to enjoy some classy glitz. So, go order your groom some cuff links and a tie clip to dress his wedding suite. This is the time to let yourself buy things that you wouldn’t typically have reason or justification for spending the money on.