A Military Cake Topper for a Military Couple

If you or your soon to be spouse are in the military, then that means that your lives are going to be at a constant waist deep in that military world. Military members serve our country and deserve respect and support. Framing your wedding, or at least your cake topper, to represent your or your fiance’s role in protecting our country is a great way to symbolize your constant willingness to love, sacrifice, and support your spouse throughout your whole life.  Wedding Collectibles always strives to give appropriate and fun options for our military couples to celebrate their new journey and adventure. 

Military Marine Rhinestone Cake Topper

The above figurine cake topper depicts a uniformed marine and his blushing bride. Often, military members may choose to don the military uniform as their formal wear at their wedding, and if your groom decides to wear his uniform, the cake topper should reflect that. The idea is to have your cake topper represent you and your new spouse in the best way possible. So whether your love is in the marines, navy, air force, or army, you will want to represent that military branch that he has dedicated his life to. 

Military "Over the Threshold" Cake Topper- Air Force - Navy - Army - Marines

This cake topper is a more fun rendition of a military  cake topper. It calls on two romantic images; the first being the tradition of the groom carrying the bride across the threshold of their new home together, the second being reminiscent of that iconic dip kiss photo of the nurse and sailor in times square at the end of world war II. What could be more perfect to capture your classic everlasting love, than encompassing two classic love images? What is great about this cake topper is that you can switch out which military seal that it comes with so that you can make it perfect for you and your fiance. 

Marine Military Porcelain DIY Cake Topper Base

Another great option to create your uniquely you military cake topper is to choose a military styled base and to mix it with any traditional (or not) bride and groom figurine. This allows you to have more control over exactly what your cake topper will look like. You may choose to pair it with a uniformed figurine, like what is above, or one of our other toppers such as the “Adorable Leg Pop” wedding cake topper or the “First Dance” wedding cake topper. Both options evoke senses of love, joy, and exhilaration; all of which will help any couple remember the intensity at which they started their journey together. 

How to Put a Little Country In Your Wedding

Put a Little Country in Your Cake Topper With a Western Themed Wedding Cake Topper

Western Affection Cake Top

If you are having a western, country, or shabby chic wedding then you have to top it off with a countrified western wedding cake topper. You can be subtle, go all out, be comedic, or emphasize that sweet love that blooms under acres of stars. Here are some of the options Wedding Collectibles has that are perfect for your wedding:

¨Lasso of Love¨ Western Wedding Cake Topper

The above Lasso of Love western cake topper is a perfect example of our country love cowboy and cowgirl figurine cake toppers. They embody that sweetness that your love is so full of and plays on the country shabby chic theme. Another great option for this type of topper is the “A Sweet Western Embrace”. This cake topper is adorable with the sweeping of the brides wedding gown and the down-to-the-detail silver cowgirl boots. 

Western Lasso Interchangeable Cake Toppers

If you want to take a more comedic approach to the western theme then this “Western Lasso” cake topper will be the perfect touch. It is a fun snagging the groom depiction that is sure to send laughter, possible friendly teasing, and smiles through your wedding guests. Another more comedy themed western cake topper is our “Wood Finish Bride and Groom” wedding cake topper. It is not so much that they have a gimmick, but that their cartoon features create a light tone that keeps the wedding atmosphere full of smiles.

"Country Flair" Cake Top

Next there are the southern sweetheart heart wedding cake toppers to choose from. The above has all the country pulls; the lasso, the cowboy hats, the subdued tones. Other choices include the “linked horseshoes” cake topper and the fun “Gone Hunting” cake topper.  Each of these options has an emphasis on the idea of love and a playful tone to help you create that perfect country touch.

 

 

3 Options For the Fantasy Wedding Cake Topper

Fantasy Wedding Cake Toppers

Fantasy Lovers Wedding Cake TopperA lot of people consider true love to be a dream and fantasy, so when that dream comes true, you may be thinking of developing a wedding theme surrounding that idea of fantasy in order to symbolize the fantastic nature of your true love reality. If so, you may want to consider the following cake topper options that emphasize a fairy tale world or storybook romance, as well as pinpoint people in history or characters in literature that can stand in for the crazy big and completely committed love that you and your fiance have! 

Paper Roses Fantasy Fairy Wedding Cake Topper

Fairy tale: Fairies and Princesses: Depending on what direction you are taking your fairy tale theme will determine whether you will want to go the fairy or princess route. If you are hoping to emphasize the ideas of magic, fantasy, and the spectacular, then you will probably want to direct your attention to fairy cake toppers. If you desire to capture that intense and immediate love that turns up in fairy tales about princesses, then you will want to go with a prince and princess wedding cake topper. Within the princess wedding cake topper option, you could also use a castle wedding cake topper. The castle is a classic symbol of that happily ever after and could act as a perfect example of your entering the ever after together. 

Marc Anthony and Cleopatra Wedding Cake Topper

Great Loves Through History: Perhaps you feel the best way to express the love you feel for you fiance is by comparing it to the great (although some are seen as tragic) loves throughout history. This lends to an exciting wedding theme with creative centerpieces, a rich connection to sentiment, and the immortalization of your love. It is almost like you would be creating a love hall of fame that includes you and your soon to be spouse. 

Lord of the Rings Aragorn & Arwen Cake Topper Figurine

Epic Loves in Literature: If you have a love of literature, this option is perfect for you! This would send a similar message as the historical cake toppers, but can also include the sense of immediacy and intensity as the fairy tale cake toppers. You could site the epic and classic loves of Romeo and Juliet, Mr.Darcy and Elizabeth, Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester, or when entering the world of fantasy, the love of Aragorn and Arwen. 

Cupcake Wedding Cake Toppers: Yes, It’s a Thing

l-o-v-e cake topper

Cupcake Wedding Cake Toppers

A fun trend that brides who need to keep a lower budget or want to be a little less traditional with the wedding cake is to do wedding cupcakes. With cupcakes you could be sacrificing the use of a wedding cake topper -losing out on the seemingly tiny element that can add a sentimental and unique statement to your wedding – but you do not need to! This trend does not  negate the use of a cake topper! We have a wide selection of letter cupcake wedding cake toppers that you can choose from. You can decide to spell out the word love, forever, hitched or simply have your initials or Mr. and Mrs. All of these options can work for cupcake displays that are spread out on the table or mimic the shape of a cake by either going up the side or on that top row. If you are wanting a play on the traditional wedding cake, having a unique cake topper will be that perfect final element!

 

Another Option to Use For the Cupcake Wedding Cake Topper

If you don’t like the idea of having the cupcakes have a topper in them, then we would suggest that along side your cupcakes you include a small cake to be the centerpiece. A lot of couples will do this anyways in order to keep the tradition of cutting the cake or saving cake for the one year anniversary, so why not make a statement in the cake’s design? Small doesn’t mean it is a side note! The cake topper below has a very similar vibe as the above lettered cake toppers and can be a great addition to your wedding decor! You could display the cupcakes in a mock cake tower with the small cake at the top crowned with a unique and totally you wedding cake topper!

true love banner cake topper

Your Spin on the Wedding Cake Doesn’t Involve Cupcakes?

These cake toppers are adorable with cupcakes but can be used just as easily with the traditional cake or the not so traditional rising trend of wedding pie! You might be considering using a dessert like pie, cheesecake, or brownies if you are going for a shabby chic, vintage, or possibly country themed wedding. These hand-molded, pewter letter cake toppers would be a perfect addition to your wedding theme! 

hitched cake topper

 

A Wedding Cake Topper For EVERY Couple

A Wedding Cake Topper For Every Couple
Not every bride and groom come have the same tastes, the same interests, or come from the same background, so not every cake topper should look the same. Wedding Collectibles attempts to provide unique and individualized cake toppers that can give any couple a variety of choices no matter the difference in sexuality, ethnicity, or religion. 

Crystal Romance Gay Wedding Cake TopperA Cake Topper for Same Sex Couples: Times are changing and more and more same sex couples are able to and are choosing to get married. Wedding Collectibles wants to help these couples to celebrate their big day by offering a wide selection of romantic same sex couple wedding cake toppers. We have both gay and lesbian couple cake toppers ranging from more traditionally styled and a mix and max selection
True Romance Couple Figurine -Dark Skin Tone

One for Any Ethnicity: A majority of cake toppers only offer the variance of hair colors and many won’t even offer that, so what do you do if you don’t match that “mainstreamed” wedding cake topper look? Take a look at our mix and match cake toppers and our ethnic wedding cake toppers. You have a choice of all the various styles of cake toppers while also being able to find that little figuring that you feel best represents who you are.
Ty Wilson Hispanic Bride and Groom Wedding Cake Topper FigurineAnd One For Any Religion: If you are highly religious you may want to try and find a wedding cake topper the features that faith. The cake topper represented above includes a small rosary that adds a subtle and beautiful emphasis on the couple’s Catholic religion. Adding an emphasis on a religion that is a part of your every day life would be a perfect touch to your big day!

Fun Ways to Ask Your Best Gal to be Your Maid of Honor

Fun Ways to Ask Your Best Gal to be Your Maid of Honor

Choosing your Maid of Honor is an important decision and one that you will want to make early on because depending on how involved you decide to make her role, she will be your right hand girl to help you through all of your wedding planning and any wedding drama. Now, once you have chosen who you want your maid of honor to be, you have to ask her! It is a big honor and a big responsibility, so ask in a creative way!

Ideas on How to Ask

1. Plain and simple: Take her out to lunch or go get your nails done together and just spit it on out! Don’t be nervous. It is not a marriage proposal! 

2. If you know it is a done deal and your bestie is a social media guru, then why not post a picture of the two of you, or even a collage, and tag her in it with the caption “Me and My Maid of Honor” 

Will You Be My Maid of Honor - Bridesmaid Cards - Chalkboard Card - Wedding Calligraphy  Personalized Heart Necklace

3. Make her a card or order a cute “will you be my maid of honor” card on Etsy and pair it with a personalized necklace as a symbol of her role in your wedding and your life. This is one you can give in person, or if she lives long distance you can mail it!! 

"maid of honor" Wedding Transfer

4. Using one of our wedding collectibles “maid of honor” transfers, create a maid of honor t-shirt! By using a transfer you can choose any t-shirt in any color. This means you have full control over the cut and fit and can choose a shirt in one of your wedding colors. If you have multiple wedding colors, or just love everything colorful, another option would be to do a tie dye shirt! 

 

 

How to Choose Your Wedding Party

How to Choose Your Wedding Party

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Who Makes up the Wedding Party?

When trying to figure out who is in the wedding party, you have to navigate first what cultural or religious traditions you wish to uphold. For example, for many christian weddings a candle lighter will light candles at the wedding alter before the mother of the bride is seated. If you decided to include this tradition as part of the ceremony, the candle lighter (usually a pre-teen; ages 10-13) is a member of the wedding party. Or in a Jewish wedding you may have Huppah carriers, and they would be considered a part of the wedding party, or since in many Jewish weddings it is not traditional to have an official wedding party, then they would be a part of the Shushavim (those close to the bride or groom that help with the wedding – for more information see Attendants: A Glossary of Who’s Who in the Wedding Party). For a more basic wedding party, the members will include: The mother and father of the bride,mother and father of the groom,maid of honor,best man,bridesmaids, the groomsmen, junior bridesmaids/groomsmen, pages/train bearers, the flower girl, the ring bearer, and ushers. Overwhelmed? Don’t Be!

SO Whose Who?

  • Mother and Father of the bride and groom: Don’t sweat it, this one is decided for you! However, if your parents are divorced and remarried you can feel free to include their new spouses and if you were raised by your grandparents or another relative, they would stand in here. It is up to you!
  • Maid-of-Honor: The maid-of-honor is exactly how the movies portray her. This is your bestest and closest girlfriend or sister. She has been by your side through the thick and thin, perhaps is the friend you grew up with or the one that makes you feel like she has always been there. She is the sister you compete with, but when the bomb drops she is there picking you up and planning revenge on whoever dropped that bomb! If your she is actually a he, that works to. The maid of honor is also considered and called the honor attendant or the best person. Using one of these titles allows for any gender to be the bestie you have at your side throughout all the wedding planning. 
  • Best Man: The best man is basically the male version of the maid of honor. He is the brother or the guy you consider a brother. Or just like the maid of honor, he could be a she and would then be that best person or honor attendant.
  • Bridesmaids: These are your best gals. The ones you trust to be a support and help through the wedding. They will be the ones that help you address invitations, navigate through the florist crisis, and plan that wild bachelorette party. You can consider the maid of honor as the CEO of the bridesmaids.
  • Groomsmen: Again, groomsmen are like the male version of the bridesmaid. Their most obvious task is to plan that bachelor’s party, but they also have the task of keeping the bride from murdering the groom before the wedding; ie. making sure the groom isn’t late, doesn’t miss appointments to pick out ribbon colors, and isn’t hung over during the ceremony.
  • Junior Bridesmaids/Groomsmen: These are your bridesmaids and groomsmen that are on the younger side (Aged 10-17). Junior meaning quite literally junior. They can match the bridesmaids and groomsmen or you can dress them in a younger and more modest look that still coordinates with the rest of the party. 
  • Pages or better known as Train Bearers: These are the cute kids (age 6-9) you have that walk with you down the aisle carrying your dress train. If you don’t have a train, or do not need someone to carry it for you, then you will not need a page. 
  • Flower Girl: You can have 1-2 flower girls (Age 5-9). Some will just walk the aisle with a bouquet, or if you want they can carry baskets with flower petals and scatter the petals as they walk. Either way, they help make your grand entrance, so just remember that the younger the flower girl, the less control you have over her choice to or to not eat the flower petals. 
  • Ring Bearer: The ring bearer will carry the ring down the aisle and hold it for the groom. This can be a young boy (age 5-9), but like the flower girl, you want to be careful he won’t decide to eat the rings. Another option for this is to have the honor attendants carry the rings. 
  • Ushers: If you have a large guest list, you may include ushers. These will be those who you have help guide the guests to their seats. Groomsmen

How Many Bridesmaids and Groomsmen Should I have?

We would suggest having no more than six for each group, making a total of twelve, but even that may be too big. Try trimming it down to three or four each. Perhaps have your two honor attendants, and then six bridesmaids and groomsmen total. 

What about my cousin and my brother’s girlfriend and my brother’s girlfriend’s sister?

STOP. Only choose bridesmaids and wedding party members based on their relationship to you and your groom. If you have best friends that fill the list for potential bridesmaids, you don’t even have to ask your sister. Granted, you may want to sit her down and let her know, but it is not a requirement. Only ask those who will be able to support and help you through the wedding and who you have a close relationship with. Many people even consider bridesmaids to be a role specific to friends of the bride and that a sisters role is simply sister of the bride.

 

Bridesmaid Gifts: Three Options for a Great Gift

Bridesmaid Gifts

Why They are Necessary

To Answer the question, “Do you have to give out bridesmaid gifts?”, the answer is technically no, but YES.  Each and every Bride is unique in taste, style, and situation, so to say you have to do anything might seem silly, but it is better etiquette to give gifts. Why? The girls or women you ask to be your bridesmaids, well, they are your girls! You ask them because they are your family, your best friends,and the girls that have been there for you always, so now that you have set them apart from the rest, it is the perfect opportunity for you to say thank you. You are saying thank you for their support and help in planning your big day and for all their love and support throughout life. It is kind of a big deal. 

3 Ideas for a GREAT Bridesmaid Gift

Medallion Necklaces Multiple Options Available

  1. Jewelry: You might see this as a duh gift, but that is just what makes it number one on our list. Jewelry is great because you can use it to say something sentimental, sweet, and just-between-you-two.  Wedding Collectibles has a wide selection of unique necklaces and bracelets, as well as a selection that can be engraved in order to personalize it for each of your bridesmaids. When deciding on a gift, we suggest to really stop and consider what it is your bridesmaids will appreciate most, which is why we highly recommend necklaces like the one above.  This is a gift that could be worn at the wedding, and your bridesmaids could wear it throughout their everyday life. Additionally, if you want to do something a little extra, a necklace, bracelet, or pair of earrings, can be given alongside a jewelry boxWhite 3pc. Ikat Print iPhone 5, iPad Case & Sleeve Set - Save 20%
  2. Technology Cases: This gift might seem a little less affectionate, but it is perfect for a bride and bridal party that lives right along the pulse of modern society. You can decide between a bright or more subtle color pallet, to choose to give a set for all their technology devices or to just pick one, and you have the option of cases that can have the bridesmaids entire name on it or just her initials. It’s bright color options, personalization, and current attitude, make these gifts a perfect bridesmaid gift!"bridesmaid" Wedding Transfer
  3. Just For a Bridesmaid: What we mean by this type of gift is that it is a gift set aside specifically for a bridesmaid, so much so that it will most likely say bridesmaid somewhere on it. Some fun ideas for this gift include, t-shirts, sweats, jackets, make-up cases, and the bridesmaid survival kit! These type of gifts are a great way to celebrate the wedding day and their role in it.