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sunnydays914
« on: November 07, 2007 10:33:19 AM »

I'm having issues (that is putting it lightly) finding a cake topper idea that I like. The pre-made, store-bought ones cost upwards of hundreds of dollars and I don't want to fall back on more flowers (my fiance isn't a fan).

Help!

Just a few bits of information to help you along:
Our wedding will be in May, 2008
The theme is "vintage"- the rings, dress, flowers etc are all a throwback to a simpler time
The wedding is in the afternoon
Our colors are (peridot) green and pale yellow

Thanks in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2007 10:35:08 AM »

How about making your own out of polymer clay?  There are some really great ones on here somewhere...

Examples: 
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=38728.0

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=194171.0

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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2007 10:52:06 AM »

I would have to agree with the polymer clay idea because I have seen some amazing ones.  You could also try paper clay which is much lighter and you may not have to worry about putting an armature IN the cake to support the cake topper.

You might also try finding objects (or making them, of course) that represent you and your fiance.  Cake toppers don't necessarily have to be male/female representations.  Hobby shops that sell miniatures might be a good place to go for outside-the-box-inspirations.
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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2007 11:02:58 AM »

We had a vintage feel to our wedding, based around the age of my dress. All I saw were really contemporary cake toppers. I didn't like any of them. Then, I saw "mine", and fell in love with it. It is metal, lightly airbrushed, a bird cage, and has a vintage feel to it. To top it off, I got it at Michael's and used a 50% off coupon, so it was only $20.


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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2007 11:33:26 AM »

That is gorgeous *MAR*!
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« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2007 05:30:45 PM »

what i've done is purchased our last initial in a thick wooden letter (i could dig up the seller if you wanted to go this route) from a store online - we chose the exact size, thickness, and font - and spray painted it to match my decor.  cheap and personalized topper Cheesy

hope it helps.

p.s.  i'll attach thin dowels to the back so that it stays in, but the wood is so thick that it'll be sturdy on its own.
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« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2007 07:31:28 AM »

Like Lyzard said, there are a lot of objects that work well as cake toppers! dolls, vintage salt and pepper shaker sets, any small sculpture.
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« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2007 08:19:37 AM »

How about getting a book on your fav. eras vintage clothes, finding a picture of a man and one of a woman that you like in those colors...then make good copies of them on a heavy carstock, make a paper base for them, and there you go. If you can find such a book at the library this is a $1 project. You could even find black and white illustrations and do your own coloring.
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« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2007 09:25:16 AM »

We couldn't find anything that seemed right, so we skipped the topper entirely:

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« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2007 12:41:11 PM »

Alli_Lucy, your cake looked great w/o a topper!  You already had lots of detailing on the cake, so I think it looked great by itself.
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« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2007 11:33:49 AM »

i hated every cake topper i saw and it wasn't worth it for me to try to find someone to design and make one because it would be too expensive and to me, it was one of those details that wouldn't really be noticed. so, i had the florist order extra flowers and we covered the cake with them.

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« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2007 11:52:12 AM »

We did flowers, too.  I picked up some roses at Kroger on the way home from getting my hair done that morning (yes, I am a procrastinator!). Cheesy


Originally I wanted birdies like these from an artist on Etsy, but I cheaped out & veto'd them due to cost. Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2007 02:53:39 PM »

I found a seller on Ebay that did these!  I thought my hubby would get a kick out of them, and it would look great on our cake.

We now have them in a display cabinet with the sand from our wedding.

it is not cheap, $50-$75, but totally worth it.
   
What our total cake look liked!

I made most everything for my wedding - Invitations included (Over 250 guest) and felt that I could splurge on the things that I really wanted!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/annemarlow/sets/72157600095721633/ This is the link to my Photographers flicker page that has a bunch of other photos of my neato items. 

If you need any help thinking up something - convo me!  FYI - I did not spend a lot of money on this wedding.  Money was spent where it was needed that left room for the things that I really wanted!
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« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2007 03:44:57 PM »

your cake looks amazing! i absolutely love it! though i'm not getting married anytime soon, i want to do something as unconventional as this!
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« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2007 04:12:54 PM »

I also just looked at your wedding photos from the link because I am a photography major and aspiring photographer or some sort. She did a great job, and you guys look great!
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« Reply #15 on: November 12, 2007 04:35:29 PM »

awwwwwww!!  squeeeeee!!!!!!

The top is darling and the rest of the cake is too!!!!!!
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« Reply #16 on: November 13, 2007 03:59:02 AM »

I also just looked at your wedding photos from the link because I am a photography major and aspiring photographer or some sort. She did a great job, and you guys look great!

Anne was a great photographer.  I found her totally randomly too.  I was searching the net for invitation ideas and found her page on a wedding site.  That then linked to her Blog and then I found her website.  I emailed her that night at like 1am and booked her.  I had never met her till the day before my wedding.

Everyone there loved her - no bright flashes that blinded you, and she shot the photos that you would of forgotten to take.

Here is the post on her blog that was for my wedding.http://anneruthmann.blogspot.com/2007/04/wedding-dena-jeff.html  If you click on any of the photos there is a picture movie with sound.

She is really busy now because her shooting style is HOT.  I had two friends getting married and they tried to book her at my wedding and she was full a year in advance.

One thing that I did with my wedding is:  If you choose good vendors then let them do what they do.  They do this for a living!  Our band at our wedding wanted to do a blues brothers set - and my hubby and I thought it would be cheesy and they said that all other wedding loved it.  We said OK, you do wedding more that we do.  Our guest LOVED IT!

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« Reply #17 on: November 13, 2007 06:12:38 AM »

We couldn't find anything we liked either, so I had a fondant bow made that flowed over the sides from the top.
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« Reply #18 on: November 13, 2007 07:05:43 AM »

I had cake topper woes as well.  I made some out of polymer clay but I ended up burning them and painting over the clay but I didn't get that done in time to give to the cake decorator so we ended up with a fondant bow as well and I put the clay dudes off to the side.  Here's a picture:



I can't find my close up picture of my guys though.  We had the reception at a winery so those boxes in the background are inventory Smiley  Looks kind of strange in the picture but didn't look bad in person.

Have you picked a baker for your cake yet?  Definitely talk to them, they might have some ideas for fun toppers involving fondant or something else.
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« Reply #19 on: November 13, 2007 02:25:09 PM »

Ours is simple and can be adjusted to suit your taste. With Christmas coming up it's a great time to start looking for letters too. For the stand part we used a jewelry hanger for little girls from a store like Claire's and just pulled all the extra decorations and earring posts off. Then we hung ornament crystal letters in our monogram letters. We found ours at Bombay which is now going out of business but stuff like that will be much easier to find closer to Christmas. I know before the wedding Michael's had some pearl letters in the dollar bin that would have looked nice too.



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« Reply #20 on: November 14, 2007 09:23:15 AM »

Thanks for all the ideas and inspiring pictures! Every time I read the posts I get more excited for wedding planning.
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« Reply #21 on: November 19, 2007 09:50:17 PM »

Have you looked on Ebay?  There's a huge variety, and they tend to be less expensive than elsewhere.  Since you have a vintage theme, note Ebay does have lots of actual vintage cake toppers.  That's the route I went, and it ended up around $18 after shipping (some go for a little less, some for MUCH more).  Sorry no time to post a pic, but here's a link to my closed auction:  http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320159366928


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« Reply #22 on: November 20, 2007 07:05:44 AM »

Have you looked on Ebay?  There's a huge variety, and they tend to be less expensive than elsewhere.  Since you have a vintage theme, note Ebay does have lots of actual vintage cake toppers.  That's the route I went, and it ended up around $18 after shipping (some go for a little less, some for MUCH more).  Sorry no time to post a pic, but here's a link to my closed auction:  http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320159366928

That is an awesome vintage cake topper! I never would have thought of that. What an inspired idea!
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« Reply #23 on: November 20, 2007 02:11:35 PM »

www.weddingcuts.com has some pretty monogram cake toppers.
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« Reply #24 on: November 25, 2007 07:40:47 PM »

We didn't have a traditional cake- instead we had our favorite Hawaiian treat- Malasadas- which are Portuguese donuts, basically deep fried dough covered in sugar, and or cinnamon/sugar YUMMY! Grin

So placed on the top of our "cake" we had these really cute bride and groom rubber duckies. It was the only cake topper that we liked. It was cute and everyone loved them! Smiley
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