Monday, 16 July 2012

Wedding Cake... top of the toppers

Wedding cakes can take a large portion (pun intended) of your Wedding Budget, often costing in the region of £400-500 for a 3 tiered design with decoration. And let’s be honest, though the ingredient cost doesn’t amount to much, the skill of the bakers and their smooth operation on your big day is where the main cost lies. Yes, an impressive wedding cake really can be memorable and a wonderful addition to your Wedding… but honestly, if you’re really working to a tight budget, making your own can be a much more cost effective solution.

So, I’ve taken a look at some budget decoration options in the way of Wedding Cake Toppers. Gone are the day of the traditional Bride & Groom atop the tower – there a literally hundreds of design choices for the modern couple to choose from and I’m happy to say that many are available at really great prices. Here are my favourites to buy on Etsy:

MissSarahCake is based in the UK and has some really quirky designs: These toppers are laser cut from 3mm acrylic and is approximately 15cm (6 inches) wide, perfect for fitting on a standard 20cm (8 inch) cake. Featuring lyrics from well known love songs, these will last for years with gentle handling so are a great keepsake. You can choose your phrase, acrylic colour and can even get a custom design just for you. Prices begin from £16.99 and work great on simple cakes for a cool contemporary look. My Favourite? What Liverpool girl wouldn’t appreciate a Beatles Quote: “Love, Love Me Do”

BrightBride is based in the Ukraine and sells handmade Wedding Cake Banners – I just adore this “Just Married” bunting design. Using a natural raw cotton, you can choose from the online range or get a design custom-made, and they simply sit atop your cake. I think these are perfect for a Vintage Styled Wedding or Outdoor Event. Prices begin at a little over £15 with the current exchange rate and no icing skills are required! – a snip!

Stickonbutterflies supplies stick on butterflies from their base in Australia. A unique way to make a homemade cake really impressive. With the price at just over £14 for 20 3D butterflies, a cake can be dramatically transformed for minimum cost. Great for springtime or summer weddings and a real talking point – who wouldn’t find these adorable?!