I have several little collections of vintage treasures I've started over the years, and bride and groom wedding cake toppers is one of them. I had more than two dozen in my collection at one time, but downsized a couple years ago by selling about half of them. Let's just say I'm running out of space around here...
Wedding cake toppers are easy to find at estate sales, because who would throw away the most important memento from their wedding?
They are also inexpensive, most of the time, although some can be quite elaborate. I paid $8 to $35 for most of the cake toppers in my collection.
I look for the examples with the molded "sugar" bases rather than plastic. I prefer the bisque or chalkware figures over plastic too. The example below has a molded sugar paste base, painted bisque figures and a nice garland of fabric flowers with some metal bells hanging from the top:
You can estimate the age of the cake toppers by the clothing and hairstyles of the figures. I'd say the topper below was created in the 1940's:
The pairs below appear to be from earlier than the 1940's. The couple on the right looks like they are dressed in 1920's attire, don't you think?
I love this little 1920's couple in their own little glass dome:
Did you save the cake topper from your wedding cake? I hope so! Ironically, I don't even remember if we had a wedding cake topper on our wedding cake. We got married in Las Vegas and had minimal frills because I wasn't into the whole princess-for-a-day thing. That's fun for other gals, but not my style.
In other news, I want to mention that my other blog, Mitzi Made It, has just posted the final Spring craft project, fancy feminine hangers. If you haven't visited yet, today is a good day to do so. I have posted the Summer Materials list and will be starting to post the summer project tutorials soon.
I don't know about you, but summer is my most productive season. I can't wait to get started on all of my projects and hit the road searching for vintage treasures!