Top it Off

Charming cake toppers add personality to your wedding's last bite.

We love when local brides find ways to reinvent—or reintroduce—the classics. Last year, nothing tickled us more than the array of witty, darling and refurbished cake toppers we saw at fall and winter weddings. From Day of the Dead–style skeletons to Kewpie dolls to Pez dispensers, when it comes to crowning confections, what’s old really is new again.

[first and second] Both Anna and Tyson Reed and Anne and Derek Mahoney repurposed family heirlooms for their toppers. The early-20th-century Kewpie dolls originally graced Tyson’s great-grandparents’ confection, while the Quaker dolls are two-sided salt and pepper shakers that sat atop Anne’s great-grandmother’s cake.

[third from left] Jasmine and Brian Albarran wanted “unique and funky” cake toppers and chose Pez dispensers (found at to honor Jasmine’s grandfather’s large Pez collection.

[far right] Annie Everson, a funeral director, laughs, “My life is all about death,” so she and her husband, Josh, poked fun at her profession with dancing skeleton toppers.