Ethnic Cake Toppers

Though I never really gave it much thought before, the cake topper industry has not exactly gone out on a limb to represent the mixed ethnicity couples of today. Thankfully, a company called Renellie has stepped up to the plate.

To best represent your unique situation, you may choose between eight interchangeable figurines. You can pair a White Groom, Black Groom, Latino Groom or Asian Groom with a White Bride, Black Bride, Latino Bride or Asian Bride. This would also work great for gay couples as you can choose to match brides with brides or grooms with grooms. As you get to choose the two figurines for your own cake topper, you can ensure that it best represents you and your partner as a couple.

Even if you choose not to use one of these on your wedding cake, it might be fun for a groom’s cake or even for a cake at a rehearsal dinner or shower.

I love to see companies out there embracing the unique needs of couples today by taking on issues such as these. As busy wedding planning bees, what other areas or items would you like to see some more ethnic diversity in?

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    kandaceandjason, Guest @ 10:18 am

    I just hate how all those figurines look so unemotional! They should be beaming with happiness and excitement!!! It’s the sole reason I refuse to use a topper like that unless I can find a couple that reflects the joy of the day! Looking at that couple makes me sad…

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    Laura, Guest @ 10:27 am

    Sorry, but when it comes to cake toppers, just say no. They just remind me of some many white trash weddings I had to attend.

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    Mrs. Beetle, Guest @ 11:14 am

    Ok, truth be told, I’m not a cake topper gal myself…BUT, I really liked the idea that someone was taking a look around today and noticing that not all couples are of the same ethnicity…or exclusively men and women. Now I guess they just have to get going on the joyful expression sitch, and they will be all set! I still think these would be really cute for a wedding-ish type of event that might not be the actual wedding: i.e. like a Jack and Jill shower…or a Bachelorette party.

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    Kristina, Guest @ 11:42 am

    I know Renellie is claiming to have the first interracial cake toppers, but there are lots of people making these. (Although not many big companies.) Here’s a link to a bunch of interracial toppers: http://christianweddingtips.blogspot.com/search?q=interracial+cake+topper

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    Marilyn, Guest @ 12:16 pm

    let’s say that i’m not a fan of figurine cake toppers

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    Christy, Guest @ 12:42 pm

    I love a creative cake topper, and am so happy to see different companies coming up with creative and fun alternatives! One wacky on that I love is custom made by Patch NYC. I featured them recently on my own site http://www.junebugweddings.com/whatjunebugloves/nov_2006.aspx
    They are over the top, but so whimsical and fun and they are custom made by the designers to match you, your style and your personality. Fun!

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    M, Guest @ 12:47 pm

    Yeah, I’ve seen these and although I don’t know that I really want a cake topper, I was excited to see interracial couples. Melting Pot Gifts has lots of great multiracial and interracial gifts and trinkets.

    Although, I would like to point out that most (if not all) of the Caucasian brides are blonde or brunette (no redheads!) and the African-American Males all have super short hair (I did see a bald option somewhere), so my FI and I still would not be represented very well.

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    Iris, Guest @ 5:21 pm

    I wasn’t into toppers until I saw the Lenox doves topper. (The people toppers are borderline and of course even the interracial ones never look like “you.”)

    Doves are reminiscent of the tradition in his home country, where they release doves after the wedding (something our church forbade for health/safety reasons; uh… I was relieved!).

    Bonus: The color of the porcelain works with buttercream frosting.

    Found ours at Filene’s Basement for under $50.

    http://www.amazon.com/Lenox-Wedding-Promises-China-Topper/dp/B00006429X

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    MissBlueberry, Guest @ 9:47 pm

    Our topper is one of those abstract “Circle of Love” ones: http://www.enesco.com/productdetailsbuy.aspx?prodid=947

    We chose it because, like you other girls said, those traditional toppers just seemed blah and somewhat tacky. Plus, there were *none* that featured a redheaded bride and a groom with a giant mop of brown curls! Except for the ones costing hundreds of $$, that is…

    I love the joy and fluidity and simplicity of our cake topper–plus, another element of it has special meaning for Mr B’s family, though I won’t explain that here :-)

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    Jen, Guest @ 12:53 pm

    i looked up the asian bride and was disappointed to see that their depiction was basically a woman with her eyes half closed. so stereotypical!! i definitely don’t have half closed eyes or the “missing eyelids” that some asian women have. it’s like in mulan when they didn’t give any of the chinese women waists…

    still deciding on cake toppers, but right now i’m thinking about making a monogram out of fondant (my hobby is baking/cake decorating). also, my sister bought my FI and i these super cute bubblegum-head bride and groom figurines for christmas that could be great but maybe a bit too tiny. here’s a pic of them: http://www.favorideas.com/shopping/prod/KC728.htm

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    Mwikali, Guest @ 1:00 am

    I was looking for a full figured African bride with a smile or some life in her eyes. I had even considered using dolls from my native Ghana. My best friend suggested looking at the soulkidz collection. It was a figurine of two children that look like my husband and I at that age. We placed them inbetween the first and second layers of the cake and they were beautiful. My wedding taught me, If you can’t find it out there, make it up as you go along!”

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    Sara, Guest @ 10:50 am

    I agree that these are a bit gloomy looking, also they don’t have a bald groom option! I found some on weddingstar.com, the couple are dancing together (perfect as my H2B is a professional dancer) and they do a bald groom! Also they are great value, especially when I convert the US dollars to UK sterling (I live in England)> If I was going to be really picky I would want to find one that does the groom in traditional African dress, as that’s what my H2B will be wearing. If I paid a lot of money there might be a company out there that would make one for me, but my budget for cake toppers is not important or large enough for that!

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    SophieCartierStudios 13 posts, Newbee @ 9:58 am

    You are right.

    That’s partly why I created the concept of this: http://www.sculptme.ca/gallery.html , as I love making people smile. In my research, I have found that the market of pre-made toppers does not reflect our actual society, at all. ;)

    I think for example full figured women, interracial couples, same sex couples should all be celebrated equally. We need more choices, obviously. :)

    Custom made might be an option, right?

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    GreatCDNlady 11 posts, Newbee @ 11:18 am

    That’s a great example!!! Custom wedding cake toppers is the way to go, for those of us who don’t fit the mold!!!
    I’m getting my custom wedding cake toppers from Sophie Cartier at http://www.customweddingcaketopper.ca. She does some amazing customized artwork! It’s also great to encourage local artists! WIN WIN!

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    Ethnic Wedding Cake Toppers | All Cake Toppers, Guest @ 8:51 pm

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    DUWOP, Guest @ 7:31 am

    @GreatCDNlady:

    I was looking at getting a topper done from this place. Can I ask how much you paid and where this place is located? Thanks

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    fLORENCE, Guest @ 7:35 pm

    Hi there GreatCDNLady! I loved the website and have sent sophie a price quote request. Thank you!

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