Wedding cake toppings and Wedding cake ornaments (aka Wedding cake toppers) are the outgrowth of a number of old traditions from around the world. In the United States Wedding cake toppings, ornaments, and toppers showed up in the traditions of American family’s even before the American Civil War (or for Southern families “The War of Northern Aggression”) and grew in popularity to be common in the 1890’s.
Decorative Wedding Cake Toppers became more popular immediately after World War I. In the 1920’s, the High Society in the US eagerly adopted the use of putting bride and groom figurines on top of wedding cakes.
Historically, there are two significant events which boosted the popularity and use of wedding cake toppers in the form of small figurines of the bride and groom atop the wedding cake.
First, the well-known and highly respected American etiquette expert, Miss Emily Post, in her 1922 Best-Selling book clearly stated that the: “wedding cake is an essential of every wedding reception,” and Emily Post further counseled and commented about the placement of the bride and groom figurines as a wedding cake topper, “the wedding cake is almost always ordered from the caterer who delivers it shortly before the hour of the reception. It is usually in several tiers, beautifully decorated with white icing and topped by small figures of the bride and groom.”
Secondary, American businesses, including the retail giant Sears, Roebuck & Company (now Sears Brands, LLC), began marketing and selling wedding cake toppers of a bride and groom figurines for the top of wedding cakes.