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Blended Family Wedding Cake Toppers

Blended Family Wedding Cake Toppers

Blended Family Wedding Cake Toppers

Blending two families can get a little tricky and when it comes to wedding, emotions are already running high. A great way to symbolize the love you feel for one another and your devotion to each child is a custom made blended family wedding cake topper sculpted to look like each member of your new family.

Fun Blended Wedding Cake Topper Ideas

The wedding cake topper is the one area of the wedding planning where it’s ok to have a little fun. Why not show your guests your unique taste in hobbies or sport? We love what this couple did to represent their love of hockey!

Hockey Blended Family Wedding Cake Topper

Hockey Blended Family Wedding Cake Topper

Star Wars Blended Family Wedding Cake Toppers

This family LOVES the Star Wars saga movies and wanted to incorporate Star Wars into their custom blended family wedding cake toppers. They designed their two son’s figurines to be Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. The bride and groom are dressed like Han Solo and Princess Leia!

Star Wars Blended Family Wedding Cake Topper

Star Wars Blended Family Wedding Cake Topper

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Captain America Wedding Cake Topper

Captain America Wedding Cake Topper

Captain America Wedding Cake Toppers

Oh, how I love my creative brides! They are always figuring out new and innovative ways to incorporate just a little bit of fun into their weddings without getting gaudy or cheapening the event. This super stylish bride selected our Superman Groom Wedding Cake Topper and instead of the Superman S, used the Captain America logo to create this Captain America Wedding Cake Topper. She was also clever enough to figure out that you can make one of our standard bride bodies (she used Theresa, the A-Line Gown bride) to create just about any gown style. For no additional fee, our talented artists turned the Theresa bride into an exact match for this bride. Lovely!

Grooms Cake Topper

A Grooms Cake Topper

Grooms Cake Topper

What do you get the groom that has everything? Well, it might sound cliche but seriously, this can be a real challenge. Guys today are more likely to shop online which is awesome for men that avoid the shopping mall like the plague. So, that leaves us with a lot of grooms that have just about every gizmo ever designed. Plus, when it comes to wanting to really make your groom grin ear to ear, you want something sentimental but not girly. Something fun but not goofy. Something…unique!

Let us make a Custom Cake Topper he will LOVE!

Enter The Younique Boutique and our custom groom cake toppers. When our customer Katie called yesterday looking for something a little off the wall, we were pleased as punch to tell her, “that’s no problem.” Katie wants a cake topper featuring herself dressed in her exact gown and her fiance dressed in his tuxedo with both of them on his motorcycle holding their two beloved pets. Katie’s fiance means the world to her and she was having the hardest time finding something to give him as a gift on their wedding day. The solution, we both agreed, was a fully custom wedding cake topper.

Go Fully Custom! You only get married once!

I think a fully custom cake topper may just be the perfect groom’s gift. I mean, it serves a purpose at your event (conversation piece) and it makes just about the best keepsake there is. There really is no better way to commemorate your best day than something this special and unique.

Great Grooms Cake Topper Ideas

Here are some other great groom cake toppers we have made:
Grooms Cake Toppers

Custom Groom Cake Topper


I know I got to be better about updating my blog about baby #2. Why is it so hard to do? I mean, the kid is freakin’ gorgeous and funny and she blows the other babies away. So, it isn’t like I have nothing to say about her.

Willow is a little shy of 8 months. She is starting to crawl by going down on her hands and usually flopping on her face. But lately, she is pushing up on her knees before flopping on her face. Of course, in true Willow style, she wails likes a wounded soldier every time she flops. We were outside today in the fresh summer air with her friend Dillon and I swear, Dillon didn’t make a peep the whole time. She just played with her toys and smiled. Willow lasted about 10 minutes and started being annoyed. She wanted to stand up and got frustrated with me for not facilitating better.

She has 4 teeth now and she looks really good with teeth! Plus, she can eat pineapple now by biting off tiny little portions and sucking them in. She’ll take your hand right off if you’re not careful. Girl likes to eat! She eats all sorts of fruits and I finally got around to buying some purees which aren’t half bad. She loves sweet potatoes and tonight, maybe some peas.

Sleeping is going better. She still hasn’t quite accepted that Daddy isn’t going to rock her to sleep anymore. He stopped about 2 weeks ago. She goes to bed at around 7am and cries for about 10 minutes before going to sleep. She wakes up like clock work at 5:45 – which pretty much sucks. Ryder is getting potty trained and has learned to hold it all night so when he hears little Sissy up at 5:45, he starts yelling “MAMA! I NEED TO GO PEE! CAN YOU COME GET ME??!”

Willow is more into crying than talking these days although sometimes she will rattle off a “ba ba” or a “fffff.” She is awfully sweet and loves to be kissed. She especially likes to have her belly blown on and laughs hysterically.

Custom Birthday Cake Topper

Custom Birthday Cake Topper


Happy customer Dawn writes:

The Crew @ BobbleGr.am captured the likeness of my honey so well! The miniature likeness of him was phenomenal! Everyone was going crazy at how detailed and unique it was. Thank you so much….

When you want to plan the ultimate birthday party, don’t forget a custom birthday cake topper.

Star Wars Wedding Cake Toppers

Star Wars Wedding Cake Toppers

Star Wars Wedding Cake Toppers

One of my earliest memories is standing in line for “Return of the Jedi” when I was in 3rd grade. Star Wars was the most fascinating movie to me and I wanted so bad to be Princess Leia. Han Solo was just so dashing and his best bud was a wookie. How cool is that?

Wedding Cake Toppers for Star Wars Super Fans!

Our custom Star Wars Wedding Cake Toppers let you finally be part of the saga. We will sculpt Han Solo and Pricess Leia to look just like the bride and groom. We can even add your little wookies to the base. We are working on a blended family cake topper now that will incorporate the couple’s two kids – one will be Luke Skywalker and the other will be a storm trooper. Keep your eyes on this spot to see the final product. We are going to use this Han Solo Groom with a new custom sculpted Princess Leia body in the works.

Han Solo Wedding Cake Topper

Han Solo Wedding Cake Topper


Star Wars Wedding Cake Toppers

Star Wars Wedding Cake Toppers

First off, let me say that I am once again completely and utterly impressed by the President and his recent public admission that he supports the rights of same sex couples to marry. I really feel that the President will be on the right side of history. Civil rights belong to every American regardless of their race, gender or sexual preference. Marriage is right that all of us should have.

Plus, some of my very best friends are gay and I think they are awesome!

The Younique Boutique is very proud of our line of same sex gay and lesbian wedding cake toppers. Most of our styles are interchangeable which gives couples to ability to create very custom cake toppers for an affordable price. Of course, couples can also go fully custom and personalize the clothing and pose as well. We know of no other company today that allows the level of customization and detail for same sex wedding cake toppers than we do.

Custom Gay Wedding Cake Toppers

Custom Gay Wedding Cake Toppers

Our cake toppers were recently selected by a very prominent newly engaged gay couple for their wedding later this year. We are thrilled that gay men and women are finally able to marry in several states and we look forward to celebrating equal rights for all individuals in all 50 states some day soon.

We have been making custom wedding cake toppers for a really long time now and we have learned a whole lot.

I got married in 2001 and my new husband to be had a little 5 year old son. He was ok with the idea of his daddy getting married but we really wanted him to feel special and part of the big day. We both wanted to incorporate him into every aspect of the wedding because we felt that in our case, with a blended family, we were three marrying that day instead of two.

I really wanted a wedding cake topper with the three of us on it but it was positively impossible to find back then. I purchased so doll house dolls, clay, fimo, and tried my hardest to come up with something elegant for the top of our wedding cake. Just a bride, a groom and a little boy cake topper.

That’s when we started our line of custom wedding cake toppers. Not only did people have a need for a blended family wedding cake topper, there was also a need for bi-racial wedding cake toppers, same sex cake toppers and cake toppers that reflected a huge assortment of hobbies and interests. Heck, it was even hard to find a red headed bride cake topper or two brown haired figures.

Nowadays, there are lots of companies that make custom wedding cake toppers. How do you select the right one for you?

I think a lot of people do not consider the materials used to make the cake topper. The majority of companies design cake toppers today work in polymer clay. Polymer clay is great to use because it cures at just 200 degrees – it can be hardened in a toaster oven. No specialized equipment is needed to make a polymer clay cake topper – just the sculpture and a toaster oven.

The downside to polymer clay is that it is extremely fragile. The clay is hardened but remains brittle like stale bread dough. Over time, it will crumble – especially the little detailed strands of hair and fingers. Also, it is not meant to be exposed to light for extended periods of time so if you leave it out, the sun will eventually fade the color and make it even more fragile. If you want a customized wedding cake topper that will stand the test of time, don’t select polymer clay.

I have seen some artists on etsy work with earthware clay. It is fired at high temperatures and glazed with underglaze. They are definitely more durable and will not fade or crumble with time. They will break if pushed off the table but pretty much anything like this will. The problem with clay is that it just doesn’t give you the fine detail in the faces like polymer clay. Your finished cake topper will be crude in the facial details at best – which might be the look you like but my assumption is that most brides like a realistic cake topper.

The best material for creating cake toppers, and trust me, I have made thousands and thousands since 2003, is sculpting in wax, creating a latex mold and casting polymer resin in the mold. The poly resin figures can be carefully and finely painted with non-toxic acrylic paints for the most realistic finish possible. The wax gives the artist the ability to make the face very finely detailed with realistic facial features and the paint, rather than the color coming from the clay, allows shading, airbrushing and most important, revisions. Once a polymer cake topper is made, there is no going back on the color.

One company we have worked with created a 2D sketch of each custom designed cake topper project. This is one of their selling points because customers naturally love to see some sort of a proof of the work before they receive it. But, beware of this. The 2D design sketch is simply to protect the artist because what they send along with the rough drawing sketch is a small sampling of clay colors that you must sign off on. Once the sculpture is made in colored clay, they will not make modifications if you do not like the finished color. They will refer to your original 2D sketch and say that you signed off on it! Totally unfair and not the right way to make custom cake toppers.

Over the years, we have developed a way better system. We provide photo proofs of the wax sculptures in progress.

Custom Wedding Cake Topper Face Proof

Custom Wedding Cake Topper Face Proof

This photo represents a typical sample of our custom heads being proofed with the customer. 9 times out of 10, the artist has totally nailed it and the customer loves it (our artists are the very best!). But, if they don’t like it or there are some revisions to be made, it’s totally ok at this point. In fact, we allow unlimited revisions as time allows.

If the customer selected one or more custom bodies, we also proof those.

Custom Wedding Cake Toppers Custom Body Proof

Custom Wedding Cake Toppers Custom Body Proof

Since we don’t get started until we have adequate materials for faces, hairstyles, clothing, accessories and pose, by the time the artist sculpts the bodies, they are usually 100% perfect the first time. Again, our artists are phenomenal! They will make you look just like you – only movie star gorgeous. 😉

The next step after our customers love their sculptures is to start the latex mold process. It takes a few days to make the mold, pour the resin and allow it to completely harden. The figures are now in separate pieces – the heads, the bodies and sometimes the base. Kids and pets are also made separately. The pieces are also totally white – a blank slate to paint.

This is the stage when the cake toppers come to life; the painting. The faces are less than an inch wide yet our talented painting staff is able to create tiny little eyelashes, perfectly pouted lips and lightly blushed cheeks. The paint is what adds the life to our personalized cake toppers.

Blended Family Custom Cake Topper

Blended Family Custom Cake Topper

The poly resin is much more durable that clay and will last a lifetime. Don’t mistake, if it falls off your mantel and onto your hardwood floor, it will break. Probably not shatter but it will break. But, if treated like a precious heirloom, it will last forever.

Custom cake toppers are not cheap. I’m not going to lie. As you read here, there are hours and hours worth of work put into these beauties and several artists come together to make each one. But, at the end of the big day, your custom wedding cake topper will be a perfect keepsake of those few precious hours when you were at your best and totally in love.

Wedding Cake Toppers are Forever
I just got off the chat with a lovely young bride. She said that she needed to discuss the cost of her custom plus sized bride wedding cake topper with her fiance. I told her to tell her this statement when she gave her pitch. We’ll find out Monday if she was successful at convincing him that they need this gorgeous cake topper. She was having the hardest time finding a topper with both the bride and groom with brown hair and eyes let alone a full figured bride and huskier groom.

divorce_cake_topper

Well, this was a new one! Our customer contacted us to see if we could do a custom divorce cake topper for her upcoming divorce party. Seems her ex was sent to jail! Sure, why not? We recommended the funny bobblehead cake toppers with the larger style heads and she selected our short skirt bride style which we painted red to match the dress she is wearing to the party. She selected one of our soccer wedding cake topper grooms (he’s stretching on the ground) to use for her ex. We painted him to look like a jail bird. He will be positioned on the bottom tier of the cake in a pool of red frosting.

We wish her all the luck in the world for her new life! More power to you!