Toppers date back to the 1890s. According to the article, “Bride and Groom Wedding Cake Toppers,” the first toppers were made from gum paste and plaster. By the 1920s, they were a hit with high society. The first commercially manufactured toppers were made from glass, paper and wood. In 1924, a U.S. wholesale catalog sold wax toppers, and by 1927, the Sears Roebuck catalog was devoting an entire page to wedding toppers. Slack Manufacturing began selling celluloid toppers in 1928. By the ’50s, toppers were a must-have item for bridal couples.
Today, couples can choose from a wide variety of toppers. Topper choices are limited only by the imagination. They come in cellophane, paper, paper mache and wax, among other materials. The emphasis is on custom-made and personalized toppers that reflect the couple’s tastes and interests. Couples can choose personalized colors, designs, materials, sizes, styles and themes. The idea is to choose a topper that reflects the couple’s love and life for each other.