1. PetsMeaghan Elliott Photography
Have a pair of pooches at home that you want to include in the reception? Put them on the cake! Or, in this case, peeking out from underneath the bottom tier.
A Kate Spade-Inspired Beachside Wedding at Sanderling Resort in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
2. FoxesDe Nueva Photography
Perfect for a woodland theme or outdoor wedding, a pair of brightly-colored foxes liven up a traditional white cake. Bonus: opting for carved wood makes for a sweet keepsake for years to come (and how cute are those interlocked arms?).
From A Simple, Rustic Wedding at Day Block Event Center in Minneapolis
3. MascotsFairy Tale Photography
Couples who met in college have the special opportunity to top their cake with a his and hers mascot. Share your school pride and “how we met” story in one adorable element.
From A Modern, Elegant Wedding at the Old Red Museum in Dallas, Texas
4. Spirit AnimalsSarah Rose Burns Photography
Picking out a couple friendly forest animals that describe your personalities, like this bunny and bird couple, give off a chic failytale-meets-woodland feeling.
From An Ultra-Chic, Romantic, Whimsical Wedding at Dunafon Castle in Idledale, Colorado.
5. LlamasRustic White Photography
It’s your special day, so if the two of you want llamas on the cake—go for the llamas! Choose your favorite animal or share an ‘inside joke’ with your new spouse.
From An Intimate Vineyard Wedding at Montaluce Vineyards in Dahlonega, Georgia
6. FlamingosMary Wyar Photography
Topping the cake with animals that have stand-out features, like pink feathered flamingos, is an easy way to add another degree of texture to your tiers. This is also a great choice for a destination wedding where tropical birds may be synonymous with the locale.
From A Retro, Glamorous Wedding at Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio
7. PenguinsJenny DeMarco Photography
Good news is, if you opt for penguins, they come dressed in their own formalwear! If you’re having a very-formal wedding, you could always top a “grooms cake” with the flightless-birds.
From A Vintage Outdoor Wedding in Austin, TX