But as much as I loved our custom wine corks and bottles, tissue packets, and even programs, the cake toppers modeled to look like us were quite possibly my favorite special touch. Remember these little beauties I snagged on Etsy for less than $50?
I was ecstatic, and absolutely couldn't wait to see them top our wine-themed cake on the big day. So, you can imagine my disappointment when I realized that since I had switched dresses late in the game, to a gown with color no less, the mini-me cake topper was no longer a perfect match.
Was there anything I could do to fix this, short of ordering a replacement? If I had to use it "as is," would guests even still know that these toppers were custom-designed to match our attire? Luckily, my DIY spirit kicked in to save the day just in time.
After arriving in California the week before the wedding, my mom unexpectedly discovered a thin strand of purple ribbon in a old box of hair accessories. Carefully trying not to damage the tiny topper, with its fragile crystals and dainty details, I slowly wedged the ribbon between two rows of beads, tying a bow in the back. Voila!
Sure, it doesn't look absolutely perfect, but in the end, everyone just loved the cute toppers, and even more importantly, they loved our entire cake!
LESSON LEARNED: Looking back, I could have and probably should have waited a bit later into our engagement to purchase detailed items like these, to allow for any changes in things like attire, headpieces, hairstyles, and even boutonnieres. In your planning excitement, remember to take your time, and that it's not always necessary to buy something the very second the idea enters your head.
What do you think of my fix, ladies? Have you had to make any last-minute changes to your wedding details?
(Photo Credits: Etsy & Alex Neumann Photography)