Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sentimental Sunday - Wedding Cake Toppers

My husband is one of seven children, six of them married.  When the first of his siblings were being wed, his parents found the wedding cake topper that they had used on their wedding cake almost 25 years earlier.  J&F decided to use it on their cake.  Thus was born a wonderful tradition.  Next S&N were married and they too used the same topper for their cake.  My husband and I were married next, on June 14, 1980 - yes, 30 years ago this year!  Here we are!

Now this picture doesn't really show the kewpie doll wedding topper so here is a close-up.  (Not the best picture I have - I will try to find a better one and post it here).

Well, a few years later H&J were married and used the same topper followed by T&J.  Five family weddings with the same wedding cake topper!  And the same one that my husband's parents had used. A grand tradition we all enjoyed.

One day while watching some old slides from my husband's grandparents collection, the following picture popped onto the screen and the entire crew began laughing at once!

It is my in-laws, at their wedding on November 22, 1952.  It doesn't take much to see that the wedding cake topper is not the kewpie dolls.  Who had they originally belonged to?  Well, that question was never answered, but we all agreed that we still loved our kewpie doll topper tradition.  To include my in-laws, on their 50th wedding anniversary, where it was a PIE-anniversary, the kewpie dolls topped the anniversary pie.

Although the tradition began by accident, it is one that I am happy to be a part of.  All the marriages are going strong, including my in-laws who have now been married 57 years!  Soon the next generation of this family will be getting married.  I will encourage all I can to take part in this wonderful celebration of family!

Ain't families grand!  


  1. How neat to read about a great (and funny) tradition and so many happy marriages!

  2. Kathy, I love this story. And the joke went back to the in-laws on the pie...too funny. Enjoyed seeing you on your wedding day, happy belated anniversary.

  3. That's hilarious! What a blessing to be in a family of strong marriages. Thanks for sharing!


  4. How cute a cake topper. The pictures of the generations of users is wonderful and the pie too cute. Love it.

  5. What a fabulous post! The cake topper on the pie was especially great. Since your hubby is wearing a white tux, did you get married in the summer? The long sleeves on your gown, although gauzy, must have been hot!

    My husband wants to know who bought the cake topper...

    Maybe we will meet at an RIGS meeting someday....

  6. My favorite post this week! I was laughing so much my family came over to the computer to see the photos, and they loved it, too! Of course, my daughter had no idea what a Kewpie doll was! Thanks for sharing this story with us.

  7. Oh Kathy, I LOVE this story! The cake topper is adorable too. Who has custody of the Kewpies?

  8. Thanks to all of you for the nice comments! My in-laws have the kewpies for now and we have no idea who first bought them. It is a mystery!

  9. Kathy, the mystery makes the story all the better! Love your follow up on the China wedding as well. Great story! What a wonderful family tradition!