Your wedding day is a wonderful opportunity to go all out. From a dress fit for a princess to lavish decorations, more is more when it comes to your special day, and your wedding cake should be no exception.
Even if you want to stick to the traditional tiered cake design, there’s a lot of room for creativity, and wedding cake inspiration can come from anywhere! If you’ve decided to go down the route of a themed wedding, for example, the cake should be inspired by whatever theme you choose.
Here in the UK, we love a quirky wedding theme. After all, your wedding is the perfect time to show your personality and create an original event that is perfectly catered towards you and your partner. Films and TV shows offer great inspirations for themed weddings, and new data can now tell us the most popular film and TV show wedding themes in the UK. According to Angelic Diamonds’ online wedding planning platform, ‘Wedflix’, people in the UK have been eagerly searching for themed wedding ideas on Google. Thanks to this data, we can reveal the top ten wedding themes of 2020 according to Google search data and offer some cake-spiration to go with them!
The most searched for wedding theme in 2020 was Cinderella, with an average of 2,640 searches per month. If you’re planning a wedding fit for a princess, you’ll need the cake to match! This elegant, tiered Disney-themed cake screams ‘happily ever after’. To recreate a Cinderella themed wedding cake, remember to pick that perfect shade of light blue icing to match Cinderella’s dress and choose between an antique clock, a pumpkin carriage, or a single glass slipper as the cake topper.
In second place, according to the Wedflix data, is the Harry Potter franchise. People in the UK searched for ‘Harry Potter-themed weddings’ on average 1,480 times per month in 2020, proving the franchise’s unwavering popularity.
There are plenty of options when it comes to creating a wedding cake fit for a Hogwarts feast. For example, this creative tiered design, featuring layers of classic wizarding items. Alternatively, you could create an extravagant wedding cake inspired by Hogwarts castle.
Beauty and the Beast
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was revealed to be the third most popular themed wedding in the UK, receiving an average of 1,100 searches per month. Any Disney Princess theme gives you the opportunity to embrace the fairy tale romance of a wedding, and a romantic cake like this one will become the cherry on top of a fabulous day. The enchanted rose is one of the most notable motifs from this Disney classic, so be sure to incorporate roses into your cake design. And don’t forget to include some golden frosting to pay homage to Belle’s iconic ball gown.
Everyone loves this classic 90s sitcom, but some adore it enough to theme their entire wedding day around it. Friends came in at number four on the list, with an average monthly search tally of 890 in the UK. For a Friends-themed wedding cake, retro 90s colours and the classic Friends font are a necessity. This cake incorporates some classic elements of the beloved sitcom, from the Central Perk logo to the director’s clapperboard featuring the classic Friends title format, “The One with…the Wedding!”
Next up, we have the Twilight franchise. Twilight turned out to be the fifth most searched for wedding theme last year, with an average of 890 searches per month. This theme is perfect for anyone looking to create a wedding day right out of the pages of a romance book, but with a dark mysterious twist. For the cake, you could try to recreate Bella and Edwards tiered wedding cake, complete with white frosting and flowers. Alternatively, you could draw inspiration from the iconic Twilight saga book covers like this gothic masterpiece with a chessboard twist.
For a classy wedding that will make your guests feel like they’ve stepped back in time, a Peaky Blinders theme is perfect. Coming in at number six on the list, this theme was searched 690 per month on average. To create a wedding cake with a nod towards this theme, you should incorporate some distinct Peaky Blinders motifs. Horseshoes, an antique pocket watch, and a hipflask (presumably full of whisky) are all a must.
Another popular idea in the UK is to host a wedding that’s totally out of this world. With 660 monthly searches, Star Wars-themed weddings have been revealed to be the seventh most popular option, and there’s certainly a lot of room for creativity with this intergalactic theme. As for the cake, why not take inspiration from this fabulous idea? Mixing the Star Wars franchise with bridal tradition, this half-and-half cake ticks all your boxes.
Alice in Wonderland
If you’re looking for a wedding theme that’s bright, colourful, and even a bit surreal, then Alice in Wonderland is a great option. Coming in at number eight in the UK’s favourite wedding theme with an average of 530 monthly searches, this concept is playful and exuberant – just like the perfect wedding cake. For an Alice in Wonderland-themed cake, colour is key and ‘Eat Me’ signs are essential. And always remember, when it comes to this bright and bubbly theme, there’s no holding back!
For some couples, the more unusual the theme, the better! Clearly, there are many people out there that want to bring some playful energy to their wedding day – Lego-themed weddings are the ninth popular choice! According to the data, Lego-themed weddings had an average monthly search number of 490. For this theme, the cake design has to be fun and perfectly constructed, like this fantastic example. As long as it’s geometric, colourful, and features an adorable Lego bride and groom cake topper, you’ve perfected it!
Last but most certainly not least, we have a fantastic Great Gatsby themed cake. This glamourous theme came in at number ten, with 320 average monthly searches. For the Great Gatsby cake of your dreams, you need glamour, grandeur, and ultimate Art Deco design. Even if your cake is a more subtle reference to the film, any 1920s style Art Deco design like this one will make your wedding feel like one of Jay Gatsby’s famous soirées.
There’s a cake idea for every wedding, no matter how wild and imaginative the theme may be. Watch your favourite film or TV show first and allow the wed-spiration to come flooding in!