Monogram Cake Topper Color Tips
hen brides call me for help the most frequent topic I cover is how to pick the right colors. I put together this page to help you mix and match Swarovski crystals.
irst, there is truly nothing in the world quite like the brilliance of white diamonds. A topper in all Crystal makes a statement all its own. It goes beautifully with almost any cake and is sure to please. For a more conservative look it's definitely a safe way to go.
aving said that, making the decision to add in crystal cake topper colors doesn't have to be scary! If you want something with a little more color, but aren't going for a dark dramatic topper either, there are subtle ways to find a middle ground. Silk and Crystal AB, or any other neutral crystal, can be added to tone down the brightness of an all Crystal topper. Gold Shadow and Silver Shade are soft metallics that are also not overbearing in color. Additionally, for a romantic look and the old-fashioned at heart, Jonquil AB adds a unique "antique" look.
ontrast is the key to picking a good color mix. Even if you have a wide range of colors in your overall wedding pallette, there is no rule that says your topper has to include them all. In most cases I actually discourage it! Choosing colors with the right level of contrast is the trick. It's just as important as matching the right color!
hen choosing colors to go together, first determine whether or not you like the "polka-dot" look, a very high level of contrast. If this is what you're after, then there are really no guidelines -- picking your colors will be fun and easy! For cute cakes or whimsical fonts, like Giselle or Paisley, I'm all for polka dots... the more varied the colors, the better!
or more formal events that call for a more classic styling, it may be suitable to reduce the contrast in order to minimize the "spotted" look. The idea here is to pick either a single color, a single color along with its AB counterpart, or better yet, if it's possible with the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS collection and your theme, to select colors that are only a few shades apart from one another. Up close, three or four complementary colors will add a wonderful texture to your topper while still maintaining a single overall color from afar.
eep in mind that you're not just designing a cake topper, rather the final element of your cake table. The accent decorations may sway your decision and make the color "dilemma" a no-brainer. My first question is always: "What does your cake look like?". A great idea is to pick a topper color that will help it stand out against the frosting or flowers decorating your cake. If you're having a Red, Black, and White event with red roses topping the cake then a white topper would look magical atop the roses whereas using reds in the topper risks possible clashing. For the same reason, if your cake is chocolate frosted I'd consider leaving Smoked Topaz out of your topper.
ncorporating Pearl stones in your Topper can be beautiful... when done carefully. Since it is only available in 2 sizes, compared to 3-5 sizes for crystals, I can only use pearl as an "accent stone". It can't be used by itself or be the focal point of the topper.
warovski makes "AB" stones which stands for "Aurora Borealis." These stones are iridescent and have a "rainbow" or "oil in the puddle" look to them. The darker the stone color the more noticable the effect, and more green, purple, and blue will be apparent. I have found that people either love or hate these stones. I caution you to use them sparingly. Picking one "AB" color out of 4 is sufficient for adding a shimmery affect but keep in mind that the non-AB stones portray vibrancy and color the best.
ere are some of the most requested color palettes and some ideas on how to achieve them. Keep in mind, these are just a few ideas, the possibilities are endless.
f course, this is just a start. If you're still on the fence, or want to see them in person, color samples are available.
You might be surprised to learn that there are ways to incorporate black in your topper without ending up with polka dots!
rom fuchsia to pastels, pinks are always in style when it comes to weddings. Selecting from the wide range of pinks in the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS collection you can achieve either a high or low contrast.
here aren't as many reds in the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS color pallette so the possibilities are limited, especially if trying to avoid contrast.
here is not one single stone that qualifies as "Tiffany box" blue, but combining a few together gets really close and results in beautiful dimension.
rystals in the chocolate family are considerably darker than the golds and taupes and will add contrast. I recommend keeping dark colors together, away from the lighter tones.