20 Beautiful Wedding Cakes Decorated with Bows
We often associate bows with the über-feminine, but these pretty loops don't have to feel frilly, especially when it comes to incorporating them into your wedding décor. While bows typically connote a classic wedding style, modern iterations absolutely exist. Whatever your vibe is as a bride, there's certainly a way to make the popular motif work on your big day.
Just take the following wedding cakes, for example. All of these confections feature beribboned accents, but take note of how different fabrics, textures, colors, and styles impact the overall aesthetic of each dessert. Super traditional brides-to-be, you'll likely prefer fondant bows in the prettiest of pastel hues. Contemporary couples might identify instead with looser interpretations—we love how so many of the upcoming confections feature untied ribbon options, sans the loops. This unique variation feels fresh without any of those overly-feminine associations.
Of course, fondant and ribbon aren't your only options when it comes to making this trend work for your own wedding cake. Choose a silky accent in the same hue as your confection (so monochrome!) or ask your cake baker to pipe tiny little bows onto the treat—it's entirely up to you.
In addition to classic and contemporary bow styles, bohemian (never-ending, romantic ribbons!) and rustic (think twine and burlap!) versions exist, too. Also, be sure to play with the width of the bow. Whether you choose to knot a bow the width of an entire tier around your first layer or double up on super-skinny loops, this pretty detail is sure to make an impact on your dessert table.
If fully-looped bows feel too classic and sweet, opt for trailing, knotted ribbons, instead. When paired with a trio of verdant leaves, a layered dove gray and cream linen streamer brought contemporary vibes to a Bird Bakery dessert.
A bow doesn't have to be the focal point of your wedding cake. The small pink ribbon—which was placed under rose gold foil, dramatic sugar flowers, and a monogram—on this Fancie Buns confection proves it.
Take inspiration from this A Bake Shop treat and match your wedding cake's hue to that of its bow accent.
Fondant bows that look like ribbons? Sign us up. I Do! Wedding Cakes created this lifelike accent, which matched the moody purple stripes throughout the rest of the layers.
The simplest touches (like a knotted ribbon!) can take an understated confection to new heights. Consider this slate blue silk, for instance. It brought dreamy vibes to a Sugar Euphoria two-tier.
The color of this bow reminds us of a sunset's afterglow.
Bows play prettily with other wedding cake decorations, like flowers and toppers. This Glass Slipper Gourmet confection, which featured metallic-topped tiers, a dotted texture, and a fresh floral arrangement, wasn't overwhelmed by the addition of a champagne-colored bow at its base.
Bolster smaller, more narrow bows by doubling up on the ribbon. Gift Cakes added sprigs of sleeves and berries to bolster the middle of this petite two-tier
A bow-wrapped tier looks right at home with similar strips of fondant. We love how this baker used a purple bow to break up the blue stripes on the lower and top layers.
Don't skimp on the width of your bow or ribbon. Sugar Breck added a strip of blue that was nearly as broad as this beauty's base layer.
A translucent bow won't take away from bigger accents, like hand-painted florals or baroque-inspired crest.
Bows can subtly add pops of color to an all-white dessert. Take this Awesome Caribbean Cakes treat for example, which featured peach ribbon loops, in addition to fresh buds and a feather accent.
Why can't your wedding cake also be your something old? This bride added a brooch to her Cakes by Krishanthi dessert's creamy bow. The bauble, combined with the treat's lacey texture, only added to its wedding dress-inspired effect.
We're not sure what's cuter—this Amy Beck Cake Design confection's kissing couple topper or it's dainty fondant bow.
Blue and Gold
Cheerful stripes add a bit of prep to just about any aspect of your wedding décor. A blue candy-striped accent—when combined with a playful bunch of sugar hydrangea, by The Sugar Suite—is a fun way to work the pattern onto your dessert table.