Better Off Wed Rustics

Austin, Texas

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Last updated on Aug 4, 2022

Hi lovelies! BetterOffWedRustics is on vacation. For more beautiful cake toppers and wedding decor check out my other shop, Better Off Wed at

Tina Albin-Lax

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About BetterOffWedRustics

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On Etsy since 2014

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Trust me: you’re Better Off Wed.

Hello! I’m Tina Albin-Lax, and I’m a product designer with a passion for rock climbing, a wicked coffee addiction — and bad case of wanderlust.

At Better Off Wed, I design one-of-a-kind heirloom wedding cake toppers made from laser-cut wood + fabric.

Each wedding cake topper serves as a keepsake for generations to come — and can be transformed into a bespoke objet d'art, a framed wall adornment, or even a holiday tree ornament. Best of all — each token arrives in a custom gift box, perfectly-packaged + ready to tote along to your wedding venue. Hello, sweet romance!


I never dreamed I’d become a professional artist + designer — in fact, I started my career as a labor union organizer! — but planning my own off-grid, unconventional wedding inspired me to get into a studio + start crafting with my hands.

Better Off Wed was born out of the romance + wild excitement of my own DIY wedding — and in less than a year, it’s bloomed into a profitable business — attracting thousands of sales, dozens of media mentions, blog profiles in Style Me Pretty,, Green Wedding Shoes and even a shout-out in Martha Stewart Wedding Magazine, as one of the best wedding cake toppers of 2012.


My creative process? My husband calls me “the tornado,” if that gives you any idea.
I love plunging into all-out, full-on, crazy-town work sessions where I get messy, spread my materials everywhere and dig in for hours + hours.

For my Better Off Wed cake toppers, I sketch out my ideas on paper first, then design them in Adobe Illustrator, laser-cut the wood and fabric, and (finally!) piece it all together by hand. A lot of time, love + attention goes into each and every piece. And I’m pretty sure it shows.


I genuinely believe that you can design the life, career + relationship of your dreams —
if you’re willing to stare down the NO’s, break a few molds, and bring every ounce of your grit + commitment into the mix.

I want to make a positive dent in the universe — and I want you to do the same, in your own exquisitely original way.

Here’s to love, affection + reckless abandon!

Shop members

  • Tina Albin-Lax

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I'm a self-taught artist + designer with a rowdy, adventurous streak. I live in Austin, TX with my husband — we’re two entrepreneurial peas in a pod, and we love dreaming up big things, together. Life is good. Love is wild.

  • Axel Albin-Lax

    Owner, Designer

    I'm an entrepreneur, designer, and product guy. Two things I love about this work: I get to be a lettering nerd, and I get to eat a lot of cake. :)

  • Kristen


    Kristen is more organized than you. That why she's in charge of order management and fulfillment.

  • Vince


    Vince is part robot, part hustler. He is turning our production space into a finely tuned machine.

  • Jessica

    Customer Service

    Our dogs don't like anyone. But they liked Jessica from day one. You absolutely must experience her amazing customer service.

  • Maria


    Technically Maria's job is to package table numbers. But really she's our resident dog whisperer.

  • Connor


    Watching Connor package toppers is like watching a master chef. Every movement is executed with purpose and precision.

  • Bryan

    Laser Wrangler

    Bryan stays calm, cool, and collected as he pilots a pair of Class 3 lasers. No small feat.

  • Taj


    We call Taj the golden child because he knows how to bring out the bling in any paint job.

  • Kevan


    Kevan is a musician and painter--in other words, a man who knows the value of practice.

  • Fern


    A fine artist by training, Fern paints with undeniable craftsmanship.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2022
Hello + welcome!

Thanks for visiting + prowling through my shop policies.

Better Off Wed Rustics is the creator of the original Statement Wedding Cake Topper™.

I believe that wedding cake toppers don’t have to be one-time decorations — they can serve as treasured keepsakes + tokens, for generations to come. And these modern + elegant toppers look sensational atop just about any cake — from a traditional tiered confection, to a tower of cupcakes, to a home-spun berry crumble.

I’m thrilled to be featured as one of Martha Stewart Living Magazine’s best wedding cake toppers. Thank you, Martha! :)

Here’s a bit of information about my payment policies, production + shipping time, custom orders, and more.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Visa Mastercard Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits

Returns & exchanges

See item details for return and exchange eligibility.



You can make your payment online with your PayPal account, or any major credit card.

You’ll receive a confirmation email from Paypal once your payment has gone through.

If you DON’T get a confirmation email, then something has gone wonky — and I probably haven’t gotten your order. Please double-check your PayPal account, and send me a convo with any questions.



I promise to package your order with care and send it off to you on time. However, once I hand your package over to the Postal Service I can no longer be held responsible. The vast majority of orders make it to their destinations without a hitch--but packages have been known to be delayed or lost. If this makes you nervous, I highly recommend that you purchase insurance. Please send me a convo to discuss insurance options.

Please confirm that your address is correct before purchasing. I cannot change your address once your order is placed. Buyers are responsible for any shipping costs of returned packages.


All US domestic orders come with tracking. You can track your order through the USPS website here:!input.action


If you are a non-US based customer please be aware that your country may charge you customs duties and taxes on your purchase. These duties and fees are your responsibility. These are fees that I cannot quote you for and that I will not be held responsible for. I ONLY charge your for actual shipping fees. Returns and/or refunds will not be accepted due to customs fees.

We will not be responsible for lost or stolen packages. Our default shipping method for International orders will be USPS First Class International. This is the most economical option but DOES NOT INCLUDE TRACKING, DOES NOT INCLUDE INSURANCE and DOES NOT INCLUDE DELIVERY CONFIRMATION.

If you would like any of these add-on options YOU MUST UPGRADE to USPS Express Int'l (5 business days) or USPS Priority Int'l shipping (6-10 business days). You can choose either of these options at checkout.

Additional policies and FAQs


If you’re ordering a special cake topper with a custom inscription, awesome!
I LOVE originality.

I’m not able to provide a design mock-up for you to approve, before it gets made. But you can look through the extensive gallery of toppers in my shop, to get a clear sense of my design style.

Want to order a whole BUNCH of cake toppers — say, for a couple dozen cupcakes, or one hundred huckleberry pies? Send me a convo to get a bulk quote, for your order. Let’s go buck-wild!

Here’s to love, affection + reckless abandon!