Category Archives: Decor
Just because your planning a wedding on a budget doesn’t mean you have to give up your wedding favor items to save some money. Couples on average spent around $289 on their wedding favors in 2012, that may not seem like a significant amount on its own, but add that total to your other average wedding expenses and your looking at a wedding cost around $28,000. Now don’t go cutting your favors out of your wedding just yet, there are many unique and creative favor ideas out there that won’t break your budget.
One idea that’s perfect for a hot, summer wedding are personalized koozies can cooler that you can custom design and give to your guests! With a variety of colors to choose from add your wedding monogram, a quote that represents the two of you as a couple, a QR code to scan or a geeky reference your guests will love. Save even more money on your wedding by doubling your personalized koozies as an escort card holder or menu holder. Coming in at under a $1 per koozie you can still let your guest know you appreciate their attendance and support, and give them something they can take home they’ll actually use.
Etsy shop RBK Creations is a mother and daughter team from Northern Dallas who create whimsical and sometimes geeky bouquets, like this Mario Bros inspired one with matching mini bouquets and boutonnières. Hand embroidered with a mixture of flowers, star flowers and mushrooms along with individually hand sewn buttons, this bouquet is perfect for any gamer bride.
Each of their pieces from their shop can made from buttons, felt, satin or organza and customized to your theme and choice of colors. The best part about these bouquets is that they will never wilt so you can save them as a keepsake for after the wedding, gamers like a high replay value.
Their engagement was “A Tale as Old as Time” for two animation nerds, Kelly and Sean, whose love for Disney Animation and each other developed into their own real-life Disney fairy tale.
For their storybook wedding featuring a Shrek and Sleeping Beauty theme, the creative couple illustrated, wrote and bond their own Golden Book inspired wedding programs. “Everything was handmade by my husband and I,” says Kelly,” from the artwork to the bonding of the books.” The beautiful illustrations are the work of storyboard artist Kelly while Sean wrote the couple’s love story about an Ogre falling in love with a Princess.
Add a little ice and snow to your winter wedding without breaking your budget with this simple diy project inspired by The White Witch of Narnia. All you need are a few supplies found at any local craft store to get started.
For this project I started with three white candles (because they are the cheapest) and added glitter to two of them for a snowy, ice effect. The third and largest candle I simply painted silver to represent the Queen’s power to turn the people of Narnia to stone.
These cute, geeky takes on the traditional Japanese Kokeshi doll have been re-imagined as wedding cake toppers by Charlene owner of the Etsy shop CreativeButterflyXOX. Just like the original Kokeshi dolls these little guys are made from wood and hand-painted by the artist. The great thing about these little guys are they make great keepsakes after the wedding. Charlene also makes and sells custom wooden peg doll wedding cake toppers, clothespin wedding cake toppers and also has a variety of Photo Booth props available in her shop.
Winter hair clip via whichgoose
We all know that winter can be unpredictable, and your winter wonderland can suddenly become a full on blizzard without much warning. So plan for every possible scenario (wind, rain, snow, an ancient and supernatural race known as the Others) so you won’t have to stress in the days before your wedding. Leaving you and your guests time to enjoy the advantage of the off-season hotel and flight discounts and greater venue and vendor availability. Embrace the magical atmosphere of a winter wonderland wedding with a few tips and ideas to keep you and your guests warm and jolly.
Digital illustrator and sculptor who goes by the name HerArtSheLoves is the owner of Robots Are Awesome, an Etsy shop whose name expresses exactly how its owner feels about robots. A self-proclaimed “uber nerd” who loves sci-fi and robots, “K-9, Bender, Robbie the Robot… I get to work with an art media, I fell in love with as a child and get my geek on every day.”
From her home studio in Orlando, Florida HerArtSheLoves has been making these cute little robots since 2009. “Creating these awesome robot sculptures is my full time day job. I personally take all photos, answer all e-mails/ etsy convos, wrap up and ship out each awesome robot.” HerArtSheLoves has created over 350 robots and over 60 wedding cake topper robots of all sizes and shapes all of which are handmade by her alone. How does she make them? “polymer clay shaped into robotic goodness, beads added for eyes and wire woven into springs to make the neck, arms & legs (coiling gizmo rocks). After baking, multiple coats of varnish are brushed on for protection and shiny delight.”
This Final Fantasy cake topper was sculpted by artist Christina Patterson of IDoCakeToppers. Christina creates amazing and unique personalized Polymer clay sculptures that depict your likeness, pets, hobbies and anything you want for your big day.
Like many wedding themes found on this blog the challenge is always transforming a unique and nontraditional theme into something classy and elegant. For couples who struggle on how to approach such a task, you will love today’s styled shoot from Live View Studios based in North Carolina. This colorful, feathery shoot proves that you can take inspiration from a popular app based game like Angry Birds, about cartoon birds and pigs at war, and transform it into an elegant wedding with a few subtle touches.
“Who has seen an Angry Birds inspired wedding? When the idea came to us,” wrote photographer Brent of Live View Studios, ”we looked and found a few groom’s cakes & details based on the game but nothing that incorporated it in as an overall wedding theme. With Angry Birds being with one of the top 10 apps & with 1 billion downloads as of May this year, we thought, why not create a wedding inspiration from the game, using elements creatively instead of basing it only on the characters? Keeping the elements of stone/brick, glass, wood, & feathers, and the primary color palette in mind, we, along with a very talented team of vendors, set out to design a rustic couture (entitled Passion Takes Flight) wedding with slingshot pens, tumbled concrete structures, a gold crown & golden eggs, a treasure chest for notes written by guests, and more.”
Sculptor Kyla Richards created this wedding cake topper based on the cover illustration by artists Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts for DC Comics. Based in Alberta, Canada Kyla is the award nominated sculptor for the Strange Aeons miniature table top skirmish game.