If you’re looking to indulge your creative side, there are some fab ways to go about it from fun DIY projects to cute illustrated maps, fun caricature sketches guests can take home with them and you can even get the kids in on the act with a colouring project on the Big Day! Check out some of our favourite ideas for crafty couples below…
1. Make Your Invites & Decor Extra Special with Calligraphy
Photo via Soulscribe Calligraphy
If you’re looking to go that extra mile with your wedding invitations and ensure they look as elegant as can be, some handscripted lettering is a beautiful finishing touch. Irish company Soulscribe Calligraphy can hand-write your invites and addresses using this beautiful art form and even place cards, menus, signs and table plans if you’re after an extra special touch for your decor. Or if you’re after a gorgeous personalised gift idea for your parents, bridal party, or hubby or wife-to-be, Soulscribe Calligraphy can also transform your first dance lyrics (or a song, poem or reading) into a piece of Artistic Calligraphy which you can frame and treasure forever.
2. Pop a Cute Illustrated Map in with Your Invites
Wedding Map by Appleberry Press
If you love your stationery, a wedding map might be on your radar! These illustrated beauties obviously look amazing but they’re practical too letting guests know how to get to the ceremony and venue (in style). Many stationery designers now specialise in illustrated maps alongside wedding invitations whether you want a graphic monochrome style or a whimsical watercolour design so have a chat with them. Take a peek at this pretty round-up for more inspo!
3. Create a Unique Brooch Bouquet with Meaningful Pieces
Bouquet by Bridal Brooch Bouquets by Ann Cassidy, Ireland
If you’re after a beautiful long-lasting alternative to fresh flowers, brooch or fabric bouquets are a fab option and a great way to introduce a little extra glitz and glamour to your Big Day look. You can work in family heirlooms or even your something blue and the best part about them is that you can keep and cherish them afterwards and even pass them on to kids or someone special. Irish companies Bridal Brooch Bouquets by Ann Cassidy and Florio Designs can create an incredible brooch bouquet tailored to your requirements or if you’re a fabulous fabric flower bouquet, Crystal Daze specialise in bouquets using amazingly realistic flowers with beautiful details such as diamantes and pearls if you wish.
4. Get Creative with a Personalised Cake Topper
Photo from Linda & Cormac’s real wedding by Julie Cummins Photography
Cake toppers are the perfect finishing touch to a glorious wedding cake and there are so many adorable types out there! We’re a big fan of personalised cake toppers from calligraphy style toppers with the couple’s name to a cute knitted happy couple or a miniature customised clay model just like you and your hubby or wife. Belle Toppers, Cake Toppers Ireland and Your Perfect Finish – Cake Toppers all specialise in personalised cake toppers.
5. Opt for a Fab Finger Print Guest Book You Can Hang at Home Afterwards
Photo by James & Elaine Photography via Wedding Chicks
Creative couples have tons of options when it comes to their wedding guest book with everything from framed caricatures and jigsaws to finger print trees. The finger print tree is a gorgeous way to get guests involved and the best part is you can proudly display it at home afterwards to. Another crafty idea we love is having a book where guests can leave their finger print, write some sentiments or do a little doodle or drawing to wish you well!
6. Get the Kids to Make the Happy Couple a Card (and Keep ’em Busy!)
Photo by Amber Rhodes Photography via Wedding Wire
If you’r after a sweet way to keep little ones busy, this genius idea should go down a treat. Get all the kids to make the happy coupe a wedding card – it’s a win win all round, the newlyweds get a cute keepsake from their little guests on the day and the kids have a ball with their masterpieces!
7. Ensure Guests Know Where Everything Is with Some Sweet Signs
Sign by River Lane Memories
Give your wedding a crafty feel with some awesome signs. Signs are not only practical, they look amazing too and can let guests know everything from where the ‘I Do’s’ are taking place to where the dancing shoes are at! River Lane Memories and Jazzy Creationz are two Irish companies that specialise in personalised signs – click on the links to check out their portfolios!
8. Hire a Caricature Artist as a Fun Favour Alternative
Photo via Story MixMedia
If you’re after a fun favour alternative that guests gets to keep, caricatures are sure to be a big hit! Pool the cash you would have spent on individual favours and use it to hire something fun like a caricature artist instead who can live sketch illustrations of guests. Guests will have great craic on the day plus they’ll leave with a fab keepsake they can hang at home! Check out Irish caricature artists offering this service below.
Caricature Artists in Ireland
Ken Coogan Caricatures | Andrew Goti Caricatures | Caricatures by Niall O’ Loughlin | Caricatures by Mark Heng
9. Let Your Guests Feast on Homemade Treats
Photo by This & That Photography
If you’re a talented baker or love your crafts, why not showcase these amazing talents for your wedding and whip up a batch of your signature fudge or jam or treat guests to your lovingly hand made candles. Guests will love this super personal favour they can add to their store cupboard or pop on a shelf at home.
10. Capture the Day Beautifully
Photo via Wedding Art
If you’re looking for a beautiful way to capture your day, Wedding Art create one-of-a-kind fine art oil paintings inspired by the wedding couple and their story. This gorgeous keepsake would make a great gift for the happy couple or to your other half or could be a fun little project as you lead up to the Big Day that could be displayed for all your guests to see on the day itself. The paintings have up to five key scenes such as where the couple first met, got engaged, their wedding venue and other important symbols that represent their love story. And it will be something you’ll cherish afterwards too as it hangs on your wall! Find out more here.
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Pamela enjoys writing about all things decor (she loves buying it too) and has a not so secret addiction to stationery.