TOM TOM Club
It’s no secret that, after the vows are exchanged, brides like to slip into something a little more comfortable—on their feet. TOMS offers an alternative to cheap flip-flops, with a line of its famous no-lace shoes designed especially for weddings. Choose from shiny ballet-slipper-like grosgrain styles, glittery sequined numbers, and even wedges in white, pink, ivory, silver, natural, blue, or black ($54 to $80). Etsy vendors can even customize them for you, painting or embroidering your wedding date or initials onto your shoes (such as the “his” and “hers” shoes here, spiffed up by Rebekah Burch of Etsy shop CapslockTuesday). Visit toms.com or etsy.com/shop/capslocktuesday for more information.
Photo of temporary tattoos by Gulnara Studio
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I Do Ink
You’ve carefully chosen every detail of your wedding to make sure each one matches the antique vibe for your vintage-inspired celebration. What better way to get your guests in on the action than by giving them customized, old-timey, temporary tattoos? That’s what Larchmont native Spencer Merolla and her husband, Shane Liebling, did for their wedding, distributing temporary tats with anchors, hearts, skulls, and their names on them. “Favors are tricky—not everyone likes sweets, and there’s always the risk that your precious memento will end up gathering dust,” says Merolla, a designer and stylist (spencermerolla.com). “We chose something that was a cross between a favor and a party activity. Even the older guests got into it.” You can custom-design and order temporary tattoos at straytats.com.
On the Map
With so much work put into your invitation suite, why make do with one of those pre-printed, hard-to-read, and, frankly, ugly maps distributed by your venue or hotel? Instead, illustrators and graphic designers can make beautiful, customized wedding maps. These maps can also include tidbits like where you and your soon-to-be spouse had your first date or where you shared your first kiss. When Megan Gleason married in Rhinebeck this past July, she had a map made by Carol Sullivan of CW Designs. “As my fiancé and I prepared for our wedding weekend in July, we realized that, without a guide, there was a high likelihood that our guests wouldn’t be clear on the weekend’s events,” Gleason says. “When I found Carol’s maps online, I knew it would be the perfect solution—beautiful, portable, and completely customizable! Carol even integrated artwork and fonts from our invitation suite into the map.” Browse CW Designs’ past work at cwdesigns2010.etsy.com.
Message in a Bottle
Regular guestbooks are just so 2D. White Plains resident Barbara Cappelli seeks to change that with her All About the Wish keepsakes. Wedding guests are invited to write messages to the bride and groom on pre-cut, pearlized papers, roll them up, seal them with delicate brass rings, and deposit them in an imported Italian glass bottle. Many of the designs have 23-karat-gold details, and they can be personalized with brass plaques bearing a name, monogram, or wedding date. Prices range from $105 to $120; order online at allaboutthewish.com.
Stamp of Approval
Printed items don’t end at your invitations—you may need escort cards, table numbers, menus, programs, and signs. If you don’t have the patience to DIY, there’s Poughquag’s Jacquelyn Vaccaro. “I love everything vintage, so a lot of my inspiration comes from old books, vintage magazine and newspaper clippings, posters, et cetera,” she says. “All of my paper starts out as basic white, one-hundred-ten-pound card stock; then I hand-distress each item.” Many of her works are hand-stamped with stamps that Vaccaro has purchased all over the world. Check out her designs at jacquelynvaccaro.etsy.com.
Keep It Pinteresting
Every bride-to-be knows about—and is probably addicted to—Pinterest, the online “pinboard” that lets you snap up any scrap of wedding inspiration you come across on the Internet and stick it to your virtual wall. Westchester/Hudson Valley Weddings has set up its own Pinterest account with photos culled from local weddings, as seen on photographer blogs, wedding sites, and in our own archives. If you see something there you like, chances are the vendor is nearby and you can snag it for yourself. Follow us at http://pinterest.com/WestHVWeds.