I haven’t heard word if the newlyweds have opened the gift yet…
In yesterday’s post i showed you this beautiful packaging for a custom order i completed a few weeks ago. The order was requested as a gift for a Goth wedding – the client wanted something one of a kind, unusual and specifically designed to suit the personalities and lifestyle of the engaged couple. So what do you get for the couple who has everything? Why custom, handmade beads of course!!!
I love the design of this box – most especially because it doesn’t have to be destroyed in order to open the gift. It’s a lovely keepsake that can also be used to store their beads (or anything else they’d like)… The wedding was yesterday so i guess we can open the gift now, right? I mean a little peek wouldn’t hurt, would it?
Here’s the gift card, custom of course… created and signed by me, then aged to suit the theme – I hope they like it!Oh wait… reception… wedding night… late morning… hmmm, might not be quite time to fully open this gift yet. We can’t open it before the newlyweds.
I recently completed a custom order for a wedding and not just any wedding but a Goth wedding! If you’ve never seen a Goth wedding it’s definitely worth googling. The pictures range from downright funny to extremely glamorous – and in all the pics (much like any other wedding) the couples and guests look like they’re having a ton of fun… just in highly non-traditional ensembles.I tried to incorporate the dark yet glamourous aspect of the goth culture into the beads but once they were completed realized i couldn’t just deliver them in my normal (fairly simple) packaging – especially since this was meant as a wedding gift!
So i called my neighbour Sean (master merchandiser and designer of my past show displays) for help once again. I told him i needed something elegant, black, gothic and completely over the top. I’d found one picture of a Goth bride who arrived at her ceremony in a coffin – a look i thought was hilarious and particularly appropriate for the theme. I explained the vague idea of what i wanted, Sean nodded, disappeared… and the next day he showed up at my door with THIS:
My jaw literally dropped, i swallowed whatever i’d been in the process of saying, was left mouth hanging open and all i could strangle out was a less than eloquent “HOLY SH*T!!!” Have you ever seen anything so beautifully designed and so very suitable to the theme??? I immediately dropped whatever i was doing and gave him a big hug and a huge thank you! Doesn’t he just completely ROCK??? His custom designed packaging was so far beyond my expectations!!
Soooo… I guess you’d like to take a peek inside?Not yet. Like the bride and groom, you’ll have to wait until after the wedding (it’s today)…
This bead is a first try at a custom order. It’s HUGE – approx. 2.5″ – I like it but the colours aren’t working for me. I used three different shades of red frit for some colour gradations in the leaves and they all came out looking exactly the same. WAY annoying.
These are my test beads from last week. They may not remain tests for long though, as their remakes were NOT an improvement. dammit.
On the good side that bead on the far right is my first bead to ever come out exactly the way i wanted (better even!) – i love it and it’s MINE.
Aaah well, back to the torch!