The Art of Wedding Gifting

Three creative ways to incorporate custom artwork into your big day.

1) For a shower hostess gift, consider commissioning a painter to capture the wedding ceremony or reception not on camera, but canvas. Live event artist Joy Varnell is known statewide for her talent in recreating a couple’s special day with pigment and a brush. Watching the talented painter is always great entertainment for guests, plus the bride and groom receive a unique keepsake for their new home. Visit

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2) Say thank-you to your entourage in a colorful and meaningful way. Mobile native and Savannah College of Art and Design grad Augusta Wilson is offering a cool new concept through her online gallery Augusta Wilson Studio. For a discounted rate, brides may purchase a series of small custom oil paintings as gifts for her maids. “As a former Southern bride, I found that the painting gift option is convenient yet special. Plus, it’s an easy and creative item to incorporate into the bridesmaids’ luncheon décor. Simply position a canvas at each lady’s place setting, ” says Wilson.

If you’re an avid art collector – or wannabe – consider registering for local work that would fit in your new home. Often, friends and family are afraid to purchase art as a gift because its such a personal preference. But, artists such as Wilson are now offering online bridal registries for art. For more information on Wilson’s works and packages, visit

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3) Flowers wither and fade, but a custom, framed print of your bouquet is forever. Illustrator Caitlyn Waite creates beautiful, whimsical artwork based upon photos of the bridal bouquet, a portrait of the couple or the newlyweds’ first home. For samples and pricing, visit Doodle Your Day on Etsy.

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