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 joyvarnellart.com.
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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 augustawilsonstudio.com.
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.