This is a fun alternative to the traditional wedding guestbook where people leave you a message – instead, set up a large canvas with a selection of paints and brushes, and ask your guests to create a piece of artwork for you.
At this wedding the guests were ask to ‘grow the bride and groom a garden’, but you could pick any kind of scene that meant something to you. Perhaps if you are particularly fond of hiking you could get everyone to paint you a mountain vista, or if you love the ocean, an underwater scene. It’s pretty much endless, and at the end of the evening you have a very personal piece of artwork to hang in your home.
I have been overwhelmed from the support and kind words I have received following Thursday’s post ‘when imitation is not the sincerest form of flattery.’ Out of something bad, such kindness has come.
I will make sure to get back to everyone who has left a comment or emailed me with regards to that post, I’m just a bit snowed under adding all the finishing details to my new website – to be re-launched next week!
In the meantime, I wanted to make it quite clear that I am 100% happy for all brides-to-be out there who have been inspired or made their own versions of our wedding stationery. In no way was that post about copying aimed at you, I am utterly delighted that you think my wedding stationery was nice enough to be reinterpreted for your own weddings. It was only in the context of going on to sell it (and my artwork), as the unnamed business did.
Once again, thank you all so much. It is heartening to know there are so many lovely people in the world.
Happy Bonfire Night!
This might possibly be one of the hardest blog posts I’ve had to write. I’ve spent the past 24 hours going over how to write without just screaming and shouting. Those of you who follow me on Twitter and Facebook might recall a bit of a meltdown on Tuesday evening – so without waffling around too much, I discovered that another business had taken original designs I’d hand-drawn for our wedding stationery and was selling them as their own ‘unique’ designs.
I unwittingly clicked on a Twitter link and came across this businesses website – as I began to look around at the different designs they were selling I got this sick feeling in my stomach. Not only did one particularly wedding stationery design look unbelievably similar to what I’d designed and made for our wedding, but I began to realise that some details they were using were actually my hand-drawn images (below).
Designs by The Natural Wedding Company
I was absolutely devastated to think that someone would do that, and have the balls to claim that their work was ‘unique’. And pretty pissed off. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not claiming these are outstanding pieces of artwork, but they are mine, drawn by me, for something quite personal – my own wedding.