Knots & Bolts

Take the Cake

The days of the traditional cake topper are pretty much over—joining the puffy-sleeved dress and the cummerbund in the annals of wedding history. From bikes to birds to bobble heads, cakes are now being topped with fun figurines or signage that reflect the couple’s personality. We love the little wooden figures from Ladies and Gentlemen (painted to look like the couple…weddingtoppers.co.za) as well as Monument’s own SkyeArt shop on Etsy, which makes adorable little clay birds that are placed in a kissing position adorned with lovely phrases.

Looks Good on Paper

If you’ve made it through your 20s and 30s, you’ve probably been invited to your fair share of weddings. You’ve received more save the dates and invitations than you can probably count, and you probably think you’ve seen it all. But these days couples are pushing the creative limits in their wedding invites, developing complete branding and marketing initiatives for their collateral. Colorado-based Paper Guppy is doing some wild stuff—including a paint by numbers save the date, a pop-up invitation and a seating chart modeled after an advent calendar. It’s a truly custom process, and the invitations often include little free-hand drawings. Learn more at paperguppy.com.

Punk Vintage

A bold wedding is a memorable wedding, and for those looking for a particular brand of boldness—somewhere in between steampunk and shabby chic—you’ll appreciate the work of Denver’s Shabby Scrap. With themes like Pride & Prejudice and Marie Antoinette, these guestbooks, invites and place cards are wildly unique, feminine and vintage. Visit Shabby Scrap on Etsy for information. 

Pull Up a Chair

Sometimes renting chairs for your wedding can be like picking the lesser of two evils. Do you want the ugly beige non-folding plastic chairs or the ugly black folding plastic chairs? It could all just make a bride lose her cool.

But hope is not lost. Chairished by Melinda Jean is nestled into the uber-chic Highlands of Denver, has a growing collection of mix-and-match vintage chairs that will make you adore your chairs just as much as you adore the flowers, cake and gown. The eclectic group of pretty seats are redesigned in antique white and reupholstered in a soft cream palate.

Owner Gretchen Moore expects to have 200-plus chairs by early 2013. Moore says once her inventory is fully grown, she hopes to offer customizable upholstery to allow brides and grooms to match their chairs to their colors. Which is legitimately cool.

Learn more at chairished.com.

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