Real Weddings

Fall 2013

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realdetails Made to Trease Treat your entourage to one-of-a-kind thank-you gifts created by local designers and artisans Written and photographed by Christina Symons Picking out perfect gifts for the bridesmaids and groomsmen in your wedding party can be tricky. But you can't go wrong by going personal. Local artisans and makers offer custom treasures made to order, or you can add embellishments to store-bought gifts by having them engraved or embroidered. Consider a symbolic emblem, initials or a special motto to commemorate your day and the special people you're sharing it with. SWEET AND CHARMING Vancouver-based jewellers OhKuol happily add initial charms to their sparkling necklaces allowing you to personalize one for each bridesmaid. The fall collection includes white agate druzy, red ruby quartz and purple amethyst stalactites with stunning gold detailing. Sophisticated, with edgy glam, each piece is handmade by sisters Vi and Priscilla Phan. Initial necklaces from $53 each at DON'T TIE THE KNOT Say thank you and relieve the stress of your groomsmen by sorting out their wedding neckties before the big day. Order a custom or symbolic knot from Vancouver's Knot Theory and your boys will simply have to button up, rather than tie one on. Initials or symbols, it's your choice. Knot Theory Ties from $49; embellished knots from $32; custom-monogrammed knots from $69 at PRETTY AND PRACTICAL Every bridesmaid (and bride!) needs a pretty place to stash their tissues, lip gloss and other essentials. Make it easy for the ladies by ordering custom bridal clutches from Vancouver-based Davie & Chiyo. Clutches may be selected with or without chain and customized with bows, silks, chiffons, ruffles and an interior message label to show your gratitude. Clutches from $58 and up; custom labels, $5 each; chains, $5 and up at MAKE IT SPECIAL Need inspiration before getting personal? Head over to Make (an evolution of Justin Stitches) on Granville Island in Vancouver and see how a few stiches of embroidery, digital printing or custom engraving can take an ordinary gift from average to awesome. You can bring your items in, or find all the basics here, including a stash of handcrafted and imported pieces that can be laser-engraved — from leather journals to wallets, wooden bowls and serving platters, clothing and much more. Castelli leather journal with wood inlay "V.A.N." engraving, $30 at rw 70 real weddings p70,71_RealDetails.indd 70 13-09-23 11:37 AM

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