Fancy yourself as a DIY bride? A button theme is ideal! Striking in its simplicity, it is great fun to create, lovely to look at and – depending on where you source your stock from – cost-effective too. Other pluses include the fact that buttons are not subject to seasonal availability and can be adapted to suit old, modern, conventional and quirky looks. They’re also recyclable, which helps to minimise some of the excess typically involved in weddings!
Use fabric-covered, plastic, wooden or ceramic varieties to decorate invitations and escort cards, bridal bouquets and boutonnières, chair backs and napkin rings. Carry the theme through to your wedding favours with button-shaped biscuits and lollipops, and don’t forget about your cake decor (here you should use sugar craft versions, not the real thing). The button theme can also be reinterpreted to suit button badges (see below) and brooches. Start your search online at sites such as etsy.com (all suppliers will send to South Africa). You can also browse haberdashery and fabric shops, craft stores and discount malls. Simply unleash your creative side and have fun!