While perusing the Offbeat Bride Tribe, as I do, I realized how often I come upon brides using pins as creative ways to personalize their weddings.
Tribesmaid Reenie (of comic book style wedding invite fame) explained that she's DIYing the boutenniers for the guys, and has accented them with cool/nerdy pins, like the "Saving the Princess since 1985" boutonniere pictured here.
And it struck me that pins are definitely becoming a full-on offbeat trend…
And at Shannon's wedding the couple wore "bride" and "groom" buttons. They even bought a button maker and made unique buttons for their guests to wear, like "Mother of the Bride," etc. for family members and phrases like "How YOU doin'?" and "Bouquet Dodger" or "I'm A Little Drunk" for the guests.
Then there are these adorable "I'd rather be smooching…" buttons from Button Empire's Etsy shop. De Anne and Warren (of "The Hitchening" fame) actually exchanged those buttons instead of ring at their ceremony!
Or you can go the less nerdy route with the simplistic but equally adorable "I ♥ My Wife" and "I ♥ My Husband" buttons! You know… just in case people weren't totally convinced by that whole "wedding" thing.
Your guests can also have fun with buttons. Ariel even mentioned a creative use of them as place settings, in Offbeat Bride: Taffeta-Free Alternatives for Independent Brides…
at our wedding. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society was nice enough to send over a box of them for free when we told them that we were using our wedding as a soap box for the anti-shark finning cause.The groom created a photo-personalized button for each guest and set them at the dinner tables to show us where to sit. We all wore our buttons the way you would wear a candidate's pin. VOTE DOUG AND SUSAN! Since the groom is politically active, it made perfect sense.
Whether you're wearing these as wedding accessories, exchanging them instead of rings, using them as place cards, giving them away as favors, or promoting a cause, I thought I'd do ya'll a little favor and find some buttons that actually correspond with a lot of your favorite theme weddings!