The Perfect Toasting Glass

Detroit Skyline Glass sitting on a table.

The perfect wedding glassware can feel like finding a unicorn that poops glitter and farts rainbows. Everything is too fancy, or extra hipster, too laid back, has too much of a sickly “in love” vibe, or feels too casual. That’s where we come in, we have cultivated our whole sand carving vibe on creating YOUR favorite glasses, putting YOUR memories on glass, and creating a perfect set just for you.

Glass design created from custom bridal shower invitations with mason jars and flowers

First, the budget.

There are so many different ways to create your perfect wedding glasses. We have couples that order a set (or two!) just for them, many couples order glasses for their whole bridal party (either for the elaborate bridal party proposal, or for toasting glasses on the big day), we also have couples with larger budgets that order glassware as their wedding favors for all of their guests. While it seems like the first thing to figure out is a design the process actually begins as early as deciding your budget.

There are a wide range of glass options, our standard glassware is ordered from Libbey. We keep several different styles of glasses on hand, all of which come with a range of price points. Are you having a big wedding or a more intimate ceremony? Is your heart set on having glasses as your favor, or just a few for your bridal party? These are big considerations as your planning your budget for your wedding. While we do offer bulk discounts the price point of custom hand etched glassware can be a bit of a sticker shock. Once you figure out what works within your budget we can easily work as a team to put together your perfect wedding glass design.

One of the most frequent questions we receive from LGBTQ+ customers ordering for their wedding is “can we order (two brides, two grooms, non-gendered, gender neutral) glassware?” 100% yes, when we say we make your favorite wedding glassware we mean it. Your love story is unique to you and that’s what we want to highlight for your big day.

Finding your perfect glass

Once the budget is sorted out the next question is how often do you intend on using your glasses? Long before Mixing Spirits was even a thought in our mind Terry and I got married. One of my wedding gifts to him was a set of 4 “real” wine glasses. I bought them at a big box store known for engraving, and was given three or four options for designs. I picked the monogram design and had five font options, and when they arrived I was thrilled. Those glasses haven’t been touched in over a decade except to move from one location to another, or hang them from the ceiling to prevent them from breaking. In fact, as I type this they are completely covered in dust…I probably should pull them down and wash them. (Check out Instagram for the disgusting picture.) Fast forward 10 years, I would have picked a completely different style of glass and a much more “us” design.

Step two for selecting your perfect toasting glasses – What glasses will you use? Are you beer drinkers? Wine? Whiskey? Maybe you’re looking for the champagne flutes you can pull down on New Year’s Eve and your anniversary. Maybe you don’t drink alcohol at all and you prefer a juice glass instead. With glasses from us there is no risk in using them, if they break we keep your design on hand for replacements. If you’re looking for your wedding party or for wedding favors really consider what you’re going to be serving at your wedding. Will there be champagne? Craft beer? Maybe you’re looking to give them a shot glass that can function as their escort card and be kept for years to come.

Finally, the design!

Now that you’ve figured out what fits in your budget, and what kind of glasses you, your bridal party, and your guests will use, next is the design! This is the fun part because with our process the ideas are limitless*! Are you working with a calligrapher or graphic designer to create your invitations? That’s a fabulous place to start for creating a design that will follow your perfectly curated wedding theme. Is there something special about your love story that would make a great memory? We’ve had couples that met in a bicycle club, couples that love boating, tabletop gaming, music…whatever makes your love story yours we can put it on glassware.

If you have an idea for your design, or are working with an artist for your wedding theme send us those images, fonts, and ideas and we can create a proof for your approval.

If you don’t have an idea send us an email anyway, let us know what kind of glass you’re looking for, what kind of wedding you’re having (small, big, casual, black tie, open bar, Halloween themed, Christmas themed, etc…) and what makes your relationship perfect. We will create a few designs for you to review and provide feedback. Typically when we create the design based on your information it takes three or four design brainstorming emails to find your perfect wedding glass design. After you love the design your order will go into our production queue!

*All copyright and licensed items require express permission from the copyright and license holder for use.

Our favorite part of this job is creating your favorite glassware, creating memories for you to enjoy for years to come. The perfect wedding glasses are one of those pesky details that can get lost in the shuffle, and we completely understand how many other things are on your plate as the bride and groom to be. Let us take some of that stress off your shoulders and help create your perfect day.

Stephanie

Spring Wedding Trends 2020

Man and woman cutting wedding cake

Your wedding should be unique, just like you. The spring wedding trends for 2020 are all about letting your personality shine through! Check out the fun ideas below for some inspiration for your own big day!

Eco Friendly Options

One of the biggest wedding trends is sustainability and being friendlier to the environment. I like to think this is less a “trend” as it is a shift in society to see our planet thrive. One of the worst traditions for the environment is the celebration of the bride and groom as they leave the ceremony. This has taken many forms over the years, throwing rice, releasing balloons, setting off those paper lanterns that start fires… an amazing solution to this is eco-friendly confetti!

These seed packets would be perfect for a local wildflower and an outdoor wedding, or as a favor for your guests to plant and remember how your love blooms.

In order to keep this favor sustainable and eco friendly it’s probably best to check in with a local florist for this option. They’ll have resources to help you pick the perfect wild flower option for your area. As a side bonus a lot of those wild flower packets have plants that help support the dwindling bee population.

While we’re on the topic of sustainability and flora, many couples are opting out of the extravagant cut floral centerpieces in favor of plants. The Styrofoam used to create those gorgeous floral centerpieces is terrible for the environment, and the flowers never live longer than a few weeks anyways. With gorgeous planter options like this one from Vallari Decor you can create unique centerpieces everyone will want to take home and love for years to come!

Unique Touches

Unique personalized touches are so important to any wedding, and they are definitely trending again this year. One thing that’s on the rise is gifting your guests a functional escort card. These stunning coasters from Plum Grove Design are a perfect way to remind your guests how much you love them, while they celebrate with you.

There’s so many fun options for personalized escort cards, wooden coasters, ornaments, chopsticks, glassware, the possibilities are endless and fit a wide variety of budgets. This is one of the items a calligrapher like Leah E Moss Designs can help you coordinate as your planning the little extras.

Personalized glassware is a fun way to add your personality to your ceremony. We’ve created shot glasses, champagne flutes, and ornaments as guest favors, and a wide variety of bridal party glassware and gifts. On Friday we’ll talk more about how to create and order your favorite glassware for your big day. We’ll be expanding into other styles of items as well with the new laser!

Colorful Wedding Dresses

One of the most exciting spring wedding trends is the colorful wedding dress. When my husband and I had our first wedding (the one with the legal paperwork) I wore a short cream dress with black floral embellishments. On our one year anniversary wedding (the one with the cake and pomp and circumstance for me) I wore a purple satin dress with a shimmering sheer white overlay. I’ve never regretted wearing a non-traditional wedding dress. It made my day unique and added to the ambiance I wanted to create. 

Our Stories Bridal has some really wonderful traditional white bridal gowns, but where they shine is the unique colorful fairy tale gowns like this one made of pink tulle. It’s your day and you deserve to feel more beautiful than ever. Don’t be restricted by the traditional dress if you can’t find one you love. This years spring wedding trends say color is queen.

This year’s wedding is all about you! While you’re planning your wedding don’t forget that everyone you invite is there to celebrate your unique love story. Check out Monday’s blog for tips on how to find the right experts to guide you through the planning process.

See you on Friday for some bridal glassware fun! Can’t wait until Friday? Here’s our custom glassware listing or email us to help create your perfect wedding glassware.

Stephanie