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

Wedding Overload

Bride and groom being wed by a judge on a lake in Madison Wi

Are you experiencing wedding overload? There’s so much pressure to have a perfect Instagram wedding these days. It feels like every detail needs to be thought of, every second of your guests time accounted for, and every hotel accommodation a 5 star experience. While my own weddings were extremely low budget and planned when the only website available was The Knot, I’ve been to plenty that have fit that picture perfect image. It’s easy to see how the process can become complicated with the overwhelming amount of information available.

If your wedding isn’t 20 people on a pier by a lake like mine was, and you’re looking for the picture perfect day, I highly recommend finding experts to help guide you through the process. Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite wedding experts in Detroit. 

Photography

Photographers and videographers are two of the most wedding experts you will have for your big day. They will document your whole day in images that you and your family will cherish for generations. These are your holiday card photos, your featured framed photos in your house, and a visual reminder of your love for one another.

When you’re considering your photographer and videographer for your wedding you’ll want to make sure their photography style matches your vision for the day. I’ve heard horror stories of people choosing a photographer without looking at their gallery, or hiring friends instead of paying for professional photos that end in disaster. The photos are blurry, or shot at strange angles when you wanted classic shots, sometimes there’s just a disconnect between you and the photographer’s vision. The best way to make sure you’ve found the best photographer for you is to check out their gallery. It’s a lot like picking out the right tattoo artist, everyone has different styles and expertise. 

One of my favorite local photographers is Michelle from Michelle Ann Photography. She’s super sweet and has a great eye for composition. As you check out her website she has her galleries and pricing clearly listed, an easy way to contact her, and a blog describing her different sessions while displaying her personality. When finding the right photographer for you these pieces of a website are vital. It helps screen out photographers who’s artistic style may not match your special day.

Invitations & Calligraphy

The first thing your guests see is the invitations. There’s a strong pull to have something unique, something that reflects your personality, something that shows your beautiful love story…all encased in one envelope. It’s a tall order, and how do you even begin to search for all that?! Well, if you’re like me you buy your invites at Michael’s, and design them on your computer, swearing at the printer because they aren’t lining up properly. If you’re smarter than me there are calligraphy experts out there like Leah E Moss.

She offers a variety of services, including her collections that can be ordered right from your couch for a wide variety of budgets, custom calligraphy packages that include a one-on-one consultation, and even gifts for that special first (or fiftieth!) anniversary.

When selecting a calligrapher, just like a photographer, the artists style is so important to get it perfect for your special day. Check out their galleries, find their social media accounts, read their blogs. The result with the right person will be perfect from the first impression with a save the date, to the final dance on the big day.

The Special Extras

For me the most overwhelming parts of the wedding was all the little extras. Even with a low budget wedding there’s all those little extra details. What are you going to put on the tables? Centerpieces? Snacks? What should the cake topper look like? Will you even have cake? What about cupcakes? If you do a unity ceremony during your service do you do sand? Candles? How do you get from the ceremony to the reception?

I’m a little biased building my career designing coatings for the Detroit auto industry, but one of my favorite wedding experts is Kymberly from Motor City Vintage Rentals. She and her father restore classic Detroit vehicles and make them available for brides to arrive in style for their big day. Rather than renting out the same old limousine that everyone uses for prom, why not put a little flair in your day and flaunt your bridal beauty as everyone watches you arrive? They’re now in their ninth season of weddings and can help you plan out those pesky ceremony to reception details with ease.

The most important part of not getting wedding overload with those extra details is picking what’s important to you. For Kymberly it was her first classic car Hugo, for me it was the unity drink chalice (it fit a whole bottle of wine) and my beautiful square white cake covered in real gerbera daisies. Once you decide what’s important to you make sure those details are perfect. No one will remember the rest, they’ll just remember how you looked beautiful and in love.

Hopefully the wedding overload isn’t too bad, and this blog post helped. We’ll be looking at some fun wedding trends for spring on Wednesday!

Stephanie