My own wedding was a real DIY affair. Chairs, tables, glasses, cutlery, bins… There wasn’t a single thing in the building that I didn’t bring there myself. (Well, except the electric sockets and the loos!)
Since we had to provide our own bottle openers anyway, I looked into the cost of getting them custom-printed with a fun message and our new married name as a couple: ‘Eat, drink, and be Magments’.
Not only did it fit our wedding – both in terms of the design itself and the terrible humour – but it also made the bar itself feel more put together.
We couldn’t afford to hire staff to run our bar, so our guests had to get their own drinks all day. Custom bottle openers were a tiny touch (and a tiny cost, especially compared to hiring a full staff!), but they made the bar feel less haphazard, and more a part of the day.
How to do it
I chose to go to a print shop to get the bottle openers made. It works out a bit more expensive than doing it entirely by yourself, but they source the bottle openers and get the designs on them, so all you need to provide is the design. (And it’ll probably last longer!)
I went with a company here in the UK, Awesome Merchandise. They specialise in funky (some would say ‘awesome’) custom pieces for bands, like beanies, enamel pins, and drum sticks, but they’ve got a huge range of weird and wonderful stuff to give you ideas.
I bought two metal bar blades for £10 each and ten plastic keyring bottle openers for £2 each; it came to about £40 all together.