I love unique wedding gifts, especially for good friends. (I usually buy something small off the newlyweds' registry as well.) A couple of my friends have commissioned illustrations as gifts and I thought it was a great idea. Insert my dear college friends, Kiersten and Nadeem. They got married a few months ago and I thought this would suit them perfectly.
Kiersten and Nadeem are wildly fun and creative people. They also share a love for tattoos. I found the tattoo artist Josh Lamb on Etsy and fell in love with his style. I knew exactly what I wanted. My friend Annie and I decided to split the cost of this commissioned illustration. Josh was great to work with. I sent him screenshots of ideas to start. He sent me a couple sketches, I picked a direction and here is the finished product! Absolutely gorgeous.
Commissioned Illustration (8x10) = $110
This is a versatile gift idea. It can be adapted for almost any occasion and person. There are many illustrators willing to do commissioned illustrations. Etsy is a good place to start looking for an artist.