Bespoke books make great gifts

17 May 2013

Bespoke books make great gifts

Looking for something unique as a wedding present? How about these bespoke books from www.danicrawshawillustrations.com

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These bespoke books are a great, personal present for the bride and groom. Written and illustrated by Dani Crawshaw, who splits her time between Bristol and Bedfordshire, the A4 hardback books are something that lasts forever. The story rhymes and Dani’s illustrations look like the happy couple too. The 16 page book can be a gift from the bride to the groom, to the happy couple from their parents or indeed any member of the bridal party or wedding guest who wants to give the couple something to remember.

Dani, a former broadcast journalist, first got the idea for the books when she started to think about how short life was after a friend passed away from breast cancer. The one thing Dani has always enjoyed doing since she was a little girl was making up rhyming stories for friends and illustrating them so decided to give it a go professionally and to pass on a little bit of happiness. The books are A4 hardback with 16 pages of unique illustrations and on each page four lines of words which rhyme. The front cover’s also different and there’s space for a personal message (from the client - to whoever the book is intended for).

Dani’s first client was the Maid of Honour for her best friend’s wedding and was looking for a unique gift - which would last forever, be special and mean something. Her brief was a book about how the bride and groom met, to also include their story as friends (when they were little and talked about boys). She sent some pictures of the couple and them when they were younger - so Dani had something to base the illustrations on.

‘Then I asked her to tell me some stories, because the more stories a client can give me, the more personal a book can be,’ says Dani. ‘She told me about the couple’s first date - and how Kate (the bride) was nervous and spilt red wine on Tom (the groom) - so I included that in the book. Which makes it very personal and adds a perfect amount of humour. She also told me where the couple were getting married and the date, details which can all be included.’

It takes a week to do the illustrations and during that time Dani can send updates to make sure the client is happy with the work. A client can be really involved (sending lots of stories and photos), or not - it’s up to them.

‘The reaction’s been brilliant,’ says Dani. ‘The Maid of Honour and bride and groom say the book ‘Kate and Tom’ is ‘utterly charming’. That’s what this new venture is all about for me - doing something that makes people happy and smile. It’s great to think they can look back on this book, possibly with their children in the future, and remember their special day. A bit different from looking at a towel or bit of crockery. The scope for a book is great, because lots of family members/friends can be included (even pets), and the story can have humour too. It can be from the bride to the groom, or friends/family of the bride/groom to the couple. It can be done before the wedding day, or after and include things that happened on the day (bit of the groom’s speech etc). It could also make a bespoke hen party gift.

For more information about these unique wedding gifts see www.danicrawshawillustrations.com

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