Making a wedding personal is all in the details. Whether by celebrating histories shared between the couple and their guests, or letting guests cast their “vote” for bride or groom, buttons are a fun way to add personality to the big day.
For Casi Maggio and Chris Kristant, planning a wedding meant including things that they loved, one of those things being buttons. According to Casi, Chris “didn’t own a jacket that didn’t have a favorite button on the lapel. One day Chris mentioned that he didn’t know which pin to put on his wedding jacket, and we instantly knew we had to make our own.”
The couple tapped Casi’s brother to create a wedding logo that featured a Chicago flag updated with pumpkins in place of stars, to honor both the city that’s their adoptive home and the event’s fall theme. “Fall is the season we were both born, and the season that Chris proposed,” Casi said. “It holds special meaning for us.”
Among the many crafty touches included in their wedding, Casi and Chris originally planned to stamp a design onto escort cards for each guest. But as they started drawing something up, the couple realized that pinning buttons directly to the cards would be an even better touch. The buttoned-up escort cards meant that “as people found their name, they instantly pinned the button to their shirt/lapel. It was a fun way to unify everyone as one group supporting us on our big day,” Casi remembered. “We didn’t see a guest who wasn’t proudly displaying their button.”
After the wedding, Casi and Chris’ buttons continued to serve as little reminders for everyone who attended the wedding, and even worked as a celebrity conversation-starter– Casi shared that her brother, who lives in New York, was on the subway when one of a favorite Broadway actors asked what the button meant. “It was a proud moment to have my brother/Man of Honor tell him about his design for his sister’s big day!”
For their part, Casi and Chris have a pair of buttons in a shadowbox display in their home, along with other special items from day. Casi said that it was personal touches like the buttons that helped make the event unforgettable for her, and for wedding guests. “Everyone said that they made the wedding seem so personal and set us apart from other ‘cookie cutter’ weddings. The buttons were a special keepsake.”
Wedding event photos by Tyler Core.