We wanted to say thank you the best way we know how, with a handmade, personalised gift which they'd be able to keep, to remind them of the fun we've had this year. Not just on the day of the wedding, but at the supersten do and during all the preparations.
After making our superhero themed cake topper, I thought embracing the same idea for the presents would be a good way to keep to one present, rather than finding different gifts for different people (that sounded like a very complicated and time consuming task!).
So, I printed out the photos of our best men (yes, we had two), groomsmaid, bridesmaids, DJ's, dressmaker extraordinaire and a few more, in their fantastic supersten costumes and painted a whole army of superhero wooden peg dolls to match.
Using exactly the same process as when I made our super cake toppers, I spent two evenings painting all our characters.
I started with my brother, Tony Stark and my sister-in-law (and bridesmaid) Batgirl...
The Monarch and Dr Girlfriend AKA our fantastic dress designer Shell and her guy Frenchie.
Our Best Man Pete, made a fantastic Kick Ass and his girlfriend Kate was the most perfect Hit Girl.
Our fabulous DJ's Disco Ben and his seriously glamorous girl Laura made their own costumes for the supersten,
Our other DJ Nick, who made an excellent Penfold and his adorable sidekick Helen who came as Dangermouse - a personal favourite from my childhood!
Alex, our other best man got into character as Professor X - even hiring a wheelchair for the weekend - and his girlfriend Katie who made a very foxy Rogue indeed.
My chief bridesmaid Kaz came as Supergirl and her man Sam was a hilarious Batman.
Dave's sister Jo was our groomsmaid, she came as Claire Bennet from Heroes in full on cheerleader mode.
And last but not least, my gorgeous best friend and bridesmaid, Jess, who sadly coldn't join in with the costume fun as she needed to get home to her boys on the second night of our supersten weekend. I made her an honourary Supermummy costume figure.
I desparately want to do some stop frame animation of the dancing at the supersten, but wedding time pressures wouldn't allow - I'll have to try that in the future instead.
To hold them I used a glass jar from Ikea, slightly trimmed down some cork coasters to fit inside as the bottom of the jar was domed. Using hot glue I stuck the coaster in place and then glued the figures down on to the cork.
A small thank you tag and yellow ribbon on the clasp finished them off nicely.
They looked really cool when we set them up on the tables at the venue.
But what I enjoyed most of all was seeing people's photographs of their gifts on facebook, twitter and instagram the next day.
Photo credit: Jo Thornber
Photo credit: Helen Foote
Photo credit: Jo Kiely
Photo credit: Katie Cockburn-Smith
Photo credit: Nick Hall
Photo credit: Shell Barton
It was a really nice reminder of the fun we had at the sten, if you want to see more photos of us all in costume, go back to my previous post here.