BetterOffWedRustics

Better Off Wed Rustics

Austin, Texas | 1595 Sales

BetterOffWedRustics

Better Off Wed Rustics

Austin, Texas 1595 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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Note from shop owner Hi lovelies! BetterOffWedRustics is on vacation. For more beautiful cake toppers and wedding decor check out my other shop, Better Off Wed at www.betteroffwed.etsy.com

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Dec 29, 2015

Hi lovelies! BetterOffWedRustics is on vacation. For more beautiful cake toppers and wedding decor check out my other shop, Better Off Wed at www.betteroffwed.etsy.com

Tina Albin-Lax

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Tina Albin-Lax

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About

Trust me: you’re Better Off Wed.

Hello! I’m Tina Albin-Lax, and I’m a product designer with a passion for rock climbing, a wicked coffee addiction — and bad case of wanderlust.

At Better Off Wed, I design one-of-a-kind heirloom wedding cake toppers made from laser-cut wood + fabric.

Each wedding cake topper serves as a keepsake for generations to come — and can be transformed into a bespoke objet d'art, a framed wall adornment, or even a holiday tree ornament. Best of all — each token arrives in a custom gift box, perfectly-packaged + ready to tote along to your wedding venue. Hello, sweet romance!


… HOW IT ALL BEGAN ...

I never dreamed I’d become a professional artist + designer — in fact, I started my career as a labor union organizer! — but planning my own off-grid, unconventional wedding inspired me to get into a studio + start crafting with my hands.

Better Off Wed was born out of the romance + wild excitement of my own DIY wedding — and in less than a year, it’s bloomed into a profitable business — attracting thousands of sales, dozens of media mentions, blog profiles in Style Me Pretty, Brides.com, Green Wedding Shoes and even a shout-out in Martha Stewart Wedding Magazine, as one of the best wedding cake toppers of 2012.



… HOW I MAKE MY MAGIC ...

My creative process? My husband calls me “the tornado,” if that gives you any idea.
I love plunging into all-out, full-on, crazy-town work sessions where I get messy, spread my materials everywhere and dig in for hours + hours.

For my Better Off Wed cake toppers, I sketch out my ideas on paper first, then design them in Adobe Illustrator, laser-cut the wood and fabric, and (finally!) piece it all together by hand. A lot of time, love + attention goes into each and every piece. And I’m pretty sure it shows.


… MY WISH, FOR YOU ...

I genuinely believe that you can design the life, career + relationship of your dreams —
if you’re willing to stare down the NO’s, break a few molds, and bring every ounce of your grit + commitment into the mix.

I want to make a positive dent in the universe — and I want you to do the same, in your own exquisitely original way.

Here’s to love, affection + reckless abandon!

Shop members

  • Tina Albin-Lax

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I'm a self-taught artist + designer with a rowdy, adventurous streak. I live in Austin, TX with my husband — we’re two entrepreneurial peas in a pod, and we love dreaming up big things, together. Life is good. Love is wild.

  • Axel Albin-Lax

    Owner, Designer

    I'm an entrepreneur, designer, and product guy. Two things I love about this work: I get to be a lettering nerd, and I get to eat a lot of cake. :)

  • Kristen

    Operations

    Kristen is more organized than you. That why she's in charge of order management and fulfillment.

  • Vince

    Production

    Vince is part robot, part hustler. He is turning our production space into a finely tuned machine.

  • Jessica

    Customer Service

    Our dogs don't like anyone. But they liked Jessica from day one. You absolutely must experience her amazing customer service.

  • Maria

    Shipper

    Technically Maria's job is to package table numbers. But really she's our resident dog whisperer.

  • Connor

    Shipper

    Watching Connor package toppers is like watching a master chef. Every movement is executed with purpose and precision.

  • Bryan

    Laser Wrangler

    Bryan stays calm, cool, and collected as he pilots a pair of Class 3 lasers. No small feat.

  • Taj

    Painter

    We call Taj the golden child because he knows how to bring out the bling in any paint job.

  • Kevan

    Painter

    Kevan is a musician and painter--in other words, a man who knows the value of practice.

  • Fern

    Painter

    A fine artist by training, Fern paints with undeniable craftsmanship.

Shop policies

Last updated on February 24, 2014
Hello + welcome!

Thanks for visiting + prowling through my shop policies.

Better Off Wed Rustics is the creator of the original Statement Wedding Cake Topper™.

I believe that wedding cake toppers don’t have to be one-time decorations — they can serve as treasured keepsakes + tokens, for generations to come. And these modern + elegant toppers look sensational atop just about any cake — from a traditional tiered confection, to a tower of cupcakes, to a home-spun berry crumble.

I’m thrilled to be featured as one of Martha Stewart Living Magazine’s best wedding cake toppers. Thank you, Martha! :)

Here’s a bit of information about my payment policies, production + shipping time, custom orders, and more.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Visa Mastercard American Express Discover Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
If you are not happy with your purchase, please contact me and I will make every effort to rectify the problem. A CONVO about your dissatisfaction allows me to address the issue. Please make contact with me BEFORE trying to problem-solve with negative feedback.

For readymade non-custom items, I will accept refunds/exchanges if I am notified first within 7 days of receipt. After a return is approved, please ship back using an insured shipping method. If the item returns damaged and without having been insured, I will deduct the damage cost from any exchange or refund amount.

For a refund, the buyer must pay for return shipping. For an exchange, the buyer must pay return shipping and exchange shipping. In either case, I must receive the returned items in their original packaging and in perfect, like-new condition. Once I have received the returned item and can confirm that it is in perfect condition, you will be refunded, minus a 15% handling and restocking fee and the original shipping charges.

Custom orders are final sale. Sorry, no exceptions.

I do my very best to describe items thoroughly, including the size and color. I will not refund for size or color issues. In some cases exchanges can be made at your shipping cost.
Payment
… PAYMENT ...

You can make your payment online with your PayPal account, or any major credit card.

You’ll receive a confirmation email from Paypal once your payment has gone through.

If you DON’T get a confirmation email, then something has gone wonky — and I probably haven’t gotten your order. Please double-check your PayPal account, and send me a convo with any questions.
Shipping
FOR ALL ORDERS

INSURANCE
I promise to package your order with care and send it off to you on time. However, once I hand your package over to the Postal Service I can no longer be held responsible. The vast majority of orders make it to their destinations without a hitch--but packages have been known to be delayed or lost. If this makes you nervous, I highly recommend that you purchase insurance. Please send me a convo to discuss insurance options.

CORRECT ADDRESS
Please confirm that your address is correct before purchasing. I cannot change your address once your order is placed. Buyers are responsible for any shipping costs of returned packages.

U.S ORDERS

TRACKING
All US domestic orders come with tracking. You can track your order through the USPS website here:
https://tools.usps.com/go/TrackConfirmAction!input.action

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS

CUSTOMS DUTIES AND TAXES
If you are a non-US based customer please be aware that your country may charge you customs duties and taxes on your purchase. These duties and fees are your responsibility. These are fees that I cannot quote you for and that I will not be held responsible for. I ONLY charge your for actual shipping fees. Returns and/or refunds will not be accepted due to customs fees.

TRACKING AND INSURANCE
We will not be responsible for lost or stolen packages. Our default shipping method for International orders will be USPS First Class International. This is the most economical option but DOES NOT INCLUDE TRACKING, DOES NOT INCLUDE INSURANCE and DOES NOT INCLUDE DELIVERY CONFIRMATION.

If you would like any of these add-on options YOU MUST UPGRADE to USPS Express Int'l (5 business days) or USPS Priority Int'l shipping (6-10 business days). You can choose either of these options at checkout.
Additional policies and FAQs
… CUSTOM PIECES + BULK ORDERS ...

If you’re ordering a special cake topper with a custom inscription, awesome!
I LOVE originality.

I’m not able to provide a design mock-up for you to approve, before it gets made. But you can look through the extensive gallery of toppers in my shop, to get a clear sense of my design style.

Want to order a whole BUNCH of cake toppers — say, for a couple dozen cupcakes, or one hundred huckleberry pies? Send me a convo to get a bulk quote, for your order. Let’s go buck-wild!

Here’s to love, affection + reckless abandon!