Saturday, November 24, 2012

A brief note on getting ready

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J planned 99% of the wedding details, and she also had abundant ideas about how to make things beautiful on a budget. The escort card (which I'd never heard of before) is the thing that you pick up when you arrive that directs you to the table where you'll be sitting. We used little tags and sewed triangles from extra copies of our wonderful invitation (we had lots of extras), then J penned each guest's name and table number onto each tag. The names are blurred here, but they looked terrific. For the favors, J had the brilliant idea to make thaumatropes for everyone. The thaumatrope (invented in the 1820s) is a simple optical toy with two sides that, when spun, brings two images together. A bird on one side and a cage on the other is a very popular design. I study these little gadgets for my work, but the toy has special significance for the two of us, as we met in an arts education context where teaching about these things and making them was an everyday activity. The design we settled upon was a picture of our dog Sprout (so she'd be there in spirit, since we left her at home during the party) and a thought bubble of pizza, which is what we were serving for dinner. I drew the two images, which we then had made into rubber stamps. We used coasters for the thaumatropes and stamped each one, then hand-watercolored the pizza to give it a little more pizzazz.
When it came time to set up, we enlisted the help of a few very close friends and family members to head to the party venue an hour early to set out the placecards, escort cards, and flowers. As we waited for the taxi, Marina told a very animated story.


Bishop Kirk Smith said...

Had no idea what those were called. It was a great idea!

Sean said...

Very cool.

Amanda said...

Everything was beautiful, and the thaumatropes kept Theo happy between the pizza and the cake. Seriously, it was a three-year-old's dream wedding (there was even a fire pit!), and I mean that in the best possible way.