Wedding times are here
I’ve been writing a lot of articles and doing a fair amount of research on weddings, wedding venues and the like. It’s been part of a project we are running at the moment at Yeah Can and at the same time younger daughter is tying the knot. So some personal interest in the topic.
And sometimes you can come across an idea that is really different. Not different in a kitsch sort of way, but just cleverly different.
The folk marrying in the US talk about favours. Something to hand out for people to remember the occasion by. In the olden days, that is when I got married, we handed out a slice of the wedding cake. Pre-packaged in clear paper. In fact we tended to not actually have too much real cake in the wedding cake. Just sufficient to be able to cut into it and for all the old aunties to have a piece. British you know. Those were the days of fruit cake.
The Americans smear the cake all over each other. Well, ok not everybody of course. But some do. And mostly the cake gets consumed. So a new idea had to be found for favours. Of course there are many, but this particular idea appealed to my old fashioned ideas.
A newspaper as a wedding favour
What a great idea. A newspaper, printed on newsprint paper, with articles by family, friends and the bridal couple. Pics of the engagement, recipes, advice by maiden aunts (do they still exist?) and so much fun stuff.
And with the cost of printing coming down, especially for short runs, cost is most definitely not even a major consideration anymore.
Some possible topics
A front page feature article on the bridal couple of course. What about the proposal story? There’s bound to be some history there. Letters to the editors by anybody really who wants to.
How we met is a great topic. People love to hear how couples meet. Profiles on the bridal party including the best man, maid of honour and anybody else who wants to appear in print. A review of the honeymoon destination. The words to the favourite song. Even pics of the stag and hen parties could be useful. Baby pictures of the couple. A pic of the house they grew up in.
Photo memories with fun captions. Print the whole paper in sepia and you have yourself a wonderfully whimsical and vintage wedding newspaper. And as newspapers do their disappearing trick this is not a bad time to have a nostalgic moment for a bygone era.
Make extra copies
Hand out your newspaper at the tables for people to read and use as ice breakers. And have plenty left over for folk to take home with them. It will be a talking point that’s for sure. Never to forget some copies to be preserved for the kids and grandkids. By then newspapers will definitely be considered vintage.