(Closed) Help Avoiding a Childish Theme

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How about those crayons?
    Use the crayons, it's super cute and unique! Encourage your guests inner-child to come out! : (14 votes)
    25 %
    Use the crayons but carefully! Don't go putting coloring books out for people or anything... : (31 votes)
    55 %
    Scratch the crayons. Pretend you aren't at the CHILDREN'S Museum and just have a wedding! : (8 votes)
    14 %
    Crayons are a little much, how about (suggestion below)... : (3 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
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    103 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I think you have a lovely unique venue and a really cool theme!

    Personally I think a change as tiny as offering one crayon as an “escort card” would eliminate the risk of being TOO “childish”… also I LOVE the idea of signing a banner. It’s purposeful, applicable and also decreases the “childish risk”

    Post # 4
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    293 posts
    Helper bee

    I love the crayon idea for the escort cards, but not so much for the “coloring area”.  I may be alone on this, but I always thought coloring was more of a rainy-day, all-alone kind of activity – not one suitable for a party.  I just picture everyone in that area with their heads down, coloring.  (I’m an only child, so maybe it’s just me!)

    The banner idea is a GREAT one, though,  That is a really creative way to tie it all together. 

    How about getting crayons that are ONLY in your wedding colors?  It’s a little more work, for sure, but then you can guarentee that the coloring aspect will be as cohesive as possible with the rest of the wedding.

     

    Post # 6
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    2208 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I think the way to approach this is to play up the juxtaposition of children and adult. For example, for every child-associated thing you do, also do something hyper modern or sophisticated. The location already has a modern style, so this will work well. I am thinking fun things like martini glasses filled with crayons, haute cuisine of children’s favorites (fancy mac and cheese, exotic style chicken nuggets), very sleek floral arrangements sitting atop a pile of famous children’s books, etc.

    Edit: Whatever you do, though, embrace it! Putting something off to one side will only heighten how little it fits, if you don’t embrace the theme.

    Post # 8
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    1426 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I say use the crayons, and then have some index cards or something at the tables where guests can write you a wish/piece of advice/recipe/draw a picture, etc. and put them in a box for you to read later instead of a guest book…

    Post # 9
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    2208 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    @MandaMack: Sounds like this would fit in with your vision: modern and fun. Totally cool.

    The best part, IMO, is going to be just how awesome your invites could be. Kinda jealous (now, with 10 days to go, I’m starting to have theme envy).

    Post # 10
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    377 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Using the crayons to make some sort of keepsake for you and FI (vs. just an open ‘coloring area’) might be really cute! Sort of like a creative guestbook. Find something you can frame and have the guests leave little pictures and well wishes for you. Also, this will hopefully deter any…err…inappropriate pictures. Yeah, sounds far-fetched, but let me tell you, putting alcohol and a creative project in the mix tends to lead people astray…

    Post # 10
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    377 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Double post!

    Post # 11
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    7976 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    What about butcher paper runners on the table? And people can draw on them?

    Or coloring in your guestbook?

    Post # 13
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    962 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Our Guestbook will be “Well Wishing” Cards on the table for guests to write a little note or draw us a picture.  We’re encouraging creativity, but to avoid being too childish we’re using colored pencils.  Perhaps, that’s an option for you. Custom printed bunches of colored pencils for the escort cards/favors with a place for them to get creative with them?

    Post # 15
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    2004 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2008

    I think a coloring area would be great if there will be children at your wedding. I don’t think adults would be interested in coloring, especially at a wedding. They’ll want to socialize!

    Also, I love the idea of multi-colored writing in a guest book, but I would use colored pencils or thin colored markers instead of crayons. As crayons get dull they get increasingly hard to write finely with and they get harder to read. I wouldn’t want people to say less because they were forced to write huge, and I wouldn’t want some entries to be illegible! It’s a great idea that I’d use with these modifications.

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