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I’m sure excited and I couldn’t wait to share with the one group of people on this planet that might actually be excited about this too! (*shakes head at what I’ve become…..moves on*)
So my venue (God willing with all of the newly-identified extra costs) will be the gardens/courtyard of the library downtown. Appropriate (at least in my mind) b/c my fiance and I are perpetual students, we met in grad school, and that was 6 years ago and both of us are STILL in school. Since we couldn’t get married at our school (different state from wedding location) I thought library would be a cool nod to our bookish ways–not to mention beautiful!
I saw a few people who also had library weddings, so in drawing from them for inspiration I decided to try to incorporate card catalog cards, and managed to snag THE LAST cards that our school library had. AND the number of cards is almost exactly equal to the number of guests we expect (maybe a few extra cards to spare).
So…I need cool ideas for incorporating them into the wedding decor. One idea that would completely destroy the cards, would be to make a bouquet out of them. I wouldn’t carry it, but I could use it for the escort card table. This would be a cool nod, but you clearly wouldn’t see anything ABOUT the cards, you would just be able to see that was what they (once) were.
Another idea that I had was to laminate them and make them into bookmarks (adding some embroidery floss in our wedding colors), and make them escort cards/favors as well. They are 3 x 5 inch cards so a little big for bookmarks, but if I am keeping them as cards I would rather not cut them b/c then you would lose out on some of the cool notations and stuff that are on the cards. To me, this idea seems really cool (even though I always end up losing bookmarks) and would seem like a fun & interesting favor–these are from Harvard University library and have notations dating at least to 1911, based on my quick glance through the cards. They are all for Italian books, however, and only some have english translations in the titles. I don’t know if normal people would find something like that particularly cool or fun to hold on to.
Thoughts? Ideas? Where are my crafty ladies at???
Post # 3
Do you already have placecards figured out? That would be a great way to use them, you can have each guests name and table written on them on the side without the information. I like the bookmark idea too!
Post # 4
I think the bookmark idea is really cool! 3 x 5 is a bit big, but not that bad; I often use a postcard or something like that as a bookmark. Maybe you could combine that idea with naangel55’s and attach the guests’ names and table numbers somehow?
Post # 5
do they have some blank space on them? they’d be a great guestbook alternative! (and you can file them away in a little box!)
Post # 6
I think the guesbook idea is a good one. If you have access to a typewriter you might add a question or request for advice to each card for guests to complete.
Post # 7
My first thought was escort cards/placecards, but the bookmark idea is really cute, too. Love the theme!
Post # 8
I like the guestbook idea in theory, but knowing myself I doubt that I would ever pull them out and look at them. I will be trying to do a DIY photobooth so that people can put their photos into a book right there and write notes for the guestbook.
I really like the typewriter idea (it may actually seep into my invites). Although some cards have writing on the back, I could perhaps type their names on the back of cards pre-lamination. If I did the bookmark/escort cards I was initially planning to (creatively) attach a piece of paper with the name/number on them so that the cards stayed completely as they were. Do you think I should write on the cards directly, or keep them as-is?
(BTW…the librarians that gave me the cards were so cute. They were so pleased & excited that they were going to be a part of our day & I promised them pictures if I found a really cool way to incorporate them!)
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i love the idea of making them a place card, you could even do both and make them placecards and laminate them for them to become a bookmark and put a really cutesy poem on them….
Post # 11
I agree with the guest book idea. That way you get to keep them!
Otherwise, here are a few inspiration links I found:
http://speakquietly.blogspot.com/2008/06/library-themed-wedding-part-1-of-2.html – whole library themed wedding w/ library cards as escort cards
http://www.flickr.com/photos/heatherjeany/2683357056/ – photo stream of library invites
Post # 12
I really like the idea of using them as escort/place cards but also doubling them up as cool bookmarks, maybe with some ribbon or pressing a flower underneath lamination, that guests can keep as favors. If I got that at a wedding I would not be able to stop talking about it and would be soooo excited, I think that’s an awesome idea (though I am not normal either since I am also a perpetual grad student…but I still think I’d be super psyched). I actually also really like the idea of making a little card catalog bouquet, too, if you had some leftover cards in the end.
Post # 13
What if you made them excort cards? Put them in little boxes labled like, O-Q or A-H and make guests find their card organized by last name like we did in school before computer systems took over? I think that would be totally cute! You could stack the boxes on books to give them some height.
Post # 14
Yay! I’m glad people seem excited by this.
I found out about buying some tassels & asked a company to send me some samples so that I could see how they look (Tassel Depot- “Tassels without Hassles!” –I can’t think of a better slogan…EVER!). That way I could make some legit looking bookmarks.
Here is a picture of the cards, just so everyone knows what I’m talking about. Some have writing on the back, and some have more hand-writing on them, but this is the basic look.
I think I would fold them in half so that I could keep most of the cool text.
@KMSull – I really like the box idea! I didn’t really have any ideas for how to display them so that might work really well. I don’t have a huge number of guests, so it might look a little sparse, but I will try to look for different types of boxes and see what I can find.
As long as I get to keep one for myself, I don’t mind giving them up–I just hope people will be as excited about it as Ginandtonic!! I still need to figure out a way to affix their names/table numbers to them. I want to do it in a way that will be easy for them to remove, but still stay in library-theme. Hmmm….
Unfortunately I don’t have enough, I don’t think, to make a bouquet or anything else as well–probably JUST enough to make all the bookmarks, unless I cut them in half & only used half instead of folded them–but I kind of like there being original text on both sides….
One plus is that now when any of our guests think about fascism they’ll think of our wedding!!! 😉
Post # 15
you could have them sticking out of a book pocket and put the guest name and table number on the outside of the pocket. Too bad they didnt have the cards that use to go into the pockets on the back of the books — they would make great seating cards.