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This isn't exactly a DIY project, more of a custom project for our wedding. Shortly after Nick and I got engaged I saw on a DIY house blog that I follow where the husband gave his wife a custom poster with a funny line from Toddlers and Tiaras. I thought it was such a cute gift and as they put it, a great “one-of-a-kind poster that only makes sense to us.”

 The original post can be found here. Through their site I found out about A Vintage Poster, a store online that creates vintage looking posters and also does custom work like the project above. I contacted Sara from A Vintage Poster and told her about my idea to have a custom poster created that was special to me and Nick about his proposal. Not only that, but I thought it would be cool to display the poster at our wedding reception as part of the DIY Photo Booth we are planning to put together. I sent Sara the line that I wanted on the poster and a color from her swatches that I liked.

First and foremost, Sara was amazing to work with, she got back to me within 3 days and sent me 5 amazing proofs to choose from and gave me the option to also mix and match elements from each that we liked. I loved them all, it was too hard to choose on my own. So, I had to let Nick in on my idea (since it was originally going to be a gift) and have him help me choose. We decided to mix and match, Nick is a web designer so he started talking about all sorts of fonts and sans serif and stuff that didn't make a lot of sense to me. So I sent Sara an email with portions of each of the proofs that we liked the most and I also gave her more specifics about the way I wanted the words laid out.  Again, within a day she had a proof back to me with exactly what we had asked for. I then asked to see it in a few different green swatches and finally got around to getting Nick's opinion and finalizing the color and size. I ordered the poster ($28 for a custom designed 11″ x 14″ poster) and love, love, love the way it turned out. I was too excited to shared it with you and properly frame it first so I apologize that it is still wrapped in plastic. I wish I could even share the packaging with you, the address label was a work of art in itself!! You'll get to see the final poster in it's lovely frame at the reception, for now a plastic wrapped shot:

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The poster says:

“I just wanted to take one last picture before I asked you to marry me.”

This was what Nick said when he proposed to me. So this will be something we can use as a decoration at our photo booth and something we can keep forever in our home. In my mind, one day one of our kids will think it's cool and want to hang it in their room. I highly recommend checking out Sara's site, she has some really cool work and if you want something custom, she is amazing to work with!  The custom print below could be really cool for all you brides-to-be out there!

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About Erin

I'm Erin, a 29 year old teacher living in Baltimore, MD. I am marrying Nick who is obviously the love of my life, after 8 years together, Nick proposed on December 29, 2011 and we're getting married on October 27, 2012 in Ocean City, MD.

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  • Laura

    Oh my gosh, I love Young House Love. And $28 for a customized poster? I’m going to have to look into that!

    • I know you really can’t beat that price and Sara is so easy to work with!

  • jillian

    This is such a great idea! I love anything that can move from wedding decor to home decor — double duty!

    • My thoughts exactly!! I almost feel like I don’t have to count the cost toward the wedding budget since it is really home decor we will use afterward.

  • I think this is a great idea for any reception, ceremony or even just the memory itself. I love the fact you found so many good uses out of it. I most definitely agree with you Erin. I feel like this would be a great item to have in your family you never know maybe your future kids will use it at their wedding as a memory and it can become a tradition. They might even make their own and have it right by yours. So many great inspirations from one small option.
    Love it! Kudos to Erin for the post and of course Vintage Poster.
    Katarina I.
    Weddingful – Plan a Fabulous Wedding

    • Katarina – I love that idea! Perhaps we’ll keep having custom posters made of the things we say when these important moments happen in our lives. That would be an amazing conversation piece!

  • This is one of the coolest ideas I have seen in a long time. I love the simple cleanness of the design–perfect for the minimalist in me! I love the range of colors; you can get one for every room!

    • Thanks, Kella! Not to mention, $28 for a custom high quality poster is such a great price. Again, Sara was soooooooo easy to work with, she was quick and took all of my feedback and knew when I needed her as the designer to step in and give feedback!

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