Another DIY project we put together got the boy involved as well! This relatively simple project is a great opportunity to spend some time thinking about all of the little things that make the two of you unique. I personally value individuality within a marriage, so a project like this makes perfect sense to me.
I found this project for large personalized frames online at Wedding Chicks and thought it was a great idea! The really cool thing about this project is that it allows guests to get a glimpse into your everyday lives without either of you having to be epic writers.
Plus, it can be a lot of fun!
Ok, let’s get started.
First, you will need to figure out where you would like to get your design printed. I would highly recommend pricing out printing costs before you do anything, as printing can be expensive—particularly if you select a large or unusual size. Find out the printing costs for a few standard sizes ahead of time so that there aren’t any surprises.
Second, purchase yourselves a pair of matching frames. You can make your final project small (such as a standard letter size) or larger to hang on the wall of your home after the wedding. We are hoping to hang up our boards after the wedding, so we printed ours in a larger 18” x 20” size (and made sure to match the large letters to our wall color)!
Now comes the fun part! Both you and Future Husband should take a bit of time to figure out some of the things that characterize you—or, more specifically, each other. Does he like to sing in the shower? Do you know every Broadway tune written since 1970? Does he always open the car door for you? Come up with a list of each of these items for your partner, including a good mix of physical characteristics, amusing quirks, sentimental thoughts, and favorite rituals. Each sentiment should be able to start with “he” or “she.” I suppose you could even have a third “we” board, if you wanted!
Next, you will need to lay out the design of your boards. I used InDesign to create ours, which gave me maximum freedom in getting everything just how I wanted it. I included about 30-35 different phrases on our boards, but it would all depend on how large yours will be and how big of a font you are using. I made the large “he” and “she” words somewhat transparent so that you could easily read the other words on top of them.
Once you’ve designed everything, get them printed, frame them up, and you’re done! I would also recommend purchasing small easels from a store like Home Goods to prop the boards up on your guest book, gift, or other tables for people to view while they are mingling.
How Much Does It Cost?
Printing: Our posters cost $33 total to print; the printing place charged by the square foot
Easels: Approximately $7 each from Home Goods
Frames: $13 each on clearance from Target
TOTAL: Approximately $66 for two large personalized frames
I love this project because, amidst all of the insanity of wedding planning, it can be nice to take some time out to remember why you are doing all of this in the first place. It is also really touching to realize—even in your busy and often-rushed lives—how much your partner notices about you.
This project is also a great [and less threatening!] way to start thinking about your vows, if you are going to write them yourselves. By remembering what makes each of you individuals, you can begin to think about what makes you a good couple and what you can do in the future to sustain your relationship.
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