Personal Details: Coloring & Crayons

by Meg Keene, CEO & Editor-In-Chief

I recently read the excellent advice that people get wrapped up in the details of their wedding, but the details that make a wedding are the ones that reflect something about the couples personalities. You are not going to remember if the chair covers matched the bridesmaids dresses perfectly or what the elaborate centerpieces looked like (though you probably will remember the ice sculpture, but maybe not for the right reasons). But you will remember the photo display the couple had of their grandparents weddings, the centerpieces made out of the their favorite books, or their quirky first dance song.

With that in mind, I saw the picture above, and immediately thought, oh how cool! They made the table runner out of butcher paper so that people could color on it! Um, of course they didn’t. But I LOVE coloring on butcher paper at restaurants (because I am secretly four years old), so of course I thought that. And now I think it’s a cool idea. A table runner made of butcher paper, interspersed with small floral arrangements, and vases filled with crayons.

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. She has written two best selling wedding books: A Practical Wedding and A Practical Wedding Planner. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two children. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit #NASTY

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  • I think the best thing to keep in mind is that this wedding is, as you called it, “a small piece of theater” that is supposed to reveal something about you as a couple. Your guests should see in the details familiar little facts about you, or new things that make them think, “I never knew Meg and David…”

  • You are right, it is the details that give you apersoanl glimpse of the couple.
    As for your butcher paper fix, I am starting to wonder if this is an obssession. However, I do like the picture and think that it is a great idea. As long as you are fully prepared for the guests illustrations of said ice sculpture.

  • Meg

    Indeed, I’m not sure I could trust our guests ;) I don’t know if I’ll do it, since it would look all crazy by the end of the party, but I do think it’s a cool idea!

    Where else did I suggest butcher paper?

  • Hi Meg! Thanks for leaving such a nice comment on my blog. I’d be honored for you to show my invites on yours – and yeah, the boy and I did the drawings on them. I love your blog and good luck with your wedding – DIY budget brunch weddings unite!

  • Los Angeles on a Budget

    Instead of butcher paper, I was thinking of something similar for the “guestbook” – crayons, markers, glitter and other craft supplies with a table of blank cardstock postcards. I love the idea of friends planning, collaborating, designing and having fun with their messages, instead of waiting in line to sign a book.