Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Postcards from a wedding

I think I've stumbled on a theme without even intending to.

The other night, after Mr. Barefoot had gone up to Tahoe to ski, leaving me the quiet of the house to peacefully work on my dissertation, I got sucked into the vortex that is ebay. I needed to order a few more vintage California postcards to use for additional Save the Date cards (thanks to the ever-expanding guest list!). But with bidding on ebay, you never really know if you're going to win what you want for the price you want, so I always bid on a few extras of this thing I'm looking for.

Before I knew it, I had placed bids on an additional 108 postcards - when we only needed like 10 more! And you know, ebay bids are not retractable once they're placed. (Yeah, I know, I should've just 'watched' the auctions, but at $2 here and $5 there, it didn't seem like much of a commitment to go ahead and bid... Until I saw that the total of outstanding bid I had was $42. Still, it won't break the bank.)

So then I set to wondering what I was going to do with 100 extra vintage postcards. I'm thinking maybe this is the theme for our wedding. We both love to send postcards from our travels (my middle brother is the only other person I know who still does this.) We had already been thinking about using postcards from different places we'd traveled together as table markers.

Now I'm thinking we can use the additional postcards as either
1) place cards on the tables, or
2) escort cards hung on a clothesline, with the guests' names and table numbers written on the back, or
3) places for the guests to write wishes to us. We could have a sign that says something like "Send us a postcard into the future for our adventures together" and guests could fill out postcards and place them in - oh! a little mailbox! which could also hold gift cards! - rather than writing in a guest book.

Plus, I love this theme idea because it's all reused - vintage, baby - so no new resources are required to make these decorations, and it totally reflects us.
What do you think? Which one(s) of these options would work the best?


a mindful bride said...

I like all those options!

Mara (The Wedding Cabaret) said...

love these!

Color Me Green said...

yeah i think those are all great ideas, i can't decide!

perfect bound said...

We used vintage postcards in our invitations by printing directions on the back of them. We also used them to inspire our place cards. I purchased used stamps off eBay! Finally, we used them as our guest book and had guests sign their names or write a note on each one. I love the way it all came together. You can see the photos from our wedding here: http://perfectbound.blogspot.com/2008/12/sweet-moments.html

or email me with any questions. Not that you have a lack of good ideas... Oh, I also put together a post card themed inspiration board! http://perfectbound.blogspot.com/2008/08/our-invitations-inspiration.html