I recently received this letter from a bride for whom I made a custom puzzle. She agreed to have me publish her story.
“When I was planning for my wedding, one of my ushers Tim contacted me and told me that he wanted to get us something special for our wedding–not just something from our registry but something meaningful to us. He suggested a wooden puzzle since he knows that I love puzzles. A customized wooden puzzle had the advantage of being durable and being designed to reflect us. I, of course, loved the idea; and Tim suggest we try to incorporate the puzzle into the wedding.
Picking the image for the puzzle was easy. We had had designed for us a wedding logo. The logo was our names (Jerry & Christina) stylized in a way that they could be read upside down or right side up. We felt that using the wedding logo rather than a photograph would commemorate the day appropriately and fit the theme of a puzzle.
After much consultation, we decided that the best way to incorporate the puzzle into the wedding was to have our guests help complete the puzzle during the reception. Due to the number of guests and the fact that many of the guests don’t speak English, rather than having each guest put in a piece, we had a representative from each banquet table put in a piece after
we toasted with the guests at that table.
In order for the representative from each table to put in the puzzle piece easily (we realized that not everybody is into puzzles as I am), the puzzle was designed with a number of special pieces that would be relatively obvious to place. We used our names and our wedding date and a number of objects (such as a guitar, a tiger, a cross, etc.) that were special to us.
During the reception, the partially finished puzzle was on the table as Tim supervised guests inserted pieces. Because the wooden puzzle was quite sturdy we were able to place the puzzle on an easel after all the guests finished. At the end of the reception after we had said our thank yous, Jerry and I placed the last piece, a heart, into the puzzle together. It was a wonderful way to end the evening with meaning.”
PS. Since the puzzle commemorated the wedding with one of my favorite hobbies, we ended up commemorating the wedding with
one of Jerry’s favorite hobbies too–comic books!