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By: Jenna Johnson | Posted: 05/27/2014
When I tell people that I’m getting married at the State Fair there's usually a solid 10-second pause before I get their reaction. I typically interrupt the silence by explaining that the wedding isn’t during the fair, just on the state fairgrounds. Then I go into a long rambling explanation about how it's still a wedding, but with state fair accents . . . blah, blah, blah. Even with my explanation a lot of people think I’m having a barn theme or I’m doing the ever so popular vintage carnival theme.
The correct answer is none of the above. Seriously, if one more person suggests that I use mason jars I just might lose it. Not that I have anything against mason jars, it just does not fit my wedding. I just wish my wedding day could be here so people could show up, see how gorgeous everything is, and understand what I was trying to explain to them.
Kyle and I love everything about the State Fair: the food, the games, the people watching, etc. Keeping all that in mind we still want this to be a wedding. We want it to be beautiful. We don’t want people to show up in something they might actually wear to the State Fair!
Gateaux, where I work, does invitations as well as wedding cakes. We have a lot of brides and grooms run into the same problem I was having. How do you make sure your guests know what to wear to your wedding? We didn’t want anyone to show up in jeans. We have found that the best thing to do is just spell everything out for your guests and put it right on the invitations. When we were doing our invitation wording we decided to put "formal attire" on the bottom so guests knew exactly what to expect. I've also seen invitations that say, "black tie" or "casual attire."
We also decided to have a little fun with our reply cards. Instead of saying "Yes, we can come" or "Sorry, we can’t make it," we played around with the wording and came up with, “Did someone say mini donuts? Count me in!” for those who can attend. For those who can’t make it, it says “No fair! Can’t make it!”
I can’t wait to see these in print!
Our wedding falls right in the middle of formal attire and mini donuts. No wonder no one understands my vision. Everyone will just have to wait until the day comes or to see the pictures afterward!
Photo by Kelly Brown
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