It’s a Puzzle!

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

It’s a Puzzle!

There are no extra pieces in the universe. Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill, and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle.”  Deepak Chopra 

 

Couple lights a unity candle
Dear Engaged Couple–Today I would like to talk about puzzles.  That is because over the weekend I talked with a couple who is planning to use a jigsaw puzzle as part of their wedding service—move over unity candle!  Move over sand ceremony!   I am especially impressed because the couple did not read about a puzzle ceremony in a wedding magazine; nor was it featured on a website.  They told me that from the very beginning (four years ago)  they have always felt that they brought to their relationship unique talents and abilities.  She’s the go-getter, he’s the touchy-feely caregiver.  She comes from a dysfunctional family, his is, well, functional. They fit like they are made for each other.
I’m not sure yet what liturgy we will create to go with the ceremony, however, I wanted to let you know that there ARE wedding puzzles to be had. Some internet sites I can recommend (although I can’t recommend the products they are selling) are: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BellaPuzzlesToo;   http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/weddings/weddings-puzzles.html;  http://www.zazzle.com/wedding+puzzles;  and  http://www.labelsonthefly.com/Wedding-Puzzles.html.
I would recommend that the puzzles be sturdy—not of flimsy cardboard—if you are using them in your service. You know what happens when you get nervous—your hands tremble-you fumble. Wood puzzle pieces, like those used by kindergartners, would be a definite plus in my book.  Also, it goes without saying that the number of pieces should be kept to a minimum.  “Jane and Bob’s ceremony was absolutely wonderful until we got to the puzzle part of the service.  We sat there 20 minutes while we watched them put together a 30 piece jigsaw puzzle!” 
I have learned from web surfing this week, that guest book puzzles, while not traditional, are more common than I had thought.  The idea is that you have a picture of yourselves made into a jigsaw puzzle.  Then you break that apart, turn it over and have each guest sign a piece.  What a wonderful keepsake!  Just make sure that the puzzle pieces are big enough so that guests can include their full names and perhaps a message as well. Personally I would go for a wooden puzzle here, too, although that might be expensive.
There is also such a thing as puzzle invitations.  One couple I married last year sent these out.  Their invited guests had to put the puzzle together to find out who, what, when and where.  Personally, I’m not sure I’d have had the patience for that!   
That’s all I know for now.  As always, happy wedding planning!  Yours, Gay Lee 

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