It’s a Puzzle!

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It’s a Puzzle!

There are no extra pieces to 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


Dear Engaged Couple–Over the weekend I talked with a couple who plans to use a jigsaw puzzle as part of their wedding service—move over unity candle! (See   ) Move over sand ceremony!  (See ) 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 time they started dating (four years ago)  they 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.

Ceremony puzzles

I 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, are 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!”

Guestbook puzzles

I learned from web-surfing this week, that guest book puzzles, while not traditional, are more common than I thought.  The idea is,  you have a super large picture of yourselves made into a jigsaw puzzle.  Then you break that apart, turn it over and each guest signs 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.

Puzzle invitations

There is also such a thing as puzzle invitations.  One couple I married last year sent these out.  Their invited guests put the puzzle together to find out who, what, when and where.  Personally, I’m not sure I’d have the patience for that!

So, think about using puzzles at your wedding service; as a guestbook, or as an invitation.  As always, happy wedding planning!  Yours, Gay Lee

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