The invitation was in typewriter font, the place cards for guests were press passes (complete with neck lanyards), and the centerpieces were made out of old typewriters. “My wedding guests said that my wedding really and truly needed to be on your site,” writes MarylandReporter.com’s Megan Poinski. Her letter is after the jump.
From MEGAN POINSKI: Several of my wedding guests said that my wedding really and truly needed to be on your site. My only reaction was, “OK, but let me send it!” So here it goes.
I’m currently the associate editor for MarylandReporter.com, a nonprofit state news website in Maryland. My husband has left the news business, and now works for the Certified Financial Planners Board of Standards. But we’ve both been journalists for the vast majority of our professional lives. We met in 2003 as reporters who had just taken jobs at The Virgin Islands Daily News. We pretty much immediately fell in love, and also quickly became a powerhouse investigative reporting duo. (We placed second for the Ursula and Gilbert Farfel Prize from Scripps Howard for an investigation that uncovered rampant corruption in the territory — which also spurred a major FBI investigation and landed several prominent officials in prison.)
When we started planning our wedding a year ago, we knew that it had to pay homage to newspapers as much as possible. We:
* Wrote a press release to give information about the wedding venue, dinner, etc in our invitation. The invitation itself was in typewriter font.
* Made gift bags for our out-of-town guests out of newspapers we had saved.
* Made an eight-page newspaper as our programs.
* Had my cousins — 10-year-old twin boys — dress up as old-fashioned newspaper boys to hand out the programs to wedding guests as they came in. (From what I hear, they really got into the whole, “Extra! Extra! Read all about it!” thing.)
* Designed the place cards for guests as press passes, complete with neck lanyards. I think about half of the guests actually wore them.
* Made centerpieces out of old typewriters. We put table numbers on card stock and put that inside the typewriter, and then the typewriters were covered with flowers.
* Designed my bouquet with “LOVE” in typewriter keys on ribbons going down the stems.
* Had guests put cards for us in an old paperboy bag.
* Gave out notebooks and pens for our favors.
This hasn’t been written up anywhere; neither of us blogs, and my current full-time gig is reporting on state policy, which has little room for frivolous reports on how cool my wedding was. But we’d be happy to put something together and send some photos if you’re interested.
–Megan Poinski (and husband Tim Fields)