After my groom and I finished our first Gocco project, we turned our attention to the other details for our wedding. I have to pause here and make two points. First, if you think you might like Gocco’ing, maybe, oh, say, your wedding invitation is a little bit too ambitious for a first-time Gocco’er, like I was when we embarked on Loco Gocco-A-Thon 2K9. Next time, try Gocco’ing something smaller to start, like, I don’t know, a toothbrush cover. Secondly, if you decide that you do want to Gocco your wedding invites, marry a patient, loving, and relatively strong man. A key to my success as a Gocco’er was entirely due to the use of my man’s biceps to help me print all but about 8% of the wedding paper goods I designed.
In any event, I fell in love with my Print Gocco, so for that I commend the Japanese, even if their inventions also sometimes skew towards the wacky.
Below, some of the other paper goods and other projects that made it to our wedding. First off, I made the cake plates pictured below using a flower pot and a platter from IKEA and the little placards for our dessert table, which had 6 desserts from bakeries around South Carolina (mostly Charleston, but also a bakery in my hometown of Greenville that has been the purveyor of cakes for every special occasion in my family for the past 20 years):
This next photo below shows my favorite wedding project. I’ve been collecting corks for about 5 years, and I’ve always kind of wondered what I’d do with them. To make these, I sawed off the more interesting ends of the corks, sanded them down and then looped gold jewelry hoops through a hole I drilled in each end piece:
Our programs, below, were a last-minute add. We used leftover paper from our invitations to make faux-bindings on each one:
We also made out-of-town bags for each guest. First, we ordered custom fortune cookies (one of our custom messages was “Fun fact: G proposed to A by hiding the ring inside a fortune cookie. Sorry, no ring here.”). Then we designed a round label to stick on each cookie:
My pops roasted these pralines himself, and then I put them in cellophane bags with another custom designed-label:
I drew these maps. Thanks, Microsoft Word:
Everything was lovingly placed into gift bags, which we again, used our trusty Gocco for (again, thanks, Japan):
Top three photos by Peter Tsai Photography; bottom four by biscuitwheels