Sarah Whinnaker had the stressed out look of an engaged bride-to-be who suddenly feels like six months wasn’t nearly enough time to plan.
“I’m giving up on the wedding cookbook, Erin. It just isn’t going to happen. There’s no way I’m getting it together with everything else going on.”
“Your mistake,” I replied, “is in trying to get your wedding cookbook done in time for your wedding.”
She stared at me like too many young people stare at too many old people. “You just don’t understand. There’s so much to do.”
“So why not let your guests do some of the work?”
“Have you sent out invitations yet?”
She sighed. “Not until next week.”
“Print up a card to go with your invitations. Just a business card size will do. On it, write (in the same style as your invite, if you like): ‘The Bride And Groom wish to make a Jefferson Family Wedding Cookbook after the wedding. Please write on the attached recipe card your own favorite recipe that you think they would enjoy. Also, please mention if you’d like a copy of the finished Jefferson Family Wedding Cookbook mailed to you as a memento.”
She stared at me for a moment. “Wow. What a great way to get everyone involved! I could put your cards out on the plates at the reception, and people could fill them out then too. It’d be a great way to get people talking to each other. My aunt will be sitting next to Jeff’s sister, and they could share casserole recipes.”
“And,” I continued, “a few months after the wedding, people would be getting a keepsake in the mail that they never got at a wedding before.”
She looked positively gleeful. “I’ll take photos from the disposable cameras at the wedding and use them to decorate pages! Maybe use a formal wedding pose for the front cover!”
Her eyes fell. “Oh god! The disposable cameras! I need to get them too!”
And just like that she marched away, mumbling about Kodak and Polaroid. I guess there’s only so time you can give a bride with just six months left to get ready.
Here’s a nice story from a customer about their own wedding cookbook. Just scroll down a bit.