My little sister got married over the weekend and since I am a graphic designer I asked to start designing things like save the dates and wedding invitations. Since my sister and I are very close I started calling myself the honorary matron of honor since she had not asked me officially yet to take on that role which meant that I was tasked with helping figure out the perfect wedding favor.
My sister really wanted something unique and special to pass out to family and friends so we began reading articles on Pinterest and trying to convince the other one that our idea was the best idea. She originally wanted to make a sugar scrub and I wasn’t convinced it was a good idea because she lives in NYC but was getting married right outside Atlanta, Georgia. Plus I’ve made a sugar scrub before and as much as I love them I did not think they would work for her wedding.
I ended up finding a post about passing out a unique recipe and thought it was a fun idea. I told her they could pass out a recipe that they both enjoyed cooking together or they could each submit one and we would pass out two. Well my sister is a go big or go home kind of girl so after I convinced her it was a good idea she decided to create a recipe book that we would pass out. I was sitting in the corner secretly crying because I knew the amount of work we were about to embark on.
With the recipe book in place she started asking both sides of the family for recipes to include in the book. We had previously decided that we would print on 8.5 x 5.5 so she could buy 8.5 x 11 paper so she could print at home and the paper would only require one cut. Then she bought a little machine called a cinch to bind everything together. Easy peasy, right? If only it were that simple.
The book ended up being 28 pages including the front and back cover and we had everything from breakfast to side dishes to desserts. I probably changed the layout about 3 times and it took us a long time to figure out the layout so it would print in a way we could correctly cut the paper. To say this was a labor of love is an understatement but in the end it was an amazing wedding favor and everyone loved it.
If you are interested in having me lay it out then you can send me an email and we can talk in more detail about what you are looking for.