Owls meant something special to us, it was one of our nicknames for each other when we were studying in school. Being typical undergrads, we spent many late nights rushing out projects or presentations. It was also then when D and I grew closer, and would call each other “night owls”, often staying up late when we were staying in hostel, and urging the other to sleep earlier when we’re done with work.
So we knew we wanted to incorporate owls into our wedding theme, but needed to keep it classy and elegant and not have our wedding end up looking like a kids birthday party instead.
When we first came across owl matchboxes, we toyed with the idea of replacing them with the hotel’s wedding favours. But then practicality ensued, especially when we were faced with a possibility of having to forfeit one table of guests, and we decided our money could be better spent elsewhere.
But the idea of having these owl matchboxes never really left our minds. Especially when D being the wordsmith he was, came up with the idea of incorporating “A Perfect Match” & “Made in Heaven” to the design.
We left them till the very last minute (and by that I meant the very last day), these matchboxes were intended to be displayed at the reception table as additional wedding favours. So they pretty much were the last on my priority list.
And we almost didn’t manage to prepare them in time. I had designed and test-printed them two days before the wedding, but it was the manual labour of having to cut each label individually and paste them to the boxes. N volunteered her services and came over to help the day before the wedding, and we spent five hours doing up 60ish boxes – a far cry from our ambitious plan of doing 100 boxes.
Some of the matchboxes might not have made the cut if we had more time, but as N said – the imperfections were what made it “homemade”, anything too professional and people might think they were store-bought 😉
And so they were – our wedding favours designed and made from scratch.