I just returned from a trip through Europe. While each city had its own unique architecture and attractions, my husband and I were repeatedly greeted by one prevailing theme – brides. Nearly everywhere we looked, there was another flowing wedding dress. So, to celebrate the season of brides, this week’s Reference Collection highlight is “The Paper Bride: Wedding DIY from Pop-the-Question to Tie-the-Knot and Happily Ever After” by Esther K. Smith (REF.BM.0019).
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Smith takes the reader through each step of the wedding process, from the proposal to the ceremony /reception, and even afterward to the paper anniversary. Projects include the creation of a hidden ring box, save-the-date postcard, interlocking announcement, make your own envelopes, message-in-a-bottle, pop-up invitation, wraps with paper buttons, and pop-up map. Also included are plans to create an accordion invitation, flag book cookbook, paper veil / dress, place cards, napkin rings, paper lanterns, cake toppers, thaumotropes (paper spinners that can serve as party favors or even thank-you note inserts), coptic photo album, and memento accordion.
Each project includes a brief introductory paragraph, a list of required materials, and step-by-step illustrated instructions. Tips, examples, and special considerations are also noted. For instance, the section covering invitations also includes a discussion on professional printing methods such as letterpress, silkscreen, offset printing, and engraving. Invitation phrasing and etiquette, and considerations such as whether to include food choices on the RSVP cards are also explored.
|variations on a shower book|
In addition to detailed projects, each chapter also covers key factors along the stages of wedding planning. For example, Chapter 1 begins with a discussion about wedding dates: “Are you a June bride? Or do you love autumn leaves more than pink roses? … Does it make sense to do it when school’s out, so that teachers and students and people with kids can travel?” Rather than providing answers to these questions, Smith allows the reader to come to their own conclusions – with a little bit of guidance along the way.
The title also includes appendices on paste and paste paper, a handwriting guide, templates, and a list of recommended resources.
Whether you’re planning a wedding, helping out with one, or are just curious about the steps involved, this title would be a great place to start.
The Reference Collection is one of three collections at The Center for Book Arts. The other two include the Fine Arts Collection (composed of artists’ books and prints) and the Archives (containing Exhibition Catalogs and the Center’s ephemera). All three collections can be viewed on-line via the Center’s website or in person by appointment. Note that the Reference Library is currently being cataloged, with roughly 85% completed.
-Sarah McCarthy, Librarian
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