Amongst the great many wedding traditions in existence is the giving of cards (often including a cash gift) on the wedding day itself. The card is of course to congratulate the couple on their marriage and to wish them good luck for the future.
The cash gift is obviously very welcome and is intended for the couple to spend as they wish. Sometimes it is used as a deposit for a house, sometimes for a honeymoon and other times, to clear wedding debts!
With the bride and groom enjoying the busiest day of their lives, the cards are generally not opened on the wedding day itself and are kept for a later time, such as the following day. This helps draw the wedding occasion out a little for the bride and groom and provides a little relaxation for the day after the day before.
On our travels with our mobile crepe bar, we’ve seen plenty of variation in the types of receptacles used for collecting wedding cards. The most common is the good old fashioned miniature post box. At about an eighth the size of the standard Royal Mail version, it looks exactly the same in every way, except there are no weeds growing around the bottom nor are there any curious stains around the base. Cards can safely be popped by guests into your very own pillar box, providing a little bit of fun. Another benefit is that compared with the services offered by Royal Mail, the chances of items becoming damaged or “lost” (i.e stolen) are vastly reduced.
Our crepe bar was hired for a wedding in London last year which had a Star Wars theme (the subject of a future blog, no doubt) and the happy couple had inventively adapted an old space ship – “The Millennium Falcon”, I believe it is called – to act as a container for wedding cards. The space ship was guarded by several Stormtrooper figures along with Darth Vader himself. Clearly the bride and groom had enjoyed many “incidents” as Royal Mail customers and weren’t taking any chances on their big day.
We have seen all kinds of other vessels for storing cards, including empty baskets, vases and ceramic bowls. Basically anything at all can be used and if the storage container has associations with the bride and groom, then it is another aspect which is easily personalised.
We just wish there was something we could think of relating to crepes which could be used.
But we can’t.
The only thing we can think of is how Darth Vader would manage to eat a crepe at a wedding without taking his mask off.