Smitten with the Mitten

. March 31, 2019.

by Lisa Roberts
Owner of Rock Paper Scissors, Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor’s Local Wedding Scene

With the 2019 wedding season in full swing, couples have locked down their venues, signed their photography contracts, are ordering their invitations, and meeting with florists to determine this season’s to-die-for blooms! Each wedding season brings new trends, new ideas, and new ways to share a couple’s love and commitment. Over the past three years we’ve seen a steady increase in “Local Love” themed weddings— or weddings that share a couple’s love for the great state of Michigan. These couples plan their weddings, from engagement through the big day, with local companies and small businesses focusing on the local details that make their hometowns so special.

Rock Paper Scissors challenges clients to share their personalities and get creative with their printed paper goods by using artists, vintage maps, and hand lettering to create unique save-the-dates, invitations, and signage that all depict couples’ hometown love with distinctive flair.

Unique Favorites

Our favorite save-the-date so far this year is a die cut five inch state of Michigan designed with modern calligraphy and a clean font. The envelope is lined with illustrations from the couple’s favorite Ann Arbor places— a coffee cup from Roos Roast, the Big House, Argo Canoe Park, and Zingerman’s Deli, among others.

Illustrating the Law Quad, creating local maps for wedding invitation detail cards, and lining envelopes with old issues of the Michigan Daily are some recent client collaborations we worked on this winter. For an upcoming Detroit wedding, we utilized illustrations of the Ford Piquette Plant, Comerica Park, the Detroit Skyline and even a Ford Model T to create a local and unique feel with their invitations. We are carrying the illustrations into the “day of” materials for this couple with coasters, napkins, and illustrated signage that will tie everything together during their Welcome Party and their reception.

Recently, clients have asked us to partner local favorites to create a welcome bag filled with locally-sourced sweets and treats for out-of-town guests. We used Cherry Republic dry snacks, Michigan shaped candies called Michigummies, Dave’s Sweet Tooth Toffee, Zingerman’s Cold Brew Coffee, and we added a Midwest Supply Co. (also an Ann Arbor company) Michigangster mug and printed a local guide of things to do in the Ann Arbor area.

The local wedding scene doesn’t end here. Clients looking to truly showcase how “smitten with the mitten” they are can find expertise amongst Ann Arbor’s extensive list of wedding professionals. Local venues like Webbers and Cornman Farms, and floral designers like University Flower Shop and Red Poppy Floral work with local farms and suppliers to provide the most perfect locally grown seasonal blooms. Local event planners, photographers, calligraphers, DJs, formal wear and gown shops round out the robust market for Ann Arbor weddings ,helping clients share their local love!

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