Creative invites

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Creative invites

Some examples: wedding announcements structured like treasure maps, invites typed on a vintage-looking library card, or time and date information told through a toy viewfinder's film. Wedding stationery should be as unique as the couple, and for good reason.

"The invitations are the first impression that guests receive to give them a sense of your wedding," said Megan Cavanaugh, who is marrying Donnie Austin at Rockmill Brewery next month. "We want our wedding to be fun and casual and really more of a party than a reception, so we wanted our invitations to convey that lighthearted, fun sensibility."

Marit Hanson (marithanson.com) designed their heart-in-Ohio-themed invites, a tribute to all the Columbus and Ohio vendors their wedding features. The symbol will reoccur throughout the wedding's signage, tags, labels, napkins and thank-you cards.

Charitable giving

Columbus couples opting to make a donation to a nonprofit or charity in lieu of (or in addition to) guest favors should check out the Nationwide Children's Hospital "Our Special Day" program. The hospital prints personalized favor cards for couples that donate to the program, and the money benefits Nationwide's patients and families.

Grooms' cakes

A Southern tradition, grooms' cakes are often a gift from the bride to the groom and are shaped like something the groom loves … other than the bride, of course.