In planning for their wedding this summer, Laura Eagin and Ali Jafargholi knew that they’d be inviting many different types of people: Folks who’d known them in different states, different circumstances, at different points in their lives, as well as people coming from literally all over the world to celebrate. The couple wanted to do something to honor the many connections shared with their guests and decided that buttons would be the perfect way to celebrate these shared histories.
Laura, a web and graphic designer, worked with us (full disclosure– she worked with me as I was actually in the wedding) to create a grab bag of button designs that would speak to everyone coming to the wedding. Designs paid tribute to Ali’s roots in Iran with a map of the country, and, in a nod to his mother who fed everyone at the wedding reception, a button that declared “I heard there would be Persian food.” Laura’s clan was represented with buttons that featured her home state of Indiana and family’s French roots. The couple’s shared history at Savannah College of Art and Design was represented, along with references to being digitally connected at all times, and various other inside jokes shared with those on the guest list.
“Buttons were one of the first things you saw when you arrived at the wedding,” Laura said. “Guests were encouraged to wear as much ‘flair’ as they wanted to. It set a fun tone for the whole ceremony and reception.”
The open-ended designs for many of the buttons leant themselves to pinning on creative combinations; the “I might know these crazy people” being a favorite for that. Buttons served as impromptu boutonnieres when the groomsmen wore them for the ceremony and Laura reported that guests still talk to her about the buttons they brought home. Some family members got crafty and made theirs into refrigerator magnets and another friend mentioned that she just noticed the backrim text included a thank you from the bride and groom. Laura said, “I still wear my ‘Hurray!’ button on a regular basis. Nobody knows it’s from my wedding but I do and it makes me smile.”