This DIY project is not for the faint of heart (or those without proper Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator skillz). So, way way back in Mr. Knight and I’s Wedding planning process (like 1 1/2 years back), I came across the design firm Melangerie Inc of New York. They make these FABULOUS wedding relationship charts. They are unlike anything I have EVER seen. Check out these fantastic pieces:
Chandelier Genealogy Chart; $700
I know it is difficult to see in these images (you should really check out their amazing Etsy shop), but these charts have all the names of the wedding guests and how they are related to the Bride and Groom (plus some fun little tidbits about their relationship to other guests, and the Bride and Groom).
After seeing these (and the price tag) I thought, “hey, I’ve got some skillz and some free time, why couldn’t I tackle my own version of these lovelies?”
And this is where I say… this DIY is not for the faint of heart. I totally understand their price now, because it took me many hours longer then I ever expected, to get this done. Mr. Knight and I’s version doesn’t compare to the beauty of Melangerie Inc‘s work but we love what we put together, and it is totally us. :-)
- Step 1: Open a new document in Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrater (whichever your heart so chooses) and make two columns of names. One column of guests from the Bride’s side, the other from the Groom’s side.
- Step 2: Start to divide these long column into groups of people, i.e. the Bride’s family, Groom’s relatives from Newfoundland, Childhood Friends, etc.
- Step 3: Print it out and start to draw lines connecting different guests. Who went to the same high school together? Who share the same Alma Mater? Who is in the Armed Forces? This was actually a really fun part for the Mister and I, as we tried to draw connections between our two families (we hope our guests will find these connections as fun as we do!).
- Step 4: Now add little tidbits about certain people, related to their relationship with the Bride and Groom. Special story about how they met the Groom? etc.
- Step 5: The hard part… put all that goodness you have just drawn out, into the computer. Add all the connections, tidbits, etc. in the colors/fonts of your wedding (remember to try and make it easily readable).
- Step 6: Add a snazzy border to your document in your wedding colors, along with a title and PRINT! We are lucky enough to have access to large format printers, but any printing store will most print this for you at a cost of about $50, ex Target Copy, etc.
- Step 7: (man there are ALOT of steps!) Frame your lovely and finished Wedding Relationship Chart. We chose the IKEA Ribba frame size 19.75″ x 27.5″ priced at $22.99. In the beginning you should choose what frame you want to put it in, and size your document to fit that frame.
- Step 8: Sit back and enjoy your hard work because you sure have worked hard for it!
I know you can’t really see all the detail we have put into this chart. It was incredibly difficult to photograph (reminding myself to get non-glare glass next time). But I hope the preview detail shots above will give you an idea of what it looks like up close. And yes, Gator Kitty just HAD to get in the picture… she’s obsessed with the camera. I think it’s nice, Gator Kitty is giving you an idea of the scale of the chart.
click to enlarge :: photo by Miss Gator
And of course… when Gator Kitty got in the picture, she just begged me for a mini-photo shoot:
How do you think our Wedding Relationship Chart turned out?
We think it’s pretty cool and we hope our guests get a kick out of it during the cocktail hour. We plan to place it on an iron easel next to the place cards (which will be displayed a gorgeous baby grand piano… LOVES).
If you aren’t so Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator inclined then I highly recommend the work of Melangerie Inc. They do amazing stuff with these Wedding Genealogy charts, which are sure to be a fantastic remembrance of all your friends and family who attended your wedding (plus a super cool thing to look back at 20, 30, 50 years later). I say this is a definite splurge item, but sooo worth it.
What was the most unique and fun thing you ever came across in your Wedding planning process?