Weddings and Wooden Puzzles

So it’s no secret that Greg and I are getting married in May. We both wanted a big wedding the included all our loved ones, but we also didn’t want to ask our parents for help or go into debt.

Greg and I knew we wanted something more carefree and fun–which is why we opted out of hotel or vineyard receptions. We wanted something that we could use to create our own atmosphere, as well as something that was close by and didn’t break the bank.

So we decided on having our reception on the grounds of an old historic mansion that allowed us to pretty much do whatever we wanted. We thought we would add old fair/carnival type elements to make it more youthful and fun.

Therefore, for many of our centerpieces, I ordered wooden miniatures of Ferris wheels and carousels. This was all great in theory–until i actually assembled one of them and realized that they were little bitches to make.

Here is a picture of the package as it came in the mail:

When I bought them, I thought, Oh! they can’t be that hard! They’re made for children!

Boy was I wrong. Here is the package, opened and laid out on the table.

The first thing we had to do was individually pop out each piece. There might have been around maybe 200 of them.

It sucked because not every piece was cut perfectly. Some would pop out easily, while others wouldn’t come out without some kind of tinkering with an X-acto knife. Worst thing was when a piece would break, followed by profanities yelled out by either of us.

After each piece was popped up, you had to gently sand the edges or they wouldn’t fit into each other nicely. The sand paper they give you is literally a one inch square.

Here are all the pieces:

Then you kind of just start to assemble by number. Kind of imagine a piece of furniture from Ikea, except with 200 pieces. We glued certain pieces together, just because they wouldn’t perfectly fit, and we wanted it to be a bit more sturdy.

It sucked because you had to do things in order If you assembled one piece before assembling another, you would have to take it apart and do it over again.

Here is the carousel at about 80% completion:

You’ll have to wait until the wedding to see the actual finished pieces. I just thought I’d share my frustration, lol. Each Ferris Wheel took about an hour to make, but the carousels each took about 2.5 – 3. They would seriously take up an entire evening. Greg and I fought and bickered over them, laughed, and drank in joy after we completed them. If I knew they would have been just a time consuming and difficult process, I don’t know if I would have done them to begin with. But they did provide for some good memories over these past few months.

So when you see these little pieces of shits on your tables, just know they were a labor of love!

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