Mr. Big and I are sticklers for the English language.
And in saying that, when we text each other, we don’t normally use short speak. For example, we don’t use “C U L8R”—we use “see you later.” As we met each other online, it meant a lot to me that he was using “you” instead of “u” and “this” instead of “dis.”
However, as we became more intimate, we began using the ASCII heart, which others may know as “less than three,” or simply:
Less than three!! Also, that necklace is awesome. / Image via Etsy shop, bekathwia
Our texts normally have them in some form or another (and yeah—we do take some liberties with some words”¦).
A typical conversation between Mr. Big (GP) and me via text message. For context, we were in Melbourne, staying in serviced apartments. / Personal image
Basically, the “less than three” symbol is our symbol of affection and, therefore, we wanted it to be in the wedding. I love the idea of getting the symbol to put at the head/bridal table, similar to this:
However, instead of the typical “MR / MRS,” “MR & MRS,” or “G & E,” we wanted this:
“Less than three” stand—perfect for the bridal table / Image via Etsy shop Knob Creek Metal Arts
But at $35 retail, with a shipping of $31 on top, we weren’t willing to spend that much. Mr. Big decided he could make it out of wood from Bunnings, but after some sawing and cutting, we realised we didn’t have the tools to smooth it out and make it look presentable. Add to that my lack in woodworking skills and Mr. Big’s busy schedule, and that idea went kaput.
I decided to ask my dad if he could do it, but he took one look at the design and reeled backwards with a look of “Are you kidding me?” Fair enough—it’s definitely not an easy thing to construct!
Enter Mr. Big’s best friend, Best Man DirtyHarry.
He owns and runs a manufacturing business. I don’t know ALL of the details, but to my knowledge, he has a machine that can cut ornate shapes designed firsthand on a computer. Well, after some asking around, BM DirtyHarry offered to make it for us! A few weeks (Months? I can’t remember”¦I’m terrible.) later we received an email from him with a design of what the heart will look like.
The design sent to us by Best Man DirtyHarry / Personal image
We made some adjustments (sizing, colour) and sent them back. According to Mr. Big, they’ve been made!
We’re uber excited to have this at the wedding. It’s not a HUGE deal to others, but I felt this symbol (<3) was significant enough to the both of us that it needed some inclusion in the wedding. BMan DirtyHarry has even said that he’d like to keep it for himself, hahaha!
We’ll be placing two Disney characters on either side of the ASCII heart! More on those two later.
What do you guys think? Cute, corny, both?
- Sydney, NSW, Australia
- Postgraduate Student & Aspiring Writer
- Wedding Date:
- February 2014
- The Hunter Valley Gardens & Tamburlaine Organic Wines