Less Than Three

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:

ASCII Heart Necklace

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:

Groomsmen wearing suspenders.  I like that look!

The “Mr. & Mrs.” head table decoration / Image via One Wed / Photography by Tim Tab Studios

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?


Mrs. Bighorn Sheep

Sydney, NSW, Australia
Wedding Date:
February 2014
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  1. Member
    ellemm005 172 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:35 am

    Cute! I love it!!

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    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:37 am


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    nadnuk 1566 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:53 am

    I <3 it!

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    seabeeny 69 posts, Worker bee @ 10:25 am

    So cute!

    My husband and I started texting each other <4 a while ago as some sort of lame-o "love you more"-type joke.

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    luluvohn 1194 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:27 am

    love it! FI and I “less than three” a lot, but we “xoxoxo” even more. We may have to find somewhere to put a few of those.

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    vttp926 991 posts, Busy bee @ 4:44 pm

    I can’t wait to see this! This is how I sign all my texts.

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    ecjohnson 157 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:53 pm

    We use the code 143 A LOT (so much so that we almost got it engraved in our rings but ran out of time)! This is cute!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:06 pm

    What a cute, personal touch!

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    sequinlove 175 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:14 pm

    Such a lovely idea!
    I love reading all about your wedding adventures and I love hearing about shops and place i ACTUALLy know. Aussie brides FTW!

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