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Published July 01, 2022 Updated July 01, 2022

Marie and Laurent’s Wedding

Wedding invitation and thank you card in the form of playing cards. France, 2019.

France Ephemera 2019

It’s not every day that one receives a wedding invitation in the style of a playing card. However, that’s exactly what happened in 2019 when two friends, Marie and Laurent, decided to get married. Their wedding invitation featured both of them, at either end of a “playing card”. Their “thank you” card after the ceremony took the form of an Ace of Hearts showing the happy couple. Both of the designs were created by the bride who kindly said that she got the idea after seeing packs in my collection.

Marie and Laurent’s Wedding, 2019 Marie and Laurent’s Wedding, 2019

Note: to preserve the anonymity of the wedding couple I am showing only one side of each card.

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By Roddy Somerville

Member since May 31, 2022

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Roddy started collecting stamps on his 8th birthday. In 1977 he joined the newly formed playing-card department at Stanley Gibbons in London before setting up his own business in Edinburgh four years later. His collecting interests include playing cards, postcards, stamps (especially playing cards on stamps) and sugar wrappers. He is a Past President of the Scottish Philatelic Society, a former Chairman of the IPCS, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and Curator of the WCMPC’s collection of playing cards. He lives near Toulouse in France.


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