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These Brides Are Thanking Their Cookie Table Bakers in the Sweetest Way

These newlyweds were so appreciative of their cookie table bakers they chose to show them off for guests to see every time they came to snag a treat.

Photo by Leeann Marie Photography

For Pittsburgh bride Allie Nichi, a simple “thank you” for her cookie table bakers was not enough. Instead, she presented a sign next to a pile of ladyfingers and a jar of Hershey Kisses, with each baker’s name displayed in precise calligraphy.

“Our wedding was all about family,” she says. “We wanted to incorporate all of the very talented bakers amongst our family and friends to show our appreciation and recognize all of their hard work that helped make our wedding so special and personal.”

In the Pittsburgh region, families of brides and grooms-to-be get together to bake dozens, often hundreds, of cookies — from classic chocolate chip to traditional pizzelles and everything in between.

The hours that go into making the cookie table vary from family to family, but one thing is certain: It takes a lot of work. To show their appreciation, Pittsburgh couples have started a tradition of thanking their bakers individually with a beautifully crafted sign on their table.

Nichi’s sign was simple: a white background with black calligraphy inside a silver frame, next to clear jars of cookies and a glowing candle.

Photo by Jenna Hidinger Photography

Lauren Rzeznik and her husband are not big on sweets, but they wanted to honor the cookie table tradition for their families. Lauren’s grandmother and future mother-in-law started making the cookies for her October wedding at the beginning of the year.

“[My grandmother] makes these chocolate chip cookies made in a horseshoe shape, and they’re dipped in chocolate,” Lauren says. “I don’t know if they have a name, but they’re my favorite!”

Since her grandmother, who is 95, took it upon herself to bake her childhood-favorite, Lauren knew she had to buy a cookie table thank you sign after spotting one in a Facebook wedding planning group.

“I decided on the art [for the sign] when myself and my maid of honor were creating the games for the wedding shower,” she says. The games were crafted to match the fall theme of the wedding, and the leftover decorations and stickers were used for the cookie table sign.

Next to the sign sat boxes for guests to take some cookies to go, complete with a sticker of their Bitmojis, a cartoon character made to look like yourself, driving away in a “Just Married!” car.

Photo by All Heart Photo and Video

Facebook groups are a great way to find inspiration for a thank you sign, but Megan Tobin designed her sign all by herself.

“I lettered the board myself! It was one of those things where I was like, ‘I want to learn how to do this!’” she says with a laugh.

Megan and her husband’s favorite part about weddings is the cookie table, so naturally, they knew they had to step things up for their wedding in October. Her cookie table even included cupcakes and ice cream donated from a family friend, who owns a mobile ice cream business.

“My mom did so much to pull all of it together. This was her little project. She was so happy to take that on,” Megan says. “As we planned our wedding, we were reminded frequently how blessed we are with so many sweet family members and friends. The cookie table was the icing on the cake. We wanted to make sure those people were honored and thanked, because it was such a personal thing for them to do to us.”

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