Cootie Catcher Wedding Ideas to Bring Out Your Inner Child

Channel your grade school self with these adorable cootie catcher details

Updated 03/03/18

Objektiv Photography

Remember those cootie catchers you used to play with in elementary school? Those origami-folded paper fortune-tellers that would predict your future spouse? Even if you’re not marrying your grade-school crush, you can still turn this childhood favorite into a fun and nostalgic wedding detail.

Print your dinner-menu offerings beneath each flap or turn it into a ceremony program by listing the order of events; you could also print fun facts about the couple—that way, guests can play along at the reception and this might help break the ice. Whatever you decide, these cootie-catcher wedding ideas are a fun throwback to your childhood days.

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Paper Fortune-Tellers

Karyn Louise

Add a dose of nostalgia to your elegant tablescape with folded paper fortune-tellers at every place setting. Use a flourishing calligraphy script that matches the rest of your wedding stationery to keep the look cohesive and elevated.

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Place Cards

Christine Clark Photo

For a more rustic look, print your fortune-tellers on brown kraft paper, like this couple did—the wood-slab chargers and folded-paper place cards complement each other perfectly.

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Self-Serve Ceremony Programs

Erica Ferrone Photography

At this couple’s alfresco ceremony, guests were encouraged to sit wherever they liked. A basket contained folded paper fortune-tellers that listed the ceremony proceedings, so guests could unfold the flaps and follow along.

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DIY Ceremony Programs

Elevate Photography

For their wedding ceremony, this couple made their programs into paper fortune tellers. Each flap listed different wedding details, including the names of wedding-party members and a thank-you message from the bride and groom.

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Escort-Card Tree

Aneta Mak

At this couple’s reception, cootie-catcher escort cards were hung from a tree. Their name and table number was printed on the outer flaps; once guests located theirs, they opened up to reveal fun facts about the bride and groom.

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Cootie-Catcher Menu

Objektiv Photography

This couple cleverly turned their cootie catchers into menus, so guests would open them to find the various dinner courses listed inside. Their dinner menu consisted of multiple food stations (including a pasta station, an Indian station, and a dessert station), so guests would lift the flap to find a list of dishes being served at that particular spot.

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Couple Trivia

Lexia Frank Photography

Help break the ice at the reception table by getting the conversation going among guests who might be meeting each other for the first time. This couple designed their cootie catchers with trivia questions about the bride and groom; guests could open the flap to reveal the answer to the question. (Some of their questions: On which holiday did Michael call Shelly for the first time to ask her out? What does Shelly still have Michael saved on her phone as?)

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