For all the time you spend dreaming of your wedding, not to mention planning and saving for it, you want it to be one of the most memorable days of your life! There will be photos, of course, and your own memories, but wouldn’t it be amazing to have some unique, tangible keepsakes from the day to cherish for the rest of your life?
QC Event School has compiled a list of the top tips for commemorating your special day, based on our expertise in wedding planning:
Save a Wedding Invitation
Perhaps the idea never crossed your mind, but as you write and send out your wedding invitations, keep a completed one for yourself!
One idea is to store it in your wedding album or keepsake box, but you can make it even more special by placing it in a frame to adorn a wall of your home.
The excitement and anticipation you felt as a bride-to-be will remain with you for years to come!
Not Your Typical Guestbook
Everyone has written their name in a guestbook at a wedding – the book provides a record of all of your wedding guests, and can be looked at fondly for years to come.
Why not take it one step further and customize the guestbook idea to you and your spouse’s own interests?
If you love to travel, have a table of blank postcards and some pens at your wedding reception so your guests can fill in their wedding wishes in a creative way.
For a truly modern twist on the guestbook, charge up your iPad and purchase the Wedding Guestbook app from iTunes – each guest can take a turn recording a special video message, which you can enjoy forever!
Don’t Throw That Bouquet!
Throwing the bouquet is a custom everyone knows - legend has it that the woman who catches it will be the next to marry!
Did you know that there are a few easy ways to not only preserve your bouquet, but also turn it into a special wedding day keepsake? Here are some tips:
- Drying: Remove the ribbons or wire from your bouquet and replace them with a rubber band. Taking care to keep the flowers away from direct sunlight (a basement works well!), hang them upside down and ensure they are well-ventilated. This process requires patience! It normally takes about two weeks for flowers to air dry, and humidity can prolong the process.
- Pressing: Remove any excess petals or leaves that you don’t want to preserve, and use a big, heavy book you likely have lying around the house. Be sure to arrange the bouquet within the pages of the book so the flowers are not touching one another, and ensure the book is big enough to close over the entire bouquet. Once the bouquet is closed within the pages, place more books on top for more weight.
To store your bouquet once it is dried or pressed, you can choose to use a frame or a shadow box, which will allow you to enjoy the flowers for many years to come.
If you still love the idea of tossing the bouquet, you don’t have to toss the idea altogether! Have a second bridal bouquet on hand to toss, and one to keep and preserve.
Wedding Memory Box
Earlier in this article, we gave you some tips on how to keep your wedding invitation as a souvenir.
But why stop there?
During the planning of your wedding, and the actual day itself, so many little trinkets are lost forever in the busy shuffle of details. Keeping them safely stored in a beautiful box will forever provide you with a flood of memories any time it is opened in the future. Here are some ideas of small items to cherish forever:
- Your wedding program
- Your wedding invitation
- Any jewelry you wore on the day that was wedding-specific (perhaps a special hair jewel)
- Your bridal garter
- Copies of your written vows
Any ribbons used to keep your bouquet tied together
Thanks to QC Event School for sending these great ideas our way! Let us know how you'll commemorate your wedding day in the comments below!