momentos that matter
After the photos, there are many other ways to ensure that all that happiness is wrapped up safely to revisit whenever you need to.
Create a memory box: make a treasure trove of all those little bits and pieces which the less sentimental might cast into the bin. If you’re feeling creative, you could cover a box in a fabric remnant from your dress, or your bridesmaids’, and trim it with a ribbon. Put in anything evocative or which might make you smile (or raise an eyebrow!) in a few years’ time, such as:
- An invitation
- Letters or reply or thanks after the wedding
- Wedding cards and gift labels
- You pre-wedding ‘to do’ list or diary
- A champagne or wine bottle label
- Service sheet
- Service sheet
- Fabric swatches
- Transcripts of the speeches
- The words of your vows
- CD of the music played at your wedding ceremony, or for your first dance
- A wedding favour or detail
- Ribbons from flowers or decorations
- A dried buttonhole
- Your own two place cards
- The sixpence from your shoe
You can also ask your guests to write messages:
- Put pile of small cards on each table, with a pen, and a box or bowl to put them in once messages have been written.
- Get a book which can be disassembled (or make one with card, paper and ribbon), take the pages out, put one or two on each table for signing, and reassemble later.
- At a small wedding, a Polaroid camera could be used to take pictures of people as they arrive at the reception, and their picture handed to them to sign and leave in a box.
- Cut squares of fabric in your wedding colours: ask people to write on them and when you’re old you can make them into a patchwork quilt!
Whatever you decide to keep, you will treasure in years to come. If you are looking for something to hold all of those memories, have a look at our keepsake boxes here.
Featured Hatbox With Vintage Style Brooch by Francesca and Florence.