It’s been over five years now since our wedding day. It was an incredible day that I’ll never forget, and I still love looking back on it in any way I can. I wrote lots of blog posts in the run-up and aftermath of the wedding. But apart from those, I have a number of other keepsakes tucked away to reminisce over. I’ll always have the memories in my head. But I think it’s important to have some objects to prompt those memories. Sometimes something triggers a memory you had almost forgotten, and you’re reminded again. If you’re about to get married, here are some of the things I recommend you keep.
Do you have a stationary obsession? I’m not ashamed to admit I like a pretty note paper or a good pen! Planning my wedding stationery was fun, especially because it was some of the first choices I made. I recommend ordering a couple of extra invites for yourself. Fill it out to yourself for a bit of fun! If you buy wedding invites by Paper Themes, you can get some free samples first and customize your invitations. There are other items you can put away too. They range from save-the-date cards to place setting cards and wedding day programs. Stationery should last forever if you keep it somewhere dry and safe.
Did you know your sense of smell is strongly linked to your memory? I bet you have a scent or two that takes you right back to your childhood. If you can take something yummy smelling away from your wedding day, you’ll be able to send yourself right back there whenever you want. Maybe you had a special wedding fragrance made, either for yourself or the venue. You can keep a bottle of it and take a whiff whenever you want. Or you might press and dry a flower from your bouquet to smell.
This one’s a no-brainer! You have to have some lovely photos from the day that you can frame or keep in an album to look at when you want. I recommend having a mix of professional photos and some from your friends and family. Don’t let your guests spend all day snapping, but make sure they each get a shot or two. They often manage to catch a magical moment that the photographer misses.
Whatever you use to decorate your venue, keeping a couple of little items will give you something to remember the day. You might take a flower, a candle, a paper lantern, or something else you love from the day. Another decoration you should definitely put away somewhere is the cake topper. If you have one, make sure you grab it at the end of the day.
You can do lots of things with your wedding mementos. Put them in a box, frame them or even create some art.