Everybody says it, and it’s true: Your wedding goes by so quickly! The best gift you can give yourself (and any future kids or grandkids) is a book of mementos from that amazing celebration. And it needn’t be a chore or another task you have to do in the midst of all the planning. Here are simple ways to get started.
Suss Out Your Style
Are you a scrapbook fan who likes saving tactile bits like a swatch of fabric from your gown? Or do you love the professional look of a digital photo book -- and the fact that you can make multiple copies for friends and family? Personally, I’ve got a scrapbook that’s so overstuffed it’s hard to lift, so I created a streamlined version for couples to fill out ($20, amazon.com). And I also love the ease of a photo book (Pinhole Press’s custom-bound photo books also make great gifts). Choose whichever you find inspiring (or both if you just can’t stop!).
Scrutinize Your Shot List
Add details you want to showcase to the must-haves that you give your photographer. Then, you’ll be able to paste a pic of your bouquet next to a dried petal in your scrapbook or include an image of your handwritten vows in a photo book.
Appoint a Souvenir Snatcher
Ask a pal to grab day-of keepsakes that you’ll be too busy to snag: someone saved me a wine-stained place card that I love. And be sure to mail yourself an invitation! You can paste all of these into a scrapbook or photograph them for a digital version.
Write It Down
Along with images, you’ll want to remember the words that move you; request that everyone making toasts give you their notes, whether they’re e-mailed from an iPad or handed over on index cards. Years from now, it may be the sight of your dad’s handwriting that brings that happy day rushing back.