It feels as if you'll never forget the amazing details of your wedding day. But as the years go by, you'll want to have something to look back on, to relive the day, the weekend, even the months leading up to it all—to share with your kids, too! But it can be hard to know what to save. Photos and videos, of course, will make your wedding come alive again, but keeping bits and pieces for scrapbooks, scrapboxes, and other archives is another idea I love. Begin collecting from the moment you say yes and you'll be surprised how much you save. Here are four easy ways to preserve everything you've collected.
Keep a planning journal.
Write your proposal story, tuck away fabric samples of your dress, or draft your wedding vows—anything you like. You can combine the practical parts of wedding planning (dress-shop business cards) with more sentimental details. A plain notebook will do, or try a journal that guides you through the documenting: I published Our Wedding Scrapbook to help with just that.
Create an anniversary time capsule.
This is an easy and fun way to hold onto keepsakes. The idea is to pack souvenirs away—the Champagne cork from your rehearsal dinner, a copy of your vows, a shell from your honeymoon beach—and set a date to revisit them. Make it your first anniversary, or your 20th! Put them in an archival box and stash it away.
Make a keepsake.
There are many services that will take bits and bobs—pressed flowers from your bouquet, a bit of lace from your veil—and make them into a wearable memento; say, a charm for a necklace. Catherine Weitzman is one I like. Or think art: You can hire an artist to paint your bouquet from a photo, or even to come to the wedding itself and paint scenes from the day. Anne Watkins is a watercolorist whose work I admire—in a few brushstrokes, she really captures the feeling of the moment. Or use a service like Artifact Uprising to create a gorgeous photo book from your digital pictures.
Display your memories.
I love a scrapbox—my version of a shadowbox. You can preserve a single thing, like your menu card, or a mix of items—a photograph of you cutting the cake along with the cake server itself, for instance—and mount it all in a frame. The result will be something unique and personal that you'll love to look at for years to come.