Landan here! If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably spent a lot of time planning your wedding day.
In fact, I enjoyed planning our wedding day so much that I actually felt guilty about two months before our big day because I didn’t want it to happen yet. Time was flying by too fast and I wanted more time to plan. As much as I wanted to soak up being engaged and enjoy the planning process though, I was fully in the moment by the time the wedding did come and I’ve really enjoyed looking back on it over the last 12 months.
My point being, whether you spend two months or two years planning your wedding day, it will come, and it will fly by. But, after the music is turned off and all of the guests have gone home, after the flowers have long since died and your dress has been cleaned (or is still sitting in the closet – whoops), after you’ve looked at all of your photos and written all of your thank you notes – you’ll still remember your day. And, by far, one of the things that brings me joy is getting to look around our house and see physical reminders of our day.
I wasn’t actively aware of it while I was in the planning process, but I was constantly adding small details that I could take back home with me after the wedding. I have pressed flowers in our kitchen, our vow books in my office, photos everywhere, and jewelry that I still wear on a regular basis. But, since I’m all about sharing what I learned while planning so your day can be even more enjoyable, I wanted to put a list together of a bunch of little mementos you can take from your wedding day to have physical reminders of it. Most of them need to be incorporated now while you’re still in the planning process, but there are a couple that you can do post wedding, too. Who knows, you might have some that you unintentionally incorporated like I did, too.
Frame your wedding bouquet
There are so many different ways to keep your preserved flowers from your wedding day. I personally had my bouquet pressed and put in a suspended frame so that my flowers could be the focus. I have the frame displayed in our kitchen and it’s such a fun reminder of our day, plus it’s just straight up pretty. Other options would be to get your flowers made into jewelry or get a couple of small gifts made (like two small frames!) to gift to your mom/mother-in-law as a thank you for the wedding.
Add items that you can rewear
Whether it’s a wedding jacket, your wedding shoes, your jewelry, or a second dress, I find it so enjoyable to rewear the pieces that I was able to wear on our wedding day. I also have a really good family friend who had his suit custom made for his own wedding, so now he rewears it whenever he has events that are more formal. Cufflinks, socks, ties, tie clips, and watches are also all items that your groom can wear and wear again. You get more out of the items on a cost per wear basis and you get to relive a small portion of your day – it’s a win win.
Print your photos
This seems so obvious, but I’m pointing it out because it’s so common to look and your photos and love them but never take the time to use them. Make a wedding album. Create a gallery wall. Have a single frame on your nightstand. Set a wedding photo as your phone background, update your facebook profile, show them off on Insta, and (shameless plug) fill out our wedding questionnaire so we can make a blog for you. Whatever it is, get your photos off of your computer and onto places that you can see them regularly.
Have a unique guest book
This really works with any guest book, but I think you’re more likely to display it somewhere you’ll see regularly if it’s a unique one. Whether you use a literal book that you can set out – photo books with your engagement pictures, funny coffee table books with a topic you love, or cookbooks are all great options – have guests sign by their favorite verse in a Bible, use a giant picture with matting around it, create a painting, build a bar or a rocking chair with the help of gas chainsaws, or absolutely anything else you can think of, consider where your guest book will be after the wedding is over. If it’s something you love, you can show it off and look at it regularly instead of it collecting dust somewhere.
Get a pretty marriage certificate
It’s funny how we can get bogged down with the little things when planning. I stared at these watercolor marriage certificates from Dancing Pen & Press in Houston, TX for weeks, but I never committed to getting one because they recommended using it as a guest book and I could not figure out who would sign it. In hindsight, I think this would be so special to have made and get the most important witnesses of your day to sign it – your immediate family members or your bridal party (or both!). Your actual marriage certificate has to be used a ton if you’re changing your name, then it will probably go into a drawer for safe keeping. A pretty marriage certificate, on the other hand, would be so gorgeous to get framed and it would constantly give you a physical reminder of the people that support your marriage and literally stood by you on your wedding day.
Use vow books
Whether you write your own vows or use traditional vows, take the time to transcribe your vows into pretty vow books. They look better than folded up paper in the ceremony, they make for great flat lay photos on the wedding day, and you can set them somewhere you’ll see them regularly after the wedding is over. I’ve read ours multiple times since our wedding day and they always realign my focus to our marriage and what’s important.
Scent your wedding day
This is something I didn’t do and it never even crossed my mind until months after our wedding, but it’s something I so wish I would have thought of before. I love candles and at any given time, I have at least 20 of them in our home. Instead of just having a perfume for your scent on your day, give your entire wedding day a signature scent with the use of candles and/or room sprays. Utilizing fragrant flowers is another way to add dimension, too. Not only will your wedding day smell beautiful, but you can then take that scent home after your wedding day. Considering scent is one of the most powerful triggers for memories, I can’t think of a better way to remember your day and bring it home with you.
Have a tray for little items
Find somewhere in your house where you can set a little trinket tray for wedding day memories. Mine is in my office on a shelf and I keep a photo of us, our vow books, my something old, my something blue, and the flip book of photo booth photos on it. You can add other sentimental items too, but it’s a great spot to keep little items together and visible. You may not pay much attention to it on a regular basis, but when you catch glimpses of it you’ll know what it represents and be reminded.
Keep your wedding invitation
Plain and simple, it’s too easy to not take advantage of this one. Wherever you keep other invitations – your fridge, your bulletin board, a stack on the counter – leave your wedding invitation up even as you rotate through the others as different events come and go. It’s a constant small reminder that you’re married, your wedding day happened, and it was a joyous occasion to celebrate.
Get good koozies
We had custom cups, koozies, and napkins, but our koozies are definitely still used the most. I specify good koozies because not only will you be more likely to use them after the wedding, but your friends will be, too. We have a whole box leftover and use them all the time in our own home, but we’ve also been told by multiple people that our koozie is the one they grab when they’re having a drink. It’s always fun when we go hang out with friends or visit and we see them pull out our wedding koozie.
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