One of the most common statements you’ll hear from newlyweds is that their wedding flew by in the blink of an eye. When the night comes to an end and you are saying your goodbyes, you’ll be searching for ways to capture the memories of the celebration. While professional photos are one of the top ways to encapsulate your wedding, there are also fun and easy ways you can preserve some of the mementos from the celebration. These creative and simple ideas will help you save your memories so that you can look back on your wedding for years to come.
Send Yourself a Wedding Invitation
Couples often get so caught up in sending out invitations that they forget to save one for themselves! You’ve put time, effort, and money into finding the design that perfectly encapsulates your aesthetic, so be sure to save one for yourselves. You can save it in your wedding photo album, or frame it to display alongside the rest of your photos from your celebration.
Preserve Your Flowers
Flowers are some of the most beautiful decorations at a wedding celebration (not to mention, the most expensive!), so it is no surprise that brides want to find ways to make them last as long as possible. Thankfully, there are ways you can keep your bouquet in bloom for years to come.
Companies like Ageless Blooms take your wedding bouquet and turn them into pieces of art that you can continue to admire—they can be displayed with shadowboxes, ornaments, and more. Search for a company in your area that does wedding flower preservation so that you can easily drop off your bouquet after your wedding and have it preserved to perfection.
Create Wearable Art out of your Wedding Dress
Many brides will keep their wedding dress, but it often gets hidden in the back of the closet. Why not create something out of your dress that you can wear daily? Atlanta-based company The Lace Studio takes your wedding gown lace (or any other material you’d like) and turns it into a jewelry piece of your choice. Create a customized necklace, bracelet, or earrings so that you can continue to admire the beauty of your dress on a regular basis.
Save the Cork from Your First Toast—or the Entire Bottle!
The cork from the wine bottle of your toast is a sweet and easy memento to save. You can place it in a small shadow box to display in your home or create a Christmas tree ornament out of it. If you want, you can even save the entire bottle to display as well—and be sure to pick up an extra bottle to enjoy on your anniversary!
Let Family and Friends Sign a Guest Book
Put out a guest book so that your friends and family can give you their best wishes as you embark on your life as a married couple. While you can go with a traditional guest book, there are ways to get a bit creative with it. For example, Marietta-based “I Do” Engravables has metal picture frames that guests can engrave with a specialty pen. Once you get your wedding photos back, you can display your favorite shot with messages from your guests. There is also Atlanta-based Coosa Designs, a company that creates unique dropbox guest books, where guests can sign a small wooden heart (or token of any shape!) and then drop it into a picture frame. The frame can be customized to fit your style, so you’ll leave your wedding with a piece of art that you can display in your home.
If you are in the process of planning your wedding, come to the next Georgia Bridal Show near you. You will have the chance to meet with wedding professionals from Georgia and the Southeast who can help bring your vision to life!
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