After your long-awaited wedding day has come and gone, my hope is that there will be many memories you look back on with a full and happy heart. I myself am a firm believer that those memories are ones you should preserve (aka show off) rather than keep hidden on your computer or stored in a box somewhere. We are all guilty of putting off projects from time to time, but I am here to share some of my tried and true favorite ways to make your wedding day last long after the celebration has ended.
Pictures are likely the first thing you think of when it comes to the preservation of your wedding. After you've hired your dream photographer you obviously want to display the beautiful works of art they captured for you! I always advocate for getting a wedding album and hanging prints in your home. If you came over to my house you would see what I mean, almost every room has wedding photos displayed and it makes me smile every time I look at them!
If you didn't order an album through your photographer I recommend Artifact Uprising for the do it yourself route. Their albums are beautiful and I have made many as gifts over the years (side note - they also make great photo guest books at your wedding!). As for prints one of my favorite labs is Persnickety Prints. Their quality is amazing and I have done side-by-side comparisons of the same printed photo between them and Costco - Persnickety is always far better and clearer! (Sorry Costco, I still love you for other reasons). And for a non-traditional but totally unique option I am a big fan of Photo Barn, a company that will print your photos on wood.
Paper goos and other small keepsakes
I love the concept of framing small detail items such as your invitation suite. If the paper goods from your wedding were a large part of your overall design, then I think preserving them is a beautiful way to turn them into decor for your home. Other keepsakes you can consider framing are small items such as a handkerchief, a ceremonial marriage certificate, fabric swatches or ribbon, pressed flowers from your bouquet, or a ceremony program. One of the best resources for doing this is a company called Framebridge which is an online custom framing service that really simplifies the process.
One of my absolute favorites! If you wrote your own wedding vows then a beautiful way to preserve them is to hire a calligrapher or artist to write them out on paper (I say 11x14 or 16x20) and frame them. The ceremony is the most important part of your wedding day and those vows are meant to last a life-time, so why not hang them in your home?!
While my husband and I did not write our own vows we did write love letters to one another and read them out loud during our ceremony. I recently had someone hand-letter them and they are now hanging over our bed. I absolutely love seeing them each day and laugh because it is slightly noticeable who wrote more than the other (guilty).
This one is a little more unconventional but stick with me. Have you ever wondering what people do with all those signs they make for their wedding? Personalized signage like a welcome sign/ceremony program or dinner menu are not likely to be reused by someone else, but it seems like such a waste to throw them away. My solution was to turn ours into a more sophisticated version of lawn art. In other words we propped them up against the back wall in our backyard and have trained our vines to grow over and around them. While they are extremely weathered at this point it has given our backyard somewhat of a secret garden effect and is definitely a talking point when we have friends over! I say give it a try if you think it would work nicely with the aesthetic of your garden or backyard.
So there you have it, some of my favorite ways for keeping those memories alive! I am sure there are plenty of other ideas out there. If you have any send them my way and I will add them to this post!