For the past several years, after speaking with former brides and groom, I have been suggesting that after their wedding they create a “Wedding Time Capsule.” That would be a lockable box or tin – to help discourage premature peeking – that they store mementos about their wedding day and they keep to open this timeless keepsake on their 5th or future anniversary. The longer the wedding time capsule is left unopened the greater the impact on memories flooding back. It’s meant to preserve special memories and the romance of your wedding day.
Plan ahead when deciding what to place in your time capsule as you need to ensure fragile items are protected. This take a little pre-planning. Set aside any samples or extras you think might have a place in your time capsule. Assign one of your bridesmaids to look for and collect various keepsakes from the wedding and reception. It will be a treasure box of memories.
What to include? Use your imagination! Here are a few ideas that you may want to consider adding to your collection:
• Special photos – include several photos taken when you first met, a photo of your first kiss as husband and wife, etc. Keep the photos in airtight plastic storage bags.
• A thumb-drive with digital photos, etc.
• A video
• Place cards for the bride and groom
• A menu card from your reception
• Your wedding guest book
• A small bad of birdseed, confetti, rice or bubble thingy
• If you asked guest to give you marriage tips, include those
• An invitation
• Flyers or bulletins announcing your wedding reception
• The cork from your champagne bottle
• A CD of music that was featured at the reception
• The music playlist from your DJ or band
• List the most popular song of the day
• A copy of your wedding ceremony or your wedding vows
• A single dried flower from your wedding bouquet
• Ribbons from the bridesmaid’s bouquets
• Write your own love story
• Your horoscopes for the day of your wedding
• Letters to each other about how your love has grown and surprises you have encountered during the time you’ve been together
• The headlines from your local paper or the complete paper from the day of your wedding
• The wrapper of the mint from your honeymoon pillow
• A souvenir from your honeymoon: Plane tickets, Do Not Disturb Sign, Business card from where you stayed, etc.
• Your garter from the reception
• Things you have saved from your engagement
• Any special notes you received attached to your wedding gifts
• Something old, something new, something borrowed (if you can keep it) and something blue
• A save the date card
• A wedding favor
• A sample of the perfume/colonge you each wore, sealed in a baggie
• A trinket from your wedding night
• Bachelorette or bachelor party invitations
• Toss in the guest list
• Honeymoon itinerary
• A copy of a special reading during the ceremony
• A copy of your wedding license/certificate
• A love note to each other to be opened at a predetermined date
A note to the bride from the groom and a note from the bride to the groom. This can be a wish or prayer to each other that gets sealed and only opened at a future date. List a favorite memory of your dating & engagement time together. Write about your hopes and dreams for the future, your favorite part of your wedding, etc. Use your wedding stationery, jot down a few ideas or quotes, then sign and date it before sealing the envelope tight.
At the reception, give each guest a piece of paper that reads, “Write a message to Sally and Pete to be read on August 2, 2018, their 5th year wedding anniversary.” Assign someone to collect them after the reception. Don’t read them, put them in your wedding time capsule to be read later.
If you have a rehearsal dinner of bridal shower, you may want to brainstorm some wedding time capsule ideas. This can be a fun activity for you and your bridal party. There is no limit to the wedding time capsule ideas you can come up with. One bride included all her receipts and vendor contracts so she can show her own children how much mom and dad’s wedding cost “back in the good ole days.”
Remember to specify a specific date to open your wedding time capsule and make a note somewhere where you will remember to look. That will be a great time to reflect on the years since your wedding day. Label the date you intend to open it and place it on the outside of the capsule and then put it away somewhere safe to be left and forgotten for many years. The only thing more fun than putting together a wedding time capsule is opening one.
Another idea is to have your videographer put together a Video Time Capsule. This is a video interview of the couple talking about their present life and their favorite things/moments, etc. Click here for an example.
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