8 creative ways to keep your wedding memories alive

From embroidery to jewellery, art to homeware, when I started researching this, I had no idea how many unique possibilities were out there. And I wish I'd known about some of these before our wedding, especially the innovative ways in which I could have preserved my wedding bouquet.

Whether you’ve just got married, you’re a guest attending a wedding or your anniversary is coming up, here’s a whole host of ideas for special wedding gifts and celebrating your wedding memories.

Hanging hearts by  Miss Crafty of London

Hanging hearts by Miss Crafty of London

 

1.Keepsake boxes

Wedding cards, swatches - all those little touches and details from the hard work that went into creating your special day. There’s so many things you might want to hold onto and these beautiful boxes made by Little Things By Lucy are perfect to contain it all! In her own words, she ‘loves creating customised designs that are guaranteed to make someone smile’ and the little touches with these boxes certainly do that!

Wedding Keepsake boxes by  Little Things By Lucy

Wedding Keepsake boxes by Little Things By Lucy

 
Hanging hearts by  Abby, Miss Crafty of London

Hanging hearts by Abby, Miss Crafty of London

2. Hanging hearts

Made for us as a wedding gift, these beautiful hanging hearts are filled with lavender, releasing a lovely scent. Embroidered with our names and wedding date on one side, the reverse (shown at the top of this post) is covered in a Liberty print fabric. Abby, from Miss Crafty of London, matched the colours to our wedding colour scheme, even using the same ribbon we had for our invitations. A thoughtful keepsake, and so easy to put up anywhere in your home.

 

3. Wedding cake replicas

Prepare to be blown away by this concept - how amazing are these! Tiny Treat Boutique make hand-sculpted replicas of your beautiful wedding cake so you can remember your special day forever. They can even be made into decorations to hang from a Christmas tree to remind you every year! Usually around 3” tall, they work with you from photos of your original cake to create your unique keepsake.

Wedding cake replicas by  Tiny Treat Boutique

Wedding cake replicas by Tiny Treat Boutique

 
Wedding Venue Skyline art print by  South Island Art

Wedding Venue Skyline art print by South Island Art

4. Wedding venue skyline print

Adapted from my Storyline Skyline concept, I created this wedding special art print combining illustrations of our two wedding venues along with the hotel and a landmark from our honeymoon and a silhouette of us on our wedding day. I used our wedding colour palette and small elements from our wedding stationery to capture as many memories of the day as possible. Perhaps I should have waited it to give to Mr M as our first (paper) anniversary gift!

 

5. Wedding bouquet preservation in jewellery

I had no idea a wedding bouquet could be preserved in such innovative ways and really wish I’d known before our wedding. It was heart-breaking to come back from honeymoon and see my once bright and colourful bouquet so sad and wilting.

Jules at The Silvery covers natural objects in pure silver using a process called electroforming, a way of preserving flowers, petals and leaves from your bouquet to make a unique piece of jewellery. You could commission jewellery from an ornate piece for special occasions such as this rose and hydrangea necklace finished in gold, to a simple leaf or even a shell collected on the beach on your honeymoon for everyday wear.

Wedding bouquets turned into jewellery by  The Silvery

Wedding bouquets turned into jewellery by The Silvery

 
Wedding bouquets as paperweights by  Enchanted Resin

Wedding bouquets as paperweights by Enchanted Resin

6. Wedding bouquet paperweight

Another unique way of preserving flowers from your wedding bouquet, Suzie at Enchanted Resin makes these fabulous paperweights using UV resistant jewellery grade resin. All sorts of shapes are available, creating a beautiful display that you can hold onto forever.

 

7. Embroidered wedding day portraits

What about a beautiful piece of cross stitch to capture the two of you? Twin Made have been stitching cross stitch portraits for over seven years. Great for wedding and anniversary gifts, Charlotte says they have even been know to make the recipient ugly cry with happiness!

Embroidered portraits by  Twin Made

Embroidered portraits by Twin Made

 
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8. Wedding Memories Board

And finally, an easy DIY idea - create your own board of memories with leftover items from your wedding day. You could use anything to create it: swatches collected during your wedding planning, scraps of fabric, invitations and orders of service from your wedding stationery and even cards from your guests.