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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.