Sabtu, 22 September 2012

Preserve Your Pre-Wedding Memories

On the day of the wedding photographs from a professional photographer and snapshots from your friends and family will help to create memories that last. Shown with pride, preserved with love, these are an important part of any marriage. With so much focus on the day itself, often the months beforehand are overlooked.

A wedding day is something most women expend a lot of time and energy on, spending months planning every intimate detail. From the flowers that comprise the bouquet, to which table a person sits at during the reception, no aspect is left to chance. Just to find the perfect dress can involve trips to the mall for fabric selection, visits to dozens of bridal shops to try on ready made dresses, and hunting the business directory searching for a dressmaker.

These small moments, though seemingly insignificant compared to the grandeur of the wedding day, encompass numerous important decisions. Every detail forms a picture of who you are. As you approach the wedding day collect items, no matter how minor, and store them together. After the wedding and honeymoon there is much joy to be found in reliving the memories, decisions, problems and their resolutions, as you piece together the memories. Discard items you decide not to include after the memory-preserving process is complete.

Throughout the preparation time for your wedding keep in mind things you would like to remember. Items such as swatches of the bridesmaids' dress fabric, receipts for all purchases, and samples of the stationery are a good base, but there is much more you can include. Make notes during the preparation time about the decisions you've made, any difficulties, or factors which influenced the choices. What, and who, determined the colour and style of the bridal party's attire? It is also lovely to include your thoughts on your relationship to the bridesmaids and a bit about reasons you chose them. Take photographs of gifts you give to your bridesmaids, pre-wedding snapshots of the function venue, as well as of the rehearsal dinner, hairdresser trial, and dress fittings.

The groom will have his own observations, souvenirs, and stories to tell about the run-up to the wedding day. Involve him in the process by including these within the memory book. Perhaps he might want to journal his own pages. Then, when the two halves are combined both parties get pleasure in sharing the oft-forgotten information.

The presentation of these memories can be as simple as an exercise book with handwritten notes and samples, receipts and other paraphernalia taped in. Alternatively, display the items and stories in a scrapbook album. Use colors and embellishments, such as ribbons, paper clips, buttons, and stickers, to enhance your memories and create a journal that everyone will love looking at. No experience is necessary to enjoy the delights of recording your memories. Possibilities abound, limited only by your imagination. The internet and local craft/scrapbooking stores provide a wealth of materials and information for any scrapbooker, whether a beginner or an expert.