There comes a time in wedding planning when you morph into a semi-professional writer. No, I’m not talking about wedding blogging – I’m talking about writing your vows! These are your vows, so the caliber of writing is generally a bit above 7th grade English class.
The vows are kind of like the crux of the whole ceremony – everyone’s dying to hear them, especially your fiancé(e)! I’ve always thought it a shame when a groom pulls out a folded piece of notebook paper to recite his vows. I have to admit, though – it is quite heartfelt to think of your fiancé slaving away over his words of promise, number 2 nibbled to pieces, whittled to the eraser, and stuck behind his ear!
Still, everything else in the wedding is planned in detail – shouldn’t the presentation of your vows be equally beautiful?
Plus, there’s the rest of the ceremony – will our officiant read from memory? From a 3-ring binder? From a folder?
Ever since I saw this picture (below), I knew it would be the perfect volume to contain our vows and the words (that we’re going to write!) from our ceremony.
The only issue is the sticker price – it’s well worth the $80 tag, but a bit steep for me.
Recently, the seller of these awesome books was featured in an Etsy behind-the-scenes video:
While I certainly don’t claim to be as talented as Margaux Kent from theblackspotbooks, I think binding a simple book for our ceremony is totally doable!
I’ve seen at least one other bee display their vows/ceremony words in a handmade book:
Unfortunately, Mrs. Lovebug never blogged about making her ceremony book.
I’ve done a little research into this crazy book-making thing, and this is what you need:
- An awl or needle to punch holes into the pages
- Heavy thread (linen thread is best)
- Thickish paper (cotton would be great for this project)
- Thicker paper (like cardstock) for the cover – I’m going to make a soft-bound book, hopefully like the ones from theblackspotbooks!
- PVA glue (basically, glue that will hold for a long time) – in the Etsy video above, she uses neutral pH glue
- A bone folder
- Linen tape
- A rotary-blade guillotine (unless you want to rip the pages for a more unfinished look, like with theblackspotbooks).
- Ruler or straight edge
- Optional – fabric for lining the insides of the covers
- Optional – leather for the cover
I found a great tutorial for basic book-binding and a great resource for supplies online – I think this is going to be a great project! I’m going back to the states for work in later this month, so I’ll either get the supplies I need then, or have them mailed to me (ouch $$…) sooner. I’m thinking it could be awesome to leave a couple of pages for our wedding invitations and maybe some pictures – who knows, it may turn into our wedding memorabilia book!
How are you going to present the vows and words from your ceremony? Do you have any advice for a first-time book-binder, long-time crafter? What would you fill the rest of your pages with?