Getting engaged is so exciting! I was so impressed by my fiancé’s well-thought-out proposal—a surprise beach vacation at one of our favorite Lake Michigan getaways where he popped the question in the sand at sunset. I was overwhelmed by the love he put into every detail of our weekend (and of course, the huge rock he put on my finger!) and wanted to do something for him in return.
Though nothing would quite measure up to the incredible gift he gave me in asking me to be his wife, I put together a little engagement gift for him as a thank you for such a special proposal. I gave him personalized cuff links to wear on our wedding day, a token of my love to remind him of our big day to come, and also made him an engagement scrapbook to commemorate this special new chapter in our lives—not the wedding, but the engagement. Why wait for the wedding to start creating lasting memories that you will look back on for years to come?
The engagement scrapbook is a simple, but thoughtful, gift that will show your new fiancé how much you treasure and appreciate him, and all the work he put into making your proposal a moment you will always remember.
Here’s how to create one:
1. Buy a scrapbook from your local craft store or online. I purchased a red-cloth covered book with a place for a photo to be inserted into the cover, where I placed our engagement photo. I preferred to get a book without laminated pages because we will be writing directly onto the first page of the book. However, if you would rather buy a book with plastic-covered pages you can insert a hand-written letter into the first page, which works just as well.
2. On the first page of the scrapbook, write an in-depth, personal, handwritten love note to your new fiancé. Though your letter should be from your heart, the format I used was “past, present, future!” Past: I included the date of our proposal in our letter, and recounted in detail how it happened, so we can always look back and re-live that special moment. Present: I thanked him for choosing me to be his wife, and told him how amazing I think he is, and how happy I am to be marrying him. Future: Then I talked about our future, and all of the wonderful things we have to look forward to as a couple—our wedding day, and having a home of our own and a family one day.
3. On the subsequent pages I put our engagement announcement, engagement cards we received, and notices that ran in local publications announcing our engagement.
4. As for the rest of the book, leave it blank! This is where you will put ticket stubs, photos, cards, and letters from things you will do and experience throughout your engagement. This is a great opportunity for the bride and groom to work together and to have a stress-free project that will allow you to remember and enjoy the fun, romantic things you do during your engagement, which provides a much-needed break during the often stressful wedding planning period!
Congratulations on your engagement. Happy scrapbooking!
About Heather: I am a freelance writer in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I am recently engaged and planning a summer 2015 beach wedding in Grand Haven. I am an avid scrapbooker and I am enjoying “doing it yourself” as I plan my wedding! Follow me on