7 Ways to Preserve the Memory of Your Wedding

A bride and groom standing in front of a classic black and white car.

Your wedding day is one of the most beautiful, special days of your life. It also flies by, so it’s important to preserve the memory of this amazing day as best you can so you’ll always remember it. What are some great ways to ensure that this incredibly important day gets preserved and remembered? Here are some ideas.

1. Hire an Amazing Photographer

A wedding photographer taking a picture of a bride leaning against a wall.

Let’s start with the most obvious thing first: having amazing photos of you wedding day is an essential way to preserve the memory of your celebration. Make sure whomever you hire has a style you love and seems to capture the true essence of the event because that will be what will shows through your images for the rest of your life. Although budget is a concern for most couples, I encourage you to consider putting a fair amount aside for this very important category. When the day is done, you’ll have only your memories and whatever photo and video has been taken to capture the event. Make sure what you have is what you’ll want to look at for the rest of your life!

2. Make a Wedding Album

A wedding photo album.

It may seem a bit old school, but getting a beautiful photo album made can be an amazing way to preserve the memory of your wedding. Whether you choose to purchase a giant leatherbound book from your photographer or you put together a scrapbook yourself at your kitchen table, having physical copies of photos will be a gift to you and your family for years to come. You’ll likely be surprised by how many folks will want to pick it up and take a look, which will give you a great excuse to stroll down memory lane yourself and relive those precious memories. It’s also very fun if you had a wedding hashtag to put together a separate small book of images from the perspective of your guests!

3. Display Photographs

Once you’ve received those gorgeous photographs from your photographer and after you’ve placed them in an album, don’t forget to print some out and display them in your home as well! Get frames you love, create a collage of your favorite images, or make a giant canvas to hang in your living room. It will be such a gift to see those important moments of that amazing day around your space on a daily basis.

4. Consider Video Footage

A drone flying toward a bride and groom on a grassy lawn during their wedding to capture video footage.

Whether it’s professional footage from a videographer or simple videos gathered from appointed friends and family, having some sort of videography from your wedding day is an essential way to preserve the memory of your celebration. Studies have shown that video footage—even tiny snippets of it—evokes your memory in ways that still photographs or audio alone do not. Even if you think you may not watch the clips often, having some video from your wedding day will be something you’ll appreciate for years to come.

5. Preserve Important Items

A lace wedding dress hanging on a wood cabinet.

After the wedding, make sure to preserve important items so that you can keep them for the future. Floral pieces like bouquets and boutonnieres can be dried and preserved to stay intact for display purposes. Brides can also get their wedding gowns professionally cleaned and preserved, which will keep them in pristine condition forever. Some brides also choose to preserve the shoes they wore on their wedding as well. Whatever items feel most important to you are the ones you should consider saving and preserving.

6. Make a Keepsake Box for Sentimental Items

If there are items from your wedding day that are extremely special to you such as jewelry, paper products, or a handkerchief, store them in a special box that you can take out from time to time to look at. This is a great way to save special items that you know you want to keep, but might not want to put up on your wall. You’ll be flooded with memories the second you open the box, so going through it at various points in your life can be a special event.

7. Display Your Wedding Invitation

A wedding invitiation suite in dark blue with white feathers surrounding it.

You worked hard on designing and creating the paper pieces for your wedding day—why not frame and display them for all to see? There’s something special about framing your wedding invitation and then displaying it in your home that’s such a good reminder of the sanctity of such an important celebration.

There are so many ways to preserve the memory of your wedding day. The most important thing is to make sure you take some time to celebrate the importance of your wedding by preserving these precious memories in whatever way suits you best!

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