How to Make Your Own Wedding Keepsake Box
If you are about to get married, then congratulations! I did it a few months ago and recall the painful yet exciting planning process. Tick sheets, lists and spreadsheets were all we could focus on.
But planning a wedding can mean looking back on a special time. It can be as meaningful as the wedding day itself, as it's something you've done as a couple.
Why Make a Keepsake Box?
A keepsake or memory box is something nice to keep items and memories relating to your big day. You can start your keepsake box before the wedding, or start one after you've tied the knot.
Your wedding box can be in any style or size and you can personalise it however you wish. You can have one each or a combined box. I started my keepsake box after my wedding as I wanted to put all of my memories from the day together safely.
Where to Get Your Box
Keepsake boxes can be bought from gift shops, stationary shops or online stores. If you want a ready-made box you can take your pick from a range of pretty boxes. Alternatively, you can make your own box.
The easiest way to make a wedding box is to get a hatbox or a shoebox in the appropriate size. By using wedding gift wrap, cover the box and then the lid in the wrap. Stick it to the box with glue, then cover over with sticky back plastic. The clear film will protect the paper.
You can also use photographs of the two of you and place them on the lid. Use engagement photographs or pictures from the wedding day. Decorate with gems if you wish. Choose the design and style as you wish.
What Do I Put in My Wedding Keepsake Box?
If you want to start your memory box before your wedding day, these are the kind of items to put away:
- Business cards of venues and people you are hiring for your wedding day
- Receipts of deposits paid (you will want to keep these anyway!)
- Examples of ribbon for the bouquet
- Photographs of wedding hairstyles/nails
- Colour swatches for bridesmaid dresses
I can remember ending up with ribbon, pictures of hairstyles and a bunch of business cards in my handbag for months before my wedding day.
As you begin to organize your wedding further, you can put in a wedding invitation, place name and favour bag. Do not put food in your memory box, but put examples as you go along. I made my own favours, invitations, menus and place names, so kept spares for the keepsake.
What to Do After the Wedding
Once you're wedding day is over, it is lovely to collect all your memories so that you can look back on your magical day.
What to Keep in Your Keepsake Box
- Your tiara and veil (if it will fit in the box)
- Wedding jewelry
- Garter and underwear
- Gifts such as horse shoes/chimney sweep good luck charms/confetti
- Photographs (especially from a disposable camera)
- Button hole
- Your place names
- Guest book (where your guests write a note to you on the wedding day)
Make a Gift for Your Husband or Wife
Keepsake boxes can make nice gifts. Either create one for someone who is about to get married, or make it for your new husband/wife.
For those who are about to marry, think about adding:
- Disposable cameras for guests to use
- Table confetti
- A necklace or bracelet for the bride
- A guest book to be completed on the day
- A sixpence (as a good luck charm to place in the bride's shoe)
- A photograph of the happy couple before their big day
Or make your keepsake box after your own wedding for your new husband or wife to enjoy. Even add items from your honeymoon, such as postcards, shells and cocktail umbrellas!
© 2012 Emma Kisby