Wedding Ideas for Brides: 5 Ways To Capture Your Wedding Memories Forever

As far back as a girl can remember, she dreams of her wedding day. She imagines – to every last detail – things like: what type of wedding dress she will wear, what color the bridesmaids’ dresses will be and even more importantly, who that perfect man will be who becomes her husband. When that day finally arrives, it is the most important day of the bride’s life – a day she wants to look back on with fond memories for years to come. For more and more brides, one of the most perfect ways to capture their wedding is to create an Instant Photo Guest Book similar to the one created by Adesso Albums. Having such a keepsake, scrapbook or photo album to open up and share with your spouse, family and friends is the best way to capture the wedding day’s memory forever.

Instant Photo Guest Books are a unique “marriage” of a photo album and a guest book. To create a photo guest book at a wedding, simply take Polaroid pictures, slip them into your guest book and have the guests write their personalized messages to you the bride and your groom on the guest book pages. This will capture your wedding event instantly in pictures and words–and you won’t even have to wait weeks to get your photographs returned from your wedding photographer. You’ll be able to enjoy it as soon as it’s over. However, the beauty of these keepsake albums is that it can be used for all parts of your wedding event: engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, wedding, reception and even the honeymoon.

Here are 5 other great ideas to capture your wedding moments:

1. Wish Bowl

Here’s an idea, that won’t even cost you a dime. The purpose of a wedding Wish Bowl is to provide an opportunity for guests to wish good fortunes to follow the Bride and Groom wherever they go. The idea is to have your guests write their wishes for love and life on little slips of paper and place them into a crystal or decorative glass bowl or vase. You don’t even have to buy one if you have a nice vase or bowl at home already. For a more formal presentation, the slips of paper can be placed into little matching wedding stationary envelopes. The stationary paper and envelopes should match the Bride’s color theme and/or wedding stationary. After the wedding events are over, the notes can be read and placed into a wedding album or scrapbook while the bowl or vase can be used for the home or decoration.

2. Wish Tree

The Wish Tree theme, similar to the Wish Bowl, is for guests at the wedding to write down their wishes for love and life to the Bride and Groom – except instead of the bowl, a tree is used to collect the wishes. There are many types of Wish Trees – your can purchase metal ones, or fashion your own using blooming branches from a garden or florist, or even use a live potted plant such as a fichus tree. Gift boxes can be hung from the tree of your choice and your guests can take a box off the tree in exchange for their wishes. After the wedding events are over, the wishes can be taken off the tree and placed in a keepsake box, scrapbook or album.

3. Signature Platter

Wedding Signature Platters or plates make a unique alternative to traditional wedding guest books. The platter can be plain, decorative or even custom designed and ordered online or from a wedding stationary store. Guests simply sign the platter during the wedding event with a special ceramic marker and after the wedding events are over, the platter is fired in your home oven. The special signature platter can be used for serving favorite dishes at future dinner parties as husband and wife or just as a decorative memento of the special gathering.

4. Framed Signature Mat

Similar to the Signature Platter, the Signature Mat is another alternative to the traditional wedding guest book. A photo of the Bride and Groom – often a “before” wedding photo (like an engagement photo) – is placed in an acid free matte and mounted either on an easel or table in the entry area of the wedding reception. Guests sign their name and well wishes to the Bride and Groom on the mat surrounding the picture. The Signature Mat is then framed for the newlywed’s new home. The “before wedding” photo can be replaced with a wedding photo of the couple before framing.

5. Typewriter Guest Book

The Typewriter Guest Book is Martha Stewart’s latest discovery for a guest book alternative. Look for an old-fashioned, inexpensive typewriter either online, from a flea market or thrift shop – but make SURE it works – and set it out on a table in the entry area of the wedding reception. Load the typewriter with long sheets of paper for guests to type in good wishes to the Bride and Groom along with their name and any sentiment that comes to mind. After the wedding, the page can be tied into a scroll with ribbon or framed along with pictures taken at the wedding.

How to Make Meaningful Wedding Wishes

A wedding is one most special events of anybody’s life. And rightly so. This special day marks the point in which they will live together, make a family together, and raise children to become the next generation that will dictate society. Yet there is a fall off in the importance of a marriage. Some view it as a chance to “try it out” and then if they don’t like it, they get a divorce. There has never been a view on marriage in the history of time like there is now. How does one wish newly weds the appropriate acclamations at a wedding? The following are a few helps to get you on your way.

-A simple wedding wish is to show your support and love for the couple

You want to wish the couple the best from the heart. You can say “I want to congratulate the both of you in this beautiful occasion. I am happy for you and I wish you all the best. Be good to each other, enjoy life. Life has it’s ups and downs, fight through the downs and enjoy your ups, but cherish every moment together no matter the circumstance.”

-Don’t be afraid to encourage couples and offer your hopes and dreams for them.

Every couple needs a good nudge and support from friends and family. One may say, “Bring children into this world that will brighten this world. Love each other so much that your children will know it. Enjoy life.”

-If you or the couple are religious your wishes may include respect to God

“I am very happy for the both of you and I know God is too. Laugh together and cry together and always thank God you have each other.” If the couple is more religious you may offer advice such as “every night kneel down and pray together. Whoever is saying the prayer make sure and thank God for your companion in life when times are good and especially when times are hard.

-Offer unique wedding wishes that are filled with warmth

There are too many common phrases. Be unique and show your personality in your wedding wishes. Keep them short, simple, and meaningful. Observe the couple and notice their personalities. Picture their life together down the road and growing old together. Recognize the pains and joys they will have together. Recognize the challenges that may come their way and the joys. See them for who they really are. See the good in them and the possibilities of greatness. Then after you observe all of this go and offer your wishes of support and love. Your wishes will be the first impact on the newly wedded couple’s life. Make it for the best and set them on the right path. Look them in the eyes and make it from the heart. Remember that the decorations, the cake, and all the celebrations won’t be there tomorrow. Even the wedding photography will only capture posed images.Your genuine wishes will have an influence on the couple like nothing else will.