Last year was officially the year of weddings for us. With 6 to attend in a year we had some serious budgeting, outfit arranging and celebrating to do.
Attending a wedding is the perfect occasion to celebrate with the ones you love, however it can also be a stressful thinking of what to wear and, of course, what to give the happy couple. With so many couples living together before getting married many newly weds simply ask for money, however I can’t help but want to give them something to remember their special day too. The whole event can simply go by in blur and I always picture the bride and groom afterwards wondering what happened and where the day went. So this year I tried to create memory frames for each of the weddings.
The set up is very simple and the majority of the work is done before you attend the wedding. I got some craft card and to the back secured some string using strong tape. The pegs are widely available in craft stores and inexpensive, then just add the decoration you want. (I chose some glittery sprinkles and a few stamped letters.) Put this in a frame and then take it with you on the big day, along with a polaroid camera ready to capture the moment.
After the ceremony there are plenty of opportunities to get a great snap and once you have 1 or 2 just put them on your pegs and seal the frame up. This is then ready to add to the gift table. What I love about this idea is the couple have memories straight away and something to go straight onto the shelf and admire. There is no waiting. For the later weddings I started using slightly bigger frames to incorporate the confetti used or stealing the bride and groom’s place settings to add into the images, making it more of a collage of the day.
The other idea I really like for a wedding gift is something the couple can both settle down and enjoy after the day. So many people love giving champagne so I made these hand engraved glasses to help them drink it with style. I think it really adds a lovely touch to when they have escaped the whirl wind and are taking some time alone together to cheers their new union. I have a made a batch for my stall which I adore, and you can also get a set yourself on my products tab or by dropping me an email.
So now your only concern at the wedding can be what to wear, so you can let your hair down whilst looking chic . . . although maybe don’t let your hair down too much. You don’t want your next shots to look quite so giggly as me in this. Thankfully the bride still looks gorgeous though!