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What to do With Your Special Wedding Mementos

You spent months searching for the right shoes and smoothing out details with your favorite florist.  Now that you’ve entered newlywed-status and are kissing the wedding planning goodbye (time to finally relax) you've lots of free time to look back on what you enjoyed most about your wedding (other than making things official with your groom, of course).

Every bride holds on to some special items from her big day and packing them away into some cardboard box that you only open when you move and unpack is not what you want to do with them. So what’s a new wife to do with all of her wedding day mementos?  Here are a few ideas to inspire you.

Your invitation

You can create an ornament out of your wedding invite by slicing the paper into very thin strips, curling the paper like ribbons, and inserting in a glass ball ornament.

Your wedding words

Whether your penned your own promises or you tied the knot with traditional verses, your words—your oath—can be something you store not just in your heart but also in your home.  Depending on your personal style, there are lots of ideas might work for you. You can use them as a canvas - print out your vows in a light color and then attach your favorite wedding photo. Why not stain some wood or use pallets as a backdrop for painting or stenciling a select phrase from your vows. Or you could have the words printed onto a scroll and tie a ribbon from your wedding day (or in your wedding colors) around it—displayed prominently, of course! 

Your cake topper

You found the cutest cake topper that makes you smile every time you see it. So why trash it? Display your cake topper front and center in your dining room breakfront, your living room mantel, or even as part of a centerpiece on your table—and don’t forget to use it on whatever dessert you eat on your anniversary every year!

Your marriage certificate

The overlooked wedding day memento, the marriage certificate, is what legally seals the deal in most places.  The typical home for this important document is some sort of file-keeper or safe.  But, you might want to elevate this life-changing piece of paper to higher-end location.  Why nor store your marriage license in an engraved box that you can put on display to remind you of the most wonderful day of your life and the vows you exchanged on that special day.  

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