What will you remember most about your wedding?
“I haven’t even put my pictures in an album and my wedding was years ago,” said one woman at last Thursday’s bridal event at the magnificent Metropolitan Club. “It’s not too late!” insisted Darcy Miller, Editorial Director and Senior Vice President of Martha Stewart Weddings.
Darcy was standing behind the most beautifully crafted table (not surprising) and was sharing her personal wedding scrapbook from 8 years ago. It was huge and thorough, packed with e-mails, cards, photos, memorabilia and much more. But brides should take comfort in knowing each page was not designed and laid out perfectly. Instead, it was a wonderfully eclectic collection and a collaborative keepsake of her wedding, the planning and the entire process in general. Darcy encourages brides to save and scrap everything. She had all the congratulation e-mails people sent her when she got engaged, newspaper clippings, napkins, Post-its, matchbooks, itineraries, invitations and rehearsal information. My favorite: she had taken a photo of her fiancé and her parents “discussing” the very important matter of who was going to sit at what table and next to whom. In the scrapbook, next to this photo Darcy includes the actual seating chart from her reception.
I confess to having the scrapbooking gene. I love it, and while I haven’t made a lot of books, I am very happy Darcy is putting her stamp of approval on an art/craft so many Americans enjoy.
Save your stuff now, so you can make a scrapbook you and your family will savor for years. Looking for a little guidance? Darcy has created Our Wedding Scrapbook for you. It’s built like an old-fashioned baby book. This is a great template for the busy bride who welcomes a little inspiration and structure.