So, the dust has settled on your big day, and you're back from your honeymoon, and are unpacking and adjusting to life as a new family. As you sort through the piles and boxes, you may be left wondering what to do with all of the paper items and cards you collected over the course of your wedding planning and execution. Just like the photos from your day, you'll be thankful to have the printed pieces from this important time in your life to be able to have and to hold.
Perhaps you're sentimental and had planned on keeping all in a box or drawer anyway, but for those that are more of the minimalist-mindset (ahem, me. I watched one episode of Hoarders and was so horrified at the prospect of over-acquiring that I've been a purger ever since), here are a few simple ways to minimize and memoralize your wedding paper items.
1. Keep your wedding invitation in a keepsake glass box with a few of your favorite printed photos.
These elegant glass boxes are perfect for housing a few of your most precious printed items from your wedding. The boxes come in silver, antique gold, and rose gold. The 5x7" box would be perfect for a set of prints and would accommodate most standard sized invitations. If you're looking for something larger, they offer those, too.
I love the idea of keeping some photos + your wedding paper in a display-worthy box and out on a coffee table or shelf. That way, you or guests who visit your home will be able to thumb through them to re-live the joy of your occassion.
2. Add your invitation suite to a gallery wall.
If you're reading this, you likely appreciate the value of quality paper goods, and it's also fairly safe to assume you enjoyed the process of creating and sending your wedding invitations. Then don't be afraid to show them off! Select a mat and frame to compliment the design and add your invitation to a gallery wall.
3. Preserve your paper in a leather portfolio.
Guard your items for safe keeping in a leather envelope or portfolio. You may consider getting your family name(s) burned into the leather as a nice added flourish.
4. Bind up your invitation along with your wedding cards in a hand-sewn book.
Here is a simple tutorial for how to create a hand-bound book from your wedding cards and notes. I like the idea of adding your invitations as a sort of "title page" to the book right at the beginning.
5. As an addition to your wedding album.
Using simple photo corner stickers, you can add your invitation suite into the front or back inside cover of your wedding album.
6. Keep them in a classic keepsake box.
Simply stash some of the memories and momentos from your wedding into a branded box like the one above, and pull it out each year on your anniversary as you celebrate another year of your love.