I'd venture a guess that most married couples have some framed wedding photos and a wedding album or scrapbook, but if that's as far as it goes, they are missing out on some opportunities. There are plenty of ways to incorporate your photos into wedding day memorabilia. Think outside the box and consider these five creative ways to use your wedding photos.
You have gifts galore for your parents' anniversaries, birthdays, and other holidays the year following your wedding. My husband and I gave both sets of parents a calendar chock full of wedding photos so they could relive our special day all year round. This was an especially perfect gift for our folks since our brothers and sisters were in the photos along with us.
Some of my favorite wedding thank-you notes have been photo cards of the couple's wedding pictures. Sometimes photographers throw in the thank-you notes as part of a package, perhaps even with pictures in which they are holding signs that say "thank you." Even if this isn't the case for you, you can easily create your own using a website such as shutterfly.com.
Christmas tree ornament
Choose your favorite wedding photo and create a personalized Christmas ornament to commemorate your wedding date. Putting our conglomeration of nostalgic ornaments on the tree each year is always a special time, but adding a wedding ornament to the mix of Girl Scout crafts and special occasion memorabilia reminds us that two lives have really become one.
The Christmas after our wedding, we sent out holiday cards that proudly displayed wedding photos. This was especially a treat for those family members and friends who were unable to join us for the wedding, or who were there but had yet to see photos.
Snuggle up with your new spouse under a blanket full of wedding day memories! Use a site such as photoquiltcreations.com to create a personalized wedding photo quilt. Although we haven't done this ourselves, we had a photo quilt of family pictures made for my grandparents for their 50th anniversary gift, and it was quite cherished. Maybe if I start dropping hints now, someone will make a quilt for us one day…
If these ideas aren't enough, there are seemingly endless options for photo gifts available on sites such as personalizationmall.com. If you and your new spouse are particularly sentimental, you can give each other mugs, coasters, puzzles, and playing cards for years to come!
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