MomsGetReal Guest Contributor Amy Chandler

Wedding PhotosYour wedding is going to be one of the most exciting days of your life. It stands to reason that you would want to keep mementos from your day for the rest of your life. While it doesn’t make sense to save every napkin ring, bad photo or dead flower, there are things that will preserve nicely. Here are 10 wedding mementos that you should plan on keeping:

1.Guest Book

A guest book can serve as a reminder of every person who shared in your happiness. Whether you have a traditional guest book or something more unique, be sure to save it. Research the best ways to keep your book from becoming ruined. How you store it will depend on the material from which it is made.

2.Bouquet

Project 52 2012 #31: C'est le bouquet!

Not every bride carries a bouquet, but almost every bride carries something down the aisle with her. No matter what you choose to carry, you’ll want to keep it safely stored with the rest of your memorabilia. If you do carry a bouquet, consider having it freeze-dried to keep it looking lovely for years.

3.Cake Toppers

What are you putting on the top of your cake? Whether you’re going with a traditional cake topper or an exciting array of sparkling ephemera, keep the items that top your dessert. If your topper is plastic or ceramic, it will keep nicely wrapped in paper.

4.Invitations

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No, you aren’t inviting yourself to your wedding, but you will want to keep at least one invitation for yourself. Wrap your invite in velum, have it laminated, or keep it in a scrapbook. Storing your invitation correctly will keep it from turning yellow or curling at the edges. You don’t want to save an invitation only to pull it out in a year and have it crumble in your fingers.

5.Centerpiece

Provided your table centerpieces don’t contain any living things, you can keep one for the rest of your life. The type of centerpieces that you have and what they are made from will dictate the safest way to store the one that you keep. Any living items should be removed in order to prevent mold from destroying your creation.

6.Banners

Are you planning on hanging a “Just Married” banner from the back of your car? Maybe you’re going to be hanging a personalized banner over the wedding party’s reception table. Plan on keeping this banner as a memento of your special day. Hang the banner over your dinner table on every anniversary that you celebrate together.

7.Garter

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A garter, one removed, is traditionally flung towards the bachelors in the room. You can stick with this tradition while still hanging on to your garter by wearing two. Wear one garter slightly higher than another. Keep the one that you wear higher and toss the one that you wear lower. This saves you the embarrassment of having to beg the lucky bachelor for your garter back.

8.Pocket Square

Whether your groom is wearing a boutonniere or a pocket square, save the decoration as a keepsake of your wedding day. If your groom is going to be wearing both, save both. There’s nothing that says you have to pick and choose what you keep as mementos.

9.Menu

Wedding Cake

Every couple offers a different type of dining experience at their reception. If you’re giving your guests a dinner, hors d’oeuvres or cocktail menu to order from, keep a copy for yourself. If you write your menu on a chalkboard, keep the board and make it part of your home decor.

10.Decorations

Try to keep a piece of your decorating scheme with you after the reception has ended. Paper lanterns, strings of lights, balloons; any of these things can be kept as mementos of your special day. Every bride decorates her reception in a way that is unique and special to her. There’s little doubt that at least a few of your items will be worth keeping.

When you keep various items from your wedding, you’ll have a memory box to treasure. You can pull the items out each year on your anniversary to reminisce together. The things you keep may need to be stored in different ways; be sure to find out the best way to store all of your objects.

Amy Chandler is a blogger for www.discountbannerprinting.co.uk, one of the UK’s leading providers of printed posters, banners, bumper stickers, and vehicle clings. Follow her on Twitter @DBPamy.