How to Make Wedding Memories Last Forever

Your wedding day will be one of the most special days of your life. As a result, it’s important that you find as many ways as possible to preserve those magical memories so that you can look back on them for years to come. 

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With that in mind, here are some simple ways in which you can make wedding memories last forever.

Plan your perfect day.

The easiest way to make your wedding memories last forever is to ensure you plan every last detail as opposed to leaving anything to chance. This means that you need to: 

  • Find a great wedding venue 
  • Choose a date for your wedding
  • Curate the perfect wedding menu 
  • Create a custom cocktail hour experience 
  • Find the perfect dress and attire
  • Find a photographer who understands your vision
  • Send out wedding invites and take note of RSVPs 
  • Plan bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners and SO MUCH MORE

If you aren’t sure where to start when it comes to wedding planning or are on the lookout for ways to make your wedding unique, consider hiring a luxury Colorado wedding planner. 

They’ll be able to take on a lot of the hard work on your behalf and will have an extensive list of vendors that they can rely on in order to bring your wedding dreams to life! Often, this means that you can gain access to exclusive perks that you would otherwise be unable to take advantage of, which could lower the amount of money you spend on your wedding quite significantly providing more value.

 Furthermore, as  “70% of engaged couples or newlyweds described planning a wedding as “extremely stressful,” hiring a wedding planner can take a lot of pressure off your shoulders, allowing you to better enjoy your engagement and the run up to the big day itself.  85% of couple say hiring a wedding planner was the best money that they invested in their wedding. 

Write your own vows. 

Writing your own vows is another great way to make your wedding more memorable, as you are personalizing the ceremony as much as possible. The vows are, therefore, much more likely to stick in your own mind and the minds of your guests! But please, don’t wait to write them 5 minutes before you walk down the aisle! This happens more often than you would think. 

After the wedding, get your vows printed so that you can store them away safely, add them to a photo album, or even display them in your home.

Buy a signature perfume/cologne

Do you ever find that certain scents or smells take you back to a specific time or memory? This is a common phenomenon that occurs because, “when we encounter a scent, our brain cross-references it with stored memories.” As a result, purchasing a special perfume or cologne for your big day is another great way to create lasting memories of the special occasion. After all, each time you use it, your mind will take you back to your wedding day!

As such, you should try to use the perfume or cologne sparingly moving forward so that you can continue to reap the benefits. For example, you may want to wear it on special occasions such as your anniversary! 

Get creative with your guestbook.

Many people will have a guest book at their wedding. It’s a great way to create lasting memories by having those nearest and dearest to you sign their name or leave you a short, congratulatory message. However, you could take this further by getting a bit creative with your guestbook. For example, you could have guests take Polaroid photographs instead of signing their names or have them draw self-portraits! There are also lots of fun guest book ideas on Etsy. Audio guest books are big for 2024. 

Work with a photographer.

Having a photographer or videographer on hand is another great way to create lasting memories of your wedding, as it means that you’ll have plenty of content to look back on – whether you’re creating a digital gallery, photo album, or displaying the photos within your home.

However, there are so many different wedding photographers out there that it can make choosing the right photographer difficult! Generally speaking, when looking to hire a photographer for your wedding, you should: 

  • Ask for recommendations from friends, family, newlyweds or other vendors 
  • Do your research (check out their portfolio or body of work and any reviews they have)
  • Check out Instagram
  • Meet them face-to-face or on Zoom for a consultation to ensure your visions align 
  • Book far in advance to avoid disappointment 

During the ceremony, you may want to request that guests refrain from taking photographs on their phones or cameras. While their desire to do so is understandable, it could mean that they’re watching the wedding through a screen as opposed to enjoying the moment – and their phones could even get in the way of a photographer’s shot. Let them know that there will be plenty of time to snap pics after the ceremony and that you’ll pose for as many as they’d like! 

Get as much footage as possible. 

Typically, wedding photographers will agree to edit a specific number of videos and photographs on your big day. However, there are many other ways in which you can ensure you get plenty of footage! For example, you could place digital cameras on all of the tables so guests can snap their own vintage-style photographs throughout the night.

Alternatively, if you were looking to get more video footage of the big day, you could use a drone, such as the DJI Mini 4 Pro. This will allow you to capture footage of everything from your wedding venue to guests’ arrival to your first dance! In short, it can help you to capture as much footage as possible on your big day – while also being a lot of fun to use and set up. Furthermore, it’s a little different to traditional wedding videography, which can make your day a little more memorable for those in attendance too! 

Preserve your flowers. 

Bouquets and floral arrangements for weddings can quickly get expensive, and it’s a shame to simply discard them once the wedding is over. However, there are many ways in which you can preserve your wedding bouquets, meaning that you have yet another special memory to hold onto. For example, you could airy dry or press your flowers, before framing them! Alternatively, you could pour resin over the flowers, which helps to preserve their vibrancy and color better and would look great in your home. You could also hire a professional floral preserver to handle this on your behalf. We always suggest asking your florist to make you a fresh bouquet, then shipping it straight to the preserver. This will ensure the best outcome. 

Hire a live wedding painter. 

In recent months, hiring a live wedding painter has become increasingly popular. If you are unfamiliar with the concept, a painter will attend your big day and paint a picture while they are there. Generally speaking, you’ll decide with them which moment you’d like them to capture, whether it be walking down the aisle, the moment you say I do, or your first dance. Throughout the celebrations, you and your guests will be able to check in with the painter, watching them turn a blank canvas into a beautiful piece of artwork – that you all start in! For smaller weddings, you can even hire a painter to do small portraits of your guests as a keepsake.

Create a wedding playlist. 

While you may have hired a band or a musician to play during your wedding celebrations, there will likely come a time when you need to rely on a playlist – often toward the end of the evening. Fortunately, this does not mean that you need to spend hours combing through Spotify to curate the perfect playlist on your own – instead, you can ask guests to suggest a few songs when sending out invites. This way, you can put together a wedding playlist that caters to a wide range of diverse music tastes – meaning there’ll be at least one person on the dance floor during each song.

After your wedding, whenever you are feeling the need to reminisce, you can replay the playlist – which is sure to put a smile on your face!

Try to live in the moment. 

While, during the wedding, you may be as keen to capture as many memories as possible, try to remember that the easiest way to do so is to live in the moment. Your wedding day is a celebration of the love and the bond that you share with your partner, meaning that the focus should not really be on the number of photographs you take or feature in. On a similar note, you should try not to focus on things that go wrong during the day – mistakes happen, and what really matters is that you are surrounded by those you love. Hiring a luxury destination wedding planner can help to alleviate some of the common things that can go wrong on a wedding day. 

Learning to let go of your stress and anxiety and focus on being present will make it easier to make lasting memories, as you’re fully absorbed in what is happening around you as opposed to being distracted. 

Final Thoughts. 

While there are many ways in which you can make your wedding memories last forever, from preserving your flowers and turning them into art or getting creative when it comes to putting together a guest book, the truth is that you are unlikely to forget your wedding day in a hurry!

After all, it is one of, if not the most special day in your life! However, making an effort to preserve these memories now means that you’ll have something to look back on for years to come!


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