Tuesday, November 6, 2012

How to Create the Perfect Wedding Scrapbook

By Kris Prim

If you are looking for a way to display the hundreds of photos that were taken during your wedding, a scrapbook may be the answer that you are looking for. Homemade scrapbooks are a great tool for memorializing special occasions in a personal way and allow those who make them to provide context for photos to add their own thoughts to better remember their feeling on this special day. Even if you have never made a scrapbook before, you will find that scrapbook pages are easy to put together, given the amount of guidance that is available online and in books that may be found in craft stores. Use the following scrapbook page ideas as a jumping off point from which you can create your own, customized wedding scrapbook.

Do not confine your book to only your wedding day. Instead, start off with a few pictures that were taken around the time of your engagement. This is the perfect starting point from which to begin the story of your marriage and will help you remember this special time in your lives. After your engagement photos, include some pictures of the wedding planning process, like dress fittings and selecting venues to your scrapbook layouts to capture the days leading up to your big day.

Include other momentos in addition to photos in your book. Scrapbooks need not be confined solely to pictures. This is a great place to save your invitation, wedding program and the menu that was served on your day. Many books enable creators to add the invitations to the front of the book itself, which will both label the book for guests, as well as allow you to prominently display this document on a coffee table or in a book shelf. You may also want to include things like pressed flowers from the ceremony or a copy of your marriage certificate.

Do not be afraid to have a little fun when creating your pages. There is no reason that a wedding book must be serious all the time. By including scrapbooking stickers in your layouts, you can help convey the fun that was had on that day. From colorful wedding bells to doves, wedding-themed stickers are widely available in most craft stores and will fit well with ceremonies for those from any denomination.

If you are trying to put together the perfect wedding scrapbook, the most important thing to keep in mind is that it should reflect the personalities of the couple who has married as well as the guests who were in attendance. By taking the time to arrange your pictures in this way, you can ensure that they will be enjoyed throughout your marriage.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

How to Plan a 50th Wedding Anniversary Party

The 50th wedding anniversary is a milestone commitment for married couples -- the golden anniversary. And although there's a lot that goes into the planning process, you don't have to feel overwhelmed. Here are some helpful tips to assist you in planning an amazing party:

Plan in advance. Clearing your head and getting organized is key to planning a 50th anniversary party. So make sure you give yourself enough time. Start thinking about when you'll have it, the budget, etc. well in advance. Doing so will help you stay organized during the planning process.

Decide.  Envision the type of party you plan to have -- big, small, surprise, etc. This will help you estimate about how much time you'll need to plan it. Don't try to determine all the details immediately; you don't need to and it's way too overwhelming. But, it's a good idea to create an initial checklist of things you need to do and get for the party. And as you work out more of the details, you can add or take away from the list.

Outline a guest list. Make sure you invite family and close friend and friends whom you haven't seen in a while or those who live far away. And if you're planning the party for someone else, be sure to invite any people they'd want there. Creating the guest list early will also help you figure out, in advance, a date that will work for as many guests as possible. While you won't be sending invitations until a later date, you'll want to spread the word and maybe even send out save-the-dates.

For more tips, check out our source, Planning a 50th Anniversary.

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