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Engagement Scrapbook Ideas

Capture the excitement of your engagement with a book of memories

By Kimberly Ripley

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Create an engagement scrapbook as a trove of memories to enjoy throughout your life. Start with your first date and end with the wedding ceremony or your trip back from your honeymoon. This scrapbook will serve as a chronicle of the early stages of your love for one another and will remind you during trying times just how very much you mean to each other. Visit your local craft supply store for a good-quality scrapbooking album. You may find one designed specifically for use as an engagement or wedding scrapbook.

Prelude

Start your scrapbook by featuring the weeks or months that led up to your engagement. Include photos of any dates the two of you enjoyed, as well as ticket stubs to events or other memorabilia you collected while dating. See if you can find photos from family events you both attended while dating, and work them into your scrapbook as well. Embellish this section with passages from poems depicting new love or love in its early stages. Passages about friendship would work well too. Add stickers of hearts, flowers and two hands joined together for a fun and flirty accent. Include any flowers you may have dried and ribbons or cards that accompanied the flowers or arrangements.

The Proposal

If no one was able to take photos of the two of you during the actual proposal, you can still highlight the moment with photos of the ring and descriptions of the place you were when you became engaged and the excitement of sharing your news with others. Include handwritten, framed passages depicting the groom to be's words of proposal and the bride to be's reaction when he popped the question. If there was an engagement party, include the highlights of the party along with comments you received from friends and family members. Include lots of engagement party photos as well. Snag an invitation to the event and scrapbook that too, along with any memorabilia from the party, such as napkins or party favors. Embellish this section with stickers of glistening engagement rings. Peruse bridal magazines for a series of words like "propose," "proposal" or phrases like "pop the question." Cut these out and use them to embellish your engagement pages.

Wedding Plans

Continue your engagement section by using the scrapbook to chronicle all of the plans and events leading up to the actual wedding. Include a save-the-date card, lists of vendors and people who helped with various facets of the wedding-planning process, including musicians, printers and caterers. Embellish this section with swatches of fabric and samples of napkins, invitations, estimates and other items collected throughout the planning process. Add lists of bridal party members, including photos and perhaps even a short biography of each person. Include how they are known by or related to the bride or groom and the significance each has played in their lives. Don't forget to create short sections on the wedding rehearsal and following dinner. Sometimes, these events can even lend an air of humor to the scrapbook. The occasional faux pas that takes place at either of these events should definitely be chronicled for future memories and laughs. Take photos of the venue where the wedding will be held, and include an invitation and RSVP card, as well as memorabilia from any showers and bachelorette or bachelor parties that are held prior to the wedding.

The Wedding

Start the wedding section of your scrapbook on the morning of the wedding. Enlist family members or friends to visit the "guys' camp" to snap a few photos of them getting ready for the big day. The bridal party getting dressed, doing hair and makeup and finally getting into the limousine to head for the church should all be included. Include lots of photos of the wedding, reception and even the honeymoon in this last section. Scrapbook items like napkins, matchbooks and other accoutrements that were set out for guests at your reception. Use ticket stubs, travel brochures and luggage tags to embellish photos and journal entries about the honeymoon.

About the Author

Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and contributor to DexKnows.

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