Ways to Display Your Wedding Keepsakes

We know many of you are already married, and since your days of wedding planning are over, tons of wedding inspo isn't really relevant to you anymore. (Although who doesn't love looking at pretty weddings just for fun?!) This post is for you! Once your big day has come and gone, all you have left are photos, possibly a video if you hired a videographer, and some keepsakes to remind you of your best day ever. In my opinion, it's super important to display those memories throughout your home! There is no reason why you shouldn't be reminded of your wedding every day!

Personally, it makes my day to see little wedding mementos and photos around my house! I have a little fancy dinosaur from our wedding on my nightstand, and it makes me smile first thing every morning. One of our flower girls' dried flower crowns is hanging on a frame in our dining room. We have Shutterfly books full of engagement, bridal and wedding photos in our living room. I love how those details remind me of such a great day in my life, and they make our house cuter, too! Displaying your wedding mementos can be a little tricky. You probably don't want your entire house full of framed wedding pictures, so here are some ways to tastefully put your keepsakes on display!

If you're looking for ideas for just your photos, I already wrote a post about that here

A shadow box is a great way to display your garter, dried flowers from your bouquet (or your whole bouquet!), invitations, one of your wedding favors, cake topper, boutonniรจre... I could go on and on! If it fits, stick it in a shadow box. :) 

One thing on my personal to-do list: frame a wedding invitation and save the date! They'd look great in a gallery wall or on a ledge shelf with other cute prints.

A super sweet way to remember your wedding ceremony and its significance to your marriage: framed wedding vows. Husbands, hire a calligrapher to beautifully write your and your wife's vows, and then give it to her as a gift! She'll cry. ;) Put them on your nightstand, above your bed, or somewhere you'll see them everyday, so you'll always be reminded of the promises you made to one another! 

Think of some of the random details from your day. Maybe a mason jar from one of your reception tables. Or your something old/new/borrowed/blue. Or the glasses you toasted with. Or your cake topper. Take your favorite detail and put it on your nightstand, dresser, a shelf, china cabinet... Somewhere that you'll see it everyday. It'll make you smile, promise! :) 

Save some flowers from your bouquet. Press one in the pages of your Bible. Put several petals in a Christmas ornament. Have a custom painting made of your bouquet. I wish I could have kept my bouquet forever, but it makes me smile to come across the flower in my Bible and my petal ornament at Christmas! 

Keep your guestbook and unity ceremony items on display. This is why I'm all about having a guestbook alternative. An actual guestbook isn't that fun to look through, but a creative guestbook would look great on display in your home! Whether you chose a unity candle, unity sand, or any other unity ceremony, put those items somewhere in your home (or, if you had a unity tree, in your yard) where you'll see them often, too. 

If nothing else, keep your wedding day memories all together in a box in your attic. Opening that box will bring back the best memories, every time! 

Newlywed Advice from Barn Brides

I love this sweet post from last year! Since Valentine's Day is just a few days away, I wanted to share again some of our former brides' advice for newlyweds. Read every single word of this post... it's a good one! xoxo

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Happy Valentine's Day/Singles Awareness Day/Galentine's Day/whatever you're celebrating this weekend! To celebrate, I asked a few of our former Barn Brides for a little bit of love advice... Specifically, how to make it through those first months and years as husband and wife! I looooved these ladies' answers! If you're a newlywed, planning your wedding, dating, still looking, or even if you've been married a long, long time, be sure to read their words of wisdom. These girls have figured out how to make it work. :) 

"The best thing that worked for us is to display wedding pictures, your unity symbol that was used. We had the painting with our date written on it. This could easily be replaced by your marriage license, but our unity painting that we made together reminded us that one or the other could leave after separating the paint into separate bottles again! Of course this wasn't a simple fix. In the mean time while we figured out ways to separate the paint and make it like it was before, we 'forced' each other to meet up to celebrate our 'monthi-versiaries!' We would go eat at Pizza Hut. The first restaurant we went to eat for our first date. (Even if we didn't want pizza). ONE RULE: leave our phones in the car. But once we were there, we couldn't help but reminisce about how we met and how we even got here, or why we fell in love. These monthi-versaries are so important to us!" - Tang

"The best piece of advice we ever got came from my grandmother. She told me to never listen to anyone else. We both come from large, involved families, and Granny knows how much of a people pleaser I am. She reminded me that every couple and every relationship is unique, and, while asking for advice is okay, we need to always do what is best for our own relationship. That bit of advice has helped us out, not only in our marriage but also as we made the shift into parenthood. Another important piece of advice I'd share: always be willing to be naked. Not just in the physical sense (we all know that's good for a marriage :p) but -maybe more importantly- in the emotional sense. Be willing to be open and honest about the highest of highs, your lowest of lows, and everything in between. I've always made my 'crazy' apparent; I wanted to make sure that Dakota was marrying the real me. That way he wouldn't run for the hills when it turned up- and it will, it always does! Open, honest, 'naked' emotions and communication are essential to a healthy and happy marriage." - Kortney

"The main one is to ALWAYS put God first. Everything will fall into place after that. You may not like each other every day but you can choose to love each other." - Lisa

 J. Millwood Photography, from  Kaleena + Spencer 's wedding

J. Millwood Photography, from Kaleena + Spencer's wedding

"Never stop pursuing one another. Sustain love in the same way you sought to cultivate it and never forget why you fell for one another. Fan the flames of love by loving on purpose. Live selflessly; your marriage's greatest obstacle is selfishness. Share life with one another, considering each other's needs. Communicate meaningfully, touch affectionately, give abundantly, encourage daily, and serve humbly. Never allow a negative moment to dominate the positivity of your marriage. Love is a daily choice. We believe Jesus set the greatest example for how to love, and we hope our marriage glorifies Him." - Kaleena

"We would say go to bed at the same time, take time each night to talk about your days and connect. Always say hello and goodbye with either a hug or a kiss." - Cathryn

"Our biggest piece of advice came from a book my mother in law bought both of us before we got married - Love and Respect. It speaks on if a woman doesn't feel loved she won't show her husband respect, and if a husband doesn't feel respected, he won't show love to his wife. We both read the book before marriage and it has saved us a TON of arguments. If I feel like he isn't being loving or 'fighting fair' I've always been able to state 'I'm not feeling loved right now' which is my key statement to him or he will say 'I'm not feeling respected.' Anytime either one of us say those key statements we discuss right then and apologize before our argument even begins. We hardly ever argue because of this. We both agree couples need a key statement to help them reflect on the big picture instead of something petty that is happening right then. If a couple can do this, they can conquer the world together in harmony!" - Lyndsey

Whatever you're celebrating this weekend, I hope you feel loved, and I hope you get a lot of chocolate! 

xoxo,
Kelsi

What To Do With Your Wedding Photos

One of my goals for The Barn Blog over the next few months is to include many more posts for those of you who are already married but who still love all things weddings! These posts will still be tied in with weddings or The Barn and our couples in some way, but they'll also be topics that all you married ladies (and gentlemen) can relate to.

Today's post is just as much for me as it is for the rest of you! I'm totally in love with my engagement, bridal and wedding photos, but it's kind of difficult to decide what to do with all of them, don't you agree? It's tempting to frame and hang 100 of them on your walls, but wouldn't it be kind of vain to have your house covered in photos of yourself?! It also seems too sad to leave them on CDs or print them and stuff them in an album that no one will ever see. So, what are the best ways to display all your pretty photos without being obnoxious?! Here are some tasteful ideas I love:

Make A Gallery Wall
If you're going to go all out and display a whole bunch of your gorgeous photos, print your favorites and create a stunning gallery wall. This would be perfect for your bedroom, living room, entryway or down the hall. You could also frame or hang some of your favorite wedding details, like an invitation, save the date or wedding program, a sign from your wedding that you really loved, or a dried flower crown that one of your bridesmaids or flower girls wore. 

Photo Book
Make a beautiful photo book (or several!) of your favorite engagement, bridal and wedding photos. Display them where they're totally visible, like on a coffee table. They are the perfect coffee table books! My favorite websites for creating photo books: Shutterfly and Artifact Uprising. Both websites are easy to use, and you can create so many beautiful designs, ranging from minimalistic to elaborate and fancy. Shutterfly has great deals going on every week, and if you sign up for their emails, you'll be notified of when they're offering photo books for free! 

Make A Fun Hanging Collage
I also love the idea of hanging your photos with clothespins on a wire somewhere in your house, or printing several of them in the same size and making a cute heart shape in your bedroom. Another fun, quirky idea: buying several vintage clipboards, hanging them down your hallway, and printing a photo for each one. 

Project Life Book or Scrapbook
For those of you who are much craftier/more patient than I am, making a Project Life book or a scrapbook of your wedding photos and mementos is a great option. Project Life is easier than making a totally from-scratch scrapbook, and you can customize it with pre-cut papers that match your wedding colors. The only downside to Project Life: it's not quite as customizable as a regular scrapbook, because the page protectors have slots for you to put your photos and papers in... This means you're somewhat limited on your photo/paper sizes, and it's not quite the same as placing a photo or other details wherever you want to on a sheet of scrapbook paper. 

Make Some Photo Ledges or Cute Shelves
I loooove photo ledges right now. They're perfect for displaying several of your favorite photos and framed invitations, and they're also super easy to DIY! (Here's a tutorial.) I also adore these shelves that are made from old frames and a few pieces of wood. Super easy, and how cute would  your photos be in those?! (You can find the tutorial here.)

Give Them As Gifts
If you're really proud of your wedding photos, there's no shame in framing some to give as gifts. For our first married Christmas, I'm pretty sure Richard and I gave wedding photos to everyone. ;) People that will be super into it: your mom, your grandma, and pretty much anyone else who adores you. It's a win-win situation, because you'll also get to stare at your gorgeous photos when you visit them, too! 

Get Them Published!
This is one of my favorite ideas. If you really love them, show them off to the whole world! Submit them to wedding blogs and/or magazines until you find one that accepts them. No matter what the style or theme of your wedding, you're sure to find a wedding blog or magazine that will love them and be thrilled to publish them. Some of my favorites: Style Me Pretty, Ruffled, Wedding Chicks, Southern Weddings, Rustic Wedding Chic, Rock N Roll Bride, 100 Layer Cake

I hope this inspires you to get your wedding photos off those CDs and into your homes! Maybe I'll finally do the same, considering I've been married for nearly two years. ;)

xoxo,
Kelsi