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July 2, 2020
If you’ve made the decision to write your own vows to you’ll need to get vow books! Whether you’re sharing these penned promises in front of all your family and friends or quietly exchanging them after a first look, vow books provide perspective and become a lasting family heirloom that’s a precious reminder of your wedding day. Read on for 3 reasons you should get vow books for your big day!
For starters, buying your vow books weeks ahead of your wedding day gives you and your partner plenty of time to brainstorm and write thoughtful vows to share with one another. Vow books encourage the two of you to brainstorm and brings some perspective to the planning process. You can use the vow books to write notes, jot down jokes and favorite memories and craft your first drafts. Not only will it be a place to write your final vows, but it’ll create a record of the brainstorming process, that will be a sweet memory to look back on in the future.
If you two choose to read your personalized vows at the ceremony, the vow books are a great piece of support! When you’re standing at the top of the aisle you don’t want to be fumbling through your pockets to find the sheets paper you wrote on or pull your cell phone out of your pocket to read from a screen. Quick tip- always skip the phone for vows and speeches – it’ll look much nicer in your photos if they’re handwritten! Vow books keep you organized in a highly anticipated moment and as a bonus give your hands something firm to hold on to if you have some nerves.
It’s a well-known fact that aside from each other, your memories, and your photos and video there aren’t many keepsakes that you get to have after the wedding. A lot of your wedding day is experienced-based (which is why it’s so important to have an amazing photographer and videographer there to capture it!). Vow books give you another tangible keepsake that you two can hold on to and look back on just like your wedding photos. They’re a heirloom that you and your partner can re-read to remember the promises you shared on your wedding day and pass down through your family.
Wondering where to get vow books? Etsy probably has the most options, but my favorites are these simply designed ones from Paper Plum Co. If you’re looking for more intricate designs that have a little bit of vintage flair, I’d recommend Silk and Willow’s linen books that have gold-foil pressed covers or the velvet vow books from Elmo Paper Stories. There’s also gorgeous leather cover options from Blue Sky Papers. If none of those quite fit your wedding vibe, reach out to your stationery designer to see if they’ll create something that matches the rest of your paper goods. I highly recommend Stell Creates, Tortoise Designs, Alchemy Calligraphy and Curious Fox Press!
If you’re looking for more advice click here to read more For Couples blogs full of wedding planning advice. And if you’re newly engaged and thinking about wedding photography send me a message! I’m over halfway booked for 2021 and would love to work with you! Get in touch!