Often, I imagine the future of the items I create for my clients. Will they frame their invitation, or place it in the photo album from their wedding? I imagine their daughter, 25-30 years from now, as she plans her own wedding, asking to see her mother's wedding dress, the photos from the day, and maybe even her invitation. What will she do differently, and what traditions will she share? That's why I think the quality of paper, the printing, and the design, should stand the test of time. It can do this by being a classic, simple design, or, by being a true reflection of the couple who commissioned it. If something represents you and your new husband perfectly now, it creates a wonderful story to share with your children later. How the cartoon characters were a whimsical representation of yourselves, or the trees that stood witness to your vows, also graced your invitations. Or, how the handkerchief that you created for your father will be treasured by him, as he remembers the day you married your best friend.
I came across my father's class ring, one he gave to my mother when they were dating. It's a little beat up now, but just seeing it makes me imagine my mother's excitement at being courted, her flirtation with my father, and the nervousness she shared with me, as she became an "adult" getting married at the age of 22. So different from our generation, where many wait to live a little before settling down, trying out careers, travel, and living together before tying the knot.
My Mom is a meticulous documenter, preserving photos, letters, and keepsakes. Love that she could pull up her wedding announcement when I asked her to scan and send it to me:
I truly appreciate my Mom's care in saving these keepsakes that not only tell her story, but are here for the next generation to understand our place in it.