Incorporating Family Heirlooms Into Your Wedding:

Adding Sentimental Touches

While your wedding day is about you and your partner, it’s also a celebration of your union with the people you love most. Having your family surrounding you on your special day can mean a lot, and help you kick off your marriage feeling loved and supported.

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But, it’s not just the family members who are present that can make your big day even more special. Incorporating family heirlooms into your wedding can add a lot of depth to your ceremony. Whether it’s a vintage piece of jewellery that belonged to your grandmother or the dress or veil your mother wore, these small sentimental touches will mean a lot to you and the rest of your family.

Whether you want to honour a loved one, display your rich family history, or just feel more connected to your roots, there are plenty of ways to add meaningful heirlooms into your wedding.

The Importance of Family Heirlooms

Heirlooms are more than just tangible items that get passed down from generation to generation. They tell a story – that’s why they stand the test of time. Keeping family heirlooms in good condition is an art form, whether you’re trying to preserve an important event, person, or moment in history.

Some of the best ways to make sure your special heirlooms stay in the best shape possible include keeping them clean and sealed in protective packaging or cases, learning about the materials they are made from, and adhering to any instructions for maintenance and care.

One of the beautiful things about heirlooms is that you can often hear stories about them from older generations in your family. This can make you feel more connected to the item, and information you can use to pass it down to the next generation when that time comes.

Heirlooms can make you feel more connected to your past, especially if there’s a particular person you’re trying to hold onto and honour. For example, wearing something of your grandmother’s at your wedding can give you a sense of comfort and make you feel like she’s there, celebrating your day with you.

Adding Small and Significant Touches

You’ve probably heard the saying about what you need for a successful wedding day – something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. These are usually small items that you can incorporate subtly. While the saying might be nothing more than superstition, an heirloom is a great way to cover your “something old” item, while adding familial significance.

You’re likely to have a lot of accessories to think about on your wedding day, so consider how you can incorporate an heirloom into your attire. A hairpiece or veil is a fantastic way to tie your outfit together while incorporating a piece of family history. You might even be able to wear another family member’s dress, even if it means getting it altered to fit a more modern style.

For men, tucking a pocket watch that belonged to a grandfather into your breast pocket can help you feel like they are there with you – right by your heart. A handkerchief is another great option and can serve as a classy accessory.

Your wedding rings can even be heirlooms, passed on by parents and grandparents. It’s a wonderful way to honour strong couples that came before you and give you hope and confidence in your own marriage.

There are countless ways to connect your wedding day to your history, so don’t be afraid to get creative, even if you’re the only one who knows you’re incorporating a particular heirloom.

Sending Guests Home With a Piece of History

People often assume that heirlooms need to be one tangible thing, but that isn’t necessarily the case. If you really want to connect your family history to your wedding day, consider sending your guests home with heirlooms of their own. One of the easiest ways to do that is by incorporating family photos into your favours. You can scan and digitize old photos easily, and upload them onto heartfelt parting gifts, including wine bottles so your guest can celebrate at home, too.

Even if you aren’t able to secure any old photos, consider imprinting a family crest onto certain favours. Consider creating custom shot glasses with the crest or your family name, or miniature candles with the same that your guest can enjoy for weeks to come at home. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your wedding favour ideas. For example, consider sending people home with individual plants that are easy to care for, like succulents. Maybe you could get a clipping from your grandmother’s garden, or honour the memory of a family member with a particularly green thumb. Your family members will love it, and even the guests who aren’t in your family will appreciate your dedication to history and the connection you feel to your past.

Getting married means blending two rich family histories together. When you incorporate family heirlooms into your wedding, it’s a perfect showcase of those histories, and you can start off your marriage by leaning into the importance of family. You can also look forward to one day passing on those heirlooms to your own children or grandchildren, or giving them something new to hold onto that is unique to you and your partner.