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May 12, 2020


Kelly McKinnis


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7 Ways to Incorporate Heirlooms into Your Wedding Day

One of the best ways to make your wedding day unique to you as a couple and will set your wedding apart is by incorporating heirlooms into the details of your wedding.

So, you’re probably thinking, “okay cool! But, Kelly, what do heirlooms consist of?”

Great question! Heirlooms are usually items that are passed down to you from past generations (I’ll share examples below!) But, even if you don’t have heirlooms passed down from past generations, one of the most exciting things you can do is create your own! I actually created a lot of our heirlooms for our own wedding, and I’ll be sharing what we did below as well!

Without further ado, here are 7 ways to incorporate heirlooms into your wedding day to make it unique to you.

1. Use jewelry passed down from your mom or grandma

Even if you don’t want to wear her jewelry, you can include them with your details. Maybe your mom or grandma passed down a few rings that really mean a lot to you, but you don’t plan on wearing the day of your wedding. Include those in the details you want photographed – I promise you it’ll make your details super unique!

Another option is to wrap the jewelry around your bouquet. This works really well for necklaces and bracelets!

2. Wrap your bouquet with brooches and pins

This is a great way to honor late loved ones. Add a photo of them in a pendant and attach it to your bouquet. Many of our brides have done this and we really love that it feels as if they’re here with them.

Another great option is to include new heirlooms, such as your sorority pin, to your bouquet. It’s an elegant way to honor that part of your life. Plus, if your future daughter one day ends up pledging the same sorority, you can pass your pin down to her, which she could also later include in her own wedding. I know, I know, I’m getting ahead of myself, but I always think of things like this because we’re here to help you create a legacy!

Incorporating family heirlooms into your wedding

3. Include flowers your mom or grandma used in their bouquets

A unique and elegant way to incorporate an heirloom into your wedding day is to include one flower your mom or grandma used in their bouquets in your own bouquet. If your mom used peonies in her wedding bouquet, and you love peonies as well, this is a great opportunity to create a tradition and include peonies in your bouquet as well!

4. Include a ring box

Of course, if you have your own ring box that is passed down definitely use it! But, for most of us, we don’t have a ring box that has been passed down. This is the perfect opportunity to create your own heirloom and start a legacy of your own.

A lot of our couples use The Mrs Box to create a custom box with the initial of their new last name. Fun fact: we did this for our own wedding! We created a custom box with an ‘R’ on it that we plan to use in our details for my engagement ring and pass it down to our future daughter one day!

The Mrs Box heirloom ring box

5. Create a custom invitation suite

A great way to create a new heirloom that is truly unique to your own wedding is get an invitation suite custom made.

Heirloom hack: If it’s not in the budget for you to get all of your invitation suites custom made, I recommend getting one full invitation suite custom made with calligraphy addressing. This suite will be used for your detail photos and will really make your wedding stand out! Plus, you can keep it and frame it as a keepsake 🙂

6. Include your florals in your details

Adding loose blooms from your florals to your detail photos makes a huge difference! It not only makes your details look incredibly elegant, but also helps tell the story of your day from beginning to end.

Simply ask your florist to bring a few extra loose flowers when they drop off all the bouquets. That way your photographer can use them for your detail photos.

Olivia Bowen Bridal wedding dress

7. Bonus tip: Ask your photographer if they have a styling kit

One way to make your wedding day more unique is to add custom dyed ribbon, small dishes to hold rings, vintage stamps, etc. But, before you invest in all of this, ask your photographer if they have these items in their styling kit. I’m not sure about other photographers, but we always bring our styling kit with a ton of different custom dyed ribbons, ring boxes, vintage trays, etc. to make your details unique to you!

Gah, I don’t know about you guys, but something about creating your own heirloom, your own legacy, your own tradition… it makes me so happy and gives me goosebumps! And I love that we can help you create the same for you and your family. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll respond 🙂 Until next time!

PS: If you liked this blog post, you might also like our 10 Tips for Incredible Engagement Outfits. And if you’re a bride interested in our wedding photography, contact us here!

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