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Moments after I finished the real wedding interview for the blog, I sent Mrs. Emily Thomas an email with a flurry of excitement and a million exclamation points. The process of filling out the questions brought me right back to my wedding day, and I immediately knew that I would treasure having these answers forever. I also knew that we needed to figure out how to give this gift of memory capturing to ALL our brides. While we can’t feature every reader’s wedding on Southern Weddings (gah, I wish we could), we want to give everyone the opportunity to remember and record this special season of life. Our solution? Meet: Memories of Us: A Prompted Wedding Journal

This sweet prompted journal covers everything from your engagement to the emotional whirlwind of your wedding day, to your honeymoon, to the sweet early days of newlywed life. We know all these memories are precious and we don’t want you to forget a thing! The prompts are inspired by the real wedding interview from the SW blog and print magazine and encourage you to capture all the moments (both big and small) of your marriage journey. We hope that your journal becomes a keepsake for years to come!

Every single one of my girlfriends who gets engaged gets a Memories of Us journal as a gift from KPW and me. Why? Because as someone who self-identifies as an “anti-journaler’ I love this little memory keeper so very much!! The prompts make it feel less like a ‘journal’ (important for someone who is anxious at the thought of free-writing) and more like answering the best and most personal questionnaire. (There are also extra blank pages to capture your feelings and other details if you are a journal kind of gal.)

After getting engaged, I was bombarded with people who told me “good luck, you won’t remember a single thing about your wedding day.” As a gal who had been looking forward to getting married since the ripe old age of four, this was less than encouraging. I knew our wedding season would be a whirlwind, but I was determined to remember as many moments as possible, and I want the same for all my best friends and for all of you. We have a limited number of journals available right here so snag one for yourself or a best friend who recently got a new left-hand sparkler!

I’m grateful that the Memories of Us: A Prompted Wedding Journal is one of my Southern Weddings claims to fame. And even more grateful that our future kids and grandkids will be able to flip back through our wedding memory journal and giggle over the missing candle incident and understand why the first few chords of Strawberry Wine always make me burst into tears.

Happy memory capturing, belles!

PS: Want a peek inside the pages of the journal? Don’t miss the fun video at the bottom of this page: Memories of Us: A Prompted Wedding Journal

kristin Written with love by Kristin
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  1. avatar Tu Nguyen reply

    Many people would do a blog but I still love a good old journal <3

  2. avatar Bella Vita Montreal Wedding Photography reply

    love this!!

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Get ready engaged (and soon-to-be-engaged) gals: today’s your lucky day!! In the spirit of gifting experiences, we could think of nothing better than giving you ALL the things you’ll need for creating a memorable wedding planning experience. I wish I’d been lucky enough to have all these resources (both pretty and practical) during my engagement season, and you can bet that I give them to all my best gals when they get engaged. We know that your wedding day will be one of the most meaningful experiences in your life, and we hope these tools help with your planning and preparation!!

Win:
1. Southern Wedding Magazine V9: For practical information and pretty inspiration
2. The Southern Weddings Planner: To keep track of all the details and assist with wedding etiquette
3. Marriage Certificate: To commemorate your big day
4. Vows Booklet Set: For crafting your vows and keeping them close (pocket of your wedding dress perhaps?)
5. The Wedding Day Journal: To remember the planning process, big day and early days of newlywed bliss
6. Welcome Home Guestbook: For documenting all your visitors and sweet memories in the weeks and years after getting married

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One winner will be drawn on December 19th!

kristin Written with love by Kristin
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Introducing the Wedding Day Journal

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The day after I got home from my honeymoon, I opened up a fresh Word document and started typing out everything that had happened on my wedding day. It wasn’t anything fancy (the first sentence: “When my alarm went off at 6:15 on the morning of September 15, I was not quite ready to get out of bed.”). Over the next few days, I worked through each moment of that day from dawn to dusk, ultimately ending up with about 3,000 words that chronicled my experience of my one and only wedding.

Looking back, a lot of it is mundane… exactly the kind of detail you’re likely to forget. And I so badly wanted to remember every little moment of that magical day, especially since even just two weeks removed, I could already feel it slipping into happy haziness. I recorded everything, because I had no idea what I would want to remember in the days and decades to come.

I credit this journaling with why, even now, exactly three years later (today!!), I can still remember most of my wedding day with vivid clarity.

So naturally, when we first started discussing the Wedding Day Journal, I was immediately on board. However, the credit for our newest offering really goes to Mrs. Kristin Winchester. After filling out the interview for her own real wedding feature on our site, she commented on how she loved that the questions brought her right back to her wedding day, and how much she loved digging into those memories. She wasn’t the only one – we’ve heard similar accounts from many other featured brides. And while we can’t feature every reader’s wedding on SW, we wanted to give every one of you the opportunity to remember, and record.

Our Wedding Day Journal covers not only your wedding day in great detail, but all of the months (and years) leading up to it. There’s space to write about how you met, dates you’ll never forget, your favorite things to do together, his version of planning the proposal, and more. And on the other side, we’ve reserved pages for the honeymoon, newlywed life, and your first anniversary. (And yes, there’s a page for recording what time you woke up, and what you did, on the morning of your wedding!) Can you imagine what an amazing thing this would be for your children and grandchildren to read one day, once it’s all filled out? It makes me so tickled just thinking about it!

We have a limited number of Wedding Day Journals available right here. The cover is bright white vegan leather, with beautiful gold foil lettering by Kristen Drozdowski. We can’t help but think our Journal makes a perfect gift for a bride to be (or yourself!) side by side with the Southern Weddings Planner, since you can start using them at the same time! If that’s the option you’re interested in, your package is right here.

Happy memory making, and remembering, belles!

All photos by our delightful Blue Ribbon Vendor, Caroline Lima!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Katie reply

    My husband and I were looking for exactly this when we returned from our honeymoon in August! We ended up using a blank May Books notebook to write down our memories, but now I’m going to purchase this and re-copy everything (and surely add more too)!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Love it, Katie! Like you, I’m so glad I did it, and I know you won’t regret the time it takes to recopy and add to your account! :)

  2. avatar Blaire reply

    I love this! I love “legacy” items that will mean so much to my children and grandchildren someday. I just hope I can remember all of the details of my Aug. 1 wedding!

  3. avatar Jadzia reply

    Coming up to 30 years married and I am surprised at how many details I remember of that day but I am sure I would be more surprised at how many I have forgotten! This is a wonderful idea and a beautiful journal!

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