Bride-to-Be Books: FAQ

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Frequently asked questions about our Bride-to-Be heirloom gift books 

If you don’t find the answers to your questions here, please don’t hesitate to contact us to better understand how we could work together.

What makes this book such a perfect gift for a bride-to-be?

Your daughter's life is about to change dramatically. As her parents, you have been there to witness her grow from an itty baby to a beautiful bride! Taking the time—and the love and the care—to remember her, and to CELEBRATE her, is simply a most special gift.

It is a gift guaranteed to make her cry tears of joy on her wedding day.

A book she will cherish forever.

What would I include in a bride-to-be heirloom book?

As your daughter begins a new chapter of her life, present her with a book that looks back on the milestones of her life, from her baby years to her graduation, from her first words spoken to those you would like to share with her about her future. 

We work with you to create an heirloom book that is as stunningly elegant as it is heartfelt, including:

  • family photos
  • cherished memories
  • blessing, wisdom & hope

Some specific ideas for what to include in your book:

  • childhood memories of your daughter
    (we compose these through interviews with you)
  • favorite photographs throughout the years
  • pages or mementos from her baby book
  • your dreams for her future
  • advice from loved ones on having a good marriage & a full life
  • your own wedding photographs & memories
  • family recipes to cherish
  • handwritten letters or journals
  • a family tree with a new box for her spouse in the final pages

What will my book look like?

All of our books are privately published and highly customizable, so that your daughter’s book will be as unique as she is. That said, these are a few of our favorite styles:

Book One - THE MODERN: Your au courant bride-to-be will relish the clean lines and square format of this acrylic- or linen-covered book: at 10x10 inches it’s substantial enough to mark her momentous occasion, and the luscious lay-flat, matte pages inside show off images and words with equal flair. 

Book Two - THE ROMANTIC: Brides with both a classic and boho aesthetic are drawn to our fabric-covered bespoke books, which uniquely marry old-school bookbinding techniques with fanciful silk brocade or silk shantung covers. With a traditional 8x12-inch or 12x8-inch format, these books look lovely displayed on a coffee table or adorning a bookshelf. 

Book Three - THE LUXE: When only the best will do: This museum-style grand heirloom makes a style statement the minute it is seen. In larger formats, with heavy weighted archival cotton pages and vellum interleaving, every turn of the page is an unveiling of a beautiful mystery. Recognizing that she’ll be a bride only once, this one-of-a-kind fine-art book preserves her stories—and your memories, wisdom, and love—in a most auspicious manner. With custom calligraphy, hand-sewn binding, and clamshell presentation box. Note: This package requires a longer lead time for production.

Are there other things I can do to make her book even more special?

Yes! Add a professional photo shoot to any of our book packages, plus 10 extra pages to your Romantic or Modern heirloom book (additional fee applies).

Why choose this option? A professional shoot not only lends a consistent and upscale visual feel to your pages, it helps mesh the past and present beautifully (and isn’t that the recurring theme at this important juncture in your daughter’s life?!).

We’ll work with you to conceptualize and style the shoot, so the photographs will be as worthy of hanging on your walls as including in your daughter’s memory book.

Two of our favorite concepts for your photo shoot:

  • A series of portraits of loved ones holding framed photographs of the bride and her family over the years
  • A series of styled still-life shots of her favorite mementos, such as a tattered stuffed animal or the running shoes from her first marathon

How long should my “Dear Daughter” book be?

Most of our Bride-to-Be books are between 75-150 pages. We prefer to work from the interview and images to determine the size that best suits the material.

I am insanely busy helping my daughter plan her wedding! How much work do I need to do to create a book?

We know what a special—and hectic—time this is in your family’s life!

We make it as easy as possible for you to gather your photographs by supplying checklists of suggested pictures as well as ideas for what to include.

Our interview questions are designed to elicit memories of your daughter that would be perfect for the bride-to-be book—and we can complete the interviews in one two-hour session or over two visits, whichever best suits your schedule.

Of all the tasks on your wedding planning to-do list, we can assure you that this will be one of the most joyful! Revisiting the past, going through stashes of old photos, and dreaming of your daughter on her wedding day—that journey is a gift you’ll be thrilled you gave to yourself.

What is the turnaround time for creating a book?

It typically takes about 4 months to complete a “Dear Daughter” book. After the free initial consultation, the process involves:

  1. a consultation to go through photos and discuss the shape & style of your book
  2. two hour-long interviews by our professional personal historian with one or both parents of the bride; timing depends on subject availability and any necessary travel
  3. book production (writing, editing & design)
  4. book review (client revision, copyediting, and final proofs)
  5. book printing (turnaround time is dependent upon the style of book chosen)

We are always willing to work with you to try to accelerate a schedule when feasible, but timing is truly specific to each individual book. Please be sure to start the process with enough time to have the book ready to give to your daughter on or before her wedding day!

Can I get a digital version of my book to share with family?

Absolutely. We offer an upgrade to our printed books which includes a full digital copy of your book, delivered to you on a flash drive.

Can I get multiple copies of my book?

Of course! We can have as many copies of your “Dear Daughter” book printed as you would like. While the structure of the book is clearly a gift to your daughter on her wedding day, the memories within are equally meaningful to you as her parents!

We can customize certain pages, or even wait to print your copy until after the wedding, so we may include photographs from her big day (maybe even a shot of her tearing up over your surprising gift!).

How much does a Bride-to-Be heirloom book cost?

Because all our books are fully customized, we cannot quote an accurate project fee without first having a consultation. Most “Dear Daughter” Bride-to-Be books, though, typically fall within the range of $2,500–5,000.

What if I have more questions?

By all means, please reach out directly. Call Dawn at 917.922.7415 with any questions about our Bride-to-Be gift books or other offerings, or contact us here.

We want to help you honor your daughter's first chapters of her life as she embarks on the next. Are you ready to begin?