What did you feel when your daughter announced that she was engaged? Pride, astonishment, an overflow of emotions? Tears of joy? You’re not alone.
And while registering at Crate & Barrel and Bloomingdale’s followed by an at-home champagne toast is a memorable (if exhausting) outing, why not consider a wedding shower gift that will truly move her: an Heirloom Original book honoring the girl she was—the one you nurtured and watched blossom—and the woman she has become.
During your daughter’s engagement period, it’s inevitable that you’ll both be reflecting on her journey. Let yourself relish the memories. Pull out those old boxes of photos, the family albums, her baby book. Remember what she was like as a precocious toddler, an awkward tween, a graceful graduate. What characteristics did she inherit from you? What surprised you about her choices over the years?
Designing a Book in Honor of Your Daughter for Her Wedding Shower
Modern Heirloom Books can help you stitch the memories and observations together into a cohesive and emotional narrative. Together we will identify the most evocative pictures and prepare them for print. We’ll even help you identify gaps in the visual storyline and come up with creative ways to fill them in—sending your daughter’s bronzed baby shoes or old lovey to a professional photographer for inclusion in the book, for instance. Or helping you stage your own shots of framed images on your mantel or, say…her favorite comfort food!
Maybe we plan a “secret” get-together with a photographer and your daughter’s siblings and closest friends to take their portraits and record their favorite memories of your daughter as a child.
We’ll select a book style based on your daughter’s personality: Perhaps a Victorian damask fabric cover encased in a matching sheath box for your romantic girl, or a luxurious velvet-covered book with silver foil stamping for your traditional child. An array of rich leathers, Japanese silks, textured fabrics, and other unique design options offers something for every bride-to-be.
How far in advance do I need to order a book to have it in time for my daughter’s bridal shower?
Depending upon how scattered or organized your pictures and memorabilia are, and how much narrative you would like to include in your loving tribute book, the process from beginning to end is likely to take approximately three months. That is typically enough time for a parent to gather everything and work with our team to craft an exquisite book. If for some reason you are very short on time, we can strive to design the book on an accelerated schedule (for an additional fee), providing you with a digital flip-book to share at the bridal shower while the physical book is being printed and bound for delivery at a later date.
So before your daughter walks down the aisle, and before you get caught up in the storm of wedding favors and seating charts, why not embark upon a nostalgic journey that ends with a perfect wedding shower gift from the parents? (It’s an especially touching gift when crafted by a Daddy for his all-grown-up girl!)
What do I need to do next if I am interested in creating a book for my daughter's bridal shower?
Set up a consultation to see how we can work together. To have the most efficient conversation, know your timeline (when would you need the book?) and consider where your photos are (you might be surprised that they're not always on hand!). Oh, and CONGRATULATIONS on your daughter's impending nuptials!