The time capsule is not just for saving cherished keepsakes from the wedding day anymore. Couples are creating new and fun rituals for filling and sealing time capsules during their ceremony!
In my opinion, the ritual really should be personalized for each and every couple. It lends itself well to capturing who the couple are, their regard for one another and their hopes and dreams for their marriage. I included examples of a time capsule ritual in each of these two previous blog posts linked below. But it is so delightfully flexible, I would hate to convey the impression the examples are standard or even representative. I am always happy to help colleagues or couples write a unique time capsule ritual, you need only ask.
Wedding Time Capsule: Part I Wedding Time Capsule: Part II
I wish I had made a time capsule when I was married. Not just as a ritual in the ceremony, but as an organized collection of mementos from my wedding. The odds and ends from my wedding day are long since scattered. Many of the things I would love to show my children and wish I had kept most likely do not exist anymore!
What are some of the things you can include in a time capsule? Well, anything really. Some of the more obvious items to include might be:
Invitation Fabric Swatches Dried Flowers Photographs Wedding Favors Letters to the Future
Depending upon the size of your capsule, you can include such things as a description of the proposal, newspapers and magazines from the day, week and month of the wedding, a printed copy of your wedding ceremony, keepsake marriage certificate, cork and/or label from a champagne bottle, text transcriptions of the toasts at the reception and/or a list of who spoke, dining place cards and/or seating chart, pen and guest book, and predictions from friends and family. Consider saving crystals or sequins from your headpiece, gown, shoes or bouquet. The garter and bride's handkerchief are fairly standard time capsule fare. Toss in the guest list, honeymoon itinerary. copy of the menu, and cards from the shower and wedding. I know one bride who kept all her receipts and vendor contracts so she can show her own children how much mom and dad's wedding cost "back in the olden days."
If you ask other people to participate in a wedding ceremony time capsule ritual, consider having them pick out something on their own that will be a complete surprise to you when you open the time capsule in 5, 10, 20 years.
Many wedding mementos are not available until after the reception, or even the honeymoon. Such items obviously cannot be included in a time capsule assembled ritually within the ceremony, but they can certainly be added later.
As you plan your wedding, make a running list of potential time capsule items as they occur to you. Set aside any samples or extras you think might have a place in your time capsule. You can look at it with a more critical eye the week before the wedding if you are including the ritual within your ceremony. Consult your list one last time when you feel you are ready to place the final seal on the capsule.
There is no right or wrong way to assemble a time capsule. These are your wedding memories and only you can decide what you find meaningful and worth keeping. Whether you include it as a ritual in the ceremony or seal it months after the wedding, have fun! You won't regret the effort.