While going through boxes in our basement prior to our move, we found a bunch of stuff we felt compelled to save from our wedding back in 1999. I don’t know why, but we kept napkins, cookie bags, candles, champagne glasses, greeting cards, wedding programs, the cake knife, a guest book pen, a wedding favor, a wedding planning book, and a cake topper. It was all in a giant box we had forgotten we still had. Had the entire box gone missing in the last nine years, we wouldn’t have lost any sleep.
These items played an insignificant role in our wedding day, and even less of a role in our basement. So why did we feel the need to hold onto them for almost nine years? We couldn’t come to any sort of logical reason, so we took photographs of it and got rid of it. None of it made it to our new home.
My wife still has her wedding dress and veil, and they did make the cut. They’re currently residing in our daughter’s closet. I’m trying to persuade my wife to trash her dress, but she is holding out hope that our daughter will eventually wear the dress. Maybe she will, but I think it might become a dress-up gown first.
Rather than holding onto anything and everything that has to do with your wedding day, pick and choose what you keep wisely. If you choose to keep things, limit the keepsakes to a small box that can only hold a few items. Or, if you’re ready to part with all of it, photograph your wedding mementos and make space in your home for your life together now.