After the engagement ring slips onto the finger, planning for the big day begins. Picking the day, place, venue, flowers, music… the list goes on. Making the day special with personal touches is what guests will remember for years to come. Personalized wedding favors for guests to take home are a perfect memento from a beautiful day.
Creating a cookbook gives you the chance to bring pieces of both families together and allows you to introduce the different flavors of your families. A family cookbook may include recipes from ancestors brought from the old world. It may also have recipes from family members that have married into the family that have very different ethnic backgrounds. Traditional holiday foods, special birthday dishes, and family favorites can be shared. You can even have a section in the cookbook of favorite foods/snacks for ballgames to include a groom or bride’s favorite sport or team.
Add photos to your cookbook. Use an engagement photo, candid shot, or a photo of a favorite place. There are also beautiful predesigned covers and dividers to choose from. Photos can also be added to dividers and personal pages.
A personalized story about the couple and how they met can be placed at the front of the book. Additional pages can be added with a list of the bridal party, thoughtful notes, an expression of thanks for those that have helped with the special day or remembrance pages for loved ones that have passed away.
If you have an image of a cardboard box full of cookbooks waiting to be handed out at the wedding, think again. A ribbon coordinated with the wedding colors can be tied around each book. For an extra touch you can add a tag or print directly on the ribbon, “Today two are bound as one” or some other catchy phrase or quote. Place books in baskets to be picked up at the door.
Other options for displaying cookbooks: For a country or downhome feel, arrange cookbooks in an old washtub, canner or crate. For a modern wedding look, place cookbooks on a small shelving unit that will become a piece of furniture in your new house. Put this on a shower registry so you have it for the wedding! A classic and elegant design may include placing cookbooks in individual gift bags with a few chocolates or other goodies and then arranged on tables. A fun twist is to have young members of the bridal party hand them out.
As a final touch to a perfect day have someone take a copy of the book around to be autographed & signed by loved ones and friends for your kitchen. Having grandma autograph her famous cookie recipe, a note from mom about love next to her recipe for pot roast, and a drawn picture of a cat next to your niece’s recipe for a jam sandwich will be treasured for years to come. Make sure to keep a few extra copies for your future children!