My friend Rachel and I have known each other since 2004, when we were in the same calculus class in college. We joined the same sorority and lived together in college. Needless to say, there's a lot of history there! Rachel is getting married next month and for her bachelorette party, we all decided to put a book together that would help commemorate everything she means to us. A friend of mine had initiated this project for another friend a couple years ago and I loved the idea. I started by collecting photos from the bride's parents, family, friends, fiance and anyone else who I thought she was close to. I had each person who submitted photos write a note to Rachel, either saying how much she meant to them, talking about inside jokes, or even tips to remember as a newlywed.
I put the book together using Mixbook.com (one of my FAVORITE sites). Their quality is great, price is even better, PLUS you can almost always find a coupon code online.
I built each page around aspects of her life... for Rachel, she is a teacher, who loves to cook and travel the world. All the pages can be customized 100% and there are a ton of themed pages, stickers and fonts to pick from. I also had time to incorporate some pictures from her bridal shower in the weeks right before we gave her the book!
Beyond that, I made a 2-page spread for each person who wrote a special letter for her and added photos to tell the rest of their story. I saved the best for last and put her closest family members and fiance at the end. I think she was so surprised to know that we had all been emailing each other without her ever knowing!
A great perk to Mixbook is that you can invite multiple collaborators so everyone can work on the book at the same time. So for those who were a bit more tech savvy, I invited them as a contributor and they uploaded their own photos and created their pages.
I knew Rachel loved the book the moment we gave it to her. She started crying right away! It made all the planning and preparation totally worth it. Being a teacher, of course she said "Oh my gosh, I get my own yearbook!" Thus the Bridal Yearbook was born :)
And here's the link to the book: Bridal Yearbook
This is such a special gift idea for any bride, or even just a friend for a birthday or special occasion. It's such a nice memento and really makes the bride feel loved by everyone she knows!