Gift Idea: The Bride's Yearbook

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 :)

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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!