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The best wedding gift we received:

Everyone knows that the best gifts are those that keep on giving. We were given so many gifts surrounding our wedding celebration that I will never forget, but one truly has kept giving in new and meaningful ways year after year.


At our rehearsal dinner, unbeknownst to us, my dear friend and bridesmaid handed out blank cards to most everyone present. She instructed to simply write us a note of encouragement or a piece of marital advice to be opened years down the road.

She then collected them, dated them – 3 per year for 20+ years! – and gave them to us as our wedding gift.

We celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary this year so we have been blessed with 24 hand written notes so far. Every year we open up our three new ones and then go back and read the previous years’ letters. They are so sweet and sentimental, each and every one, and are a yearly reminder of the support and love that surrounds our marriage.

I recently saw a similar idea on Pinterest:

(originally found here.)

These notecards were left on every table at the wedding reception so multiple people wrote in one card. That’s a great idea, too! I personally love how my friend chose to do it. Our absolute dearest friends were at our rehearsal dinner and our wedding reception was not a sit-down dinner so the idea above wouldn’t have worked out very well for us. Either way, both are great ideas! If you yourself are planning a wedding or have a friend getting married I would highly suggest doing one or the other.

Opening up a hand-written note from a friend that now lives across the country or a grandparent who has passed away is the ultimate way to be reminded of what and who is most important every passing anniversary.

Have any of you ever done something similar for a friend or been gifted by something similar from a friend? Any other wedding-gifts-that-keep-on-giving ideas? Please share!

Jessica Cudzilo

Jessica is a full-time lifestyle photographer mainly focusing on families and children. In her free time she loves a good memoir, is a sucker for reality TV, loves DIY projects and is addicted to traveling the world. Find her at 503 Photography and browse through her blog to get a peek into the girl behind the lens!

About Jessica


Jessica is a full-time lifestyle photographer mainly focusing on families and children. In her free time she loves a good memoir, is a sucker for reality TV, loves DIY projects and is addicted to traveling the world. Find her at 503 Photography and browse through her blog to get a peek into the girl behind the lens!

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  • Randi@Dukes&Duchesses

    I just love that … what an amazing gift.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pinkletoes Michele Urie Anderson

    LOVE this!!! We just opened up a time capsule we created for our kids 10 yrs ago, but our letters didn’t survive ;-(. I definitely think this is a great alternative and also a great baby shower gift, too! So glad you wrote about it!

  • http://profiles.google.com/daceymathers Dacey Mathers

    I think greeting is the finest gift i ever saw since one can express its feelings.That is the coolest idea I’ve heard of for a wedding.

  • Carol

    For our daughter’s wedding, when we sent the wedding invitations we also sent a small sheet of scapbooking paper with the request that each guest do a scrapbook page for the couple – they could include a picture of the couple together or the bride or groom as a child – but we also asked that they added words of encouragement to the couple and how to stay together as a couple. At the wedding reception we had a scrapbook for everyone to add their page and other guests could see what other people had done. My daughter and son-in-law have the scrapbook on display in their home.

  • Melody

    That is the COOLEST idea I’ve heard of for a wedding. I got married 2 years ago but I’ll pass this one on to my sister ;) Thanks for sharing.

  • Jesseephotography

    For my bridal shower a friend gave me a journal and colorful pens and told me to keep a gratitude journal for my husband the first year of marriage with the idea of gifting it to him on our anniversary. I love to journal and doodle so this was such a fun secret way to record my love and all the little gratefuls I had for my husband that first year. He was totally surprised by the gift and we love to look back at it now.

    • http://www.503photography.com Jessica Cudzilo

      WOW! I love that idea so much! What an heirloom. Your kids & grandiose will be blessed to read it one day.