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Hey, loves! We’ve talked about some pretty tear-jerking finds before (remember this and who could forget these?!), but this letters to the bride book / journal / scrapbook / box is the best bride gifts this year. And it is one that will definitely make her laugh, cry, sob, laugh, and then cry again. She might need this tied to the front of the book. Hey, it’s an emotional day!
If you want to know how to make a letters to the bride book, you’ve come to the right place. And if you’re wondering what the heck this whole letters to the bride book or box even is, then you’re also in good company. We did some digging to find out just what makes this letters to the bride book so beautiful and unique — and we’ll show you what we found so you can make one of your very own. If you’re the bride and want to sneak this idea onto your MOH’s list of duties, aka hint the heck out of this post, just give it a share below. Or tag her on Facebook. :)
Now, on to the post!
Letters to the Bride Book
Before we begin, let’s cover a few bases. For starters, what is a letters to the bride book?
What is a letters to the bride book?
A letters to the bride book (or box, as we’ve also seen it) is a scrapbook made by the bride’s maid of honor and bridesmaids as a gift on the morning of the wedding. It is typically filled with heartfelt letters, well-wishes, notes, favorite memories, or stories they wish to share. It can be stories of how you met, why the bride is special to you, what you hope the bride enjoys most about marriage, ideas for marriage date nights, funny memories shared together, tips for a happy marriage, etc.
The letters to the bride book can also be made by the bride’s mom or future mother-in-law; most of the time, it is created by the bridal party and moms, dads, grandparents, etc. are all invited to participate by adding a letter or designing a page for the book.
When should the bride open the letters / book?
The bride, upon opening these sweet heartfelt letters, will have all the feels; it is essential to make sure she opens and reads it all BEFORE hair and makeup. :) This is a great thing to do while getting ready the morning of the wedding, while sipping on coffee and eating donuts (ya know, like these).
If the bride is shy, don’t put her on the spot; she can read the letters after the wedding, instead of in front of everyone. No worries. However, if at all possible, it is wayyy more fun to open the letters when everyone is around.
What kinds of letters to the bride books can I make?
There are three different types of letters to the bride books we’ve seen, all done beautifully.
Letters to the Bride Scrapbook
For starters, here is a scrapbook style book. This letters to the bride book is made by Sam Allen Creates. She did a beautiful job!
See how each page is designed or written by someone, with a heartfelt letter and photos to go along with it? That’s exactly how to do it! You can even use scrapbook paper,embellishments, die cuts like these, etc. to make it really unique.
Letters to the Bride Box
We’ve seen bridesmaids make a letters to the bride box, like this (from Country Barn Babe):
The maid of honor could ask the bridesmaids to each write one letter with their favorite thoughts, memories, or stories about the bride. You could have them all write the letter on the same kind of paper with this envelope so they can be sealed and placed in the box. This way, everyone’s letter is the same size, guaranteeing they’ll all fit inside this box.
PRO TIP: If you’re making a letters to the bride book or box, remember to include the bride’s parents, soon-to-be in-laws, grandparents, and any close relatives in the project, too. They would love the opportunity to include a letter in the bride’s book or box.
Letters to the Bride Book
To make a book, you can buy a beautiful journal for the bride and fill it up with favorite snapshots and letters written from the bridal party. Choose a journal with plain pages and a beautiful cover. We spotted these journals at Colifichets and they would work perfectly. A recent buyer from this shop reviewed a journal recently and said she used it to make a letters to the bride book.
You don’t need to pick a wedding theme for the journal; choose the best design that suits her style or personality. I happen to love the succulent design (above) and the brush strokes one is very fun and colorful. Just my style.
You can see more designs here.
Have the Bridal Party Write Letters
Then, give these letters and envelopes to the bridal party to fill out and paste them into the pages. Or you can print out photos (try Shutterfly, you get a ridiculous amount of free prints just by signing up) and paste them in. You could even take the letters written by bridesmaids — sealed in envelopes — and paste the back of an envelope to each page. Then the bride can read the letters and place them back in the pages for safekeeping.
Here’s some cute stationery we found at Rifle Paper Co. Seriously, their botanical designs are the best!
via rifle paper co.
Loving this one, too:
via rifle paper co.
Get the Letters to the Bride Book
If you’d like, there’s also a fun book called Letters to the Bride (found here) which has twelve letters ready for writing in and sealing inside the book.
You can also buy one from Portside Paper here, personalized with the bride’s name on the front! This is so beautiful:
And there you have it: it’s easy to make a letters to the bride book or box!
Now it’s your turn: are you making a book for your favorite bride-to-be, do you have any suggestions to add, or are you hoping your BFFs will make a book of letters for you? Tell us in the comments box below!