Happy Anniversary!

My friend and former groom Michael is a world-class Anglophile, and he reminded me that today (April 28) is the ninth wedding anniversary of the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.  Now, almost a decade later, Kate and William have made a beautiful family including Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte.  I fondly recalled their wedding, it seemed like a simpler time.

There are many ways a happy couple can celebrate their wedding, including partaking in a favorite wedding ritual, the memory box.  Over the years, I’ve had numerous couples who’ve incorporated this idea into their wedding ceremony.  Here are the basics:  the idea of a memory box is a simple, but powerful one.  The couples place sentimental objects in the box to honor their wedding, all to be opened some years after the Big Day.  It functions as something of a “time capsule.”   Brides and grooms will often include photos, programs, and flowers from the wedding, along with letters for reading, on their anniversary and special items like a well-chosen bottle of wine.  Often those who wish to have this ceremony ritual will have a special box (lock included!) prepared for the custom.  Some couples have an idea about which anniversary they might open the treasure chest—a round number like 5 or 10, but for others they set it aside for a “rainy day,” of sorts.  In other words, should there be a speed bump in their marriage, re-visiting the memory box might be a helpful remembrance of the love they’ve shared and their eagerness to commit to marriage.  To my mind, it is a sentimental treasure chest.