This was too good to pass up – the box of memories from our wedding in 1974. Had I really kept this stuff - I needed to take a closer look!
Of course, I had to start with the invitation. Remember, I was just 19 and this was the mid 70’s when daisies seemed to be quite popular. I remember there was quite a bit of ‘drama’ because I’d failed to mention the groom’s father who, by then, had remarried.
There were some really cute little response cards included with each invitation. I remember being so excited to get the mail and find a card in the stack the mail carrier delivered. Of course I had to keep the entire box (why keep just one – 50 would be much better) and even found a few stamps included.
I must have spent quite a bit of time planning for the special event.
And then came the shower. Or maybe it was more than one? I kept the decorations which were brilliantly made by Hallmark and even had matching napkins.
I went through a few of the cards – most of them had a small square of wrapping paper included which, I assume, was cut out from the paper the corresponding gift was wrapped in.
And then came the big day. All of the gift cards were inside the box.
There must have been a shortage of card designs because we received 5 of the same card. What’s especially humorous is that one of these was from my husband’s father and step-mother, one from his paternal grandmother, and one from her sister – they all shopped at the same place!
So many of the attendees are no longer with us – not just the older generations but many of our high school friends.
There were a few very special notes. Here’s one from my favorite uncle (shhh, don’t tell anyone he was my only uncle), my dad’s brother, Rob. I love his referencee of a cozy heart.
And, of course, a very special card from my grandmother, Loraine (Gunzendorfer) Levy. Grandma gave us the generous gift of a trip to Honolulu for our honeymoon – not bad for two young kids!
And inside the card was another note.
I laughed at her grandmotherly advice to put the check into traveler’s checks (are those even used anymore?) so I wouldn’t lose it. And I laughed again when I found I had done just that. No surprise that the wallet was empty!
We still laugh at some of the events of the day – the hair dresser who did my sister’s and my hair thinking we were going to the senior ball and the groom ‘forgetting’ to pick up my brother on the way to the event. But it all worked out. Unfortunately, these two memories have seen better days and I really am not sure what they even are – maybe the bells were on top of the cake?
And the book of wedding guests is priceless – so many names that probably didn’t mean much to me at the time but now from my research, I see so many familiar names.
I found so many honeymoon memories – why did I save our boarding passes from the plane?
This was fun to see.
So nice that the hotel provided this waterproof utility bag and if they hadn’t told me it was “yours for the taking”, I might have left it behind. But it was perfect to wrap the glasses we brought home with us.
What is that it is wrapped in? Is that decorative toilet paper? I do remember feeling quite adult since the drinking age was 18 in Hawaii so we were able to order drinks in the restaurant. I guess it made such an impression that I decided to bring the glasses home.
While I was tempted to just toss everything once I’d gone through it, I remembered how exciting it was to find the wedding invitation for my great grandparents so I boxed up a few things and hope that, one day, my grandkids and their descendants will have a good laugh looking at these things.
Boy were we YOUNG!