Turning life’s precious moments into keepsakes

Special occasions such as weddings, trips, birthdays, anniversaries and many others, are filled with memories worth keeping. Chances are you'll find yourself returning to these moments and reliving them time and time again on your own or by sharing them with others. So rather than just printing and sharing your pictures, do something different that will help turn your special memories into keepsakes.

“Everyone has memories that are special to them and worth preserving. For me, trips with my family and my children's birthdays are memories that I'll want to keep forever,” says Erica Ehm, founder and editor-in-chief of YummyMummyClub.ca. “I like using photo books because they tell a story about my most treasured memories through their design.”

According to a recent survey commissioned by Black's, 72 per cent of Canadians printing pictures of special moments or occasions in their lives do so to ensure memories are not lost. As such, it's important to be creative in the way we preserve these keepsakes, and photo books are great ways to do so. Here are some photo book ideas:

• Use a photo book at a wedding as a guest book. Include photos of the bride and groom throughout the years and ask guests to write their favourite memories of the couple, or advice on how to keep the passion strong.

• Create a photo book travel journal. Share the shots taken on your trip and leave room for travel companions and family to add in their own stories and favourite moments while on the trip.

• An anniversary or birthday often celebrates a milestone of passing of time. To commemorate the occasion, put together a book that includes photos of the honouree from when they were young, as well as photos of the guests attending the celebration.

More information on preserving special occasion memories is available online at www.blacks.ca.

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How to Find Wholesale Wedding Favors

Wedding favors are a wonderful addition to your wedding, but they can be very expensive, particularly if you have to buy for a lot of guests.
 
Even if you have a budget of $3 per person and 150 guests, that still adds up to an eye watering $450 on favors alone. Little wonder many brides end up giving out small boxes of chocolate or candies. When added into the rest of the cost of the wedding you could find yourself starting married life with a serious amount of debt.
 
The trick to buying wedding favors for a large number of guests is to look for bulk buy offers or wholesalers. However, before you rush out to the nearest wholesale warehouse, there are a few things you need to be aware of first.
 
Many wholesalers will sell smaller items, such as those common for wedding favors, in much larger quantities than you are likely to need. For instance, those sets of scented votive candles you liked are only available in quantities of 500 or 100 from the wholesalers – way more than you need. You could argue that when priced singularly they are still much cheaper than the mainstream retailers and you will use the extra ones yourself at home; but you will probably find that the outlay and hassle outstrips the benefit.
 
This doesn’t mean that you cannot buy wholesale, you just need to do more research and be more creative.
 
Try clubbing together with other brides for your wedding favors. Visit some online forums and see if anyone is interested in joining you to buy wedding favors wholesale. This way you get the favors you want and in the quantities you need.
 
Be wary of websites that offer bulk purchases in quantities of a dozen or two dozen. The discount may not actually be all that you perceive and the prices maybe actually be inflated compared to the wholesale price.
 
If you fancy doing your own DIY wedding favors then you could probably get good deals on the wholesale market by buying the various components and putting them together yourself. Examples of DIY favors include bags or boxes of confectionary such as chocolates or candy; sets of scented candles in pretty organza bags or sachets of flower seeds. This is a great way of making fabulous favors at wholesale prices.
 
Another option, although not strictly a wholesale one, is to hit the shops when the sales are on or after a major holiday, such as Christmas or valentines. The shops will have reduced all left over stock after these events so you can snap them up for massive discounts on the original price.
 
So it is worth considering buying wholesale if you can be creative and are prepared to shop around for the best deals and prices.

Author Resource:- Jason Hennessey is the President of 1weddingsource.com, a wedding planning site, a home to all of your bridal and wedding needs. In this site you can found a variety of personalized wedding favors for your valued guest.

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Fall’s must-have photo moments

The fall season offers plenty of picture-perfect moments you'll want to capture. Following are three photo-worthy occasions and tips to help inspire unique shots you'll want to capture.

Weddings

October is one of the most popular months to tie the knot. Make sure to be on the lookout for informal shots at the next wedding reception you attend. Even with a professional capturing the whole day, informal pictures provide great memories and capture the true atmosphere of the special day rather than the more formal group shots.

Festivals

Outdoor concerts and festivals are great sendoffs before Canadians hibernate for the winter. And although you can't always have front row, that doesn't mean you have to miss out on great photo opportunities. Instead of taking a picture of a dot on a stage, focus on the audience and their excitement, you'll be amazed at the facial expressions and emotion you capture.

Thanksgiving

The annual turkey dinner is one of the biggest family events of the year. Be sure to snap a picture of the table with all of the yummy food that everyone is about to consume, but don't put your camera away. Some of the best shots come after the meal when everyone is relaxed, full and spending casual time around the table. This is your chance for candid shots.

Once you're finished capturing moments start thinking about creative ways to organize your photos and make sharing them easier, such as using Black's PhotoBook design service. All you have to do is select your images and upload to their site and a perfectly designed professional album will be created and printed for you.

More ideas about photo opportunities or ways to personalize your pictures are available online at www.blacks.ca.

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