Wedding season has arrived and it reminded me that I had this special project I wanted to share with you guys! In my opinion, this is one of the best wedding gifts you can give to someone, but it was not a gift we received. Rather, this Wedding Time Capsule was a little project we did ourselves.
5 years ago we started planning our month-long trip to Thailand, and as soon as we knew we’d be taking it, I decided to make a time capsule that we’d seal for 5 years and then open on our trip. We took 100 notecards, wrote down 50 questions each, and then spent a few nights sipping cocktails and answering all the questions.
When we were done, we sealed the box up tightly with washi tape and stored the Wedding Time Capsule for 5 years. It came with us to Thailand and we had so much fun reading the cards throughout our trip! Rather than rushing through them at once, we’d just grab a few each night. It led to great conversation, lots of memories, and a good deal of laughter. When we finally got to the end of the trip we decided we needed to take the time to put together an “anniversary set” so we’d have another time capsule to open on our 10 year anniversary.
This simple wedding time capsule project brought us so much joy, and yet wasn’t expensive and wasn’t difficult to do. I realized that it’s a gift that every married couple should have, and so I set out to put it into a printable form that you could make yourself. It doesn’t have to be a gift, you could make it for yourself, and it doesn’t have to be for your 5 and 10 year anniversary. Adjust it to your timeline or whatever works for where you are at in your marriage or relationship right now. The files are not gender specific, because love is love and this gift is for couples of any size, shape or orientation.
Below you’ll find a link to a ready-made set that you can purchase in my Etsy Shop for $35 and get shipped direct to you…or directions and all the files you’ll need to Do It Yourself are below! I hope this brings you as much joy and happiness as it brought us!
BUY IT OR MAKE IT YOURSELF
- a customized box
- a set of 80 cards for their 5 year capsule
- a set of 80 cards to fill out in 5 years to open as a 10 year capsule
- Printed card with instructions + envelope
- washi tape for them to seal the box up with after they finish
* luggage tags from photo above are note included. You can purchase a set of the luggage tags through Leather Made Nice on Etsy to include with the Time Capsule.
Don’t wanna drop the dough on it? That’s cool with me. I’ve included all the files and steps below so that you can DIY this baby up yourself!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
1 box (at least 6″ x 6″, here’s one you could order on Amazon)
1 package (at least 81 pages) of heavy cardstock paper (you can buy a pack on Amazon)
1 roll of washi tape (optional, here’s some on Amazon)
1 roll of bakers twine for tying the cards together (optional, here’s some on Amazon)
STEP ONE: Print out all of the question cards (40 pages) onto cardstock, then cut the cards along the marked lines (4 cards per page). If you don’t want to print them at home, simply put the pdf file on a drive and take to a local print shop. It will cost $.15-.19 per page. Bundle them up with bakers twine!
GET THE QUESTION CARD FILES
STEP TWO: Download and print the greeting card with instructions! There’s a file for the outside and the inside. You’ll need one sheet of cardstock or heavy paper, and you’ll need to insert it into your printer twice.
GET THE FILE FOR THE GREETING CARD
STEP THREE: Find a box and add the label! Grab the label PDF, print it out on plain paper and glue it onto the box of your choosing.
GET THE FILE FOR THE BOX LABEL
STEP FOUR: Place the 4 bundles of cards inside the box along with the card and roll of washi tape so that the happy couple can seal the box when they’ve finished.
Consider pairing the Wedding Time Capsule with:
– A miniature bottle of champagne
– A set of fancy pens to use when filling out the cards
– A travel guide (browse travel guides on Amazon)
– Customized Passport Holders (I love these ones)
– Customized Luggage tags (I love these ones)
– A gift card for a local bar or restaurant where they can hang out and fill out their cards!
If you enjoyed this post and the Wedding Gift Time Capsule I’d appreciate if you took the time to PIN IT using the image below! If you create the time capsule I’d love if you shared it with me on Instagram by tagging @Thyme_is_Honey in your post!