Marriage Time Capsule

My youngest sister Colleen is getting married in a couple months.  She has been dating Rob for several years, so we are all very happy to officially welcome him to our family.  They make a great couple!

My grandma and aunts hosted a lovely wedding shower in Colleen’s honor yesterday.  Because she is my sister and dear friend, I wanted to create a homemade shower gift that required my time and thought and preparation.  I came up with the idea of a marriage time capsule to help her capture this special time in her life.  I bought a simple and attractive lidded box at The Container Store and filled it with a few things to get Colleen and Rob started.  Once they close the box, they can’t open it again until their 10 year anniversary in 2021.

I added a Time Capsule Check List to the box so they don’t forget some important things:


*Wedding Invitation

*Bachelorette Party Invitation

*Bridal Shower Invitations

*Bachelor Party Invitation

*Love letters to each other

*Letters/notes from your wedding guests

*A few dried flowers from Colleen’s bouquet and Rob’s corsage

*A wedding photo

*Scandalous and hilarious photos from the Bachelorette and Bachelor parties

*Pictures of your current apartment and maybe some of Hudson

*Newspaper from your wedding day

*Magazine from the week/month of your wedding

I also included homemade typed questionnaires and a few sheets of paper with two envelopes so Colleen and Rob can write each other love letters.  The following instructions were included:

Open a bottle of wine, light a few candles, sit down next to each other and spend 20 minutes writing each other a letter.  Outline your hopes, wishes and dreams for the next 10 years and beyond.  Make a few predictions – where you’ll be living, how many people will be a part of your family, what jobs you’ll be doing.

Also include a few thoughts about the wedding day.  How did you feel the morning of? What were your thoughts as you watched each other on opposite ends of the aisle? Any funny and random memories from the big day?

Write about what it means to be in love right now.  What makes the other person so special?  Why do you love each other?  Why did you want to get married?

Share your thoughts on what you expect from marriage.  What is your definition of “marriage”? Of “husband”? Of “wife”?

I hope Colleen and Rob have fun putting their time capsule together.  Chris and I have been married for five years, and those years have flown.  We didn’t do a Marriage Time Capsule back in 2006, but perhaps we will do one to honor our five year anniversary.  I’m sure 10 years sounds like a long time for Colleen and Rob, but October 14, 2021 will be here before we all know it!

It was so fun bringing Evie to her first “girls-only” party (I left Mack at home with a babysitter).  I know she felt so special in her fancy dress, and she was delighted to help Colleen open the wedding gifts.  Sometimes I worry that Evie wants more special time with me that I am able to give her, so yesterday’s party was a real treat for me, too!


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  1. colleen says:

    I cannot wait to spend time with Rob working on the little assignments you’ve given us as part of the time capsule! I’m looking forward to officially sealing the box, but I’m more excited to open it come October 14, 2021! Thank you for giving us such a thoughtful gift! I love you!

  2. Paige says:

    Great idea, Maureen. I’m sure she is really going to love that! I see ideas all the time I wish I had used but now it’s kind of “too late”. We have our 10 year next June. Yikes! Love that you got to spend a day with Evie. I find these days I often am using a sitter to just have a big girl lunch or to do something fun. It’s not quite the same as downtime, but it’s sometimes better.

  3. Hope says:

    I absolutely love this idea. It is so personal and has real value to the new couple. I think I’ll do this for our anniversary…next one is #17, nothing usually exciting about it so why not? We can do one to open on our 25th. Those first ten years do fly. Thanks for the idea.

  4. Jessica says:

    LOVE this idea! My cousin is getting married in October and I would love to put this together for her. Do you have any of the documents to share? Did you find them online or did you type them all up yourself? Thanks so much for a wonderful idea!

  5. Jessica says:

    Thanks 🙂

  6. Traceyq says:

    I see in this blog that you posted a portion of the questions to ask one another.
    The last one that shows that I can see is
    Write about your engagement when/where did it happen? How was the big moment approached? What was Kristina’s reaction?
    What other kinds of questions did you write?

    Thanks in advance

  7. Debbie says:

    May I have the questions as well, I made a few of my own but wanted to see other ideas as well. Thank You

  8. Bonnie says:

    My daughter is getting married and my husband and I have to write a letter to the kids. Any comments or suggestions on what to write to them?

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