Who’s who for a new or soon-to-be bride or groom
A new or soon-to be bride or groom also gains additional family. Thinking back, I can remember how confusing placing new family members was at first. A Family You’re Joining Album can help alleviate some of the guess work of how your new relatives are related. Recently, I came across my husband’s Family You’re Joining Album. My mom gets the credit for this idea. Shortly before my husband and I were married, she gifted my husband with his album. After he’d meet family member’s, of mine, it was easy to later look up and see how they were related to me.
Undoubtedly, the album was beneficial in the first part of our marriage. Not only did it show how each person was related to me, it also provided basic information for most family members (more details below). Because the album was made for my husband, it only included information about my side of the family. I still benefited from the information it included (e.g. contact information).
My mom used a flip book format to create my husband’s album. While that format is convenient, other configurations would also work well. Another idea, you could make one online through a photo company, or even create a digital version. With a physical copy, I would suggest keeping it smaller (5×7 or smaller). The smaller size helps keep it easy to use.
What the Family Your Joining Album might include:
- Pictures (Front Side):
- Individual photos for each member of immediate family
- Individual or couple photos of grandparents
- Individual, couple, or family photos of aunts, uncles, and cousins (this can also include great grandparents, and great aunts and uncles depending on how much information you want to include)
- Basic Information (Back Side):
- Name of Person or people in the photo
- Phone Numbers
- Email Address
- Physical Address
- How they are related (e.g.: “The second child of. . .)
Putting it all together:
- First Section: Immediate Family Members
- Siblings (individually, or if they’re married, include their spouse and children (if applicable)).
- Second Section: Extended Family:
Generally, adults have their own page or a couples photo and information (depending on if that person is single or married). However, if they have adolescent children living at home, then they have a family picture and family information.
Additionally, my husband’s book includes deceased family members. Clearly, less information is need with those deceased and is not in the album. Including deceased family members helps to clarify how they connect in with family that is living.
- Begin with, one set of grandparents, followed by their children (aunts and uncles of the bride or groom), and their children (cousins of the bride or groom). For grown cousins, they can have their own individual page (if married you could include their families as part of their page).
- Repeat with next set of grandparents, followed by aunts, uncles, and cousins.
- Third Section: Additional Extended Family:
- Add additional family members if desired.
Once you’ve compiled the album for the intended new or soon-to-be bride or groom, you are ready to gift it to them. It’s a helpful way to introduce them to your family- their new family.