I'm a very visual and sentimental person, I like physical reminders of events that will bring back memories. When our wedding day was over, I knew I wanted to find ways to remember as many details of our celebration as possible. I used a big gallery wall to incorporate a few wedding memories into our home, framing song lyrics from my first dance with my father, hanging a framed invitation we were given, and even finding a use for a leftover piece of lace from my dress. Every time I walk past our gallery wall I get to remember our wedding day and it's such a sweet way to continue the memory of such a big celebration.
I'm sure many brides are equally sentimental about preserving the memories of their wedding day, so I've rounded up a few super ways you can save a piece of your wedding for years to come.
We’ve all heard of the tradition of saving the top tier of your wedding cake to eat on your first wedding anniversary, but there are a whole bunch of pieces of your wedding that could be turned into mementos that won’t be reduced to crumbs after just a short time. So let’s talk about your invitations, flowers and even wedding lace and what you can do with them.
Have Your Wedding Lace Turned into Jewelry
The dress is one of the biggest choices of your whole wedding process, so it’s no surprise that brides get quite attached to their gown! My grandmother actually made my dress, so I was lucky enough to have a little of the lace leftover. Five years after our wedding, I'm thinking of sending a little bit off to be made into one of these gorgeous resin pendants. They're waterproof and scratch proof, and you could even include beads or pearls or ribbon to be included. It's such a sweet idea that comes with an added bonus - your friends will probably ask about your jewelry and you'll get to talk about your wedding all over again!
Or Have Your Wedding Flowers Turned into Jewelry
Here’s another super idea for a wearable memento, and if my flowers weren't long gone I'd be trying out this one as well! With Lost Forest Jewelry, you can preserve your wedding flowers into a gorgeous pendant or pair of earrings. They use a similar resin method to take bits of your wedding bouquet and turn them into beautiful, glittering pendants using bits of metallic leaf. Keep in mind you'll want to press at least a few petals to preserve them so they can be sent off and made into your memento.
DIY Your Wedding Flowers into a Christmas Ornament
This idea is delightfully simple. Dry pieces of your wedding bouquet or centerpieces, and carefully insert them into a clear glass Christmas ornament. Pop the lid on and add a pretty piece of ribbon, perhaps from your bouquet as well! You have wedding memento that does double sentimental duty - a reminder of your big day and a meaningful Christmas ornament! This would be a sweet idea to make as a gift for a couple as well. If you can get your hands on a few of their flowers, maybe from a leftover centerpiece or a bridesmaid bouquet, press or dry the flowers and give them a lovely surprise come Christmas!
Have Your Wedding Invitation or Save the Date Framed
One of the loveliest gifts I received as a wedding present was a framed invitation. A very careful friend had kept our invitation pristine and brought it to a framer for us. It’s now protected from fading and smudges, and each time I walk by the invitation, it gives me a lovely reminder of that phase of the planning process - I remember vividly putting all those invitations into the mail! One thing to keep in mind is to have the invitation framed using museum quality glass - it will keep the invitation from fading over time.
Save Wedding Wine for an Anniversary Celebration
Now this idea is a little edible and won’t last forever, but depending on the wine you chose for your wedding, you can save a bottle for a decade or more. Tuck away a bottle or two of your wedding wine and use it to celebrate a really special anniversary. Just make sure you're saving the kind of wine that's going to improve with age! Otherwise, you'll be in for a sour surprise twenty years down the road!
Aren't those some lovely ideas to fill your home and wardrobe with little reminders of your wedding celebration? A few of them have certainly made me smile time and time again over the last five years. I'd love to hear if you have other ideas to add to these - the more sweet sentimental mementos, the better!
Emily Westbrooks is an American-born writer and blogger based in Dublin, Ireland. She is the Online Editor for Confetti Magazine, one of Ireland's top bridal magazines. She also writes her own lifestyle blog, From China Village, where she chronicles her adventures in Dublin, travels around Europe, DIY projects and Irish design. She shares her home with her husband, one cat, and four sassy chickens!