When you think about wedding keepsakes you probably think dried flowers, garter, invitations, programs and of course your photos. How about your dress? During my engagement, I saw an idea on Pinterest to frame your wedding dress and Immediately fell in love with the idea! I couldn’t imagine boxing up such a precious item and moving it to the back of the closet as if it no longer existed. My wedding day was the most wonderful day of my life and like most women I adored my dress and wasn’t quite ready to take it off at the end of the evening that flew by faster than you can imagine. I remember loving that my dress was so ‘bridal’; I can’t exactly explain it, but it was perfect to me and feeling like a bride is amazing. I’ve never had to try harder to hold back tears of joy than on my wedding day…I couldn’t ruin my makeup before the ceremony even got started 🙂 A funny story I will never forget happened as my Dad and I made it to the end of the aisle to meet my soon to be husband…
Again, I was trying my best to keep the joyful tears from trickling down my cheeks. Romantic Wedding March by Miranda Wong was playing and we were expecting it to fade out by this time. It continued to play, approached a part in the song that sounded like the end and then continued a little longer. We couldn’t help but laugh at this point and in retrospect I’m thankful for the opportunity to compose myself before proceeding with the ceremony!
Having a way to relive our wedding moments through my dress framed in our closet is a treasure. Looking at it each morning is a reminder of the day’s events and the meaning behind the vows exchanged, laughs shared, hugs given and abundance of blessings. Along the same lines, please record your wedding! It doesn’t have to be professional (my brother-in-law recorded ours using my Dad’s camera). Will you watch it over and over like your favorite movie? No, but you will cherish having the ability to put it in the DVD player; we like to watch it on our anniversary! ❤
For my dress framing, I worked with a great professional at a local framing shop who came up with this version of my dress; I absolutely love it! I think it’s beautiful on the wall, my favorite piece of ‘art’ and worth every penny. I had mine done at a shop in Ohio called The Framing Center, but if you love the idea call around to places near you, ask questions and do some research! I was referred to The Framing Center by the owner of the dry cleaning business that cleaned my dress. It was the first wedding dress they framed so if you find a reputable framing center don’t be too afraid if it’s their first dress framing, just be involved and approve everything before the actual framing.
It’s important the dress is framed and stored properly to keep the color from fading or changing. The key is framing it in an acid free environment. With mine, the plum mat background is acid free, straight pins and stitching were used to assemble the dress and the museum glass is UV protected. I also have it hanging in my closet where it is dark most of the time. If you attempt this idea, good luck! Please share photos! If you’re engaged right now, congratulations and enjoy this most wonderful of times! ❤
As always, thanks for reading!!