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9 Ways to Turn Wedding Mementos Into Tasteful Decor

Mar 25 2014 - 4:01am

Aside from being a momentous occasion worth commemorating, every couple wants to be able to get the most out of the pieces they invested in for their special day. Considering the bigger picture during the wedding-planning process will help you enjoy elements of your wedding [1] far after it's over. Keep reading for simple decorating tips that go beyond the scrapbook, and visit our Wedding Pinterest board [2] for even more inspiration!

Source: Kristen Loken Photography [3] and Frenzel Studios [4] via 100 Layer Cake [5]

Frame Your Wedding Dress

Adrienne Maloof, former cast member of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, couldn't bear to tuck her gorgeous wedding [6] gown away in her closet. Instead, she decided to frame and display it!

Source: enLuce Photography [7]

Or Frame a Photo of Your Dress

If framing your wedding [8] dress seems daunting, have your photographer shoot a beautiful photo of it to frame instead. Trust us, this is one of the 23 wedding dress photos you'll regret not taking [9]!

Source: Kristen Loken Photography [10]

Paint by Numbers

Instead of using a traditional sign-in journal, engage guests by having them contribute to a piece of art that you can hang in your home. We love the idea of choosing this Paint by Numbers Kit [11] ($18) for outdoor nuptials.

Preserve Your Bouquet and Boutonniere

Choose floral components for your bouquet and boutonniere that can be easily dried or replanted. We like the idea of using wedding [12] succulents to create a terrarium or drying bright yellow craspedia for a small, textural arrangement.

Source: Kristen Loken Photography [13]

Make Marquee Lights Happen

Aside from providing a beautiful glow, marquee lights add an element of fun and are easy to personalize. Pick up these love marquee lights [14] on Etsy, or try your hand at DIY marquee lights [15] — either way, you'll be surprised how cute they look at home.

Photo by Frenzel Studios [16] via 100 Layer Cake [17]

Why Engagement Photos Are a Must

Invest in a photographer to capture engagement photos that show off your personality. Whether it's a black and white photo taken in front of a classic piece of architecture or a silly photo taken at a favorite music store, you'll be happy to have professional photos of the two of you outside of your wedding [18] attire.

Source: White Rabbit Studios [19]

The Favor That Keeps on Giving

Make your favors work double duty by having them look pretty and serve a functional purpose. Here, mason jar favors are used as a seating chart and drinking vessel, and can be enjoyed afterwards for canning or sipping.

Source: Kristen Loken Photography [20]

Chalk It Out

Chalkboard art is a great way to add a customized feel to your wedding [21]. We like the idea of hanging this in the kitchen to use as a glamorous shopping list after the reception. This chalkboard artist [22] has incredible options, both custom and noncustom.

Source: Custom Chalk [23]

Furnish Your Wedding (and Your Home)

Naturally, we're fans of incorporating beautiful furniture into wedding [24] decor. We'd use this pair of Brass Leaf Side Tables [25] ($189) to display favors, signage, or even sweets at the wedding, and recycle them as his and hers nightstands after the wedding.


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