After the rush of your big day is over, you might find yourself left over with countless pieces of memorabilia—wedding dress included—that run the risk of sitting in a box collecting dust somewhere. Rather than let them go forgotten on a shelf, there are better ways to creatively preserve and display the most sentimental parts of your wedding. At Modernize, we know how important it is to make your house your home, and what better way to do that than decorating your space with things that you treasure?

Here are 4 different ways to let your big day live on.

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via Canadian Living

Shadow Boxes

What do you do with the larger memorabilia that wouldn’t ever stand a chance of being stuffed inside a frame? Put it in a shadow box, of course. Shadow boxes are spacious, box-shaped glass cases with a frame that you can hang up on a wall for display, making them the perfect tool to preserve the more sizeable objects you want to save from your wedding day. Although they have enough depth to hold a few substantial items, make sure that you narrow it down so that your box doesn’t get overstuffed. So pick a theme to help curate your shadow box. For example: pin and arrange the veil and garter to the back of the box and attach any other meaningful item like an engraved cake cutter or table décor. Ultimately, how and what you fill your shadow box with doesn’t matter, so long as it has importance to both of you.

Creative Frames

Wedding day photos are always worth hanging up on display, but there are plenty more ways to fill up your frame than with just pictures. Besides, you know your day was special down to each detail, so don’t those details deserve some showing off, too? Gather up the beautiful and intricate invites, the program for your ceremony, and any other paper goods like a dinner menu that are worth saving and frame them alongside your photos. This way, it creates an experience that will whisk you right back to that moment every time you look at it.

If you had handwritten vows (and aren’t shy) you can print and frame your vows alongside of your photos and invites to create a truly special and sentimental memory. Or get really creative by turning your vows into artwork to hang up in your home like this couple.

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Preserve the Bouquet

If you managed to rescue your bouquet after it got tossed away into a crowd of eligible bachelorettes, then you’ll be able to preserve that as well. Hang your bouquet upside down in a safe and dry area for a few weeks (it can even last for a month or so) and either have them preserved in a bouquet box or flatten them out by pressing them in between two heavy books to be framed. Many professionals offer a freeze-drying service that will preserve your bouquet, so you can enjoy it in the same condition as it was on your wedding day.

The Dress

Often times, brides will simply have their dress cleaned and properly stored in a container by a dry cleaning service, but that isn’t the only way to make your wedding dress last after the big day. Hold on to the dress for your future daughter (or daughter-in-law) to wear on their wedding day, or donate it to an organization like Brides Against Breast Cancer, that uses the profits from selling the dress to support cancer research programs. But sometimes the dress is simply too special to part from, so rather than giving it away, repurpose it into a handkerchief or christening gown for a sweet family heirloom, so that you and others can continue to enjoy it long after your wedding day has ended.

By Katherine Oakes

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