Your wedding memories are something to treasure forever, so it’s not uncommon for couples to keep sentimental keepsakes like the top of the wedding cake in the freezer for a year, the well-preserved wedding dress in a box, or a tidied up photo album. But, Fallon Carter of Fallon Carter Weddings and Events prefers to think outside the box in the attic, literally.
“Think deeper and longer term, and think about how this piece can be integrated into everyday life and continue into the future,” Carter says of creating wedding memories. “I want to touch it, see it, smell it, and engage with it often, like this gentle reminder. As Marie Kondo says, when you take it, does it bring you joy?
How do we do that ? As a wedding planner, Carter says she and others in her field are usually pretty tuned in to knowing what parts of the marriage the couple might want to salvage. The menu, place cards and guestbook are easy to get started.
“Most of our couples have some kind of guest book and that’s the most important thing,” she says. But, if you know you might want to display your guestbook at home after the big day, she suggests getting a little creative and whimsical. For example, a couple she recently planned are very fond of games, so they created a special ping-pong table for the wedding reception and asked guests to sign that instead of a book. Now it’s in their home to use and enjoy all the time. In another case, the bride and groom were wine lovers, so they saved corks from wine bottles to create a cork board for their home. At Jewish weddings, shards of Chuppah glass are sometimes made into pottery.
For bride Katie George, inspiration struck while scrolling through Instagram, and she decided she wanted to save and dry her bouquet to display later in her home. Now it hangs in a frame at the end of her hallway as an eye-catching piece when guests enter. “It all depends on what story you’re going to tell, because those are usually conversation starters when people come to your house,” Fallon adds.
Do you feel inspired? We’ve rounded up a dozen unique ideas for creating beautiful pieces from your wedding keepsakes to display at home.