Preserving Your Wedding Day Items

Preserving Your Wedding Dress, Bouquet and Cake!

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Sarah Nagy | Associate Planner

Your photographer captures the moments of your special day that you can look back on for a lifetime. But what about those items you wish to keep for a year, five years or even decades after your wedding?! Take a look at some of the tips and tricks to preserving your wedding dress, bouquets and even your cake.

Your Wedding Dress:

Preserving your wedding dress can be as simple or extravagant as you want it to be. There are a TON of tutorials out there on how to do it yourself. The basic premises are:

Get acid free tissue paper – This is important for two reasons. One, it’s going to help prevent wrinkles from setting in. This is a great tip for traveling as well. If you add tissue paper to your clothes as you fold, the wrinkles won’t be as severe when unpacking. Also, the tissue paper helps keep the dress from snagging on sequins, beads and other embellishments when you decide to unpack it!

Use muslin – This cotton weave fabric is great for storage. It’s lightweight and it breathes. This will help prevent that musty smell when you unpack your dress for the future. After the dress is folded, wrap the entire dress in unbleached muslin.

Put it in a box – Laying the dress flat in a cool, dry place (like the top of your closet) will prevent deterioration. This heirloom doesn’t belong in an attic or basement. Make sure it’s always in a climate controlled space.

Here are some other helpful links if you’d like to DIY or have your dress professionally preserved (which we highly recommend!)


Preservation Kit

Oakwood Cleaners (Our favorite local Nashville preservation shop)

Your Bouquet:

Wedding bouquets are often remembered from your photos, but there are a few ways you can turn your gorgeous flowers into a forever keepsake.

Bouquet Preservation Box – This is the easiest and more DIY approach. Hang the bouquet upside down in a safe area for several weeks or months to dry. You can then store them in a clear shadowbox.

Press them – Take this method as an opportunity to create personalized art or stationary by having your bouquet flowers pressed and flattened. This is a fairly easy process and short timeline with minimal costs, and can also be done by your or a professional.

Get them freeze-dried – This is more expensive and a little timely, but the two months of waiting is worth them looking very close to what they did on the day of your wedding. A professional sprays your bouquet with starch to preserve the color and then places it into a freeze-dryer, which removes any moisture.

Regardless of which technique you use, the process needs to happen while the flowers are still fresh. So, we highly recommend to ask a trusted bridesmaid or family member to take care of the processes or drop off while you are relaxing on your honeymoon.

Your Cake:

Enjoy the tradition of celebrating your 1st anniversary by sharing the top tier of your wedding cake! The process is too easy to pass up and can easily be taken care of by your caterer, too!

Remove any ornaments, flowers or large breakable decor – Removing these items makes it not only easier to package your serving, but those items won’t keep their shape or flavor as well as the base of your cake.

Chill  – If you can chill the cake before wrapping that would be ideal to harden the icing.

Wrap – Tightly wrap the cake in several layers of plastic wrap. Then, wrap with at least 2 layers of heavy duty aluminum foil. The more protection you give the cake, the less chance of freezer burn.

Enjoy – One or two days before your anniversary, remove the cake from the freezer and let it thaw slowly in the refrigerator. A couple of hours before you’re ready to eat the cake, let the cake stand at room temperature. If you’ve done everything outlined above, it should taste as great as the day it was made!

All of these tips and tricks should allow you to reminisce about your wedding day for years to come. The experience only lasts for a day, but the memories last for a lifetime!

Have other ideas? Share them in the comments below. We’d love to hear!

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