Five items that you can preserve from your wedding day

05 Sep 2017

It's not just your wedding photos that serve as a reminder of your special day; here are five keepsakes that you can preserve for years to come

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The weeks following your wedding can be a bit anti-climatic to say the least as you wave goodbye to your days of planning and look ahead to married life. With the photos from your big day always providing a lasting reminder, you will undoubtedly feel somewhat deflated as your wedding becomes a distant memory. However, there are more mementos of your special day than you may think; here are five items that you can preserve and treasure forever.

1. Your cake

Traditionally, in the 19th century, couples saved the top tier of their wedding cake for the christening of their first child. Today, couples tend to save a slice or tier of cake for their first wedding anniversary. If you decide to preserve your cake, think about the flavours and fillings of the tier you wish to save; while chocolate and carrot cakes generally hold up well, cakes filled with cream aren't the best to freeze. Speak to your cakemaker for their suggestions and save these step-by-steps to follow post-wedding:

  • Ensure the tier or cake slices are carefully wrapped as soon as possible to retain the moisture, removing any decorations or cardboard.
  • Place the cake in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  • Once the icing has frozen, start wrapping the cake as tightly as possible with several layers of plastic wrapping and two final layers of foil.
  • Place in an air-tight bag and pop it in the freezer, marking the cake with a piece of ribbon or wedding décor that will remind you what's inside.
  • When the time comes to eat it, allow it to defrost in the fridge for a day in advance before removing from its wrapping and leaving it to sit at room temperature for a few hours.

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2. Your stationery or wedding cards

The designs, themes and colours that you spent hours agonising over need not be wasted after your wedding. Keep a copy of an invitation, RSVP, save the date, menu, place setting and table number (if you opted for the entire suite of stationery) or select a few formats and position into a picture frame that you can display around your house. Alternatively, cut up your wedding cards into shapes and present them in a similar way. 

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3. Your flowers

Pick a few flowers from your bouquet or venue décor before they wilt; smaller headed flowers work best, but you can also pick petals from larger-headed varieties. You can then press these using a flower press before arranging in a glass sided presentation frame for a straightforward DIY project that offers effective results; just follow these simple steps.

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4. Your favours and wedding details

Unless your favours are of the edible variety, by keeping one favour aside you can remind yourself of what you gifted your guests. Similarly, your 'something blue', bridal jewellery, wedding perfume, and confetti - all reminiscent of your day, are the key components of a wedding memory box which can be passed through the generations as a family heirloom. 

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5. Your dress

Last but definitely not least, your wedding dress will always carry a constant reminder of your wedding day. However, rather than getting it dry cleaned and putting it back in the wardrobe to gather dust, purchase a beautiful preservation box that keeps it secure in the most precious way. You can even have your box personalised to make it even more special. 

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Or how about this? Have your dress framed and displayed in your house for all to see.

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Image: The Beautiful Frame Company

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