6 Ways to Preserve Your Wedding Invitation

A wedding keepsake on display for years to come.

Black and White Invitation Suite with Hand-Torn Paper, Elegant Script Calligraphy, a Floral Envelope Liner, and Real Cream-colored Flowers

Photo by Mallory Dawn

The honeymoon is over and now you're looking for a way to preserve memories of the happiest day of your life. Petals from your bouquet are pressed and ready for framing. Your wedding dress is sitting with a preservationist. Now, it's time to do something with your extra wedding invitations.

You put in a lot of work to make sure the details and design were perfect, so why not keep your invites preserved to look back on in years to come? Here are six of our favorite ways to turn your handpicked stationery into a cherished keepsake.

Frame It

Framing your invitation is the most straightforward option. You may choose to do it yourself, register for a double invitation frame, or have the invitation framed by a professional. If you choose the latter, consider including a petal from your bouquet as a special touch.

Turn It Into a Decoupage Plate

"When a bride brings us her wedding invitation to be decoupaged, it is usually as a gift to her parents and new in-laws as a thank you and remembrance of their special day," says Glenda Perrett of Marye-Kelley Decoupage. The in-house design team there will use your invitation and envelope lining to create a plate that is truly personalized.

Save It as a Memento

Celebrate your new life together with an engraved sterling silver or pewter wedding invitation tray. Display this one-of-a-kind memento in your dining room or kitchen for years to come. One day, it may even be displayed in your child's home.

Make a Keepsake Box

When Linda Daoud of Bazaar Glass LLC creates her glass wedding invitation keepsake boxes, she encourages brides to use both sides of the lid to preserve special items. "My clients usually opt for the invitation to be seen from the outside while other items like maps, reception cards, or even photos may be placed on the underside of the lid to be seen when the box is opened," says Daoud. A keepsake box is not only a unique and permanent display of your wedding day, but also a great conversation piece for your home.

Create an Eco-Friendly Display

Every piece created by Plywerk is sustainably produced using 100 percent solar energy. You can either mail in one of your wedding invitations to be mounted on a piece of eco-friendly wood or scan your invite to be printed and mounted for you.

Turn It Into a Christmas Ornament

Have a merry first Christmas as a married couple by transforming your invitation into an ornament.

What You'll Need:

  • Large Globe Ornament
  • Wedding Invitation
  • Ribbon
  • Glitter
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Pen

Start by cutting the invitation into strips that are 1/4" wide. Then, wrap the strips around a pen to curl. Insert each strip of paper into the globe. Shake your ornament throughout this process to make room for additional paper. Sprinkle glitter inside the bulb for a little sparkle! Place the top back on the globe. Use the ribbon to tie a bow through the top et voilà! A very special addition to your holiday décor.

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