I have something a little different to share with you today; something which I truly hope will inspire you to do the same for your own wedding! The project I am going to tell you about started as soon as I began to plan our wedding day concept. I knew straight away that I wanted to create something which embodied our big day once all of the celebrations, tears of joy, dancing and general merriment was over. I wanted to create pieces of art which included as many reminders of our special day as possible to hang in an area of our apartment where I would see them daily. Basically, I didn’t ever want to forget that one amazing day, and everything that I’d put into planning it…
I came up with the idea of creating three piece of art to place in white rococo frames, each one with its own theme. As I worked through the planning stages I made sure to keep hold of scraps of lace from my dress, spare decorations and stationary, and anything else which really held meaning to me. The pile was already rather large as our wedding day approached, and afterwards I was able to add to it in the form of cards from our guests and tags from our wishing tree. Once the dust settled and I was able to work through the wedding-related flotsam and jetsam, I knew that I had more than enough to begin my project. I got to it as soon as we returned from our honeymoon.
The process for creating my wedding art involved lots of cutting, arranging and sticking, and I made a glorious mess on our dining room table during one very busy weekend! I felt like a little girl working on an art project for school, it was fantastic fun! I started by dividing my treasures up into three piles – wishing tree tags and table decorations, guest’s cards, and attire and accessories. I then arranged everything on the backing from my three white frames, and got gluing.
It took quite a while to get everything secured in place, but it was well worth it. Now I have some gorgeous works of art to remind me of our wedding day each and every time I look at them, and they really were very simple to create. Some of the items I incorporated within my art include spare invitations, menus, lace from my dress, material from your bridesmaid’s dresses, ribbon, place cards, wedding cards from our guests, table decorations, decorations from our cake, wishing tree tags, table confetti, hair decorations, jewellery and tokens. I even included material from the dress I wore the day I met my husband, and if I hadn’t dried my bouquet still bound I would have included some dried flowers! Basically you can use whatever you have left over, as well as special items used on the day itself.
I wholeheartedly advise every bride out there to do as I did. It’s such a waste to recycle or throw away all of your spare bits and bobs when you could put them to such wonderful use. Every item that was part of your wedding day setup is special and unique to you. Don’t let these memories go to waste.