MrsD
Legend July 2019

Framing a Wedding Dress?

MrsD, on August 12, 2019 at 3:38 PM Posted in Do It Yourself 0 12
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So I'm looking into framing my wedding dress. I've attached two pictures. Has anyone done this? Did you do it at home or have it done professionally? Did it preserve the dress just like normal preserving would?

I'd like to fold the dress in half like the pictures online I put below, I've seen ones full sized but I just don't think I need that. I'd probably put my veil, garter, hair piece, and my dress in the shadow box then put it on our closet wall (we have enough space that it wouldn't be in the way).

Thoughts? Experiences?

My dress isn't very big so I'm not sure a shadow box this thick would be needed.Framing a Wedding Dress? 1I like this one more than the top one, but I just included both for reference.Framing a Wedding Dress? 2


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Latest activity by Michelle, on January 2, 2021 at 12:30 PM
  • Laura
    Master October 2019
    Laura ·
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    I've never seen or heard of that but I love the idea!! If you decide to please post some picturesSmiley heart

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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
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    I've only seen it on Pinterest and a few stores online. I will, thank you!

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  • Allie
    Master August 2019
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    I just saw one like this today and it got me thinking... I'm still debating on how to preserve my bouquet as well. One thought- if you're planning on having children, my cousins actually didn't preserve their dresses until they were done having children because they wanted baby girl pics with the dress. Have you looked into how much it costs for the giant wedding dress shadow box?

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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
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    My mom used silica gel for my bouquet, she just did them individually and bought a smaller shadow box to put around a wedding picture. She did the same thing for one of my friends when she got married and it turned out nice. The white flowers turned a little yellow but not too much.

    I guess I would take it out of preservation & put it back in if I wanted those pictures? I'm not sure I would need them, I never had any with my mother's dress. I don't think we plan on trying for children for another year at least, so I just want to have it safe & preserved before then (we are renovating our entire home so anything not safely preserved or put away does NOT stay clean).

    I looked at some pricing for the way I want to do it (so folded in half) and the shadow boxes start around $200. But I read it's best to have a glare resistant glass & one that blocks UV rays. I found another that will build the frame you want, and that pricing was $300-$1,000 depending on what you want. I'm not super concerned about UV or sunlight since it would be in our closet (no windows).

    My dress & veil are at a dry cleaner and the dry cleaner is doing it by hand so it won't be done for another month so I still have some time to figure it out!

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  • Sarah
    Devoted October 2018
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    I did mine through the wedding dress preservation company. A lot of bridal salons, seamstresses ,and dry cleaners in my area partner with them. I took my dress to the bridal salon and they sent it in.

    Here is the link! https://www.weddinggownpreservationkit.com. I think it was $250, and it is beautiful, but there weren't any customization options and it is in a heavy duty cardboard box with a window to see it, so we couldn't hang it or anything.

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  • Mrs.jackson
    Dedicated April 2020
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    I love this idea of frame your wedding dress.
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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
    MrsD ·
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    Me too! I'm still looking into it!

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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
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    That makes sense! I'm looking more for a frame to hang (like a shadow box) but I just want to make sure putting it in the frame after it's cleaned will be enough for the preservation aspect!

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  • K
    Just Said Yes October 2019
    Kimberly ·
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    I am looking to frame my dress as well. could anyone/someone send links of where you are ordering from?

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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
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    I haven't found any national companies yet, but several local framing companies have said they will do it!

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  • Mrs. Spring
    Master April 2021
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    Oh wow, never seen nor heard of this! I plan on rewearing my dress multiple times.
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
    Michelle ·
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    Outside of Pinterest, I have never seen this or met anyone who did. Usually they have wedding photos on display instead. And will donate the dress afterward.
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