Before the wedding I saw wedding keepsakes put in shadow boxes and I decided from the very beginning that's what I wanted to do with at least a few things. It took a little bit of planning, but here's how it all came to fruit.
Step 1: Plan what you want to save.
-I found a great, hand painted aisle runner on Certainly Chic on Etsy. The hand painted logo was perfect for framing! I decided that would be my background.
-I wanted to dry my bouquet and keep that as well. If you're gonna drop that much on flowers, keep em!
-My garter, which my aunt and grandma made for me, as well as my veil and headpiece. All three of these can be used again so I wanted them somewhere visible, but safe, in case they can be used again.
Step 2: Wait for a shadow box sale at Hobby Lobby.
-They come in lots of sizes, and I needed a big one (24x36 inches) to fit the logo from my aisle runner and those suckers can be expensive! They have 50% off frames and shadow boxes just about every other week, so take advantage of that.
Step 3: Pins, fishing wire and needles, also from Hobby Lobby.
-Do yourself a favor and download the Hobby Lobby app and use the coupon.
Step 4: Get to work planning and executing!
The veil (and separate headpiece), bouquet with charms still attached and garter.
It's a little hard to see, but there's a silver script F in the background of the aisle runner I (terribly) outlined it so you could see it a little better.
I pinned the veil through the comb part and then twisted the material so it would all fit nicely. I pinned again around the beading at the bottom of the veil. Same with the garter
Hint: I used bridal pins because they're dainty/show the least. Pinning works best if you go in at an angle and try to go into the board, not through it. The pins will get stuck in sideways and won't poke through the back.
Be sure to test everything before putting the glass back on. This way you can be sure everything is secure.