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Framing Items for and from Weddings

Framing tends to be an afterthought when preparing for your wedding, but it is an integral part of preserving and displaying our memories when the wedding is over. Some mementos get thrown away or lost before you realize how special they can be. By planning ahead, you can save items that help to relive your romantic evening and to share the memories with your children and beyond. And framed photos make unique and personal gifts for family and friends as a thank you for attending your wedding or for the next holiday to come!

  1.  Wedding Portraits
  2.  Guest Signing Mats
  3.  Bouquets Shadowboxes
  4.  Wedding Invitations
  5.  Ancestors' Photos
  6.  Custom Pop Art
  7.  Other Wedding Framing Ideas
 
       

brushleftApplegate Gallery & Custom Framing dot 101 Church Street NW dot Suite C (Above the Pet Spaw) dot Vienna, VA 22180 brushright

Phone 703.281.1364 dot Fax 703.281.1363 dot info@ApplegateFraming.com

 

 

 

1.  Wedding Portraits
Most photographers include a portrait in their wedding day packages.  Your portrait will be a centerpiece in your home and one of the most special things you can pass on to your children and beyond.  Treat it properly now so that it will be preserved for the future! 

 

It is hard to remember all of the photos you want when you are in the thick of the wedding.  Make sure to have lists ahead of time of group photos you donít want to miss.  When looking through wedding magazines and the like before your wedding, tear out pages with photos of poses and backdrops you would like to try for your own wedding. 

 
2.  Guest Signing Mats
 
Many brides have a guestbook which is placed on a shelf or in a drawer to be opened occasionally but mostly to collect dust for years to come. Consider a signing mat instead! A signing mat guarantees that the notes from your family and friends will be seen daily and enjoyed. Some couples choose to have an engagement photo in the mat, some leave the mat empty to be filled later with a bridal or wedding portrait. Another fun idea is to have the mat cut for a panoramic photo of all of the guests in attendance at the wedding or the reception. Remember that you will most likely have a wedding portrait and plenty of photos in an album, but a photo of the guests on your wall will be a way to constantly see the friends and family who shared that special day with you!

 
Choose a frame at the time of having you mat cut. This will help to protect the mat from damage around the edges and will keep your guests from signing the mat too close to the edges. It also provides a more pleasing display at the wedding and reception.
 
3.  Bouquet Shadowboxes
 
After all the money you spent on your bouquet, why just throw it away?  Some flowers, like roses, can be hung upside down and dried by air, though this can be an iffy process; others, like Calla Lilies, need to be professionally preserved.  Our shop offers professional bouquet and corsage preservation.  The bouquet is photographed from all angles, disassembled and preserved, and then reassembled to look exactly as it did when you carried it down the isle.  Your Bouquet can be displayed in a table top glass case or It can be shadowbox framed with other mementos like your cake topper and serving set.
Collect the bouquet and corsages at the end of the evening and have then wrapped loosely in a plastic bag and stored in a refrigerator.   Assign someone to deliver the flowers as soon as possible to the frame shop for preservation.  Remember that some flowers will change in color when dried Ė red roses for example dry to a dark almost black color.
 
4.  Wedding Invitations
 
Your invitation is another special reminder of that perfect day and couples spend a lot of time and money finding just the invitation to perfectly represent their union.  Unlike a photo, the invitation also saves dates, times and locations to pass down your history.   An invitation can be framed very simply or very extravagantly, depending on your tastes and the feeling you want to convey.  And invitation framed with a wedding photo can be a beautiful gift to your parents and grandparents!

 
Donít forget to save extra invitations for framing later and to put in your album!
 
5.  Ancestors' Photos
 
A nice display at a wedding or reception can be made of wedding photos from the ancestors of the bride and groom.  They can also make beautiful gifts for the families at the rehearsal dinner.  We offer photo restoration and reprinting so that you can display your own wedding portrait next to a nearly lost photo of your parents, grandparents and even your great-grand parents!  Even water damaged, molded and torn photos with whole areas missing can be scanned into the computer and repaired, and multiple copies can be printed as gifts for everyone in the family.  Any damaged photos you have should be restored and the originals stored in an acid free environment out of UV light to be passed down for generations, while the new prints can be displayed with pride.

 
6.  Custom Pop Art
 
We can create custom pop art out of photos of the bride and groom to be. The image printed on canvas can be a fun piece to display on the gift table or by the seating chart. It can also make a very special gift for your parents. The image can also be used to make unique invitations for the more modern couple.
 
7.  Other Wedding Framing Ideas
 
There are plenty of non-traditional ways to capture memories from the most romantic night of your life! For yourself or as a gift, frame photos of the bouquet toss. Shadowbox the dress of your precious little flower girl. Frame the father of the brideís boutonniere along with a photo of father and daughter dancing.
Choose someone in the wedding party, possibly a bridesmaid or usher with no other duties, and charge him or her with collecting mementos throughout the evening. Have a Rubbermaid container with lid ready to collect items from the wedding and reception. Save one of any engraved or personalized gifts. If the bride is changing clothes before leaving for the honeymoon, collect her jewelry and garter and any other lucky charms (like something borrowed and something blue).