Has anyone thought about framing their wedding dress after the big day???

posted 1 year ago in Dress
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Honey bee

I want to do a trash the dress with beautiful paint colors, and then frame it after! :D  I dunno how to do it though…

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Busy Beekeeper

I plan to frame mine, I was to make my frame a bit bigger though [almost wall size]. amd It’ll have smaller compartments on the bottom for my artificial bouquets, and I’d like to keep them as well, providing my bridal party doesn’t want them.

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Busy Beekeeper

pros :

it’ll look awesome forever!

good conversation piece/artwork

it’s not getting dirty in the closet

not taking up room in the closet

you’ll get to see it all the time!

cons :

i’d imagine it’s quite expensive to make a frame that large

you can’t wear it on a whim if you wanted, would have to take it out of the frame

it would be large! need a HUGE amount of wall space to hang it

 

thats all i can think of for cons.

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Sugar bee

@princessggg:  If a full-sized frame is out of the budget (after all, the above photo is from a Real Housewife of Beverly Hills), you can fold the dress in half and have the skirt form a background for the bodice.

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Busy bee

I’ve seen this idea on Pinterest! As long as I had the wall space and could put some acid-free paper below the dress for preservation’s sake, I would be open to the idea.

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Helper bee

I love this idea! Saw both of these options on pinterest too!

My FI though looked at me skeptically and asked where I would put it when I suggested the idea.  He has a point haha. It’s not exactly something you put in your living room or bedroom.  I NEED a big walk in closet!! That would be perfect. haha

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Busy Beekeeper

Not me. I dont see any point in keeping it. Way too much money for only one day. I’ll be selling mine after the wedding.

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Helper bee

I love the idea, but I think it’s kind of creepy… 

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Busy bee

I intend to sell both my dress and veil the day after the wedding and give that money back to my parents.

I want to frame my bouquet and his boutineer (both artificial) as well as the garder as that will be more cost effective and more space efficient.

Originally I thought to frame the veil and garder but my mother picked out a veil is far too expensive IMO and I want them to get some money back.

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Newbee

Hey bees!

I’ve always wondered greatly about this as well and I’m SUPER excited to say that a family friend is framing my dress as a belated xmas present! I’ve been wandering aorund my house taking things off the wall to make room :) Since my dress was handmade by my mom with lace from her dress, displaying it was always something I wanted. I know some people (my darling husband, for example) think it’s weird but if you have the wall space it makes an awesome statement piece.

Anyways, our family friend owns a frame shop in Southern CA and this is what he told me… The huge plexiglass shadow boxes that display wedding dresses are difficult to make and the material is very expensive to buy if you mess up while making them. Also, plexi boxes take some unique equipment to make them.  Because of this, only a handful of specialty framing shops make them, but other shops will still sell the product but mark them up after purchasing the box and frame from the shops that make them. So if you buy directly from a shop that makes them it could only be $600 or $800 for a full size custom-made box, or $1200 to $1500 from a shop like Aaaron Bros that doesnt make them but marks them up! (grumble grumble) I’m definitely going to be posting photos when it’s done but just wanted to get that piece of info out there. Also if any of you ladies are in SoCal then look up Tony’s Picture Framing in San Diego cuz he will give you an awesome deal and makes them in his shop!!

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Buzzing bee

To each their own, but I think it’s kind of silly. I’ll have framed photos of us on our wedding day around the house, but to frame the actual dress? No, I’m good.

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Busy bee

I wouldn’t.  I think it looks creepy if it’s 3d like in the pic posted above (like a body framed on the wall) and it would be a strange piece of art all around- I mean, would people walk into your living room and see your wedding dress framed on the wall?  The only place it might fit is a GIANT walk in closet/dressing room and still- it would just be wall clutter. I’d rather donate it for another bride to wear and treasure/frame my photos.  

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Sugar bee

I think it would be awesome for a dream walk-in closet…but not very practical for our current living arrangements.  One very small closet…and a travel/safari theme throughout the house.

 

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