What do you do with your wedding invitations after the big day is over?

Your wedding invitation is one of the only things you actually get to keep from your wedding day. If you’ve been hanging around the site, or me, long at all, you’ve likely heard this from me before. After the flowers have wilted, the music has played, and the cake has been eaten, you’re left with your dress, photographs, and a piece of paper reminding you of all the memories of one of your most special days.

As a true keepsake, find a way to display the invitation in your home rather than just throwing it in a drawer. There are so many fun and unique ways to use your wedding invitation once the big day has passed!

Ideas for Wedding Invitation Keepsakes

Frame or Shadowbox

The easiest way to display your wedding invitation after the big day is by framing it or creating a shadow box. I love the simplicity of putting the paper in a pretty frame that matches your home decor and putting it somewhere you’ll see it daily. Hang it in your bedroom so it’s one of the first things you see when you wake up and before you go to sleep or in a common area as a conversation starter.

If you want to pair some other wedding day details with the invitation, consider creating a shadow box. You can include things like dried flowers from the wedding bouquet, the garter, and the cork from the champagne bottle you drank as newlyweds. There’s no shortage of ideas on Pinterest for wedding shadow boxes!

Engraved Plate

Recently a former bride told me that her mother had their wedding invitation made into an engraved plate. I thought this was so neat! A local boutique handled this project, but there are also sources online who will recreate the design and have it engraved on sterling silver or pewter. Along with plates, you can have the invitation engraved on a tray or glass – beautiful to display in your home!

Coffee Table Tray

I absolutely adore these custom trays by Copper & Torch. Made of glass and metal, it’s a perfect way to save your wedding invitation. Both decorative and functional, this might be my favorite way to create a keepsake from the big day!

Wedding Invitation Ideas

Decorative Pillow

Until I began researching for this post, I had no idea people were turning their wedding invitation designs into pillows! When I stumbled across this Etsy shop, I thought it was the cutest idea and a really unique way to preserve your invitation. Having your invitation on a handmade pillow is both a great way to decorate and keep your design alive!

Christmas Ornament

One of my favorite ways to turn your wedding invitation into a fun keepsake is to create an ornament for the Christmas tree. It’s super easy to do and you can read my full step-by-step tutorial here.

This is something you can do yourself, but I also love this idea to give as a gift to a newlywed couple for their first married Christmas.

DIY Wedding Invitation Ornament

There are so many options of ways to display your wedding invitation, which is your favorite? When ordering, remember to include a few extra to use as keepsakes for yourself and your family members!

Invitation Styling + Photography by Elizabeth Warrick


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