How to Turn Your Wedding Memories Into the Ultimate Gallery Wall
No doubt, you'll be reliving those magical moments of your wedding on the regular—in your head and through your photos. But why not make them a part of daily life too? By creating a gallery wall with special mementos—like an image of your wedding kiss, flowers from your bouquet, even your cocktail napkins in frames—you'll not only make the most of your memories, but you'll also have an interesting display in your home. The key to making it look like décor and not a shrine? Blend your wedding-related memorabilia with other pieces and add three-dimensional objects to create depth. Take your cues from Crate and Barrel, which has so many unique accents and furniture pieces you can register for (some of which are great group-gift ideas!) to help you create an eye-catching gallery wall of mementos in every room.
Center your gallery wall above your sofa to create a focal point in the room. Use one large item—like a mirror or piece of artwork—to build the collection around, like planets orbiting the sun. Showcase a few photos in varying sized black-rimmed frames to keep the feel unified. (Travel photos from your honeymoon and other trips you've taken together are a nice way to make it connected and personal.) Hunt down a record of your first dance song to display in a special frame. Add some shelves to the mix, where you can place decorative objects like terrariums, your wedding favors, or even your wedding cocktail napkins in acrylic frames to incorporate some pattern and add interest.
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Positioning your treasures above a console table in your entry creates a warm welcome. Start your gallery wall arrangement about a foot below the ceiling to create a baseline, then build your design down and out from there. Get creative and frame your vows, wedding stationery suite, flower petals from your bouquet and mementos from your honeymoon in brushed silver frames, or add a cityscape print from one of your favorite places. You might break up the display with a wall clock and a sculptural piece or two. Adding objects like vases and greenery to the console below creates a three-dimensional interplay with the wall décor.
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Since this tends to be a more formal space, give the room a subtler nod to your wedding, like with a statement piece of artwork that reminds you of the beach locale where you spent your honeymoon. Hang a few decorative dishes off your registry that echo the same hues and your framed "something old, new, borrowed or blue" (like lace from your veil or mother's gown). Arrange these mementos above a sideboard dotted with meaningful decorative objects, such as a container filled with sand, shells or rocks from your destination wedding, as well as other curio, so the display works with the wall art as one curated collection.
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To channel a romantic and relaxing vibe, keep colors neutral and use metallics like brass sconces, wall mirrors and candleholders to add depth. Use a mix of large and small frames to showcase personal moments and memories, like your first married kiss, the sheet music from your first dance song, grandpa's handkerchief that he lent you for the wedding—even your bouquet or boutonniere. For a streamlined look, stick to rectangular or square frames in varying sizes, or hang all your photos and prints in a grid formation using the same size frames.
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