How to Display a Wedding Gown in a Shadow Box

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Things You'll Need

  • Fabric to match your wedding colors

  • Wedding shoes

  • Wedding bouquet

  • Shadow box

  • Spray adhesive

  • Shears

  • Dry mounting adhesive

Display your wedding dress in a shadow box.

A person's wedding day is one of the most important and memorable days of her life. Many people spend thousands of dollars and a great deal of time searching for the perfect wedding dress. Rather than hiding your dress away in a closet, consider displaying it in a shadow box. If you use the proper materials, a shadow box will protect your gown from becoming yellowed or damaged as it ages, so that you will always see it as you remember it.


Step 1

Have your wedding dress cleaned after the wedding. This will remove any stains or spots that might have gotten on it during the wedding. Make sure the cleaner presses the dress as well, so that it will be in pristine condition when you place it inside your shadow box.

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Step 2

Build your shadow box, or have it made for you. Make sure that the shadow box is made using materials that will not allow ultraviolet light, radiation or heat inside the box, as these things can damage a dress over time. Make sure that the box is large enough to display your entire dress along with any other wedding items you might want to display, such as your shoes and veil.


Step 3

Spray an adhesive along the inside walls of the shadow box. Place fabric inside the box large enough to completely cover all the walls. Consider choosing a fabric that coordinates with the colors you used for your wedding. Gently smooth out the fabric with your hands, then allow 30 minutes to dry. Use shears to trim off any excess fabric that sticks out of the box.


Step 4

Gently apply a dry mounting adhesive to the back of the wedding dress. Mount the wedding dress in the center of the shadow box by placing the dress against the inside wall and applying modest pressure to the dress. Make sure that the skirt of the wedding dress is flared outward, rather than simply puddled in the bottom of the shadow box.


Step 5

Apply the dry mounting adhesive to the sides of the wedding shoes. Place one wedding shoe on either side of the dress against the back wall of the shadow box.


Dry your wedding day bouquet and mount it inside the shadow box as well. Add other special wedding day touches, such as your garter belt or a picture of your wedding party.

Hang your shadow box in your home so that you can look at it whenever you want. Because the shadow box will be large, it might not be the best decoration for your living room. Instead, consider showcasing your wedding dress in your home office, on the wall of a large walk-in closet, in a guest room or in your hobby room.


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