You want to remember your big day, and what better way to reminisce than by going through mementos of your decorations? To preserve those precious memories, you need the right techniques.
With that in mind, here are four tips for storing your wedding decor that stand the test of time.
1. Go Label-Crazy
You might need to make a few investments to do the job correctly. If you have the stereotypical doctor’s scribble instead of handwriting, invest in a label maker when you stock up on supplies.
Before boxing everything, sort it into piles. Label each container with a detailed list of contents before you place the items within — and be specific. You’ll thank yourself later when you don’t have to dig through 20 boxes before locating your cake knife.
2. Get the Right Containers
Consider the type of decor you need to save before you go container shopping. Some items, such as floral wreaths, stay fresher wrapped in plastic and hung on a coat rack than stuffed into a box.
When it comes to material, plastic works better than cardboard. You run less risk of moisture destroying the container and contents both. Plus, some insect pests love paper pulp for building nests — which leads to the next tip.
3. Keep Pests at Bay
You don’t want to risk a spider bite when you go through the boxes of wedding decor you lovingly stored in your attic. Take proactive measures to keep pests at bay.
Before you store any items, ensure you remove all food crumbs — they could potentially lure hungry critters to your storage. Create a humane barrier with scent-based repellents. Some people swear by adding a few bay leaves to each box to deter cockroaches.
4. Reuse and Repurpose
Maybe the idea of putting your wedding memories in storage makes you sad. If so, repurpose it and surround yourself with constant reminders of your big day!
Hanging lanterns can adorn your patio or porch. Do you have tons of floral arrangements left over from table centerpieces? Why not donate them to the folks at your venue or a senior care facility?
Your blooms could brighten the day of someone who hasn’t had a family visitor in weeks, even months.
Safely Store Your Wedding Decor With These Tips
You want the memories of your big day to last a lifetime, so safely store your wedding decor with these four tips!