You’ve spent hours getting your décor and wedding materials together. You’ve spent thousands of dollars on this very special day in your life – the start of a whole new life with you and your new beau. But what happens to all of those things after you get married? What do you do with all of those flowers and the décor that you absolutely fell in love with?
We want to make sure that you can get the most out of those lovely items. You put a lot of hard work into your wedding decor. Why not get more use out of them by repurposing them?
There are a number of items from your ceremony and reception that you can reuse in your home. For most of you, this will be a new home where you can start this new chapter of your life. For others, it will be a melding of lives in either your old place or your significant other’s abode. No matter which situation you may be in, you can use your wedding décor (and other items from your wedding) in your journey of the rest of your life together.
1. Donate or Decorating with Your Flowers
Recently, a wonderful article was circulated through social media which featured a bride that donated her flowers to hospice patients after her wedding. She realized the power of the flower and wanted her flowers to continue to bring joy to sick patients.
If you love your flowers and want to preserve them, you can dry your wedding bouquet and hang it up in your bedroom or put it in a shadow box with a few other mementos. You can also use your flowers as décor if you choose a mix of silk flower décor with your fresh flower bouquets.
Some brides are choosing to use potted plants as table centerpieces so that they can plant those flowers in their gardens after the wedding.
2. So Many Uses for Cake Stands
You can’t have too many cake stands in your home. Other than the most obvious use, you can also use them as a general dessert bar or display case for cupcakes, pastries, and other types of pastries (especially if your cake stand comes with a cover). You can also use it to display your perfume or jewelry in your bedroom or bathroom. Or use it in your kitchen to help corral the items around your sink.
3. Reusing Your Chuppah or Wedding Arch
Most of you might have made your own wedding arch or bought one that you built and decorated at the ceremony site. These are so expensive to rent and can often be inexpensive to make yourself. Instead of taking it apart and letting it collect dust in your garage (next to your water skis and that inflatable snow globe for your front yard), use it outside to help embellish a walkway. Or place it in the corner of your yard with a bench underneath or around it. Plant morning glories for an extra aggrandizement to your new outdoor décor.
Lighting can always be reused. Strings of lights can be used to help add mood lighting to your backyard for parties or you can use it as extra lighting for different holidays (white lights can be so versatile). Votive lights come in handy during black outs. In addition to that, you can sporadically place votives around your home to add some romance or festivity to a room.
Victoria suggests using LED candle lighting (flameless candles) with timers that you can set around your home to add a sense of love, passion, and warmth to your new abode. They also come in handy at the venue so that you can add lighting when and where you want without having to worry about watching over flames and making sure the little ones don’t burn themselves.
Victoria at VG Invites hope that we’ve helped spark some ideas so that you can bring home your lovely decor. Want to share your ideas for repurposing your wedding decor with other beautiful brides? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below. We’d love to hear from you!