The Best Ways to Reuse and Repurpose Wedding Decor

From new decor in the home to donations to charity, check out these ways to repurpose leftover wedding decor.


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Couples often spend months and countless hours planning out their perfect day. Then, in the blink of an eye, their special day is over, and they’re left with wedding decorations and nothing to do with them.

Sheila Weiner, founder and president of The Event Group, and her wedding planners have seen countless ways couples have decided to repurpose their decor, and the couples often come up with them themselves.

“Often times we get items that are signed then are used in the house,” says Weiner. The Event Group has seen items such as as nontraditional guest books, even an Adirondack chair a couple had guests sign, be brought home and used as decoration.

Individualized table numbers can also be saved from the wedding and hung on the wall to equal the couple’s anniversary date.
 


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Personalization comes into play for a lot of the aspects of wedding decor. If a couple monograms their aisle runner, for instance, the monogrammed part can be cut off and framed in their home. A practical way to reuse another aspect of the decor is to bring home personalized napkins to use for special occasions.

Weiner says they worked with one couple who had a tented wedding with flooring and carpeting. They reused the carpeting when they redid the floors in their bedroom.

When it comes to floral arrangements, Weiner says bouquets can be preserved and made into jewelry. Succulents and other sustainable plants can be given to guests to take home. Flowers can also be donated; Weiner suggests two local charities: Little Sisters of the Poor and Centerpieces 4 Seniors. Shayne Souleret, owner of Soiree by Souleret, also gives her recommendation to Centerpieces 4 Seniors, a local group that takes leftover ceremony and reception flowers, rearranges them and delivers them to local nursing homes or senior centers so that the residents there can share in the joyous occasion.

“People are very conscious and aware of items that can be repurposed,” says Weiner.

It’s always a good idea for couples to voice what they want to keep and what they want to donate beforehand.

“One thing that is very important is to communicate with vendors and planners,” Weiner says.
 

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