5 Ways to Repurpose Items Left Over from Your Wedding
Jul 14, 2017
Getting married is exciting for you and your new hubby or wife! Once the ceremony ends and you’ve written your last thank-you card, you’ve got tons of leftover food, decorations and sentimental items to sort through.
Deciding what to keep, repurpose or sell can be overwhelming. Decorations, table settings, invitations, cards, cake gifts — the list is infinite.
That’s why we’ve found some fun ways to breathe new life into your wedding leftovers so you can cherish your favorite memories in new ways and scrap the stuff that just doesn’t serve you.
1. Turn Your Wedding Cards into a Book
A situation we’re all familiar with: Tons of cards from friends and family marking special occasions are taking up room, but you can’t bring yourself to get rid of them. There’s too much sentimental meaning there.
But, one way you can turn the cards you received from wedding guests into something that’s special and doesn’t take up space is to bind them into a book.
Here’s a DIY tutorial for you to try, so you can flip through and reread the heartfelt messages for years to come.
If you’re not the crafty type, companies like Cards for Keeps will create a book for you.
2. Dry and Frame Your Bouquet
Preserving your wedding bouquet will make your flowers last long after your big day.
Here’s how to do it: Hang your flowers upside down for about two weeks. Once they’re completely dry, place the bouquet in a glass shadow-box frame or a box lined with tissue paper.
If you want to share your bouquet with the people who shared in your special day, you can pluck out a few blooms to press. Lay a paper towel over the bloom before you press it in a heavy book, like a dictionary. Leave the book flat for about five days, and you’ll have a pretty pressed bloom you can glue onto thank-you cards for your bridesmaids.
3. Give Your Wedding Dress a Second Life
If you’ve got a special bond with your dress but hate to see it sit in the back of your closet, you can take it to a seamstress to turn it into a more practical cocktail dress. This transformation probably won’t be cheap — depending on where you live, a hem alteration can cost around $250, and removing lace or beading may run closer to $500.
For a cheaper repurposing option, you can use pieces of the fabric to create a beautiful clutch or table runner.
If you’d rather see your gown make another bride’s big day, you can donate your dress and file a tax deduction for it.
Organizations like Brides Against Breast Cancer give all proceeds from reselling wedding dresses to supporting cancer survivors, and The Bridal Garden contributes all its proceeds to serving underprivileged kids in New York City.
4. Have Your Cake and Eat It Too Later
Your wedding cake was expensive and delicious. And usually you’re so busy during the party, you don’t get to have as big of a slice as you really want.
Freeze your cake so you can thaw out it out whenever you want to savor it days, weeks or even months later. It makes a special anniversary treat!
- Remove any confectionary flowers or plastic decorations
- Chill the cake in the fridge for six hours or until the frosting is hardened before wrapping it in plastic wrap (otherwise the icing will stick)
- Wrap the cake in several layers of plastic wrap (aluminum foil may cause freezer burn)
- Seal the wrapped cake in an airtight bag and place it in your freezer
- Place the cake in the fridge to thaw for about 24 hours before you want to enjoy it
5. Spruce Up Your Home With Decorations
Common wedding décor like candles, candle holders, lights, frames, chalkboards, table clothes, vases and fake flowers can all be repurposed in your own home to add festive flare in your kitchen or living room.
And those ceremony-specific plaques and “Bride & Groom” plates can be sold on wedding-specific online market places like Wedding Recycle and Bridal Garage Sales. They also make sweet hand-me-downs if you have any recently engaged or soon-to-be-wedded friends or family.
Looking for more ideas on how to upcycle your stuff? You can turn your old agendas into coasters >