you have spent months planning every meticulous detail for your wedding, but what to do with all those wedding decorations after your reception or wedding weekend is over? It is easy to forget that things may have a second life post-nuptials. In fact, several items can be repurposed in your home or donated to others.
Add Family Photos to Your Gallery Wall If you created a special altar to honor your family members, take these framed photos home and add them to your mantle or gallery wall. Invest in silver frames or some that match your home decor for an easy transition. If the photos are already framed, take them as they are to your wedding—talk about a quick cash savings! “Bringing the photos from home in their original frames usually works very well,” explains Laura Irizarry-Garcia of LIG Events. “Guests love looking at them, and its a great way to include those family members who might not be with you any longer.
Reuse Throw Pillows, Blankets, and Linens You decked out your cocktail hour lounge with color-coordinating pillows and had baskets of blankets on-hand for the chilly evening. What a hostess! The good news is that these are great items to incorporate into your home too, says Francesca DiSalvo-Follmer of Pure Luxe Bride. She suggests that during the planning process, pick items, like napkins and throws, that fit with your home decor as well as the wedding vibe. Also, be sure that you approve of the fabric for long-term use. “Find some youd like to own, so you can keep them after the wedding is over,” she advises.