Light the Lanterns on Your Patio or Porch Lanterns add light and style to your alfresco cocktail hour or as centerpieces on long farm tables during dinner. They also elevate your front stoop, backyard patio, or terrace. Purchase lanterns in a material that matches your home and the celebration, so they organically blend into your interior design after the nuptials. Then, every time you have wine on the patio alongside the lanterns, you will remember your day.
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.
Donate Your Wedding Arrangements Since you are jetting off to the honeymoon suite, consider giving your floral arrangements to a local charitable cause, suggests Maya Katz of Alimay Events. Several companies, including Repeat Roses, Random Acts of Flowers, Petals with Purpose, and the Bloom Project, will pick up your wedding flowers and redistribute them to nursing homes, homeless shelters, and hospitals to spread further cheer. You can also reach out to local womens shelters and childrens medical centers to see if they will take your leftover botanicals directly. Something to make you feel a little bit better about that bill, right?