Whether you are watching the pennies, or you are being eco-friendly and want to reduce waste, there are plenty of reasons to recycle your wedding items and decorations.
Top Ways to Recycle Your Wedding Items:
1. Sell or Recycle Your Wedding Dress
According to TheKnot.com, the cost of the average dress hovers around $1,500. After spending all this money and then only wearing it for a couple of hours, it is understandably heartbreaking.
But, fortunately, there are many uses for the wedding dress after your wedding day. You could turn it into a christening gown for your little ones. Or, you could just use part of the dress, like the tulle, to make a fun skirt.
You could also earn some extra cash. Tradesy.com, PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com, and eBay are just but a few examples of establishments that recycle and reuse your wedding dress.
2. Repurpose Your Wedding Flowers
What would a wedding be without flowers? Wedding flowers provide fragrance, elegance and a fun pop of color to your venue.
But, what should you do with them once your wedding is over? Well, here are some useful suggestions.
If you are artistic and crafty, you could press and dry your flowers. However, this activity must take place immediately after the party. If you have a garden, you could also compost your wedding flowers.
Another option is to resell your floral supplies online. Also, you could decide to donate your flowers to the local community.
3. Get Creative with Your Wedding Invitations
So many people throw away wedding invitations after the wedding. To avoid this waste, try to keep them in a cupboard away from dust and humidity. Your kids can reuse the wedding cards you receive for art and craft projects.
4. Donate Leftover Food
It’s such a shame to waste food when scores of people are sleeping hungry. The best way to recycle food leftovers is by donating it to a local food shelter.
An extra bonus is that food donations are tax deductible. And if you recycle, you can eliminate the extra cost for additional garbage containers.
Here in the US, food donations are distributed to refugee centers, senior centers, HIV/AIDS hospices, alcoholic treatment centers, youth shelters, and teenage drop-in centers.
However, note that there are regulations regarding food donations in place. The regulations offer direction on what foods can be donated and how they should be packaged.
5. Decorate Your Home with Wedding Centerpieces and Items
There are plenty of ways to reuse wedding centerpieces and decorations. From candles to fairy lights, to mason jars and vases, and from the cake topper to table signage, you can keep many of these to decorate your home.
6. Re-Wear the Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits
If you are buying the suits for the groom and groomsmen, avoid choosing those that are quirky and original. Instead, go for those that are more traditional. This way, the gents will be able to get more wear out of them.
7. Repurpose Your Wedding Shoes
If you go for shoes that are quirky and different or those that are colored, it’s fairly easy to reuse them. However, if you wear traditional shoes (white or ivory), things can get a bit complicated. One option is to dye them your favorite color, so you can reuse them over and over.
8. Donate or Decorate with Photo Booth Props
Have some fun props left over from your photo booth? Consider donating them. Kids will be happy to use them for dress-ups and costumes.
9. Groom’s Pocket Square
Handy with a needle and thread? If so, try putting lavender in the middle and sewing into a square.
10. Recycle Wedding Paper and Stationery
Are you crafty? If so, you’ll have some fun reusing paper and stationery. You could cut your invitation into small strips and insert them into a clear Christmas ornament. Or, you could use stencils to cut out designs and reuse as gift tags.
11. Clean and Reuse Wedding Napkins
Recently, for rustic-themes weddings, using tea towels as napkins has become a fun trend. After the celebration, have the towels cleaned, then use them as kitchen towels and napkins in your home.
12. Brighten an Area with Votives and Twinkle Lights
Whether it’s a holiday dinner or a backyard BBQ, anytime you entertain, you’ll be glad you bought those string lights and candles. Bust them out to create an instantly festive vibe.
13. Chalkboard signs
You might want to buy these adorable little chalkboards to display stunning signs at the ceremony, near the guestbook, on your bar for the drink menu, and so on. Once the wedding day is over, you could reuse them in your kitchen or office.
In your office, you can use them to keep track of your to-do list. In your kitchen, you can use them as hanging signs to remind you of the items you need to buy from the grocery store.
As you can see, there is no need to throw away your fabulous wedding bits and bobs once the big day is over. You can reuse and recycle your wedding items again and again in your home post-nuptials.