A Guide to the Perfect Recycled Wedding

You’re planning your dream wedding! It’s mostly exciting but sometimes it can be frustrating. Let’s talk about decorations, we all love finding the perfect table settings for our personalities and theme. But when you finally have your heart set on an idea, many are hit with the realization that either it will cost a small fortune and/or what in the world will we do with 25 little bird cages after the big day?

After this realization, most think you only have two options: either do it or don’t. However, you actually have more options than that! Start thinking about the idea of a recycled wedding!

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During the wedding planning phase, you are in the midst of several wedding events like bridal shows, cake tastings, menu tastings, and sometimes your group of friends are all getting married within a few years or even months of each other!

The first step is to find a group of brides in your area. Ask your venue about bridal events they have or are attending. This is the perfect way to mingle with other brides and find people with similar tastes that are also interested in saving some money! Don’t forget to include your friends and family that are planning weddings or even have decorations from their weddings.

Once your group is all onboard, you can sit down with your dream decoration ideas. Look at what items could be used in each idea. Take these candles for example, our banquet manager and marketing assistant used them in their weddings then we were able to use them for a private shoot at our facilities.

The best way to start after forming your group would be to purchase a few sample decorations (a couple candles, bird cages, tea cups, etc.) and setup a table using these items in several different ways. Take photos and post them on a shared Pinterest board for everyone to see. This will help with inspiration!

To be a little more cost effective, you can even use EBay, Tradesy, and Ruffled Recycle to purchase gently used items. Afterwards, you could even sell them to make a little money back! Start planning and send us your ideas, we’d love to feature them in this blog!

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