7 Handy Items You Can Repurpose for Your Wedding

Couples these days are planning their weddings not only with an eye on their budgets, but also with an eye on the environment. From farm-to-table reception menus to creative floral alternatives, weddings are becoming more and more eco-friendly and community-centric. If you’re a couple who wants to make decisions for your wedding that have a positive impact on the world around you, here are some items you might want to repurpose for your big day:

  1. Table décor. Depending on the size of your wedding, you could borrow items like plating, cutlery, tablecloths, runners, candle holders, and other table décor from your friends and family. You can embrace an eclectic look and give each table a theme based on the décor you borrow. Just keep in mind that you’ll still need someone to set everything up.
  2. Cake items. Borrowing a cake server set from someone in your family is a nice way to add sentiment to this delicious wedding tradition. You can even take this a step further and borrow a cake topper rather than buy your own. Ask the couple who has been married the longest if you can use theirs. Good luck will surely follow!
  3. Accessories. One of the most commonly borrowed items for weddings is jewelry. Consider borrowing items like earrings, necklaces, bracelets, tie pins, cufflinks, and hair accessories. You’ll be amazed how much money this will save you.
  4. Your aisle runner. If you’re considering having an aisle runner, see if someone you know has a fabric or carpet runner you can use. These hold up much better than paper or floral runners. You might need to budget for a steam clean before it’s ready for use, so keep that in mind.
  5. Items for your younger attendants. Flower girls and ring bearers are too young to care what their baskets or pillows look like, and these items generally sit around in a closet after the wedding, making them great for repurposing from friends or family whose weddings have already taken place.
  6. Party decorations. Weddings are full of celebrations leading up to the big day…engagement parties, bridal showers, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and rehearsal dinners are all common events that will need things like favors, eating and serving dishes/utensils, and décor. Don’t feel as though you can’t repurpose items from one celebration to the next. It’s the savvy way to go!
  7. Signage. Signage at weddings has been hugely popular for years now. Many couples have no use for the “Pick a Seat, Not a Side” type signs after their big day. Look online and ask in your community to see what signs you can either borrow or pick up for a steal to repurpose at your event.


Did you (or do you plan to) repurpose anything at your wedding? Let us know in the comments!


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