What to do with decorations after the wedding

After the “I do’s” have been exchanged and the dance floor has emptied, you’ll likely be left with all the parts and pieces—uneaten food, still-fresh bouquets—that made the day look so great. Wedding planner Monica Bernhardt of MonicaB Event Planning shares tips on transforming decor after the party.

1. TRY DONATING IT.

The food was a hit and the bellies were full, but it would be a shame to just throw away so much leftover deliciousness. Instead, try finding a local food bank or even a pet rescue center. “There are rules about what type of food shelters will take so make sure you know in advance and don’t just show up with pans of food,” says Bernhardt.

2. GIVE THE FLOWERS AWAY.

Take your wedding bouquet or extra centerpiece flowers to a nearby nursing home. Take the time to personally give a flower to each of the residents and ask if they have any advice for a happy marriage while you’re at it.

3. BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO YOUR INSTAGRAM WORTHY WEDDING DECOR.

Reuse throws, linens and blankets and light those lanterns on your front porch. If using them in your house doesn’t interest you, Bernhardt suggests reselling the decor online so other couples can buy decorations at a much lower price.

4. DITCH THE BOX.

You spent too much money and had way too much fun in your wedding dress for it to be stored in a closet for the rest of your marriage. Instead, give it a makeover. Seamstresses are skilled at taking gowns and transforming them into something different— a cocktail dress, for instance—that can be worn for other occasions. 

by Bailie Staton

 

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