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For months, you’ve been planning the décor for your special day—but what do you do with hundreds of mason jars, candle holders, and floral arrangements once the dust has settled and the honeymoon is over? If you recently got hitched and now you have no idea what to do with all your leftover decorations, don’t get out the trash can just yet. It may seem daunting at first, but there are plenty of ways to reuse, donate, or recycle your wedding décor.
How to Organize Your Décor
First thing’s first. To avoid drowning in a sea of leftover table decorations and bridal magazines while you figure out what to do with your décor, it’s time to get organized! Create a system so that you stay organized and on top of things. This means keeping like items together (family photos go in one container; mason jars go in another) and using clear plastic bins to store everything.
You could also delegate stuff to your bridesmaids or groomsmen (yep, just because the wedding is over doesn’t mean you can’t ask them for help)—if, for example, dealing with the centerpieces feels overwhelming to you, don’t hesitate to see if your friends can take them off your hands.
What to Do with Your Décor
Now for the fun part! Here are some of the all-time best uses for your old wedding décor:
Decorate with it
There’s no reason why you can’t use some of your wedding décor as home décor. For instance, if you have a bunch of leftover candles and candle holders, spread them around on coffee tables, on bookshelves, or on your dresser. Incorporate any linens, pillows, or blanket you bought for guests into your home (keep in mind that when you’re wedding planning, it’s a great idea to consciously pick items that will fit in with your existing décor at home).
Did you collect family photos for your wedding? Add them to your mantle at home or create a whole new gallery wall with all your framed photos. Take any leftover flowers, press them, and hang them in a shadowbox on the wall. There are countless ways you can decorate your house with your wedding treasures.
Keep it for another party
Want an excuse to throw another awesome party? Hang onto all your old décor and use it to spice up another celebration! It doesn’t have to be wedding-related—use your leftover balloons for a children’s birthday party or put out leftover candy during a get-together with friends.
Although you may be tempted to toss everything in the trash, try to resist the urge. If there are some customized items that can’t be reused or gifted, be sure to recycle what you can. You could also try taking items to Goodwill or a local thrift store.
Donate it to another couple or a charitable cause
Chances are, you probably know another couple about to get married, so why not donate some of your old décor to them? Ask around to other friends and family members and see if they know anyone in need. Weddings can be incredibly costly, so if you know a soon-to-be-hitched couple who may not have all the money in the world, consider donating your decorations to them.
You could also donate your décor to a charitable cause: For example, if you’re wondering what to do with all your floral arrangements, there are several companies (including the Bloom Project and Petals with Purpose) that will take your flowers and distribute them to hospitals and nursing homes. If you have time, consider delivering them yourself.
Save your leftover bottles of alcohol
Ah, the wedding booze—when the bar closes, what do you plan to do with all those leftover bottles? If you have a bunch of half-empty bottles of wine and liquor left after your big day (and you had your wedding in a private venue), ask your caterer or day-of planner to set aside any open bottles at the end of the night. For identical bottles of liquor, combine bottles and fill them up, and take them to your bar at home. Let's be honest: You probably deserve a drink after all that wedding planning, anyway. Some liquor stores allow you to bring back your unopened bottles after the big event. Do some adequate research ahead of time to see if that's an option for you.
Whatever you do, after your wedding is over, don’t just throw away all your décor! After all, you probably spent months agonizing over all those decorations. Plus, chances are that you’ll regret getting rid of that beautiful family altar you crafted or those intricate DIY centerpieces you spent so long making. But even if you do want to throw out some of your old wedding stuff, at least you know you did your due diligence to repurpose most of it. When the time comes to say goodbye to the leftover, makes it easy on yourself by hiring a trash removal service in Austin so you can just Otherwise, it’s time to get creative: Recycle, reuse, or donate your decorations.
Guest Contributor: Abigail Golder