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
The "Austin" and San Antonio Quinceanera Expo will be happening this year, in San Antonio. To our knowledge, there will not be a Quinceanera Expo actually in Austin, TX. The next expo will take place on Sunday, February 17, 2019, from 12 pm - 5 pm. The expo will be in downtown San Antonio, at the the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center, located at 900 E Market Street San Antonio, Texas 78205. If you need directions, simply click the map below. :)
You can buy tickets to the San Antonio Quinceanera Expo, online, for $8. The tickets will be $10 at the door, on the day of the event. Also, be sure to register for FREE prizes, for your Quince, at QuinceaneraExpos.com
Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths will actually not be at this event, this year, but we know a lot of our clients and perspective clients are searching for Quinceanera info, so we wanted to share this info with you. You'll be able to talk to all the vendors you will need, in person, at the expo. If you're looking to book an awesome Austin or San Antonio Quinceanera DJ, or a great Austin, San Antonio, or central Texas photo booth rental, contact us!
At the Quince Expo, You can meet and chat with Austin and San Antonio:
Photographers, videographers, Quinceanera DJ's, bands, caterers, cake or bakery
decorators, mariachis, jumping balloons or inflatables, limo services, party buses, tuxedo shops, bridal stores, jewelry Stores, choreographers, makeup artist, bartending services, florist, anything and everything else you can think of that you'll need for your Austin or San Antonio Quinceanera! Additionally, if you're searching for a great place for Quinceanera dresses, be sure to check out Mary's Bridal, for unique, affordable Quinceanera dresses! Be sure to check out our interview with Austin Quinceanera Dress shop, Ceremonias 15 and Bridal.
We are always happy to help clients plan their Quince and/or Sweet 15, Sweet 16. Business owners, Jason & Diana, are certified wedding/event planners and gladly offer great tips and advice to help you plan the big day. As always, contact us if you have any questions and we'll be happy to help! Be sure to check out our Top Quinceanera Trends article, or 8 Great Planning Tips for Your Quinceanera article!
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Prom season is approaching quickly! It's time to book your central Texas/Austin prom DJ, photo booth rental, and anything else you may need. If you haven't booked your prom entertainment, it's definitely a good idea to get it done by Valentine's Day, or the end of February at the latest. Great DJs get booked quickly. Most schools will book their prom DJs and photo booth rentals in the fall semester, sometimes the first week of school! Our first 2 proms were booked the first day of school!
We already have 3 proms that booked us last semester. We are booking our 4th prom, by the end of the week! We'd LOVE to be a part of your prom, too! We offer many optional upgrades to make your prom unique and different from all the other proms out there. You can add uplighting, a custom monogram, a video monogram, lawn/giant games, giant lighted marquee letters and much more. Check out our custom monogram article to see the awesome variety of monograms that we offer. We can add a school logo, or text to the monogram, as well as the photo booth pictures.
Check out the video, above, to see why we're clearly the BEST choice for your prom or school dance! We work with EVERY school district in Travis County and many surrounding districts, too! Don't forget, we offer discounted rates to schools, too!
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If you're looking to add a great DJ or photo booth rental for your Valentine's Day event, contact us, today! We can provide a great DJ, a Valentine's theme photo booth, including Valentine's props, a red backdrop, etc. We can also add your Valentine's Day event text, such as: "Valentine's Day Bash 2019" or a company logo, etc. Our photo booth will also let your guests take home great pictures, printed in seconds, after they take pics. They can also upload the pics to their favorite social media!
The DJ can also provide a custom monogram, red or pink uplighting, or any other colors to bring your theme together! We have giant letters that can be added, giant games, lawn games, etc. The DJ/MC will be happy to do raffles, giveaways, facilitate fun games, etc. Adding a DJ or photo booth is always a great way to keep your guests entertained! So if you're considering adding a DJ or photo booth rental, contact us, today, and let's celebrate together!
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As one of the top DJ and photo booth rental companies in the Austin, San Antonio, and the central Texas area, we provide music and entertainment for weddings, quinceaneras, parties, and events, every weekend, all year long. Around 80% of our events are weddings! So, we know a thing or two about weddings! :) There are many great DJ song lists out there. Simply doing a Google search for "top wedding songs" will bring you thousands of results! Over time, we've noticed that many of the songs in our list, below, always packed the dance floor at weddings! Of course every DJ has his/her own preferred "go-to" songs, and the top songs that are played at weddings and events may also vary by region.
Our job, as DJs, is to ensure that our clients and their guests have a great time! We know there are literally millions of songs out there and there may be some great songs that we left off the list, but these are the top songs that we frequently play at weddings. This song has a range of different songs, from different genres and decades, so that all your guests can enjoy dancing to music they love! That being said, here is our list of the top 25 fun wedding reception songs that get people dancing!
Overall, we play all the music that our clients prefer or ask for, first. If they allow us to take requests, we'll play those songs, as well, if they fit with the client's preferences. Some clients may want only Country and Texas Country, while others may want only 90's, or only Top 40. We generally recommend that you have a variety of music, since your guests may all have different musical taste. The above songs usually pack the dance floor at weddings here in the Austin and central Texas area; however, these songs are great hits and should pack dance floors all over the country!
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If you're considering booking Zilker Clubhouse for your Austin wedding, quinceanera, or event, you've come to the right place! :) We have direct experience from two sides. First, as wedding DJs and photo booth providers, and second, as guests at an event there. So here are our thoughts, based on our experiences. Oh, and no, we were not paid to write this. We're simply trying to help anyone who is considering this venue for their wedding or event.
I like to start with the cons, simply to get them out of the way. I want to end on a positive note! :)
Cons of Booking Zilker Clubhouse in Austin, TX
Pros of Booking Zilker Clubhouse Austin, TX
Now, let's get to the pros of booking at Zilker Clubhouse. There are a few great things about booking here! Let's discuss these.
Overall, the Zilker Clubhouse is a great venue, if you know what you're getting. Check out more info and read the complete list of details about renting Zilker Clubhouse in this PDF. We hope this has been helpful! As always, feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to help in any way that we can.
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When most people think of wedding ceremonies and sometimes wedding reception songs, no one thinks about fun songs, or even songs that they have in their Spotify list or on their phones. Most people are used to the traditional wedding classical music for ceremonies, and for receptions, the key moment songs can vary, too.
We're seeing more and more people making their wedding ceremonies and receptions as unique as they are, by choosing songs that fit them! While there are a variety of genres, we encourage people to choose the music for their ceremony and reception that best fits them. Here are some popular Country songs that we see used in many of our weddings. If you're looking for Texas Country songs, be sure to check out our Texas Country Wedding Songs article, or our Top 15 Texas Country Songs article. By the way, if you're having a wedding in Texas, you must include a song from one of those lists, or any George Strait songs will work, too. haha :)
Country Wedding Ceremony Songs
"Beautiful Every Time," by Lee Brice
"Bless the Broken Road," by Rascal Flatts
"Valentine," by Jim Brickman and Martina McBride
"Cowboy Take Me Away," by Dixie Chicks
"When I Said I Do," by Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black
"Makin' Plans," by Miranda Lambert
"Lost In This Moment," by Big & Rich
"Look at Me," by Carrie Underwood
"Wanted," by Hunter Hayes
"From This Moment On," by Shania Twain
"Your Everything," by Keith Urban
"First Love Song," by Luke Bryan
Country First Dance Wedding Songs
"God Gave Me You," by Blake Shelton
"It's Your Love," by Tim Mcgraw and Faith Hill
"I Don't Dance," by Lee Brice
"I Do," by Jessie James Decker
"You Move Me," by Garth Brooks
"My Best Friend," by Tim Mcgraw
"You Had Me From Hello," by Kenny Chesney
"Making Memories of Us," by Keith Urban
"I Run to You," by Lady Antebellum
"Mine Would Be You," by Blake Shelton
"I Cross My Heart," by George Strait
"You're Still the One," by Shania Twain
"Breathe," by Faith Hill
"Me and You," by Kenny Chesney
"Dance Real Slow," by Easton Corbin
"Amazed," by Lonestar
"Then," by Brad Paisley
"Whatever It Is," by Zac Brown Band
"Holding on to You," by Miranda Lambert
"Speechless" Dan + Shay
"Tennessee Whiskey" Chris Stapleton
Parent(s) Dance(s) (Father/Daughter, Mother/Son, Mother/Daughter)
"My Wish," by Rascal Flatts
"I'll Be," by Reba McEntire
"Anything Like Me," by Brad Paisley
"I Hope You Dance," by Lee Ann Womack
"Like My Mother Does," by Lauren Alaina
"Mother Like Mine," by The Band Perry
"The Dance," by Garth Brooks
"The Baby," by Blake Shelton
"All-American Girl," by Carrie Underwood
"Love Like Crazy," by Lee Brice
"My Little Girl," by Tim Mcgraw
"Don't Blink," by Kenny Chesney
"How 'Bout Them Cowgirls," by George Strait
"There Goes My Life," by Kenny Chesney
"I Loved Her First," by Heartland
"It Won't Be Like This for Long," by Darius Rucker
"Daddy's Hands," by Holly Dunn
"Mamas Song" Carrie Underwood
Couple Introduction Country Songs (Wedding Grand Entrance)
"That's My Kind of Night" Luke Bryan
"Check Yes or No," by George Strait
"Lovin' You Is Fun," by Easton Corbin
"Homegrown," by Zac Brown Band
"Sunshine and Whiskey," by Frankie Ballard
"Me and My Gang," by Rascal Flatts
"Party People," by Florida Georgia Line
"Stuck Like Glue," by Sugarland
"Somebody Like You" Keith Urban
Last Dance Country Songs (End of Reception)
"Friends in Low Places," by Garth Brooks
"Honey Bee," by Blake Shelton
"My Eyes," by Blake Shelton
"Carrying Your Love With Me," by George Strait
"These Last Few Days," by Lee Brice
"Your Man," by Josh Turner
"True Believers," by Darius Rucker
"Rewind," by Rascal Flatts
"Baby Be My Love Song," by Easton Corbin
"Just a Kiss," by Lady Antebellum
"When the Stars Go Blue," by Tim McGraw
"This," by Darius Rucker
"Run Away With You," by Big & Rich
"That's Where It Is," by Carrie Underwood
"She's Everything," by Brad Paisley
"Perfect Storm," by Brad Paisley
While there are numerous other great songs from all genres, these are some of the popular examples of great Country songs that we often play at weddings. Don't forget to check out our online music library, for more examples of songs, from a variety of genres.
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When it comes to tipping, wedding DJs, and wedding vendors in general, are not exempt from tipping. Remember, your wedding vendors are still providing a service to you and your guests. The biggest question is, how much should you tip your wedding DJ or band? Do you have to tip them or any of your wedding vendors? The short answer is: it depends. You may be wondering, well, it depends on what?
Believe it or not, some wedding vendors have tipping built into their contract. Some vendor contracts will specifically add a 15% - 25% gratuity onto the total bill for the servers or other staff. We've seen many venues do this, catering companies, bartending companies, and yes, even wedding DJ companies, too! We get it, tipping is a nice way to incentivize the staff who work to do a great job, but in our opinion, it's more beneficial to the vendor than you. Why? Well, this is money that they can promise their own staff, without having to directly pay it out of their own pockets or profits. You, the client, are directly paying the gratuity. Is it fair? Yes and no.
Yes, it's fair, because well, it will be in the contract that this is required and hopefully, you read the contract thoroughly! No, because vendors should want to pay their staff well and not force the clients to spend more, just to keep the staff happy. This is our policy. We don't require tipping and leave it 100% up to the client. If the client wants to tip us, great! If they don't, that's totally okay, too! We're happy to get a "thank you," and always very happy to get a great review from happy clients!
We pay our DJs a great pay rate to keep them happy and we offer our own bonus programs and incentives. None of which rely on the client to pay for. We're certainly not bashing anyone who does include mandatory tipping. We're just choosing to do things differently. The main reason is because tipping should always be optional, in our opinion. If you're less than happy with the service, being forced to tip for a service you were unhappy with just doesn't seem fair to us. :(
Our advice is to read the contracts, thoroughly, and find out about tipping, if it isn't in the contract. If it's mandatory, ask about what happens if you're not 100% happy with the service? Are you still required to tip for bad service? Hopefully not!
The bottom line is this: If you're 100% happy with your service and feel a tip would be a great idea (if it's not mandatory in the vendor contract) a 10% - 20% tip would certainly be appreciated by your wedding DJ! Many times, clients will simply tip $50 - $150 to the wedding DJ and this is more than acceptable. We know that some wedding DJ companies can charge upwards of $2000 - $4000, which means $200 - $400 tip (for 10%) and this is a lot! We get it. Do you have to tip even 10% - 20% of the bill? No, you do not.
As stated above, $50 - $150 is the average tip we've seen. You can tip more, or even less, if you'd like. Remember, wedding DJs get paid a decent salary and are not paid $2.14 like some waitstaff may be paid at a restaurant. If your wedding DJ is not getting paid what they want to be paid and expect a tip, that's a problem for the DJ company to solve, not you. There is not any DJs making minimum wage or less, for their work, so don't worry if you don't have the budget to tip 10% - 20% of the total bill. Again, your DJ will be happy with any tip that you do leave, because at the end of the day, wedding DJs want their clients to be happy and a happy client that simply says "thank you for doing a great job" is always appreciated, with or without a tip! :)
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