As you might know if you have been around this blog for a while, I recently left my teaching job to continue to build my wedding coordinating business (in addition to staying home with Squirt and working on this here blog). Every once in a while I will share some of my wedding wisdom here for all you lovely folks. I love working on weddings for so many reasons, but one of the main ones is how it allows me to use my creativity, and a lot of that creativity comes into play when looking at the budget. We all know that weddings are expensive. Even if you are DIYing, you will have to spend some cash to make your big day possible. One way to make those costs seem not so painful is to look for items for your wedding that you can reuse later on in your married life. Some of these items may be party supplies while others can be decor. You can get very creative with reusing your wedding items and the bonus is you will be reminded of your special day every time you see them! Here are five items from my own wedding that I have reused:
We bought 100 of these cheapie wine glasses from Ikea because it was less expensive than renting them from a supply company (our caterer provided all of our other dishes/flatware so this would have been the only item we rented from an outside company). Because we had so many, I gave some away and kept some for myself. I have never run short on wine glasses (even for parties!) and I don’t really care about breaking them since they were inexpensive and already served their main purpose.
These drink containers were actually purchased by my mom and I luckily inherited one of them after the wedding. I have used it at several parties, and even went out and bought a second one. It is a cute and easy way to have water/non-alcoholic beverages available to guests.
This green B was purchased at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. I painted it green to match our wedding colors and it served as a focal point for our reception decor. After the wedding I repainted it gold and it now hangs as a focal point on our living room gallery wall. This one is special because it really reminds me of our wedding and I love getting to see it every day.
Paper lanterns are a great way to decorate for any wedding. These lanterns also look great later on, hanging in your backyard or on your porch. They are also another good option for party decor.
I’ve used almost everything from our dessert table multiple times since the wedding. The cupcake stands are great for any party (and both my mother-in-law and my sister used them at my two baby showers) and all of the trays and cake stands can be used at holidays to serve appetizers or desserts. The pink polka dot stands are actually upside down boxes. They now live in my office and house some of my craft supplies.
As a wedding planner, one of the main complaints I hear about spending money on a wedding is that it is all that cash for “just one day”. But when you invest in items that you can reuse multiple times after the big day, it makes justifying the spending a little bit easier.