Post # 1
I’m very curious about this. I’ve seen a lot of posts from Bees being excited of their decorations. I’ve seen several about getting the best deal, and several abou the excitement over finding the perfect thing at Dollar Tree. My question is this: What are you guys planning on doing with all these things after the ceremony? I personally plan on keeping a few things around, but not every single thing. Will you be recycling it? Donating it to Good Will? What? I mean as much money goes into a wedding, I’d hate to throw anything away. Even if it did just cost a dollar.
Post # 3
I’ll keep the stuff I want, others may want, and a few momentos, I might try to sell things that feel are worth selling, and eventually anything sitting around will probably get donated or (the saddest thing) thrown.
Post # 4
I sold a few things, and have tried to give away a few things to a coworker her daughter is getting married next year and she was thinking about using the same colors I had. She changed her mind on colors. I may try selling what I have left over at a garage sale this summer or take it to GoodWill.
Post # 5
I’m planning on keeping specific items that I love (there is a particular vase I have found that it just wonderful) and am planning on having a little game during the reception where the DJ will ask people to look under their chairs (or under their plates…something like that). The person at the table who has a sticker (or a card..it’s still in the works with the details) will then be able to bring the centerpiece that is at their table home. That way I can give away some of those vases and flower arrangements and make a fun game out of it at the same time. 🙂
Post # 6
I’ve kept a few things, but I’ve also been selling off bits and pieces slowly but surely. There are some things I thought I’d end up donating or selling after that I’ve kept and used a lot which has surprised me, like my stainless steel cake pedestals. They’re so handy!!
Post # 7
If you can’t sell things, there are always ads on craigslist from brides on a tight budget. Think of the warm feeling you will get if you donate your things and help someone else.
Post # 8
I sold a good majority (all my paper lanterns, cupcake tower, vases, etc.)
Post # 9
Thankfully, we didn’t have much. We just had picture frames for the table numbers, which I donated, and the candy jar displays for our candy buffet. My mom called dibs on a few of the jars waaaaaaay before the wedding so she took those and we have a few left that I like to set up around the house.
Post # 10
We are donationg everything to our church.
Post # 11
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
I sent most of themhome with guests, and the stuff that didn’t go home, I took home and gave away to other brides with similar themes, some I donated to my venue for future use (and I used some of their existing stock from previous brides too).
Post # 12
I’m reselling most of it, and the items I’m not re-selling will be items I’ll use in decorating/use in day to day life. As much of a wonderful notion as it is to donate, I spent a lot of money on ribbon and would like to make back SOME of the material costs on the 20 ft garland I’ll be making. Especially considering all the labor and planning it takes.
Seeing another bride happy with my work would make me very happy 🙂
Post # 13
I have plans for a few things to keep around the house. (Such as 5 faux flower bouquets I am keeping along with 3 black eiffel tower vases so I can use on mantle). I also had our last name made in wooden letters (in white, red, black, bling, and damask print to match wedding theme)…I paid good money for these but I find it ok since before I even bought it I told myself it would look amazing on our mantle! LOL I have some other ideas with a few things.
Other than that I will resell my whole custom decor package to another bride (I paid over $4k for everything) and selling for $1,600. Would LOVE to see someone else get use out of it and I am buying a house after the wedding so it will help both new bride and us out.