(Closed) Dumpster diving for reception items

posted 9 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

That’s true.  I’m sure you will meet many more interesting characters than your more standard brides, myself included.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

I love free and recycled wedding finds. In fact, when we toured our reception venue before booking, the floor was littered with small white and blue paper lanterns. Aparently the previous night’s bride did not want them so we asked if we could have them and now we have 10 or so free LED lanterns that just need fresh batteries.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We’re cutting the tops of wine bottles off to use as vases and we went quite literally dumpster diving for a lot of them.  Fiance was taking care of the recycling when he noticed a wine bottle right on top.  He set it aside and next thing you know had two dozen of them!  Sure beats going back and forth with Olive Garden and one manager not passing the message onto the next!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

That’s great that you got those dishes.  My uncle does trash service for UC-Davis and they used to get all kinds of neat things when students were moving out.  It’s crazy what people just throw away.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Craigslist, yard sales, and flea markets are all great places to get inexspensive, unique stuff for weddings. I’m checking around those places for cake stands for our cupcakes.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Its that time of year where people are moving in and out of apartments in my college town and I live in an apartment of predominantly undergrad and grad students…so I hear you. We really haven’t found anything for us yet, but people do throw away good stuff. I’m on the look out for a wooden bench or chair to fix up to possibly use for pictures.

When I was a freshman, I was amazed at how much other students threw away because they didn’t want to cart all of their dorm gear back home. They’d say things like, well I don’t need this alarm clock or white board or …and people would go through and take perfectly good stuff! YAY for resourcefulness!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I’m sure I’ll have tons of stories without dumpster diving! 😉 That’s pretty cool that he collects them though. Way to make some extra money! He’s probably going to be the next Bill Gates or Donald Trump.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

that story rocks!! I love the idea too! What are you doing with them after the wedding?

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009 - Red Fish Grill

Thanks for sharing your story, 2D!  It’s a great example of resourceful things that brides can do to stick within their budgets, while being ecofriendly, too.  I’ve seen some gorgeous weddings featuring mismatched china.  It lends a very vintage/charming touch.  I’m sure your reception will be lovely!  :o)

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Nice work, and it’s very green too!

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