How difficult is it to resell wedding centerpieces?

posted 5 days ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Sugar bee

I sold some battery operated votives and holders after my wedding and I ended up giving them away for pennies on the dollar…but I don’t think I targeted the right audience.

I think if you found a wedding specific group to post them, you’d be able to get back between 25-50% of what you paid.  

Is it worth it?  I guess it would depend on how much you are saving by buying them and potentially selling them (always a risk that you won’t be able to sell them) v. just going with real flowers.  If it’s a big enough savings to justify with out having to sell them, then go for it.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

My advice would be… don’t financially count on being able to sell them.  If you’re able to and you get to recoup some of your costs, awesome.  But don’t build the assumption into your wedding budget.

 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I agree with pp don’t assume you’ll be able to get half of what you paid. To resell on marketplace you’ll have to price it really low, and that assumes that someone else likes the item and it matches their colours. I sold some decor like hurricane candle holders and table numbers but it was definitely less than half. 

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2021

You never recoup your cost unless you rent them, and in renting them, you have be careful with care, breakage, handing, etc.  Not really a good investment if you want to make money.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: City, State

 I sold a bunch of my globes that I used in my centerpieces (had about 10-15 of them) for probably 30% of what I bought them for and threw in some free stuff for the new bride. 🙂

I ended up keeping and repurposing the rest of my florals, vases, and hourglasses in my house as general decor, and I’m thinking about donating to friends/coworkers if any of them want decor later on. I was on a lot of Facebook wedding groups, not very easy to resell stuff, it happens but you also spend a lot of time fielding inquires that don’t end up working out and arranging pickup/drop off.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

You may talk to your venue.  Some venues buy decor to rent out to future wedding parties.

Post # 9
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Busy bee

I easily sold my centerpieces on the facebook market place, but I totally agree with other posters that you likely will get less than 50% of what you paid upfront.  We spent around $400 in total on all flowers (cakes, bouquets, etc.), so I am unsure what we paid for just what we paid for the centerpieces themselves, but I sold the flowers from our center pieces for around $25 or $50 on the market place.  We had also collected wine bottles that we put the flowers in, and gave the bottles to a friend of a family member.

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