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Don’t Waste, Double Up: How to Reuse Your Wedding Items

 After planning a wedding, there is nothing worse than seeing the details that you excruciatingly mulled over for months be used for 15 minutes and then never seen again. Working closely with many brides over the years, we’ve seen the good and the bad of “doubling up”, so we’ve gathered a list of 5 BEST things that can have dual purposes at your wedding – meaning you can save the brainpower and maybe even a little money along the way!

  1. Use your ceremony flowers and décor for your reception space

A florist bill can be one of the most expensive you’ll receive for a wedding, so using your flowers in more than one way can be a huge help. Bridesmaids bouquets can also be used as centerpieces, large floral arrangements used around your altar can be transformed into statement pieces on your bar, and lanterns displayed down your aisle can be placed around outdoor seating or scattered around the entrance into your reception space.

  • Make your dessert or your late-night snack act as your favor

Save a few hundred dollars by prepackaging your dessert or late-night snack for guests to either eat during the event or to take with them! Think pre-made s’mores, popcorn, candy bags, etc. that are labeled with something cute that ties in your monogram, date or wedding hashtag.

  • Use your favorite yard game as your guest book

Everyone loves a good yard game and you don’t want to skip out on reading well wishes from your guests, so why not combine them? Giant jenga and cornhole, two of the most popular games, act as the perfect canvas for your guests to sign their names and say how much they love you. After everyone has signed, leave the games out for everyone to play! (Just be sure to use a pen, marker, or paint that is non-smudge and durable!)

  • Use your ceremony backdrop as a photo op for guests

If your ceremony and reception are taking place at the same location, convert your ceremony backdrop to a “photo booth” location, decked out with disposable cameras or polaroid cameras for guests to strike a pose. Bring in a sign that let’s guests know to come back over and enjoy the beautiful set up for themselves… and maybe you will get to keep a few photos as well!

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  • Use glowsticks as props for dancing and your exit

Mid-way through dancing, once everyone is in full party mode, hand out glow sticks to add a fun pop of color to your photos. These glowsticks can also be used to illuminate your exit into the world as a married couple!