Reuse and Recycle Your Wedding Decor

While we’re on the topic of reusing things, you’re probably wondering what the heck you’re going to do with all the decor pieces you’re buying for your wedding…Well, with a little forethought, you can put some of the pieces to use in your home afterwards. I repurposed a few things from ours, and I just love love looking at pieces of my wedding daily.

Here’s how I’ve reused some pieces from our wedding…

1. Our wine and letter box is now our memory keepsake box. On our wedding day, we wrote each other cards to open on our first anniversary. Now, we write each other cards to open each year and keep them in our box. I also add ticket stubs, programs, and other fun little things in there along the way. I can’t wait to go back through and see everything. Oh, and the box was made for my grandmother’s mother by her great grandfather, so it’s extra special to me! The runner also just so happened to match my kitchen table, so I had that out for a bit too.

Photo Credit: Melissa Pepin Photography

2. On our favor table, a coworker found this framed marriage prayer at a thrift shop and bought it for me since it was in my wedding colors. So I painted the frame white and have it hanging in our kitchen. I also STILL have a ton of the “P” stickers from the praline bags, so I went through a fancy wrapping stage there for a while. It’s probably been long enough that I can whip them out again. Or please let me know if you need them! I have yet to find a bride with a P last name in those colors.

Photo Credit: Melissa Pepin Photography

3. Mercury glass was all the rage in 2012, so I was on the hunt to incorporate any and all mercury glass into the decor. I got three assorted vases to put throughout the reception and now have them all grouped together. My then-fiance and I went shopping for these at TJ Maxx when we first moved to Charleston. When we were walking back to the car, this woman walked up to us to compliment us on how pretty the vases were and asked me if they were real glass. I said I think so? And she proceeded to bite the glass to check it’s realness. It might have been the strangest thing that’s ever happened to me post-TJ Maxxing and my husband and I still chuckle about it seven and half years later. We have these displayed on our dresser and the sun shines through them so beautifully!

Photo Credit: Melissa Pepin Photography

4. I wanted something fun for our guest book, so I ordered a tree print. I love the significance of trees, and what the roots signify. So we have this as the staple of our family tree wall. It’s surrounded by wedding day pictures of both of our parents, all four sets of grandparents, and other pictures of our families.

Photo Credit: Melissa Pepin Photography

5. I used a birdcage to collect our cards and now have it on display in our living room. For whatever reason I decided to add vintage books in it and I love the shabby chicness of it!


6. Since we had five different wedding cakes, I found these sweet little ceramic birds to go on all of them. I have these in groups of two throughout our home. They’re just so sweet and make me so happy! Here’s another one of my mercury glass vases. The key is to have staggering heights if you’re going to group together and do so in odd numbers.

Photo Credit: Melissa Pepin Photography

7. One of my brides, Kristi, last October had magnolia flowers and leaves as her theme. She lined the two head tables with them and then had them throughout the room. She texted me over Christmas that she wrapped her tree with them. What a special way to celebrate their first Christmas together!

Another way to reuse your wedding decor, is to sell it! If you’re local to Charleston, there are a couple of Facebook groups – Lowcountry Recycled Bride and Charleston Wedding Dreams. Both of them are private groups you have to be added to, but you can pretty much be sure that someone in there is looking to buy whatever it may be left over from your wedding. It’s also a great place to start your hunt if you do want to buy decor. Most of it has only been used once and is in excellent condition for half price. THEN you can turn around and sell it again!

Your florist should also have things you can rent too if that’s more your style.

You can also donate to your local Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill or thrift store.

I hope that helps you be more strategic in your shopping and you can find little ways to incorporate pieces from your big day into your new home!




Your Wedding is Your Oyster

In Charleston it’s almost unheard of to not like oysters, well…I’m here to say I am one of those rare people who is not a fan of the way they taste, BUT I am a huge fan of the way they look! The crafting/decorating possibilities are endless and beautiful!

Since oysters are such a hot commodity in Charleston, incorporating them into your wedding is the perfect way to pay homage to the Lowcountry.

There are several, chic oyster jewelry options on the market. One of my favorite places to shop for oyster accessories is White Cotton Crafts. Their necklaces and earrings are beautifully crafted and would make the perfect addition to any bridesmaid gift. They also just added oyster ring dishes to their line. Either one of those options would be perfect to give as a bridesmaid gift or as a way to ask your favorite ladies to stand by your side.

oyster necklace
Necklace from White Cotton Crafts. Can we say obsessed?

For the groomsmen, you could do custom oyster knives engraved with their names, funny saying, favorite sports team or initials.

Photo Cred and Shopping Link: Charleston Shucker Co. 

One of my favorite ideas is to use the oyster shells as place card settings with the names written in gold calligraphy.

Photo Cred and Etsy Listing: RachelCarl

You could also make oyster shell wreaths to hang on the church doors.

Oyster wreath
Photo Cred and Etsy Listing: White Cotton Crafts

A simple, economical option is to put them in cylinder vases with flowers or greenery.

oyster centerpiece
Photo Cred and Etsy Listing: Spartinaliving

Or create a runner with them down the center of long tables or around pillar candles. As an added bonus, you could also incorporate some driftwood from your favorite Charleston beach for the centerpieces. Does it get much better than that?!

Oyster runner
Photo Cred: Diane Dodd Photography Featured on Southern Living

As far as serving them at your wedding…you can have an oyster roast rehearsal dinner, pass Oyster Rockefellers, or have a seafood tower to meet all of your guests’ needs.

oyster rockefeller
Photo Cred: Lori Lange of Recipe Girl

So that’s my love/hate relationship of oysters in a nutshell. This blog was inspired by my dentist who thought I was crazy when I told him I love oysters as crafts and decorations. Can’t wait to send him the link to this post!

{Please note: I have no affiliation with any of the links, just love their stuff!}