Three Rs of Weddings: Repurpose, Reuse and Recycle

Updated: Aug 24

From the big wedding items to the small, you’ve put a lot of thought (and money) into picking out the perfect things for your special day, so don’t let them go to waste after your ceremony and reception are over. Here are four creative ways to use your wedding items after the big day from the wedding planning experts at the Crest Hollow Country Club on Long Island.


Transform your wedding dress.

Don’t let your dream dress sit in a box forever. Instead, take pieces from your dress and turn them into keepsake items such as a necklace, pillows or embellishments for your wedding album. Have a good seamstress? Talk to them about turning your wedding dress into a christening gown or take it in a totally different direction and turn it into lingerie. Into DIY? Take pieces of lace, silk or tulle from your gown and use them in the background of shadowboxes, place them inside ornaments or turn them into a wreath. If you want someone to get as much pleasure out of your dress as you did, look into donating it or pass it on to a family member.


From wedding banner to baby banner.

First comes love, then comes marriage… you know what comes next! Whether a baby is just around the corner or far off on the horizon, preserving your wedding banner for a future nursery can be a special touch to your baby’s room. Depending on the words in your banner, rearrange the letters to form a special word or phrase that’s close to your and your hubby’s heart.


From flowers to favors to forever.

Send your guests home with a unique wedding favor by turning your flower arrangements into individually wrapped bouquets. To make your beautiful blossoms last forever, you can dry the flowers and use them as wall art or to make a floral wreath. You can also press your flowers or individual petals inside of a book and place them in a frame, add them to your wedding album, or glue them to the back of a phone case and coat with resin to create a one-of-a-kind accessory.


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