LOVE/HATE: Recycled Weddings


The other day I was catching up on some recent episodes of Four Weddings, probably the best and most realistic wedding reality show going, in my not so humble opinion.

One of the brides had decided to go as green as she could with her plans. To that end, she sent out the word on various bridal boards that she was looking for gently used items she could work into her decorations.

Well, she got enough bites that she didn’t have to buy any of her decor other than flowers, from the look of things! Of course nothing matched, but she and her groom seemed happy with the cheerful cacophony of random goodies donated by recent brides and grooms from all over the country.

Me? I LOVE this one. As long as you’re relaxed and willing to go with the flow of what happens to arrive on your doorstep, you can save a lot of money this way, and other couples can find a new home for things they didn’t much care about once the I do’s had been said and the bird seed swept up. It’s easy on the planet, requires creativity, and – in a funny way – lets you bask in the support of other couples around the country.

My one caveat: be clear about what you want. If you care about what color an item is or can’t use anything scented, make sure you mention that in your call for offerings. My other caveat: even if you wind up not using something sent, be sure to thank the donor.

How about all of you? Where do you stand on this one?

4 Responses to “LOVE/HATE: Recycled Weddings”

  1. Gina March 6, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    I love this idea! I did everything local for my wedding and I would’ve thought of this idea myself, I would’ve used it!

  2. Jelly March 6, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    Honestly, I think this is incredibly smart, and should the time come, I think I’ll try to follow it as best I can.

  3. Jaf Gifts March 6, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    This idea is very applicable nowadays, indeed practical and can spare you a significant amount of cash.

  4. Toni March 8, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    I gave away tons of wedding decorations, and was happy to do so. I had piles of perfectly good faux flowers, vases, decorative tablecloths and other items that I couldn’t bring myself to just toss, but was thrilled to find another bride that could use them.