Planning the perfect wedding often means accumulating A LOT of stuff. There’s the dress, the shoes, the accessories, the flowers, things that are old, new, borrowed, and blue… and all that’s just for the bride! 

By the time your big day arrives, you may have more floral centerpieces, party favors, and personalized envelopes, than you know what to do with. Eventually, a scary thought may cross your mind: once the wedding is over, where will all this go? Here are a few tips to help you recycle all those wedding essentials.

beaded wedding dress Enaura

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Sell Your Dress

A woman’s wedding dress is one of the most important gowns she’ll ever wear — and it’s also often one of the most expensive! 

While some ladies want to preserve their wedding dress and save it (maybe to pass on to their daughter), others decide to recycle their dress by selling it to another bride. There are many companies that will help you resell your used dress, and this is a great way to make another woman’s day even more special.

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Decorate Your Home

Wedding decor is an important part of the planning process. The centerpieces and other decorative elements you use to spruce up your wedding space are a reflection of your personal taste. So, why not use them to spruce up your home after the reception? 

You can even decorate with the wedding item most often tossed out: your flowers. Dried flowers in a frame or shadow box make for gorgeous wall art, and they will be a daily reminder of your special day!

wedding cake

Donate Leftover Food

Every wedding has its fair share of extra food when the party's over. If you’re trying to cut down on food waste and lower your carbon footprint, this can be a real bummer — or it can be an opportunity to help others who are less fortunate.

Talk with your caterer about donating any leftover food from your wedding to a local food bank. This is a great way to recycle your wedding feast, help feed others in your community, and reduce food waste in your area (plus any donations are tax deductible).


cathedral wedding veil

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Rent Your Accessories

Finally, one of the easiest ways to recycle wedding items is to look for rental options to complete your look. Companies like To Have and To Borrow make it easy to get gorgeous, high-quality accessories to dress up your wedding day look. The best part? Unlike other rental sites that may have been worn (and loved) by other brides, our accessories are recycled and made new for every bride!

Whether you rent your bridal veil, a jeweled belt, or a pearl-covered comb, renting your accessories this is a great way to keep items from cluttering your home and save a little extra money! Check out our selection of bridal accessories today; you just might find the perfect piece for your special day.