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Selling Points // What to Do with Your Leftover Wedding Décor


lighted branches for wedding reception centerpiece

Now that traditional wedding season is over for another year, instead of looking at wedding plans, today we’re focusing on your plans for immediately after the wedding!  What do you do with all the décor items you purchased and displayed at your wedding?  No doubt you’ll have a ton of decorations, flowers and other goods left over from your wedding day, and you certainly can’t keep everything.  So without further ado, here are your four basic options for what to do with all that leftover wedding décor:


yellow flowers and lantern on a wedding reception table for centerpiece

1. Sell your décor. Place any purchased, but new or as-new condition candles, decorative pieces, vases, etc. on the market.  Just be sure to offer them for sale right away while they’re still trendy, otherwise you might get stuck with them for a very long time.  


Mercari and ebay are popular and reputable online sites and apps for reselling goods.  If you have an account, try posting your items for sale on your own Facebook feed or on the Facebook Marketplace (without seller fees!).  The OfferUp app is easy to use for selling your wedding goods locally and you might also find luck selling items in your neighborhood on Craigslist. Or you can organize a garage sale, which is a great way to clean out the rest of your unwanted stuff, too!


decorative key and wedding reception decor sign reading they lived happily ever after
wedding reception ballroom with hanging greenery and string lights for decor

2. Return any items you bought but didn’t use at all. If it’s unused and unopened, be sure to find those receipts and read them carefully to confirm their return policies. And don't put it off until it's too late! It’s a super easy way to easily recoup at least a small amount of your wedding expenses.


burlap wrapped and numbered wine bottle for wedding reception decor
vintgage suitcase for wedding cards at reception

3. Donate your stuff. Give your wedding items away to charity organizations that would greatly appreciate them.  Don’t forget, you may also be able to claim your donations to charity as tax deductions. Have too many leftover wedding flowers?  Many nursing homes, hospice centers and hospitals would love to take them off your hands.  And if you know someone who is getting married soon, check to see if they’d like any of your free wedding décor.


water filled bowl with floating candles and flowers for wedding reception table centerpiece
wedding cake topper reading always
winter decor and lanterns on wedding reception tables

4. Keep some sentimental or useful items. Consider keeping your toasting flutes, cake topper and cake knife.  This is especially true if you have a good way to display them or plan to use them again for other celebrations.  And keep in mind, with some minor tweaking, many décor items look great in your garden or repurposed as holiday decorations!


just married wooden sign on back of wagon at outdoor reception




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