In making sure you have the most beautiful wedding possible, buying or making DIY decoration pieces is a must - but this also means that dealing with the leftover trinkets after the party has ended! Luckily, some wedding decorations are as useful for your wedding as it is useful for your new home.
Keep reading to see the 10 ways you can re-purpose your wedding elements for the newlywed home!
1. Cake stand as utility storage
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After being utilized as a beautiful display for your sweet wedding confections, cake stands can always be useful in the kitchen. Keep them intact and place them on your kitchen counter to use as an alternative fruit bowl, spice rack, storage, you name it. If you wish for it to be somewhere outside the kitchen, using it as a jewelry container is another great idea.
2. Bar carts as side table
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Bar carts are a great touch to your wedding’s food station, especially since it’s very practical and easy to move around. That’s why getting yourself a bar cart for the wedding can come in handy for many purposes afterwards. For your new home, a bar cart can be turned into a side station for the bed, sofa or pretty much anything. Put your water bottles, tissues, books or any essentials you need to keep close by. When you need a change of view or cleaning, you can whisk away the cart easily without having to deal with the hassle of lifting it.
3. Candelabras as jewelry holders
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While this element might seem unnecessary for the home unless you regularly have guests coming over for dinner parties, fret not! With a little creativity, these candle holders can be used in a number of ways. Place them on your dressing table and hang your jewelries over the handles. In addition to keeping your jewelries organized, it's also the perfect vintage accent to your interior decoration.
4. Wedding bouquet as dried flower decorations
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Sadly, many brides leave their bouquet astray or even throw them away after the wedding. Why not preserve your flowers, which hold some sort of sentimental value? It's as simple as pressing them between books, using silica gel or even a microwave. These dried flowers would make a good decoration that lasts much longer than fresh flowers. Aside from putting them in a vase, hanging flowers on the wall, especially your wedding bouquet, makes a unique way to decorate your house while keeping the memory of your wedding close to you. You can even create some potpourri, scented candles and recycled paper out of it.
5. Bottles and jars as vases or lamp holders
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With the many DIY prospects glass bottles and jars have, you should utilize those from your wedding for your own home decorations. Empty bottles can be a creative alternative to vases, it also gives a nice rustic touch for indoor and outdoor decorations. By making little adjustments, it can also be used as well as lamp holder. Jars will make the perfect addition to hanging lights, giving your patio or backyard an outdoor café ambience.
6. Wedding arch as backyard swing set
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You can only stand under your wedding arch for so long, but the historical moment you make under it makes it hard to let go of. Keep your wedding arch always in sight by attaching a swing to it. Imagine sitting on it with your spouse while taking another look at your wedding album. Such bliss.
7. Fairy lights as backyard decoration or lamp
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Fairy lights seem to always be present in weddings nowadays. Instead of keeping them in the garage and wait for Christmas, you can install them in your backyard for lighting as well as for decorations. To make them even more unique, put the lights inside a jar and place them inside your bedroom for an enchanting touch.
8. Chalkboard signs in the kitchen
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Chalkboard is a versatile as well as creative way to display your wedding signs, seating arrangements or anything alike. In fact, it is so versatile that you shouldn’t throw it away after the wedding! Set it up in your kitchen to write shopping lists, messages or chore list for your future children!
9. Macramé decorations as a Bohemian accent to the house
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Bohemian-themed weddings cannot take place without adding macramé wedding elements and anyone who loves bohemian weddings, surely would like for macramé to be part of their house. Take home the macramé decorations and hang it up on your living room wall to make a creative statement to your houseguests! You can also use it as planters if you’re one with a botanical flair!
10. Wooden barrels as flowerpots
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Wooden barrels are often part of the rustic wedding, which is still quite popular nowadays. One of the simplest repurposing ideas for wooden barrels is to cut it in half and make two unique flowerpots. Aside from adding a countryside-like nuance to your home and lawn, where else can you find flower planters like these?
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