Now that wedding’s celebration has ended, it's time to focus on what to do with the beautiful wedding flowers and other decorations you used during the big day. The answer? Turn your wedding decor into home decor. There are many ways to reuse your wedding centerpieces, and this article will cover some of the most popular ones. See which ones you like best, then start your DIY project.
Different creative ways to use your wedding centerpieces after the big day
After you say I do, your wedding centerpieces will still have plenty of life left—so use them. Here are creative ways to use your wedding centerpieces after the big day. Your guests will love these unexpected wedding keepsakes, and you'll be grateful that you didn't spend all that money on something you won't ever use again.
Repurpose as photo props
One of the best things about repurposing your wedding centerpieces as photo props are that they can serve double duty. Not only will they add a beautiful touch to your photos, but they'll also help you save money on decorations. With so many options available, we think it is important to get creative with how you use them after the big day. Have someone hold up each centerpiece consisting wedding flowers during your family photo session for an extra special touch.
Donate to charity
One of the best ways to use your wedding centerpieces after the big day is to donate them to charity. Charities such as Good Well Foundation always need tableware, and it's an easy way to do a good deed while making some extra cash. Another idea is to donate your wedding flowers and decorations to hospitals or retirement homes so they can spruce up their lobby areas with beautiful fresh flowers. You could also take your centerpiece to work for your coworkers to enjoy all week.
Store them until your next event
One of the best things about wedding centerpieces is that they can be reused repeatedly. If you carefully pack them up after your wedding, you can store them until your next event. You could also use leftover flowers for a smaller centerpiece at a baby shower or anniversary party. When decorating an outdoor venue like a garden or backyard party, layering pots with green leafy plants and flowering plants makes it easy to dress up any space.
For a small table, place one pot in the middle. Layer two or three together for larger tables on one side of the table. Another option is to cut down some branches from the trees outside and tie them with twine around the pots. Add a few potted succulents around each centerpiece for texture.
Repurpose into home decor pieces
One of the best ways to repurpose your wedding centerpieces is to turn them into home decor pieces. Here are some creative ideas for how you can do this:
Make a floral vase with votive candles
Turn a centerpiece into a wreath
Set up a romantic bath with one centerpiece on each side of the tub and use candles in their holders
Fill it with wedding flowers or ornaments, or pack it away in its original box.
Another way to put them to good use after the big day is by using them as potpourri holders. Just pop a small dish inside and place potpourri in it. The possibilities are endless regarding the uses of your beautiful wedding centerpieces.
Distribute amongst your family members as mementos
If you're looking for a way to repurpose your wedding centerpieces after the big day, consider giving them away to your family members as mementos. It's a great way to give back to those who helped make your day special and provide guests with something to remember. Plus, it will save you from storing these items in boxes in your attic or basement for years to come. They'll remind you of all the love that went into creating your perfect day.
Create a party with friends and family
One fun way to use your leftover wedding centerpieces is to throw a post-wedding party for your friends and family. This great opportunity to show off your DIY skills and get everyone together for post-wedding fun. Invite people over to decorate their centerpiece or have someone do it all for you. A few ideas of what you can include are snacks, drinks, games, decorations, favors, etc.
You might also want to break out those photo albums. Make sure you take lots of pictures so everyone can capture the memories from this special night. It's an event that will never happen again and will be an awesome addition to your wedding album. Add some beautiful wedding flowers to your centerpiece to make this moment memorable.
Use as planter
A vase or container from your wedding centerpiece makes a great planter for a small succulent or cactus. Add some rocks or pebbles to the bottom of the vase for drainage, then fill with potting soil. Place your plant in the center, and voila. A pretty and easy-to-care-for planter that will remind you of your special day every time you see it. Another idea is to take it apart and add glue and glitter to make a festive DIY Christmas ornament.
You can also keep all the individual pieces in a box and use them as decorations around your home during the holidays (or any other time). The last option is to reuse them at your next event – they're versatile. So if you find yourself hosting another party soon, reassemble your centerpiece using new wedding flowers, candles, and ribbons to create an instant table arrangement.
Turn into candles
If you had a floral arrangement as your centerpiece, you could easily turn it into a set of beautiful candles. First, remove all the wedding flowers and leaves from the stems. Next, use a sharp knife to carefully cut the stems down to the desired height of your candles. Then, melt paraffin wax and pour it into the empty stem cavity. Finally, insert a wick into each candle and let them harden. Voila! You now have a lovely set of homemade candles. The beauty of this idea is that you can choose any colors or style that fits your home decor, such as autumnal colors for Halloween or peppermint scents for Christmas.
Plus, they're so easy to make. All you need are old jars, liquid dye (such as food coloring), flowers, and water (or alcohol) in an airtight container. Place the pot on top of a cutting board or newspaper, so there's no mess when cutting the petals off. Fill up your jar with water (or alcohol) and add a few drops of liquid dye; stir with a spoon until blended well.
Display in a living room
One way to keep your wedding day alive is to find a spot for your centerpiece in your home. A great way to do this is to put it in your living room as a reminder of your special day every time you walk by. You can also try displaying it on a fireplace mantel or another area where you spend a lot of time and want to remember your wedding day. Another idea is to take a picture with the centerpieces, frame them, and then place them in your entryway, so they are the first thing guests see when they come over.
If you have an outdoor space like a patio or garden, display your wedding flowers there. It will create an inviting space that reminds people of your ceremony each time they visit. You can even take photos from different angles and hang them around the perimeter to give people an idea of what your venue looks like.
Make as a gift for someone
One way to repurpose your wedding centerpiece with wedding flowers is to give it as a gift to someone special. For example, you could give it to your parents or in-laws as a thank you for their support. Or, you could give it to a close friend who could not attend the wedding. It would be a thoughtful way to include them in your big day. If you don't know what to do with it, try making arrangements: cut flowers from the bouquet and use those.
Try cutting off an inch of stem at the base of each wedding flower, then place one branch in each jar against the sides (this will allow more space for water). Fill halfway with lukewarm water, using distilled if possible. Add sugar until dissolved and stir until dissolved again—place lid on jar. Keep out of direct sunlight!
Use as decor on an empty bookshelf
One way to repurpose your wedding centerpiece is to use it as decor on an empty bookshelf. This is a great way to add a personal touch to your home and keep the memories of your special day alive. To do this, remove any flowers or other perishable items from your centerpiece and set it on a shelf. You can also add some candles or different accents to complete the look.
Alternatively, you could put pictures from your wedding day around the centerpiece for more decoration options. Finally, using a centerpiece as decor will allow you to enjoy its beauty for years instead of just during one ceremony.
If you're like most brides, you spend hours dreaming up your ideal wedding and selecting just the right table centerpieces to bring your vision to life. After your big day, you want to keep those beautiful centerpieces around to remind you of all the love and hard work that went into planning your wedding, but what do you do with them once the honeymoon phase wears off? You could leave them sitting around forever, or you could transform them into new items that will serve as a testament to your love and style and can even bring in some extra cash while doing so!
How many centerpieces should I order for my guests?
If you're planning on having a lot of guests, you might want to consider ordering more than one centerpiece per table. That way, everyone will have something to take home with them. Plus, it'll make for a prettier display. But one per table should be fine if you're on a budget.
Another thing to remember is that some guests might not be able to stay until the end of the night, so they won't be able to take a centerpiece home with them.
Is there any way I can reuse my centerpiece designs again?
If you're thinking about reusing your centerpiece designs, there are a few things to remember. First, how well will they travel? If you're planning on using them again at another event, you'll need to be able to transport them without damaging them. Second, how much time and effort will you put into setting them up again? If you're not planning on using them for a while, it might be better to sell or donate them so someone else can enjoy them.
Where should I store my rented decorations until the wedding day?
Most rental companies will require that you pick up your rented items the day before your event. This gives you time to set up and decorate without worrying about returning the items afterward. If renting from a company that doesn't offer this service, find a safe and clean place to store everything until it's time to decorate. A storage unit or even a friend's garage might work well.
What if I want something unique that no other brides have for their wedding reception décor?
If you’re looking for something unique for your wedding reception décor, try a family heirloom as your centerpiece. A vase passed down from your grandmother or a set of candlesticks from your great-aunt would be both meaningful and special. If you don’t have any family heirlooms to use, try repurposing items from around your house – an antique mirror could make a stunning base for a floral arrangement, or a collection of vintage bottles could be filled with pretty blooms.