Wedding Wednesdays Q&A: Wedding Decor Doing Double Duty

Wedding Wednesdays Q&A by Jamie Chang Destination Wedding Planner of Mango Muse Events

It’s that time of the week for our favorite Wedding Wednesdays Q&A!  For those of you who aren’t our regulars, Wedding Wednesdays Q&A is where you send in your most pressing wedding planning questions and we answer them.  You are the Q to our A!  This week’s question is about wedding decor.

Q: I’m a DIY girl and doing most of the decor for the wedding myself to save some money.  I’ve gathered some things on my own and am renting some things as well.  There is one item that I think will help complete the look, but it’s not something I can rent.  I’m thinking about buying it instead, but it’s expensive and I’m not sure what to do with it afterwards.  I guess I could sell it.  What do you think is the best way to proceed?

Wonderful question!  I typically get some form of this question with every couple I work with.  My best advice with anything you are creating or buying or bringing to your wedding is just to make sure it’s something you like and would want to keep.  For example, if you are wanting some type of guestbook sign in, pick something you’ll want to keep and look at.

As I’ve said before, don’t just do something to do something.  I’m a strong believer that wedding decor items should have dual purposes and ideally are not thrown away or are something you just need to get rid of after the wedding.  For example, if you’re looking to use chalkboards, pick ones you can use in your home afterwards.  And if you don’t want chalkboards in your home perhaps using them isn’t the best idea.  Consider using another vehicle to get across your message that you would want to keep.

If the item you want is expensive, that might be ok if it can do double duty and have another purpose.  It could be an investment into something for your home or something you can use at a later date.  If you have no desire to keep it, it could be a sign that you don’t actually like it that much, in which case choosing something else would be a better choice.

Your wedding decor should have meaning for you and not just be pretty.  Make your wedding meaningful and any decor piece with meaning will be something you’ll cherish more and use later.  For items in bulk (like glassware for centerpieces), selling it after the wedding can be a great option.  If you don’t want to keep all of them, then passing it on to another bride can also be a great way to go.

Vintage collected vases used for wedding decor for a Half Moon Bay wedding by Destination Wedding Planner Mango Muse Events

(Phot credit: Strotz Photography)

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