Recycle Your Wedding – What to do with Decor and Dresses After Your Wedding or How to Find Gently Used Items
Curious if you can recycle your wedding? You can! If you want to keep your decor and your wedding dress, this post is not for you. If you don’t want to keep some of the things from your wedding day and want to pass them along, read on! Also, if you’re interested in finding gently used decor and/or dresses for your upcoming wedding, check this out.
So much goes into a wedding day to make it special, along with a ton of beautiful details. For a lot of people, most of those things won’t get used again. But why not pass them along to someone else who has a need for them? Here are a few resources where you can purchase or pass along gently used wedding items.
Recycle Your Wedding with Facebook Groups
Here is the Colorado Facebook Wedding Recycle group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/811661948866565/ These groups are made up of past brides and soon to be brides. They post and share what they have or what they need to help each other out. The group focus is on sharing a wide variety of items including decor and clothing.
By searching “recycled wedding” or “wedding recycle” in Facebook, some other similar groups will come up also in a variety of places. There are some vendors in these groups as well like myself. But typically they have restrictions on when and how they can post so you don’t get bombarded with vendor messages.
Recycling your Wedding Dress or Bridal Party Gowns
These two websites Pre Owned Wedding Dresses & Stillwhite are all geared towards gently used wedding dresses. Pre Owned Wedding Dresses has other wedding party gown options too. https://www.preownedweddingdresses.com/. https://www.stillwhite.com/
They buy and sell. They also have a large inventory or designer dresses. This is a great way to pass along your dress to someone else if you don’t want to keep it. Or if you’re looking to find a dress for a discounted rate, this website is a great resource for that too.
You can also donate your wedding dress if you want to pass it along but aren’t interested in selling it. The Bride’s Project takes in dresses and uses them to help support families going through cancer. http://www.thebridesproject.org/donate/
Or the Cherie Amour bridal boutique takes donations and gives 100% of their proceeds to support the non-profit Success in Style. Success in Style is focused on supporting men and women in pursuit of employment. https://successinstyle.org/cherieamour/#donate-your-dress
Recycling your Wedding Decor
Tradesy is a larger online buying and selling marketplace. They do more than just weddings but have a large section of their business dedicated to wedding decorations. Their reviews are not super flattering, but besides the facebook groups, this is the only other resource I’ve found for recycling wedding decorations. https://www.tradesy.com/wedding-decorations/
Passing decorations onto a thrift store or local boutique is another option. Check out what’s in your community and see if they might benefit from taking in your wedding decorations.
Thanks for reading
Hope these resources give you a place to start if you’re looking for gently used wedding items or if you want to do a wedding recycle. Thanks for being open to the idea of giving wedding decor a longer life.
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