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Post-wedding Closet Cleanup

September 24th, 2013 by Jeannine

Post-Wedding Closet Cleanup

You can only imagine after a year or so of wedding planning how much stuff can accumulate. You’re stuck with all this wedding decor and random bridal things you won’t be able to use anymore. So what do you do with all of them? I’ve got some ideas.

  • Wedding/Bridesmaid dress – This is a tough decision, do you keep it or not? If you decide you want to get rid of it, try listing it on sites like Craigslist and Kijiji for free. There is also a website dedicated to selling wedding attire, SmartBride Boutique. you can list for free or pay extra to give your item more exposure. Selling takes patience so you may be waiting a while for the right bride to come along but it’s a great way to recoup spent wedding funds. As usual when dealing with strangers online, safety first and be smart. Another great option for bridesmaid dresses and accessories is The Cinderella Project. It is a local charity that benefits students in low income situations to help them celebrate their prom in style. With your donations “Cinderellas” and “Cinderfellas” can choose an outfit they can wear with pride on one of the biggest milestones in their lives. It’s a great cause so if you think your dress will be desired by teens in need, here’s how you can help.
  • Invitation supplies – Extra cardstock? No problem, make thank you cards with them or any other occasion card. If you’re not the crafty type, ask a friend whom you know loves cardmaking and are if she’d appreciate some. For something more practical, you can cut them up and make them into a notepad for the kitchen or your desk. If all else fails, recycle.
  • Bouquet – Yes you can keep our bouquet, just dry it! I hung mine upside down in the bathroom for a few days and once dried, arranged them in a vase and more than 2 years later I still had my bouquet!
  • Decor – If you’re smart with shopping for decor you can reuse them at home after the wedding. Buy pretty picture frames to use for table numbers or a collage frame for your seating chart so you can use them in your home later on. Vases for centerpieces can be reused at home but if you have a lot you can resell them or see if anyone in your family or friends would like them instead. Decorative rocks can be used with your current home decor. Extra tealights can be used to add a bit of romance to the dining table or other areas of the house. You can also pass on decor to others who will reuse it, like other brides or even Vancity Vendor Green Chair Events! They are known to accept donations and re-purpose them into wedding decor other brides will love.
  • Excess wedding favours – This will only work if you have practical favours that are NOT personalized with your names and wedding date. They would make great stocking stuffers for Christmas or as an add-on to any other gift… just make sure you give them to someone who didn’t go to your wedding.

How will you start your post-wedding cleanup? What will you be getting rid of first?

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  • September 24th, 2013 at 2:48 pm
    bini ball says:

    There are also a bunch of great facebook Wedding Buy N Sell groups that are local to the Fraser Valley and area. Plus there are at least two Wedding Swap meets in the gvrd :)

  • October 20th, 2013 at 1:27 am
    Mrs G says:

    I got a box to put under my bed and filled it with all my wedding treasures wrapped up in tissue, lace, ribbon and twine and scattered with rose buds from my bridal suite. I’m looking forward to opening it in the future (anniversaries, with our children) and immerse myself in the memories of the day once again!


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