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5 Clever Ways to Repurpose Your Wedding Decor From Ceremony to Reception

September 14, 2017 | nicole

photo by Heirlume Photography

If you’ve ever thought that decorating your wedding was a big undertaking, you wouldn’t be entirely wrong. From ceremony to cocktail hour to reception, there is a lot of space to fill and so many opportunities to show off your design personality! If that sounds overwhelming, we’re about to drop some knowledge to help: reusing décor elements throughout your day is a major time saver, money saver, and stress saver! Read on to discover five ways to repurpose your wedding décor from ceremony to reception.

1. Bridesmaids Bouquets Become Centerpieces

This tip is as eco-friendly as it is budget savvy! Your bridesmaids will be ready to ditch their bouquets as soon as portraits are over, just in time to use them as centerpieces at your reception! Have your florist design the bouquets with your table décor in mind and be sure to ask for their best tips for keeping the flowers fresh all day long.

photo by Melissa Marshall, floral design by Juniper Designs; see more from this wedding here!

2. Ceremony Backdrop Becomes Dessert Table Backdrop

Give your reception a little something extra by repurposing your ceremony backdrop behind your dessert display! Many people don’t think to put anything behind their cake table, leaving a big empty space at your reception. A super easy way to carry out your wedding design is to use the same backdrop from your I do’s to style the sweetest part of your reception venue.

P.S. Check out our roundup of the best Etsy macrame backdrops and these 53 head-turning wedding ceremony arches and backdrops for more inspiration!

photo by Mango Studios, event planning by Event Wise, floral design by A Petal or Two, wedding cake by Cake Luxe, dessert table by Nadia and Co.; see more from this wedding here!

3. Ceremony Seating Becomes Reception Seating

Maybe this one is a no-brainer, but we couldn’t not include it! A major money saver when it comes to rentals is using the same chairs for your ceremony and reception. Why rent twice what you only need once?

photo by Samuel Goh Photography, event & floral design by Inside The Knot; see more from this wedding here!

4. Ceremony Décor Becomes Table Décor

Does your ceremony design include candles or lanterns placed along the aisle? Those same elements can be reused to fill out your reception tables! The same goes for floral arrangements in tall vases, lush leafy garlands, and potted plants!

P.S. You’ll love these 6 finishing touches to create a unique reception tablescape!

photo by Jessie Schultz Photography, event design by Weddings by Cortney Helaine, floral design by Little Hill Floral Designs, rentals by Signature Party Rentals; see more from this wedding here!

5. Aisle Rugs Become Lounge Area Rugs

Using rugs as aisle runners is one of our favorite trends as of late. We love the warm and cozy vibes rugs provide to any celebration! These statement-making pieces can be easily repurposed from your ceremony to your reception as part of the décor around your lounge seating area, or even beneath your sweetheart table!

P.S. Get inspired by these cozy lounge areas for your wedding reception!

photo by Heirlume Photography, event planning by Orange Blossom Special Events, rentals by A Rental Connection and Found Vintage Rentals; see more from this wedding here!

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