You’ve done the DIY thing, but now what are you supposed to do with all the stuff left over? (And oh, there will be stuff.) Rather than stash it in your basement, do a little good for the planet—and future brides-to-be!—and recycle it.
Here, we’ve compiled some of our favorite earth-friendly ways to share the love.
1. Donate Your Decor
Recycling can mean repurposing it, too. Local event planning company i-do Boutique gives donated aisle runners to Granny’s Garden School in Loveland—which runs a gardening program that provides families with the materials to grow their own food—to use as frost cloths for plants. Or you can donate your flowers to local senior centers or hospitals. Sometimes caterers can even drop off extra food from your event at a local food bank. i-do Boutique, 2009 Madison Rd, O’Bryonville, i-do-boutique.com
2. Recycle Your Wedding
Ruffledblog.com hosts a free wedding classifieds section called “Recycle Your Wedding,” where you can sell or purchase gently-used décor, gowns, favors, linens, and more. Browse by city or state to keep it local, but you don’t have to stop there: they cater to all 50 states and several other countries around the world, too. ruffledblog.com/community/recycle-your-wedding
3. Brides Against Breast Cancer
Donate your wedding gown, veil, or slip to Brides Against Breast Cancer and they will resell it during their “Nationwide Tour of Gowns” bridal show (they stop in Cincinnati in April and November this year). Proceeds go toward providing cancer wellness and educational services. bridesagainstbreastcancer.org