10 Thrifty Wedding Day Ideas
Tying the knot can be a very expensive affair, but adding an upcycled DIY element to your wedding is the perfect way to save money and create charm. Whether its a rustic country wedding you’re planning, an elegant vintage extravaganza or a crafty shabby chic affair, we hope these ten upcycled wedding ideas will inspire you to think about recycling and reusing to create stylish and eco-friendly wedding decor!
1. Upcycled Bottle Vases
These upcycled bottles are a fab wedding DIY, which make the prettiest table centrepieces. An alternative to a large floral bouquet, single floral stems in individual bottle vases can add interest to table decor. We love the elegant feel of these metallic numbers, but a collection of recycled bottles could be revamped to suit any colour theme. Simply cover the inside of the bottles with a little diluted paint, and leave upside down for a few hours until dry.
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2. Carnival Lights
Carnival lights add an element of fun to your wedding decor! Choose your initials, like in the colourful wedding display below, to bring a personal touch to the decorations. Max McMurdo’s upcycled carnival lights, available to buy from Remade in Britain, would make a wonderful feature at a vintage wedding! Made from recycled pallet wood, they would bring rustic retro vibes to your wedding venue. We think they would look prefect as part of a funfair festival themed wedding!
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3. Vintage Suitcases
Incorporate vintage luggage into your wedding decor for a cheap and charming way to add character to the room. Vintage suitcases make perfect guestbook/card box displays, all you need is a few pegs, a bit of string and perhaps a draping of vintage lace, and you’re away! They can also make lovely table seating plans, so make sure to keep an eye out for old suitcases at carboot sales and salvage yards!
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4. Upcycled Bunting
No celebration is complete without bunting. Whatever the venue, a few metres of bunting instantly adds a sense of celebration. Bunting can be made by recycling just about any material, so whether your theme calls for pretty florals, elegant lace or rustic hessian, there’s some bunting out there for you! For a less tradition take on bunting, how about upcycling scraps of unwanted fabric to make a pretty fabric garland to match your colour scheme, recycling vintage crochet doilies or vintage maps…the possibilities are endless! Check out the range of bunting, garlands and decorations on offer at Remade in Britain, including this pretty floral bunting in patterns of pink and grey handmade by SewHannah, and this ‘Just Married’ hessian bunting for rustic wedding chic.
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5. Recycled Pallets
You know how much we love upcycling pallets here at Remade in Britain, so there was no way we could let this blog post go by without exploring the pallet possibilities for upcycled weddings! For a rustic ambience, use a pallet in its original form to create a unique order of service display. Or if you’re feeling a little bit more creative, how about using salvaged pallet wood to create an upcycled sign, to direct your guests around the venue. If you’re planning a wedding on a budget, utilising recycled pallet wood is a fab way to keep costs down, without compromising on style!
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6. Bespoke Wedding Bouquet
Remade Retailer ‘Green Wedding Boutique’ creates these beautiful handmade flower bouquets from shola wood. Shola flowers are handmade from wood peel, a fast growing sustainable wood source, meaning no two flowers are ever identical. Carefully hand painted in layers of water colour to match your colour theme, each bouquet is entirely bespoke. If you’re a green bride who would prefer not to use live plants in your wedding, or suffer from allergies, this unique bouquet is the perfect alternative! Check out the full range of handcrafted, environmentally friendly wedding decorations in Green Wedding Boutique’s online Remade store.
7. Recycled Jam Jars
Vases for floral table centrepieces, upcycled lantern lighting or funky cocktail glasses, there are so many inventive ways to recycle jam jars at your wedding. Ask friends and family to start collecting jars in the run up to the big day, its a great way to get everyone recycling glass and means you’ll have plenty of eco-friendly wedding decorations that haven’t cost you a penny! For a country themed woodland wedding, they look perfect when decorated with a little vintage lace or salvaged hessian. If it’s an eco wedding you’re planning, how about encouraging your guests to reuse their jam jar glass throughout the evening with a friendly poem written on a vintage chalk board.
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8. Vintage Photo Frames
Vintage photo frames can be picked up at antique sales, salvage yards and car boot sales for little cost. No matter what condition they’re in, with a little lick of paint they can make a wonderful upcycled feature at your wedding. How about using large frames as a unique way to display your seating plan, or a mismatched range of smaller frames to create a story board of the couple’s love story? Thrifted frames can also make a great addition to a make-your-own photobooth!
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9. Upcycled Wedding Gift
If you’re lucky enough to be attending a summer wedding this wedding season, you’ll be needing a special gift for the happy couple. At Remade in Britain we have a great selection of unique wedding gifts, so you’re sure to find something the married couple can cherish for years to come. Giving an upcycled gift is the perfect gesture for an eco-conscious couple!
This stained glass horseshoe offers a modern upcycled twist on a traditional wedding gift, and is the perfect way to wish the happy couple luck in their new married life. Handmade in Norfolk, every aluminium horseshoe is completely one of kind. This heart shaped stained glass artwork is available in a range of colours and can even be added to a sentimental horseshoe of your own. Just like a church window, this beautiful stained glass gift is weatherproof, so would make a lovely garden decoration. Equally suited to adding upcycled flair to any interior, this unique gift would make an ideal home accessory to decorate a new marital home!
10. Folded Book Art
Folded book art is a great way to give new life to unwanted hard back books. Remade Retailer Tilly Lane Treasures uses origami techniques to recycle books that have seen better days, to create clever book sculptures. Each page of the book has been meticulously folded to create wonderful pieces of art, in a range of phrases that are perfect for wishing the married couple well in their new life together. An eco-friendly wedding gift that will last as long as the memories of the big day! Alternatively, this upcycled paper art would make a unique piece of wedding decor!Photo source: http://www.remadeinbritain.com/upcycled-book-folded-book-art-gay-wedding-mr-mr-wedding-folded-book-quirky-gift.html
We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide to upcycled weddings! We’d love to hear your thoughts and other upcycled wedding ideas, why not share them with us during #RemadeHour Wednesdays 8-9pm! Check out our full range of upcycled wedding gifts, decorations and attire on the Remade in Britain website.