The wedding reception guests are gone, but all those pretty things their now-married hosts have been hoarding to decorate their tables are not.
Many couples choose to sell their reception loves, as evidenced by some wedding-specific Facebook garage sale sites for Lancaster County.
A small sample of the mountains of items that have appeared on these sites this month alone include: 14 assorted placemats, tablecloths galore, at least one beer sign, a dozen succulent planters, heaps of artificial eucalyptus, various porcelain, fake plants, an assortment of wooden lanterns, mini blackboards, 11 square bubbled glass plates, tealights, 23 table runners in green cheesecloth, flower vases in bowls with gold painted glass compote, a handmade gazebo, a king peacock wicker chair and 54 navy blue and gold candle holders, which are displayed accompanying glass domed roses at a wedding themed party Beauty and the Beast.
Admittedly, purge advocate Marie Kondo would be highly unlikely to advise hanging on to any of this. And yet, this list, in some ways, feels like a missed opportunity to incorporate wedding reminders into home decor. So here are five ideas to inspire you before everything goes on sale.
“Something totally reusable is pillar candles and candlesticks. And they’re all over these marketplaces,” says Cecilia “Cece” Zagas, owner of Cecelia Interior Design in Lancaster. “I love using candles in fireplaces instead of firewood.”
One option is to group them on candelabra, says Zagas, who got married last October.
Zagas says you can also group pillars together and hit them with uplighting or downlighting for dramatic impact.
“Actually, I’m going to do it with my pillar candles from my wedding,” she says.
Of course, if you have an apartment you probably need, says Kris Groff Barry, of Groff’s Plant Farm near Kirkwood. But there is a lot of yard or garden potential there.
“Arches are great for framing a view,” says Barry. “You would place it somewhere you would like to direct your gaze, either to focus on an area of a garden or at the entrance to a garden to make a dramatic statement from here that is where you enter”
Don’t push it into a corner and certainly don’t tilt it towards anything ugly.
“With trellises, depending on the materials they’re made of, you don’t want to put something on top of it that’s going to be too heavy and pull it down,” she says. Match the plant to its strength. Some arches or trellises might not support a heavy climbing rose or climbing hydrangea, she says, adding that annuals like morning glory or clematis might be the game there.
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Lanterns and tealights
According to Alison McIndoe, founder of AK Interiors LLC in Lancaster, lanterns of many styles could look lovely hanging from trees in the yard.
And farmhouse lanterns are perfect for porch decorating, says Jena Murphy, residential interior designer at Henrietta Heisler Interiors in Lancaster.
“I also had tons of leftover items from my wedding,” Murphy says. “And I tried to recycle them into ideas for my interior design that I exchange throughout the year.”
A friend of hers pulls out mason jars from her wedding around Christmas – putting cranberries in some and candles in others.
Now about those tea lights, the battery operated variety in particular. Maybe think twice before letting them go. It’s so easy to put them in just about anything for an instant vibe. Case in point: they do cozy wonders for the glass of milk.
Seriously, on these wedding garage sale sites. So. A lot. Eucalyptus. Pinterest is exploding with idea options there – from bohemian wall hangings, to wrapping it around entryway mirrors, to using it as a striking backdrop for a platter of white pumpkins.
“I actually take it on vacation and use it as filler material for my real garland,” says Murphy. “I have to strengthen it a bit.”
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Tablecloths and dishes
No doubt, these things take up space. McIndoe and his family members have a system. All of their accumulated slicks are stored collectively. Another dishes. Another wine glasses.
“If one of us throws a party, the others say, ‘What color do you need?’ ” said McIndoe.
It works whether the day’s event is a fundraiser or a picnic.
“We like to entertain,” she says. “And if you’re having a party, there’s no reason you can’t break out the beautiful clear glass plates.”
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