The Fascinating World of Wedding Leftovers

The Fascinating World of Wedding Leftovers

Tess Wilson
May 2, 2011

While putting together Friday's little post on Cinco de Mayo mini-pinata makin' parties, I happened upon listings for used wedding decorations, from both sellers and buyers. Such a fascinating glimpse into people's lives and weddings — so much potential, so many unanswered questions...

We see gorgeous DIY handmade weddings everywhere, from Martha Stewart Weddings to the countless dreamy wedding websites, but I feel like Ruffled's used wedding supply marketplace allows a behind-the-scenes glimpse into what people had to go through to make their weddings happen, and what's leftover.

I think if I collected a hundred mason jars or vintage handkerchiefs for my wedding I would probably be thinking the whole time, "of course I'll use these after the wedding!", but then you run out of space, or they don't fit your new home, or maybe you're just tired of seeing them after a year of the hunt. This marketplace seems like a genius concept: people can sell their carefully curated decorations after the wedding, people looking for a bunch of something can save time and stress, saving and recycling all around.

And fortunately for us non-betrothed types, many of the items would come in handy at home. I would love the 15 vintage lemonade bottles to fill with infused liqueurs for gifts, or the 120 apothecary-like glass bottles for spices and salts. I'm not sure what I'd do with eight 76"x16" handsewn burlap table runners, four 12' handmade rose garlands, or 15 jumbo custom-dyed teal clothespins, but I'm sure someone else would have the perfect use for them. Yes, you read that right: custom-dyed teal jumbo clothespins.

A word of warning: unless you are of a much sturdier constitution than I (probably), don't look at the unworn wedding dresses for sale. While I heartily approve of any system that saves beautiful dresses and cuts costs for brides-to-be, I get too wrapped up in emotional speculation. Why are there so many unworn wedding dresses? What's happening?!

Do you have any used party or wedding decoration sources?

Images: MIlk glass from Tiffany Torbert, Clothespin from Laura Simmons, Burlap from Jeneen Bingham, Lemonade bottles from Anonymous Seller, Rose garland from Lisa Jenkins, Apothecary bottles from Lauryn, all on Ruffled

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