Tying the Knot in a Meaningful and Memorable Way (Without Losing Our Savings or Sanity)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

I've been thinking a lot about wedding items that can be reused once the wedding is over. Specifically, I'm trying to think of ring pillows (er, other ring carriers) that could have a bona fide use in your home after your wedding.

And then I came across a brilliant idea on a desert fete. It has nothing to do with ring pillows, but it has everything to do with wedding paraphernalia that is actually useful after the wedding.

Behold these cake toppers. They are actually vintage salt and pepper shakers. They would be such a sentimental memento of the wedding (without actually being cheesy): "Will you pass the salt? Aww...our wedding was really fun." (You'd have to read the audience to decide if the second half of that comment would happen inside or outside your head.)

And, just for the record, I love her accidental approach to procuring the aforementioned cake toppers (they are definitely one of those items that feel like a need that's manufactured by the Wedding Industrial Complex). Before she stumbled upon them, here were her thoughts about cake toppers:

"I saw a lot of cute ones out there but they were not important enough for us to make it into the budget. Nor were they something I was dying to make myself. Too tedious for me.

Photo courtesy a desert fete

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Unknown said...

Our cake topper is being displayed in my office.
My bouquet was made of artifical flowers and has a permanent place in my crystal vase.
My wedding dress is being donated to the Susan G. Komen project.
Just some of the things we're doing to reuse and recycle.

A Diary in the Tme of the Plague said...

For a method of ring transportation I think we are gong to use an abalone shell. I grew up by the ocean and always dreamed of getting married there. since that can't happen we are bringing to ocean to use. I have had the shell for some time. I currently use it to hold my frequently worn jewelry on my dresser.

Sara E. Cotner said...

Ooh, Alora, that sounds lovely! I already have a mental movie of it...

Leah Ingram said...

When we got married (ages ago; our 16th anniversary is next month), our centerpiece was a grapevine wreath with a cluster of freshly potted flowers in the center. Guests each took home a flower pot, and one lucky person got the wreath. We kept one of the extra wreaths, and it hangs on our back door today. I love it that it still reminds me of my wedding way back when.

Here are some tips I've included on my blog about eco-friendly celebrations that can also save some money.

Good luck with your planning!


Jessica McLeod said...

If we have a ring bowl, it'll be something I can keep by the bed to put my rings in at the end of the day. If we have cake toppers, I'll make them and they'll probably go on the mantlepiece!

The most important reusing will be of our clothes: I'm getting sensible shoes I can wear to work, and a pretty dress I can wear to other events. Robert will be getting a nice shirt, pants and shoes that he can wear to work.

Angel said...

I wish more people would do this!

Our ring pillow was the 1920's ring box he proposed and our flower girl basket was handcarved from a single piece of wood and currently holds all of our cloth napkins for the dinner table.

Anonymous said...

I am looking for these exact shakers/toppers, where did you find them?


PS Thanks!

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