So you’re getting married and you want the festivities to be at least somewhat eco-friendly. Perhaps you don’t like the idea of spending a ton of money on cut flowers, or maybe you want to reuse and recycle wherever you can. Your bouquet, your bridesmaids’ bouquets, and your centerpieces are all fantastic places to start. Read on and let any or all of these awesome ideas inspire you.
Recycled Bouquet Ideas You’re Gonna LOVE
We begin our magical recycled wedding idea journey with bouquets. There are sooooooo many options other than cut flowers, and all of them look AH-mazing:
Button bouquets are unsurprisingly fashioned from old buttons. Perhaps your mom had a random button jar on her boudoir (mine sure did), or you always gravitate to the jars of old buttons at antique and thrift shops.
Whether you have a button collection of your own or need a few jars from the local consignment shop, the ‘net is stocked with tutorials on how to make these bouquets.
Create flowers – yes, flowers! – or a bouquet made entirely out of vintage buttons. Make a bouquet that is completely white and silver, or one chock-full of colorful buttons. Whatever you decide, the result is going to be pretty darn snazzy.
Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton may have called it quits, but the blonde country star’s four-pound bouquet made entirely of costume jewelry lives on thanks to the internet. The incredible bouquet spawned hundreds of DIY lookalikes, each as fantastic as the last.
This idea is the perfect way to reuse old or broken jewelry you can’t bring yourself to give away or throw out. Intersperse big and little baubles, faux gemstones, and anything else your jewelry boxes contain. Use this quick tutorial if you need a little help.
Feather options are a more recent addition to the recycled bouquet pantheon, and just as wonderful. If you decide to use fallen feathers from neighboring birds, give them a solid cleaning before adding them to a bouquet base because otherwise…. ewwwww.
If you don’t want to spend time wandering around your property looking for feathers, stop by your local craft shop for faux options. This may not be as eco-friendly as old jewelry and buttons, but it is arguably still much better than cutting living flowers, yes? You can also visit a nearby aviary if applicable and request their fallen feathers.
Yet another fantastic option is ribbons, ribbons, glorious ribbons! You may or may not have a craft drawer brimming with ribbons of all kinds to bring your bouquet dreams to life, or you may have to ask friends and family. Regardless, this bouquet can (yet again) be as colorful or not as you want.
As with old jewelry bouquets, you can incorporate a variety of textures if you wish. Should you be particularly fancy, you can turn the ribbons into flowers.
Recycled Centerpiece Ideas You Will FLIP Over
Experiment with any of these ideas to create gorgeous centerpieces friends and family will most definitely want to steal.
Old Wine Bottles
Repurposing old wine bottles is a quick and easy centerpiece option that could possibly showcase your love for a particular vino. Remove the labels from all of the bottles – you may need to soak some of them – and decorate them how you want.
Wrap them in old lace, paint flowers or other designs, fill the bottles with broken jewelry and button pieces… the list goes on…. and on.
This may seem a little odd, but bear with us! Let’s say you and your friends and family have amassed a collection of mismatched shoes that aren’t in particularly bad shape. Why not fill them with the soil and flowers to create unique centerpiece planters? If you intend to give the centerpieces away, you may want to add rocks and stones to the bottom of each one for drainage purposes.
Regardless, old shoes make an interesting addition to any outdoor or more rustic wedding. You can also make slinky and sexy centerpieces with high-heeled shoes.
Moss functions as a table runner or centerpiece “foundation” ideal for old tin and wine bottle candle holders. Enjoy creating different scenes on every table to add a touch of mystical magic to your reception. If you have any old, small garden accents, such as tiny painted toadstools or fairy doors, use them for extra whimsy and charm.
Work with these ideas to create a memorable, green-minded wedding you will cherish always. Good luck!