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There are a few folks out there in the blogosphere who are plannings weddings, or about to have them quite shortly. In fact, it seems like it’s a recurring theme in the Personal Finance world. If you want to vicariously share the joy, you can pop over to Mo’ Money Mo’ Houses, My Alternate Life, Frugal Portland (her baby sis is doing a mini series) or Making Sense of Cents.
Want to know something weird about wedding decorations? Many are indoor or outdoor Christmas decorations! I wrote a post back in January all about Ways to Save on Weddings Post-Christmas, which outlined a great many things that go on sale at that point in time. There’s something fairytale-esque (absolutely a word) about a mass of twinkling lights and tulle, achieved using candles and Christmas lights. I also love how the light refracts with a million bubbles, it’s so pretty! Maybe that’s why white lights are such a common feature in dorm rooms? Living the dream? In case you missed out on picking up tonnes and tonnes of lights for your wedding decor, you can click here to get some online.
There are a couple big upsides to using outdoor Christmas decorations for your wedding decor. For example, you can repurpose things back to their original purpose. Is there a trendy word for that yet? Perhaps re-upcycle? Consider that one coined right here ;-) You could also resell your new found decor to other lucky couples, or hold on to it and sell it in November. That’s when other people can re-upcycle it. (That term is totally going to catch on.)
Sneakier yet? Regift it! One of the more uncommon, but oft appreciated gifts is sets of Christmas/Hanukkah decorations, especially at wedding showers. Lights can get rather pricey, so young couples may have to skip them due to budgetary constraints. Add in a few rolls of wrapping paper, some decorations and you have a very frugal bridal shower gift. Maybe even a mini-tree as a gift! Yes, I know that it’s used and regifted, but use your judgement regarding who you give it to and how well you repackage!!
Another weird tip: make sure you have enough plugs and extension cords!
[Photo – CC Attribution – Erin Hime]