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Wedding Budget Tip #29: Resell, Reuse and Repurpose

This post is part of a recurring series here on BSB where we share wedding budget tips to help you save money on your wedding! You can access all the wedding budget tips on a single page for your convenience and future reference. This post is about how reselling, reusing, and repurposing items for your wedding can save you money on both the front-and-back-ends of your big day! Read on for our advice.

Wedding Budget Tip #29: Choose items that you can resell, reuse, or repurpose after the big day!

Wedding Budget Tip #29:

Choose items that you can resell, reuse or repurpose after the big day!

When it comes to planning your wedding on a budget, there are some keys to being budget savvy that are important to keep in mind. When buying items for your wedding, whether decor or serving ware, consider choosing items that you can resell, reuse or repurpose after your big day.

Sell Your Wedding Items After the Big Day

One way to recoup costs associated with your wedding is to sell items to another bride or any other interested buyer after your big day has come and gone.

Used wedding decor items or even your dress can easily be sold via Craigslist, Ebay, Facebook Marketplace, or other secondhand websites. There are nearly a dozen specific consignment websites for wedding dresses alone where you could list your dress for sale to make back some of the money you spent on your wedding day.

Reusing wedding items after the big day

Another thing to keep in mind when purchasing wedding items is what will you realistically re-use after your big day is over? Which wedding purchases are one-time use vs multi-use?

For example: your wedding dress is likely a one-time use item, so it's a great option for reselling, while your wedding shoes or jewelry are items that you may realistically wear or use again. In cases like these, you may opt to splurge a bit more on those items you'll get more mileage out of! (We love considering the cost-per-wear test no matter what type of attire item we're purchasing.)

Repurposing Wedding Decor in Your Home

Another option is to reuse or repurpose your wedding items. You can let your personal style influence your wedding style and incorporate items from your big day into your newlywed home. Since the item isn't something just used on your wedding day, you can feel better about getting more long-term use out of an item rather than just using it for one day and tossing it aside. Those beverage jars that you purchased to serve lemonade at your reception will come in handy for backyard barbecues for years to come. And your decorative cake plate can serve as a delightful display for sweet treats in your newlywed home.

Definitely keep these ideas in mind when purchasing items for your wedding day — what can you resell, reuse or repurpose to further justify the expense?

Looking for somewhere to resell your wedding items after the big day? Don't miss this post:

Where to Buy and Sell Used Wedding Decor Online

So tell us: do you plan to resell, reuse or repurpose items after your big day?

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Wedding Budget Tip #29: Choose items that you can resell, reuse, or repurpose after the big day!
Wedding Budget Tip #29: Choose items that you can resell, reuse, or repurpose after the big day!


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