Leftover Wedding Decor

How We Put Our Leftover Wedding Decor to Work

If you’ve been following my previous posts on using Lean UX to discover the best bridesmaid bouquets and centerpieces, you might be wondering what happened to all those prototypes that didn’t work out. The crux of a “Fail Fast” project is to be willing to throw out the ideas that didn’t work. I have a different philosophy: Put those ideas on the shelf rather than in a trash can. You never know what creative solutions will bloom from those little Fail Whales! This may sound a bit hoarder-esque, but rather than treating ideas like precious keepsakes, be resourceful. Think of using what you have instead of the overwhelming ‘start from scratch.’ You now have a collection of ideas on that shelf. Deploy at will!

All that said, we hung onto our leftover paper roses, succulents, and other supplies to design the remaining decor of our wedding. Here’s how it all came together.


Leftover Small Paper Succulents =
Bride’s Bouquet

Best Part: The bottom ring of paper flowers was made by two of my closest friends who were not in the bridal party. This was a tiny bit of encouragement that kept me going throughout the big day.

Crafty Nitty Gritty: To learn how to make these fine paper succulents, click here!

Finished paper succulent bouquet

Finished paper succulent bouquet

Finished paper succulent bouquet


Leftover Spiral Paper Roses =
Ceremony Chair Decor

Best Part: I was able to use my favorite of all the papers we tested: the ivory and coral branch print!

Crafty Nitty Gritty: These are suuuuuper easy to make. Using the leftover chopsticks as crossbars to glue and hold the fans open, we threaded ribbon onto the crossbar to hold like a purse handle (you can see a bit of this in the photo below). Finishing touch: Gluing the extra paper roses in the center for a sophisticated style.

Spiral paper roses used on ceremony decor with paper fans

Ceremony chair decor: Paper fans with paper roses

Spiral paper roses used on ceremony decor with paper fans


Leftover Party Store and Crafting Supplies =
Cards Suitcase

Best Part: Including awesome gifts from the anti-bridal shower. The record, coaster, and card with the couple grabbing ass were all amazing trinkets from my favorite ladies on earth!

Crafty Nitty Gritty: We ordered a paper fan garland from Oriental Trading that didn’t work out for the ceremony decor, but it turned out to be a splendid add on to the cards suitcase! Cutting just two of the fans off from the string, we glued each to a strip of cardboard to keep them open and popped a paper rose in the center for the top piece. The garland is made of left over ribbon used in the handle of the bridal bouquet (adhered to 3×4 pieces of wood) with hand-painted lettering on top. And, the antique suitcase was picked up a couple years ago by my stylish, bargain hunter husband.

Cards suitcase

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All photos in this post are from the illustrious Sandra Costello.

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