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Where to Buy Used Wedding Decor Online


Resale sites are big these days (as most of our pocketbooks and mouses know), making it easier for us to buy that shirt or dress at a bargain. Thankfully brides are also able to get in on the secondhand goods, as companies such as Tradesy (formerly known as Recycled Bride), Ruffled, and Once Wed offer up must-have wedding items such as table runners, candleholders, wedding dresses and veils on the cheap.

While these sites a great way to hopefully find what you need for your wedding (and things you didn’t know you needed), one thing to keep in mind is just because an item is resale doesn’t mean it’s going to be cheaper. For example, a recent search on Tradesy for bubble candle holders turned up several options (from different sellers) for an average of $2.50-$3/each (price includes shipping). However, a quick google search pointed me to a similar item for less than $1.60 each with shipping included. So just be sure to do some comparison shopping before you buy!

Even though you have to do a bit of research before you buy, I did find some items that were not only a good deal but not easy to find. My selects are below!

Would you buy a used wedding dress or used wedding items? Let me know in the comments section!

used wedding decorations

Rustic wedding signs, $40

used wedding decorations

Wedding card box, $47.49

used wedding decorations

Pine cone place card holders, $120 for 130

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Fun Wedding Accessory: Embroidery Hoops

embroidery hoops wedding


Am I late to the game, or have these been a thing for ages?

No matter who discovered the endless decor possibilities with these or when, I’m loving all the fun ways you can use embroidery hoops for your wedding ceremony and reception.

hanging embroidery hoop


Photo via Green Wedding Shoes

A few favorites are below. You could hang a dozen of them from trees for an outside wedding (like the couple did, above), stick on the wall for a great indoor backdrop, or use them simply as table decor. After the wedding, you can keep several of them as hanging keepsakes, or use them to actually embroider a wedding blanket or pillow.

The good news is that they’re also apparently (relatively) easy to make. I am allergic to crafting, which means I rely on places like Etsy (click here to buy the hoops pictured above) to find my decorating goods. But if you and crafting are buddies, check out this easy tutorial from Brazos Valley Bride.


embroidery hoop wedding

Etsy, $45

embroidery hoop wedding

Etsy, $35

embroidery wedding hoop

Etsy, $30

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Wedding Table Essentials: Oilcloth

oilcloth wedding tables

Reception tables are, for the most part, boring in nature. I mean, unless you have access to farm tables (which we somehow did..shockingly) through your venue or a wedding planner, you’re most likely stuck with those less-than-exciting round tables that would fit in at any Shriner’s banquet. And to top it off (literally), if you’re going through a typical event rental company for napkins and other linens, you’re stuck with either a boring white (or, hold your hats, off-white) tablecloth. Or you can go WAY out of the box and get sateen. (Try to stay calm with excitement.)

The one place you have a chance to add color (cheaply) to your reception decor is with your tablecloths, but regular old cotton or rayon or whatever those things are usually made of don’t typically do the trick. So why not have fun with your linens?! Or, as I’m about to suggest, your oilcloth.

Yes…that same table-topper you’ll find at your local Italian dive would make a great tablecloth for a wedding reception. While the whimsical prints that you’ll typically find on oilcloths might not work in a grand ballroom, they’ll fit in perfectly within a farm chic or rustic wedding. And even if you don’t do an entire oilcloth table in that grand ballroom, you can still consider oilcloth for a table runner or placemats.

What’s great about oilcloth is that you can usually get it cut to size and in bulk, which is also perfect for weddings. You can expect to pay around $6 and up per yard (and can sometimes try to get a cheaper rate in bulk).

Click the links below for a few vendors I found. A lot of the oilcloth retailers also sell what’s called chalk cloth, which is a fabric that you can use–you guess it–chalk on! Perfect for kid’s tables or for drawing with stencils on your reception tables for a fun design.

Oilcloth Addict on Etsy 


Compelled to Craft on Etsy


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Reception Decor: Stripe Runner

I stumbled across this awesome and somewhat affordable table runner in one of the gazillion catalogues I seem to get in the mail. I’m always on the hunt for great runners. If you’re having rectangular tables (or better yet, farm tables), runners are such an easy way to add color to your table. This one from Williams-Sonoma would be great for a fall wedding…

Yarn Dyed Stripe Table Runner


Buy it here

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