Ceremony backdrops and arbors can work double duty as your dessert table or photo booth backdrop.
Reuse ceremony seating as your reception seating.
3. It took you forever to find just the right type of brass geometric lanterns for the aisle, so why not repurpose them for your tablescapes? This is just one example of how ceremony décor can easily become table decor. Not only are you saving on décor costs, but using the same design elements for both the ceremony and reception help to keep your wedding style consistent.
4. Aisle runners/rugs can be reused for the lounge area of your cocktail hour and/or reception. Again, décor consistency is key for making an event feel refined and cohesive.
5. Any occasional/materials tables used during the ceremony can become the guestbook and/or wedding favor display table during the reception.
6. BONUS TIP ALERT!! Reuse bridesmaids’ bouquets as centerpieces. You can use them to complement any flower arrangements you have planned for the cocktail hour/reception (it’s more than likely that you’ve chosen the same or similar color and flower scheme for both!).
We must stress that you need to have designated people organized to handle any and all transitions. You do not, we repeat DO NOT, want to be worrying about this in the midst of all the other activities you should be enjoying--bridal party photographs, mingling with your guests, finally enjoying a sip of that signature cocktail you spent ages deciding on, not to mention soaking in your first minutes of wedded bliss).