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Ask the Experts: “How Can I Repurpose My Ceremony Décor?”

Welcome to our most current installment of “Ask the Specialists,” where our contributor group of wedding planners solves readers’ most pressing wedding-planning dilemmas! This week, Kate Whelan from Kate Whelan Events and Joni Scalzo from Your Unique Day by Joni weigh in on how to repurpose ceremony décor. Do you have a question that you’d like to submit? Fill out this type, and we’ll do our very best to respond to your inquiry as quickly as achievable.

Q. “How can I repurpose my chuppah? It really is such a beautiful focal point for the ceremony and it cost so a lot cash that I’d love to consist of it in the reception as well, somehow.” — BG reader Rachel

Kate Answers:

“There are so a lot of methods to repurpose your chuppah — it all depends on your venue and the flow of your occasion.

Photo Credit: Michael Kaal Photography

If your ceremony and reception are in the same room, you could repurpose your chuppah as a focal point about your sweetheart table throughout dinner. You would basically set your sweetheart table beneath the chuppah during the turn from ceremony to reception (likely whilst your guests are enjoying the cocktail hour). Another good use in this situation would be to use it as décor for your cake. You could spot your cake table below the chuppah for the duration of the turn from ceremony to reception as properly.

If you happen to be not hosting your ceremony and reception in the very same place, moving a huge chuppah with lots of florals could be as well heavy and price prohibitive to move. Even so, typically florists will anchor pieces of the floral arrangements in floral foam boxes that are wired to the structure. In this case, you can take these satellite arrangements and use them as accents to your guest tables, sweetheart table or even bar! This approach can be applied to any arch arrangement — not just chuppahs.

ceremony flowers

Photo Credits: Cathy and David Photographers

Lastly, my favorite selection if your chuppah is lightweight adequate to move is to generate a display to showcase your ketubah throughout the ceremony. If you have any standing aisle arrangements, you could repurpose them to flank the ketubah on an easel and place the chuppah over the leading, so it really is on show all evening.”

Joni Answers:

“Yes, the chuppah for a Jewish ceremony, or even an arch for any kind of ceremony can be repurposed for use, specially if the ceremony is in a element of the ballroom. If the ceremony is not in the exact same place as the dinner, probably your florist will be willing to relocate it. You must talk about this with them and it attainable, there are two different techniques I like to repurpose these gorgeous items to grow to be a component of the reception décor:

1. Put the cake below this table. Typically, I do not like to place the cake on a riser, but love it if the chuppah or arch is on a riser and the cake is underneath it.


chuppah cake table
Photo Credits: Jeff Kolodny Photography

2. Relocate the chuppah more than the sweetheart table, or the arch to frame the sweetheart table.

If your florist can’t relocate the chuppah, consider breaking down the arrangement and featuring the flowers about or on the sweetheart table, as nicely as the band or DJ stage. The same applies for any floral décor you might have tied to chairs, bridesmaid bouquets, and so forth. Speak with your décor particular person — I am sure they will be content to offer vases for this use.

sweetheart table
Photo Credit: Luxury Estate Weddings and Events

escort card table
Photo Credit: Eye Wander Photo

Décor is a large element of the budget, so anytime you can repurpose products, that is the very best way to get the most effect for your dollars.”

—Stefania Sainato

kate whelan

Distinguished in the press and adored by her consumers, award-winning wedding planner and designer, Kate Whelan Miller from Kate Whelan Events is the go-to girl for fashionable weddings in Sacramento and throughout Northern California. A true wedding alchemist, she transforms your tips into golden moments and beautiful specifics that make your wedding distinctive and entirely unforgettable. Trust Kate and her exceptional group to flawlessly organize, elevate, and execute your plans, and take pleasure in oneself while you and your guests have the time of your life celebrating your wedding.

joni scalzo
Joni Scalzo is the founder of Your Particular Day by Joni, an award-winning wedding and event arranging service that is devoted to producing your vision a reality. They enjoy their brides and grooms and will do every little thing they can to make your large day actually specific. Their packages contain full, partial, and month-of planning day-of coordination is also obtainable.