The big day is over and you’re having a major wedding day hangover. As you and your new spouse move into the marital home, preserve bits and pieces from your wedding by integrating them into your space. You don’t need to take this literally and bring home fresh floral centerpieces that will eventually wilt and dry out. However, you can recreate some of these elements and repurpose meaningful items into décor. Here are some ideas to try:
Show off wedding ritual pieces
The bridal cord, the Arrhae, the unity candle—don’t store these in a box! Turn them into decorative pieces in and around the home. Drape the bridal cord over a freestanding mirror, or frame it in a shadowbox or other huge, deep frame. Place the Arrhae in a small apothecary jar, then display it atop a stack of books on your coffee table or shelf. As for the unity candle, place it in a jar flanked by other candles in various heights and thicknesses.
Take a cue from your wedding pictures when building tablescapes inspired by your wedding day. You don’t need to duplicate these vignettes completely. Use reference photos from your wedding album to look for similar potted flowers or plants, vases in the same shape or finish, or linens in the same color or pattern.
Display Photo booth Pictures
Photo booths represent one of the most interactive and easy-going parts of a wedding, where guests let down their hair and make funny faces and poses. Print photos from digital files provided by your supplier and place these in multiple-window frames.
Get creative with your color theme
Your wedding palette represents the colors that appeal to you and your spouse the most. Integrate these into your space in a number of ways: through wall paint, choice of sofa or dining chair, accent pieces such as pillows, bed linens, towels, and even dinnerware. Remember, you need not be limited by the main colors used during the reception. Complement it with secondary, accent colors and feel free to choose which main color will dominate from one room to the next. For example, if you used a yellow and dove-grey scene, try buttercream walls in the nursery with grass-green furniture pieces. On the other hand, paint the living room in stone- or slate-grey and pair with a sunny yellow sofa flanked by patterned light blue pillows.
Take style cues (and pieces!) from the bridal reception and relive the beauty and memories of your big day in your very own home.
Punky Dario-Villena loves playing with cats, whipping up home-cooked meals, and decorating the rental apartment she shares with her husband. She documents the joys of domestic life on her blog, Punky Plays House (https://punkyplayshouse.wordpress.com/). When she's not doing DIY artwork, Punky occupies herself with her work in advertising and real estate brokerage.
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