Repurposing the Details

For a while there, I was torn as to what we would do with those big tissue flower pomanders we made for the ceremony. I didn’t really think that there was much space for them in our home, so they were just sitting in my parents’ garage, gathering dust. I couldn’t bear to throw them away! Someone suggested selling them, but I just didn’t really know what they were worth, and to be able to ship them and for them to arrive to the buyer intact was somewhat of an expensive (or risky) prospect. I must have paid less than $30 in materials for them, yet with the tens of hours it took several people to fold and fluff about 1000 little tissue poms, I think I could only rightfully charge 8.2 billion dollars for these things to have made them worth a sale. And, especially in this economy, who’s gonna pay 8.2 billion dollars for paper pomanders? I mean come on, that’s just ridiculous.

My parents threatened to throw away our wedding junk so I have slowly started migrating it over to our house.

We only have one closet, so we either need to use it or lose it, but I couldn’t seem to let go of those pomanders. I shuffled them from one side of the house to the other, but they really just looked like balls of junk lying around.

Finally last weekend, Mr. Peng surprised me by hanging the pomanders up in our entryway. He did a great job! And now I won’t have to worry about having to sell or trash them.


Did a portion of your wedding decor turn into home decor?


Mrs. Penguin

Northern California
Wedding Date:
June 2008
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    greentea 765 posts, Busy bee @ 8:35 pm

    no, seriously, that is awesome.

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    D.Marie 2575 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:42 pm

    Hi Mrs. Penguin…

    Have you ever seen John and Kate plus 8? I was just looking at your engagement photo entry and the one smile pic you have reminds me of their one daughter Hannah! 🙂 Beautiful smile btw! 🙂

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    Dianne, Guest @ 11:01 pm

    I love having some of our wedding decor used in our home. We had a sort of beachy outdoor wedding last September so we had the rattan fans on every chair. Our whole house has sort of a beach feel, so I used one long wall in our hallway to display 18 wedding photos – one attached to each fan. It almost has an art gallery installation feel to it and I love that the fans were used by our wedding guests to stay cool on a warm evening in our own backyard.

    I also have a lot of candle holders in various sizes covered with small shell tiles throughout our home – and I pull even more out when we have family gatherings or dinner parties.

    Finally, our invitation was based on a caricature of us (we had a caricature artist at the reception) and we have the framed original artwork hanging in our home. We actually used the caricatures of all of our guests as the basis for our guest book – people love to look through it and read the corresponding notes.

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    evelinej 370 posts, Helper bee @ 1:05 pm

    Good idea. I don’t have the heart to get rid of my wedding stuff either. I devoted too much time to my projects, not to mention $$, but more important is has sentimental value to me. In our living room, we have one of our manzanita branches in it’s vase that I decorated. It fits well.

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