Want more bang for your wedding buck? Recycle, regift, donate (tax deductions!), and sell off as many of your wedding-related purchases as possible. Here's our guide to outsmarting your bottom line.


Justify pricey tabletop decor by giving it a second life at home. Instead of registering for, say, frames or candlesticks, buy them yourself to use at the wedding and, later, in your living room. So get those crystal flutes if you want! Just bring them out every time you celebrate an anniversary.

If it's not from a rental company, pawn it on the Web. Online marketplaces hawk everything from cake stands and ring pillows to table runners and old-fashioned popcorn machines. Try Ruffled's "Recycle Your Wedding" section, Weddingbee's classifieds, and Broke-Ass Bride's brideshare.net for starters.

Photo: Aaron Dyer | Dinnerware: William Yeoward Crystal

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