February 26, 2024


Thrifting. It’s a modern American Past Time that is as much fun as it is functional and eco-friendly.A common question then is how to thrift wedding decor. Can you even thrift wedding decor? Yes, creating your dream wedding doesn’t have to break the bank or create unnecessary waste and can still fit your vibe. I’m here today to spill all the secrets on making your big day both gorgeous and budget-friendly. Let’s get thrifty!

Embrace the Hunt

Thrifting is like a treasure hunt, and the thrill of finding that perfect piece is unmatched. Start by visiting local thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales. Keep an open mind – sometimes, the most unassuming items can be transformed into stunning wedding decor.

Know Your Theme

Before you start, have a clear vision of your wedding theme. Whether it’s rustic chic, vintage glamour, or modern minimalism, knowing your style will guide your thrifting adventures. This way, you won’t get sidetracked by every cute item you see.

Upcycle with Love

One of my favorite things about thrifting is the chance to upcycle. Turn an old picture frame into a chic seating chart, or repurpose vintage bottles into charming flower vases. With a little creativity, anything can become a part of your wedding decor.

Mix and Match

Don’t be afraid to mix and match. Combining different textures and styles can add depth and interest to your wedding decor. Just keep a common thread – be it color, material, or a recurring motif – to tie it all together.

DIY Magic

Unleash your inner DIY guru. Sometimes, a bit of paint, some fabric, or a few embellishments are all you need to turn a thrift store find into a wedding-worthy piece.

Sustainability is Chic

Not only is thrifting budget-friendly, but it’s also eco-friendly. By reusing and repurposing, you’re making a positive impact on the planet. And let’s be honest, there’s something incredibly romantic about giving old items a new life on your special day.

So, there you have it – my guide on how to thrift wedding decor. With a bit of patience, creativity, and an adventurous spirit, you can create a wedding that’s not just beautiful, but also uniquely yours.

Happy thrifting, and remember, the best decor is the one that tells your love story!

Kayla Lee is a Minnesota-based wedding and elopement photographer (and handcrafter and designer on the side). She serves elegant, authentic, sentimental couples who not only choose their own adventures, but also live them to the fullestSee more about the KLP Wedding Experience!

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At home on the road. Forever-focused on authenticity and the thrilling art of creation; always found in the moments that leave me breathless and in awe. 

After fourteen years as a high school educator, I stepped back through a door I thought was closed. Journalism came back into my life. Armed with a Masters of Arts in Communication, I was again challenged and prepared to tell the stories that would become history, but with a twist: It is now your legacy of love that I document. The tension I seek is that from every tear, smile, laugh, and moment of love on your wedding day. 


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