The wedding is over-honeymoon done.  How do you create keepsakes of your special day?  You have leftover favors, decorations & flowers, plus all the photographs.  Here are some creative suggestions to preserve your memories and even share as gifts.


PHOTO MEMORIES>>> Tell your wedding story with a cherished photo book, pillow, wedding vow art, make a spectacular piece of art for your wall, wood posters, wedding album, or snuggle up under a photo blanket.

BLURB, EASY CANVAS PRINTS, YORK PHOTO LABS and ZAZZLE have lots of different ideas for you!


FAIRY GARDEN>>>Did you use mason jars or glass vases for your table centerpieces?  Reuse or re-gift them into fairy gardens.  This project can make use of your leftover wedding flowers (dry out first) or artificial flowers, glass beads, colored sand, battery-operated mini twinkle lights, twigs, pinecones and greenery.  If you’re missing any components, your local craft or dollar store can help you out inexpensively.

Inspired by Reverie Gardens

VIDEO>>>Animoto can make your memories last a lifetime.  Turn your photos and video clips into professional videos.

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  • ornament balls-The Thinking Closet has directions for a DIY project to reuse your old wedding invitations and create beautiful Christmas ornament balls.
  • mini boxes-she used old Xmas cards, but easy to do with your leftover wedding invitations.  This simple craft project done with with a round paper punch, glue gun and some ribbon from the creative mind of UnOriginalMom.

WEDDING DRESS SKETCH>>>Dreamlines offers a personal sketch of the wedding dress and/or groom’s suit with a 7-day turnaround time.  Get it framed an it makes a perfect wedding, bride gift from groom or one-year anniversary gift.


GARLAND>>>Project Nursery has step-by-step instructions for making a garland.  You can use your leftover ribbon, fabric, tulle and trim from wedding favors and reception/church decorations to create this pretty garland keepsake.  Or if you’re brave and ready to do so, use your wedding veil or dress! Perfect craft project for a babies room or use as a hanging decoration for a baby shower or birthday party.



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Janice Murray

Janice is an old soul in the wedding industry. She worked in retail, selling wedding gowns and renting tuxedos. After that she started her own business creating custom wedding favors and artificial flowers, and hiring out as a wedding decorator. In 2000, when the wedding industry was just finding the Internet, Janice started her own theme wedding website, “ASK GINKA”. The successful resource site ran for 10 years until life and kids took her away from devoting enough time to it. Her university background in Clothing & Textiles and Theatre Design was a great foundation for these activities. When it is all put together, Janice has a wide range of knowledge and experience in this industry-and has been married 25+ years to her sweetheart, Mark. This is the first year Janice has been working with Wedding Recycle. She is involved in sales, marketing, writing and event planning, and she is very excited to be back in the wedding industry.

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