If you are getting ready to get married, you have probably already figured out that the process can quickly become expensive. This is especially true if you are trying to do everything yourself. The rehearsal dinner, the wedding, and the reception will all require you to have different decorations, but the good news is you can save money on these by using recycled wine bottles as a part of your decor. There are some really beautiful things that you can do with these that for the most part will only involve a little imagination, a few dollars and a little time.
There is something that is truly romantic about soft types of lighting. Adding this type of lighting is one of the easiest ways to create the most impact in your decorating scheme. This can be done by using your recycled bottles as holders for candles or fairy lights.
Add Tapered Candles
If you are running out of time, and you are looking for a quick fix, consider converting your wine bottles into candle holders. Once you remove the labels from your wine bottles, you will have the option of deciding how you are going to decorate them. Here you have a lot of options that will basically depend on your theme.
- Consider leaving your bottles clear and simply tying a strip of burlap, ribbon, or raffia around the neck of the bottle.
- Consider etching your last initial or your monograms onto the side of your bottles.
- Consider painting your wine bottles in the color of your wedding.
- Consider painting or frosting the inside of your bottles by adding paint to your bottle and rolling it around inside.
Once the bottles are painted, you can leave your paint smooth or consider spraying the bottles with adhesive and rolling them in glitter. By painting them first, you will have the option of creating tone on tone color or using a different colored glitter over your base coat of paint. You can tape them off and paint them in more than one color, or use the tape to create interesting designs. You can use a hot glue gun to add rhinestones, artificial flowers, or anything else that will fit into your theme. Once you have your bottles like you want them, add a tapered candle and place them on your table.
Add Fairy Lights
If you do not want the risk of a flame or the hot wax that a candle will produce, consider placing a string of lights in your decorated bottles to create a glow. You can find the battery operated strings of lights at your local craft store. Depending on the season, you may even be able to find them at a local dollar store. Use a drill bit to create a hole in the back of your wine bottle and simply add your lights.
Just like with lighting, your wine bottles can also make the perfect versatile centerpieces. Decorate them and use them just like they are as vases with a few fresh flowers. Increase the interest factor by cutting them off and making them different heights. Consider adding colored marbles, gemstones, or other types of embellishments inside of your bottles as an accent to your flowers.
Think Serving Pieces
Another great way to incorporate wine bottles into your decorations is to cut them in half lengthwise and use them as serving pieces for your mints, nuts, matchbooks, or anything else that you may want to place on your tables. While this can require a little extra time on your part, most of the materials you are using are very inexpensive or even free if you already have a Dremel. Always remember to sand the edges of your bottles well to ensure that there are no sharp edges remaining.
These are just a few ideas to get you started thinking about all of the things that you can do with wine bottles that would ordinarily be placed in the trash. If you are not a wine drinker, or you do not have enough bottles to complete the decorations that you want to do, put a call out to friends, or look on freecycle.org. This is a website that could possibly help you find more wine bottles than you will ever need, and the beauty is they are free.
If you don't need your repurposed wine bottles after the wedding, consider recycling them at a company like Main Street Fibers.