7 ways to repurpose your wedding RSVP cards

Smart and sweet little DIY suggestions for recycling that wedding stationary.

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I have a penchant for stationary. I love the weight of cardstock between my fingers, crisp folds, and the curl of an ink flourish aside a gilded edge. Even when pinching pennies, I fudge my budget to make room for pretty paper. And as a stack dwindles with every handwritten note, I inevitably consider my love of paper purgative. Yet on occasion—as with a set of cards with witty Jane Austen quotations and Regency ladies in hats—I permit myself to stow away a stack as keepsakes or tape them to my wall.

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Wedding paper is among the most, if not the most, thrilling I’ve encountered. It holds the weight of a sacrament within its corners. Although invitations scatter to the four winds, RSVPs happily return to a bride or her family with names she loves. A couple might include a profound or funny note worthy of tucking in the wedding album, but even after that was done, the rest piled six inches high. I knew saving them without any new purpose reeked of hoarder-dom, yet after my wedding guests were counted and sorted, I found myself unable to discard their replies. I can’t imagine I’m alone in the impulse. Thus, to repurpose, to repurpose. That is our task.

Here are seven ways to make the most of your wedding RSVPs after your big day. You don’t need to be an artist or expert crafter to do any of these fun ideas!

Love notes, of course

Don’t wait until an anniversary to handwrite something sweet to your significant other. And no need to feel intimidated by an 8.5 x 11 blank page! Just a simple “I love you,” Knock Knock joke, or doodle on the back of an RSVP card will do. It’s the perfect size to slip into a shirt pocket or under the french press.

Make playing cards

You make one deck; your husband makes a second. As elegant or plain as you like. Grandparents’ cards are Kings and Queens. No’s get to be Jokers. Make dates of War and Double Solitaire.

Take lines of poetry, songs or Scripture

You’ve always wanted to learn Shakespeare and Dickinson. Or maybe you’re on a Tertia Pars of the Summa bent. Either way, handwrite sonnets, questions, or the Word of God. Memorize as you go! Once you’ve recorded on all of your cards, hole punch them, and bind them with a ring. You’ll have a one-of-a-kind collection.

Make a family and friends date box

Especially if you didn’t live together before marriage, it’s easy to disappear from society in the honeymoon phase. Keep your RSVPs in a box. When you have a spare moment, fish one out at random. Call or write a letter to that relative or friend.

Make a wedding wall collage

Once you get your wedding pictures printed, pin them to a wall against a backdrop of neatly arranged RSVP cards. It will be sweet to see pictures of guests next to their names. Or, you can make the RSVP cards a piece of artwork all on their own, by cutting out little hexagons or circles and creating a collage to frame. For more variety and color, add in any pretty cards you received on your wedding day, too.

Save for grocery lists

The easiest way to repurpose, you can also re-employ envelopes this way. Similarly to the date box, it’s fun to see whom Providence brings to the fore of your shuffle. If you don’t have time to call someone as you’re planning meals, you can at least say a prayer for their blessing and thank God for their friendship.

Compost

Eat strawberries and tomatoes on your wedding guests’ behalf. Yes, it’s safe. Yes, you should shred first. Meditate on how the witness and prayers of friends and family who came to your wedding feeds the soil of your marriage.

Did you save your wedding RSVPs? Tell us how you repurposed them in the comments below!

Kathleen Torrey
Kathleen Torrey
Kathleen Torrey lives in Virginia with her husband. An expectant first-time mother, she writes about Catholicism, myth, suffering, and education. She is also penning a fairy tale novel and poetry book.

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