Shop Our Favorite Double-Duty Wedding Decorations

From the engagement shower to the after-party, these fun decor items can be on rotation throughout all of your wedding planning.
by Andrea Fowler
  1. L-O-V-E Balloons

    Oversized "Love" gold balloons
    Onelove Photography

    Giant balloons are all the rage, and we love the versatility that comes with them. They're a festive addition to engagement photos and lend whimsical romance to a plain ceremony background. Buying them in bulk means you can play around with monograms or different words for each party.

    SupplyandCo Love Balloons, $40, Etsy.com

  2. Paper Rosettes

    White and gold paper rosettes
    Ryan Zarichnak Photography

    Want to dress up a bare wall but don't have the time (or budget!) for a big installation? A cluster of paper rosettes is the perfect solution. Hang them in a pattern or disperse them like polka dots. If you have trouble sticking them to rough surfaces like a brick wall, suspend them from the ceiling with transparent fishing line instead.

    Paper Source gold party rosettes, $25, PaperSource.com

  3. Giant Balloons with Tassels

    Giant white balloons with blue and gold tassels
    Marie Violet Photography

    Nothing says “best day ever" quite like huge balloons with playful fringe. Coordinate the tassels with your wedding colors so the balloons can double as sweetheart table decor after the post-ceremony photos.

    Geronimo for Oh Happy Day! balloons, $60, Shop.OhHappyDay.com

  4. L-O-V-E Sparklers

    Sparkler cake toppers
    Christina Lilly Photography

    Set your love ablaze—literally—with adorable sparklers. They're casual enough for an engagement cake or a great alternative to traditional toppers. Not to mention the fun photo ops you'll get! Tops Malibu even offers stars, hearts and Xs and Os. (Disclaimer: Check with your venue before lighting up. Some locations prohibit sparklers due to local fire codes.)

    Tops Malibu golden sparkler wands, $24, TopsMalibu.com

  5. Nostalgic Gumball Machine

    Old school gumball machine wedding cake table decor
    Steve Stanton Photography

    Looking for that perfect finishing touch to your candy bar, dessert table or cake display? A nostalgic gumball machine adds just the right amount of charm. It can even be reused for parties to come! We love the miniature Knot Shop versions, perfectly portioned for take-home favors and, later, kitchen countertop decor.

    The Knot Shop classic white gumball machine, from $3, TheKnotShop.com

  6. Cocktail Straws

    Pastel colors wedding cocktail straws
    Maz Photography

    A seamless way to incorporate your wedding colors into the cocktail bar? Simply add straws—so low-maintenance and fun. Use a few different colors to make it easier for guests to keep track of their drinks. Aardvark straws have the added bonus of bending like plastic straws and they're 100 percent compostable.

    Aardvark striped eco-flex paper straws, from $5, AardvarkStraws.com

  7. Confetti Poppers

    Colorful glitter exit poppers
    Impressions Photography

    Whether you're saying “yes" to the dress or making a grand exit, there are so many wedding milestones that merit confetti. These plastic poppers can be reused, so you can re-stuff them from the engagement to the after-party.

    Paper Source reusable confetti poppers, $10, PaperSource.com

  8. Tissue Paper Tassels

    Light blue and coral colored wedding tassel decorations
    Jenna Leigh Photography

    A garland of tassels is an inexpensive and totally customizable way to string up some extra decor—whether it be between trees, suspended behind a cake display or used as a photo booth backdrop. Opting for a garland kit gives you the freedom of doing it yourself without the added pressure of making it from scratch. (Or follow our easy DIY!)

    Oriental Trading tassel garland $7, OrientalTrading.com

  9. Calligraphed Cake Toppers

    Gold mr and mrs cake topper

    Calligraphy-style cake toppers have been popping up with so many fun phrases, from “The Best Is Yet to Come" to “Happily Ever After". Now, with Moon and Lola's brand-new line of wedding and party decor, the calligraphy on your cake topper can also coordinate with signage for table numbers, a guest book station, a cocktail bar or a gift table.

    Moon and Lola Mr & Mrs cake toppers, $34, MoonandLola.com

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