Mary Poppins inspiration shoot ~ how to recycle and upcycle your wedding

I’m all for re-using and recycling wherever possible, so wanted to share this inventive Mary Poppins themed styled shoot ~ in which everything you see is second hand and found in charity shops.

The team behind the shoot found some amazing finds in the charity shops of East Yorkshire, including:

♥ Gold and yellow tea set ~ four cups and saucers, four side plates, a serving plate, milk jug and sugar bowl (£3)

♥ Tiara (£1.99) and dainty green gloves (£1.25)

♥ Two china swans (£1.99)

♥ Oriental parasol (£3)

♥ White pill box hat (£5)

♥ White peasant-syle bridesmaid dress (£8)

As well as using second hand items, they DIY-ed to make their resources go even further:

♥ Earrings (£2) to decorate favour boxes

♥ Old framed pictures (£3 and £2.50) were painted with chalkboard paint and used for table names

♥ Floral print curtain (£4) used to make favour boxes, line the suitcase and as a tablecloth

This shoot was the winning entry into the Upcycle Challenge organised by All Wrapped Up Events and the Brides Up North wedding blog. The aim was to encourage people to spend in charity shops and show that reusing and recycling can look as good as buying new.

One of the judges, Emma Woodhouse of The Wedding Reporter, said the Mary Poppins shoot had “a charming elegance and exudes romance.” She said: “There are lots of elements that would work individually outside the theme of the shoot. They also seemed to use a vast array of sources to gather their items from and that just goes to show how much can be ferreted out on a small budget.”

The team behind this shoot were Rebecca Aspin, founder of Sell My Wedding, Gabrielle Jackson from Images by Gabrielle, graphic designer Sarah Hathaway from Love My Wedding Invites and model bride and event organiser Laura Andrew.

All items bought for the competition went up for sale on Sell My Wedding at their original charity shop price.

Has this shoot inspired you to upcycle in your wedding?


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Louise Murfin
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 07:12:26

    excellent idea, I was planning to beg, borrow or steal various items from family members then use them as centrepiece so there’s a little bit of home at everyone’s table!


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