The perfect dress. Gorgeous flowers. Dozens of votive candles you desperately try to sell on Craigslist.
Champagne toasts and handwritten vows aren’t the only thing couples hang on to long after their wedding day. Brides and grooms often find themselves with boxes of leftover decorations that they have no use for once the big day has come and gone.
And those storage boxes don’t come cheap: the average cost of a wedding in 2016 was over $35,000, according to a survey by The Knot.
Cue CLT Wedding Flea, a flea market-style event where newlyweds have the chance to sell their wedding décor to engaged couples.
It was founded by Charlotteans Sara Kay Mooney and Kacie Johnson, who met when they were both planning weddings on teacher salaries.
“I had an extremely low-budget wedding, and I was still astounded by how much I paid for stuff I used for just a couple of hours,” said Mooney. “I thought perhaps there was an opportunity to do something about this.”
Mooney and Johnson are committed to keeping the market bride-to-bride, and aren’t allowing businesses or outside organizations to be present at the market.
By cutting out the middle man, they hope to make the wedding planning process more fun and less costly.
“We want to give brides the opportunity to have their dream wedding no matter the size of their budget,” Mooney said.
Want to go (or sell)?
CLT Wedding Flea is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 3at the Project 658 building, 3646 Central Ave.
General admission is $5 at the door and must be paid in cash. Vendor tables are $20 and can be reserved here.