Ogling that $3,000 wedding dress? Want a full liquor bar at your reception? As you probably know by now, weddings are expensive…but one place that you can easily save money on is your decorations. While it may be easy to just order a ton of fine linen napkins with you and your partner’s name embroidered on them, in the long run, wouldn’t you want to put your money somewhere else?
With Do It Yourself (DIY) wedding decorations, you can save money on your big day and also add a really personal touch to your ceremony and reception. It’s also a great way to spend some time relaxing before your big day. It doesn’t have to be as low budget as, say, paper machè bells and streamers, but with just a little bit of elbow grease and sale shopping, decorating on a budget can be fun and easy.
If you don’t already know what kind of wedding decorations you want, peruse the Internet or wedding magazines for ideas and make them your own. It may also be helpful to keep a folder of clipping of ideas with you when you go shopping so that you can remember what you want. If you are trying to make the centerpieces for your reception, for example, see if you can think of ways to make them your own, and set a price for each table.
If you are going to have ten tables, set a budget of $5 for each centerpiece. You may find that if you hit your favorite craft store, you can pick up pillar candles for $1 each, glass hurricane candle holders for $3 each, and some ribbon and silver bells for less than $1 each. Add some rose petals on your big day and voila! You have very affordable and personalized centerpieces that are easy to make and beautiful.
Don’t have the time to make your decorations with all of the other planning you have to do? Get a crafty bridesmaid to volunteer to make a few decorations. She may even have some great ideas you never thought of!
Other Great DIY Wedding Decoration Ideas?
1) Tulle and birdseed/rice: place little packets of seed or rice in tulle on your table wrapped in ribbon for your guests to throw as you make your exit. Also works for candy and other little goodies.
2) Place Cards: Instead of getting them engraved at an expensive printer, get some nice paper at a craft store and create them on your home computer. The same goes for invitations, signs and more.
3) Create a pretty altar: hit the home improvement stores and buy a garden trellis arch. Decorate it with tulle, fake flowers and leaves and anything else to match your theme.
When it comes to decorating, think outside the box, hit the craft stores and be on the lookout for great deals. Saving money on decorations is easier than you think when you do it yourself!