Once you’ve picked your wedding date, the venue and nailed down the guest list, you may be excited to start planning the decorative touches for your big day. Decorations are a great way to show off you and your fiancé’s personalities. But you’ve probably noticed that seemingly small details, like decorations, can add up really quickly if you’re not careful. You don’t have to spend your lifesavings to make your event beautiful and memorable, though. You just need a dash of creativity and a little bit of time.
Getting Creative and Crafty
A lot of people think they have to be some sort of super crafter to pull off a DIY wedding. But you don’t need to have years’ of crafting experience under your belt to save money by DIY-ing your decorations. A few tips, and some helpful friends, can make your wedding dreams a reality, without straining your budget.
Secondhand stores and thrift shops can be treasure troves of the kind of antiques and simple glassware that make for lovely wedding décor, and at a fraction of the cost of shopping exclusively at antiques boutiques. It’s also easy to jazz up bargain buys with spray paint, ribbon, or just some old-fashioned elbow grease.
Alternative Ways to Shop, Save
If you want to save yourself the time of scouring, consider resale sites for the bulk of your vases, candleholders, or other centerpieces.
- Search specifically for “wedding decorations,” if you’re still not settled on a theme. You might just find a bride with similar taste, and stumble upon premade décor that could save you time and money.
- Or, search by type of décor, if you have your mind made up on what you want. For example, “blue canning jars,” or “burlap table runners.”
- Some wedding venues, like Texas Old Town, even host bridal garage sales where you can load up on great décor at huge savings, and have an excuse for an afternoon with your girlfriends all rolled into one. When shopping online, though, try to focus on local sellers, as you can save a fortune in shipping costs of heavier items!
If some of your friends have recently wed, consider borrowing decorative items they’ve held onto. You might be surprised how many tables you can fill with borrowed items, if you’re simply willing to ask.
- Keep in mind that if you mix and match borrowed items from others’ weddings, you can still create a look that’s uniquely you.
- Changing some elements, like putting your own fresh take on the flowers or different colored candles in the holders, can also help set your wedding apart, even with borrowed pieces.
Finally, you may be tempted to get all your wedding décor from the same place, for convenience sake, but you will likely pay a lot more to purchase items directly from your florist or even a party store.
- Instead, even if you don’t plan to craft your own decorations, scout craft stores for great deals on event décor. Most of the large craft retailers rotate sale items monthly, so you can catch almost everything you need 20 to 50 percent off, if you’re willing to be patient. They also run frequent coupons, which can help you save on larger items.
- Wedding rentals can also be surprisingly affordable, and save a lot of time and stress, particularly for those not craft-minded. Just make sure you understand their fees and enlist help getting everything returned, on time, to prevent additional charges or added stress while you’re on your honeymoon.