In the excitement of planning a wedding, many brides realize that they are spending a lot more than they originally planned to. With a wedding budget in place, you can control the spending to fall within a reasonable limit, but there are many ways for you to cut down the cost. Even with a large budget, the savings from this can be a boon for your future.
One of the areas where you can apply some creativity and spend a fraction of the budget is the decorations. Even the simplest wedding decor can be rather expensive, but the cost can be minimized if you do it yourself!
DIY wedding decorations can also be personalized to reflect your taste and style, so they are sure to be a hit with your guests. By being unique and unusual, they will definitely attract a lot of compliments and attention, while saving you a lot of money. Let’s take a look at some of the ideas that could get you started on creating the perfect low-cost venue decorations.
10 Ideas for Decorating the Wedding Venue on a Budget
- Balloons – Use balloons everywhere, since they’re cheap but colourful and fun so you can get hundreds of them and float them from arches, tables and chairs!
- Candles – Place floating candles and tea lights in bowls of water and sprinkle them with flower petals for unusual and interesting centrepieces.
- Sequins – Scatter translucent or coloured sequins over the tables and platforms instead of confetti, they will sparkle and wink with the lights!
- Flowers – Try using potted flowers that will stay fresh instead of buying cut flowers for decoration, since these can be carried home and placed in a garden.
- Greens – Instead of spending a lot of money on heaps of flowers, use fresh foliage like ferns to fill out your centrepieces.
- Organza – Gauzy fabric like organza is quite inexpensive if you buy a roll and can be draped over tables, chairs, poles and trees.
- Knick-Knacks – Visit pound stores to pick up cute items in bulk and use these with your decor, like miniature bird cages, plaster statuettes, etc.
- Lanterns – Paper lanterns strung along the ceiling or outdoors can replace expensive decorations and you can even sell them after the event!
- String Lights – Fairy lights are a very pretty accompaniment to any outdoor event, so you can collect your Christmas lights and ask your family for theirs too.
- Pompoms – These little balls of paper or yarn can instantly brighten up any event, so look for them in craft stores or online.
Tips for Low-Cost Wedding Venue Decoration
When you are decorating the wedding or reception venue on a budget, there are a few things you should list before you begin.
- Budget – First, decide how much you are willing to spend on the supplies and materials that you need for the decorations. This will enable you to pick items that fit within the budget and look for alternatives to costly items.
- Permissions – Check with the venue provider whether they allow candles, etc. as some places have restrictions on open flames. Also, it’s a good idea to check whether they will allow you to make changes to the existing lighting and accessories at the venue.
- Theme – Pick a theme that you would like to design your wedding around and create decorations that complement it. You should make sure you discuss this with your fiance and pick a theme that you both like!
- Location – The decorations should suit the surroundings, so take a look at the venue before you start planning the decor. E.g. outdoor venues with a lot of foliage will not require much greenery or plants, while swaying bunting and streamers will look beautiful strung between trees or poles.
- Daytime or Evening – The time of day that the event will take place is also important since sparkly lights and candles would work best in the evening or at an indoor location. Bright colours are best suited for daytime weddings while mirrors and sequins that reflect light are great for any time of the day.
One of the most important things that you should do after you have decided on the decor and put it in place is to hire a wedding photographer to take pictures of the venue. Before your guests arrive, you should have some photographs of the area with decorations in place so that you can admire your handiwork for years to come!