Saving money includes using some of these great wedding decoration ideas you can make yourself. A wedding doesn’t have to break the bank when you think outside the box and make part of the decorations by yourself. You don’t even need a ton of crafting or creative skills to handle most of these items. Just a bit of time and the right supplies can make it possible with a small budget.
Wedding Decoration Ideas You Can Make Yourself
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Wedding decoration ideas like these are just what you need to keep your wedding budget low but still create a beautiful atmosphere. There are so many easy ways to decorate for you wedding and the reception that are low-cost but still stunning. A few simple tricks and you will find you have built a wedding that costs a fraction of what you expected while giving you all of the beauty you deserve.
Wedding Bouquet: Whether you want to use fresh flowers or artificial flowers for your wedding bouquet, making your own can cut back on a large expense. Artificial flowers have the nice ability to store as a memento, but fresh flowers give you a chance to dry and store them for sentimentality as well. No matter which you choose, you can easily make your own wedding bouquet.
One of the best tips I have found regarding making your own bouquet is to go simple with classic flowers and to buy those at your local grocery store instead of the florist. Many grocery stores have a nice floral department that charges up to half the price a traditional florist does for individual flowers as well as arrangements. If you have a specific flower in mind, you can stop by and ask them to order in advance to make sure it will be on hand.
If you choose artificial flowers, your local craft store will likely have the largest variety and will give you the chance to build your bouquet and arrange before you buy. You can match colors and styles together in the store, then assemble at home. This helps if you aren’t sure about the look or colors of different pieces together.
You can also create arrangements for your bridal party if your bridesmaids will be carrying something, or if you want the groomsmen to wear a boutineer on their lapel.
Some supplies you will want for making your own bouquet:
- Floral wire and tape for wrapping
- A bouquet base
- Artificial or real flowers, babies breath, and greenery
- Ribbon or silk to cover the stems and bouquet base.
- Pins for pinning boutineers on lapels
Table Decor: Whether you are decorating the entry table with the guest book, or the tables at your reception, this is one easy for you to accomplish task on your wedding decoration ideas list. Focus on simple but elegant, and you’ll see that a little goes a long way.
If you are having a reception in the evening, candles lit on the tables with low lighting makes a wonderful appearance with a simple sheer or glittery satin runner down the table. Throw on a few glass pieces or some simple shiny table scatter in the colors of your wedding party and you are done.
For a daytime reception, you will be able to take a simple and cost-effective approach by lining the table with a bright fabric runner and accenting with things like fish bowls filled with fruit, colored glass, or flowers in accenting colors that match your theme. A great trick for keeping the cost low is to check out your local dollar store or even the fish department for clear bowls and various colored pebbles and marbles at a lower price.
Centerpieces: One of my favorite tricks for centerpieces is to use natural elements. While we already talked about table decor and mentioned some ideas, I want to share briefly about a few specific ideas for centerpieces that are beautiful and cost effective. Below are some ideas for seasonal or themed centerpieces that are created simply by adding the items listed to clear shallow bowls.
Spring and summer centerpiece ideas:
- Seashells, sand, and sea glass or sand dollars
- Fresh flowers planted in small decorative terra cotta pots inside a clear bowl filled with colored pebbles
- Goldfish in fish bowls
- Orange, lime, or lemon slices in water with bright flowers
Fall and winter centerpiece ideas:
- Painted gourds, pumpkins, or pinecones
- Pinecones arranged around holiday lights
- Holiday greenery and berries
Accent wedding decoration ideas: Tulle is a wonderful thing at weddings. In fact, it is one of the best items to buy and wrap around banisters, railings, seats, and along the aisles of seats. Accenting this with a few bows, flowers, or ribbons can be simple and easy.
Brightly colored tulle is usually available for under $10 for a 30-40 foot roll. Two to three of these rolls of tulle in coordinating colors can be woven around seats, arches, railings and more. Tie off with some accenting colorful ribbon and you have a gorgeous way to decorate basic areas. Other options for accents are more simple bouquets of flowers, large bows made from ribbon, fresh cut flowers in bowls, or candles.
Food: One of the easiest wedding decoration ideas for your reception is to plan beautiful food to take up space on tables. Instead of adding extra table decor, create easy to serve menus that allow tables to have food in beautiful platters for guests to serve themselves. A buffet of appetizers and desserts are ideal for a light and budget friendly reception. Investing in some nice serving platters and utensils to make it look more attractive to the guest at each table.
When you are trying to keep your budget intact, these wedding decoration ideas are ideal for saving money. You’ll be able to keep your costs low, and provide your guests with a beautiful wedding and reception. These tips also take a lot of stress off your shoulders as you begin planning and making arrangements for you big day. Instead of having to contact dozens of people for decor, you know you can manage it all on your own and won’t be scrambling last minute if someone doesn’t follow up.