Aisle be Fine!
We have all been seeing the advertisements and photos of weddings
with elaborately decorated receptions and ceremonies. Hundreds
of yards of fabric billowing, fairy lights twinkling from every
surface, flower arrangements taller than the average bride etc
etc. What you haven't been seeing is the bills. I have. And the
amount that has been spent on decorating some weddings would seriously
amaze you. Decor is a big business. But never fear! Being married
on a budget doesn't doom you to paper streamers and plastic tablecloths!
Just by thinking a little more and handing over the credit card
less, you can create an equally elaborate and impressive look
for a mere fraction of the cost. I guarantee your guests won't
be able to tell the difference.
Top Tips? You Bet!
- With all decorator items from tablecloths to fairly lights –
use things you already own first. If you don't own it, borrow
it. If you can't borrow it, make it. If you can't make it –
only then consider renting it!
- Make the most of the natural settings. Time your events to make
the most of the natural beauty of your location. If your setting
has an amazing view of the sun setting over the water, or a sweeping
mountain view – work with it! Only minimal other decorations
will be required as your guest will want to watch the scenery
- For a themed wedding, follow tip number one to the letter! For
example, for an English Garden theme wedding, use your Mom's wrought
iron love-seat as a decoration, bring your Grandmother's crystal
vases and cut your own ivy and roses from the garden at home.
If you rented these items and others like them you would easily
be spending another $300 or more!
- Get on the Internet and to your local library! There are plenty
of fantastic books that show you how to make decor items for weddings
for next to nothing. The items they teach you how to make look
amazing and most of the authors are ex-wedding decorators themselves.
- If you have your heart set on an ice-sculpture, approach your
local culinary institute about having a student make one for you
for a fraction of their normal cost. Maybe get your partner into
making them! The molds are available cheaply on the Internet and
all it costs you after that is the water and a bit of time!
- Rather than renting a gazebo or trellis, use one from home or
ask a garden center or nursery if you could 'borrow' one of theirs
for the day.
- Decorate ceilings or the gazebo roof with small mobiles or hanging
objects on clear line that you can make yourself. Lowering the
ceiling slightly with hanging objects make a room feel a bit more
intimate. (Tip; Keep them well above head height level otherwise
it feels a bit like kindergarten!)
- On the same idea – use small clear Christmas lights to
decorate the ceilings in a dim room or one with a boring ceiling.
Make sure you dim the overhead lights (especially later in the
evening) to get the best effect.
- Decorate tables with silver framed photos of yourself and your
partner. Borrow friends and families frames. Even different size
and pattern frames will look great together as long as the frames
are all silver.
- If you don't particularly need helium balloons, borrow an air
compressor to blow up balloons. If you are having helium, call
around for the best price on helium tank rental as the price can
- White balloons are not only more elegant than colored ones,
they are almost always less expensive too!
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