A beautiful wedding day is every bride’s dream. But for most couples, planning a wedding is the first time they’ll ever have to think about an event of that magnitude, and the task can be daunting if they’re working with a limited budget. Choosing the right decorations for your reception, for instance, can be confusing (and sometimes a bit scary).
The average cost of a wedding is somewhere in between twenty and thirty thousand dollars, and what follows is the struggle to bring to life ideas the couple has envisioned while staying loyal to their means and resources.
A lot will happen between the time you first announce your engagement until the day you finally say your ‘I Dos,’ but we want you to know you never have to settle for anything less than what you imagined. There are different ways you can go about getting what you want and need for your big day, and these simple and affordable ideas can help you achieve the lavish look you want on a modest budget.
An elegant table setting is perhaps the most important wedding decoration because this is the space (aside from the dance floor) where your guests will spend most of their time. Ambience can be pricey, but natural elements with an earthy appeal can lend your venue the upscale vibes you dream of –at a very affordable price.
Floral arrangements can consume a huge chunk of your budget. Instead, consider using dramatic branches in place of those other costly center pieces. This is a great opportunity to be creative - you can mix in other natural basics like pine cones and burlap to complete your vision. These can all be found at many arts and crafts retail chains, or wholesale retailers for a fraction of the price.
Once you have these key items in hand, you can set about choosing the right glassware for the final touch. While some venues and caters will provide you with nice glasses and stemware, these do come at an extra cost. Personalized water goblets and wine glasses will impress those who attend your wedding, and double as party favors your guests will love to take home.
And keep in mind that it is very important to know how to set a proper table; make sure to read up on your etiquette so that you know the rules. If you're planning a wedding on a budget you will need all the help you can get.
Chic and modern DIY centerpieces are also a great way to sidestep the expenses of linen and floral decorations for those planning a wedding on a budget. Here’s a very nice effect that will add texture and dimension: adorn the table with a variety of inexpensive glass containers in different shapes and sizes. This strategy provides a dazzling touch that will impress your guests.
Recruit your family and friends during the months leading up to your wedding day. Ask them to save their empty wine bottles - these can save you a ton on your budget, and can be wrapped in rope to create chic rustic-accents. Play with the design by leaving a single strand unglued, or add more layers of rope for volume. Glue gun, sticks and rope can be found in the arts and crafts section of your favorite hardware store.
You can also add a few other pieces, like bud vases and mason jars for elaborate arrangements. Wrap these in craft or handmade paper, wallpaper or fabric and add a ribbon. Add color water for contrast, and use candle light to give the room a romantic look - the effect will be magical.
Remember to consider how many guests will be sitting at each table and how much space can be given to the decorations. Minimalism can be wonderfully stylish, but clutter is neither romantic nor elegant.
Edible favors are a great way to go posh without going broke. They will help you enhance the visual appeal of your venue and your guests can enjoy them right on the spot, and will cut your spending in half. Wholesale candy and chocolate retail suppliers will afford you a number of tasty options.
A few of our favorites are personalized fortune cookies, chocolate covered almonds, and chocolate bark. A great choice for a wedding on a budget, these are flavorful treats your guests never really get for themselves.
Your foods can be presented in eye-catching ways that don’t add cost. You can even play around with the design. Try containers that incorporate ethnic traditions for a bold look, or consider traditional candy jars your guests can take home for continued use. Add personalized labels for a pretty and delicate touch. These delicious favors are fairly easy to make right in the comfort of your own home, as are the finishing touches for your containers. Here’s an easy label tutorial. You can also play around with the size and shapes of your containers – we love the sophistication of using martini glasses for instance. Your wedding favors turned candy station are an affordable way to have the best of both worlds, and it’s sometimes fun to break away from tradition.
So there you have it ladies. Ask your loved ones to help you plan your big day, and get to work now, because simple and affordable does not equal quick and effortless. Your wedding day will be here on blink of an eye, and before you know it will be time to walk down the aisle and marry you best friend.
If you liked these ideas, please share with your friends and pay it forward. So many of us stress and drive ourselves crazy surfing all over the Web looking for unique ideas, so anything we can do to minimize the drain on others is bound to be appreciated. And now we help you plan your wedding on a budget. You can enter your budget range on our easy to use budget calculator to find suggestions and favor ideas that simplify your search.