Weddings are wonderful things, even without the decorations and bling, though most brides deeply desire a beautifully decorated wedding and reception.
However, stress over the wedding decorating budget can ruin even the most perfect relationship. These cheap wedding decorating ideas and fun DIY wedding decor ideas can help you plan a beautiful wedding and still have money left over for the honeymoon.
Location, Location, Location
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The best way to save on wedding decorations is to pick a fabulous location. After all, if the setting is gorgeous, you shouldn't have to do a lot to enhance the space. However, if you are planning a wedding on a tight budget, it's certainly not going to be feasible to rent a vineyard in Napa. Consider a bed and breakfast, a public park, or even an art gallery for a wedding and reception. Or go rustic! If you can get outside of the city, you may can save thousands. Country settings and small town locations are usually much less expensive than big city venues.
He Loves Me Not... He Loves Me!
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Flowers dress up any occasion, and they don't have to be expensive. Or forgo greenery and save even more - cut branches with twinkling lights or baby's breath can be a fabulous substitution for expensive flowers. Check out these fun DIY floral decorations that would be perfect for a wedding or reception.
Lighting the Way
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Twinkling lights or the glow of candles can add instant (and cheap!) charm to a sunset or nighttime wedding or reception. But don't discount the allure of lighting during the daytime hours, especially if your venue is indoors or shady.
Stress-less Ideas for the Table
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The wedding tables can cause a lot of stress. Not only do decorations and rental costs cause budget dilemmas, but seating can be a nightmare. However, many couples forgo traditional seating and opt instead for several food tables amongst scattered seating. Whether you need seating for 150 or only need to dress a few buffet tables, these fun and frugal ideas may help.
It's a Sign
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If only finding the groom was this easy! Signs not only add whimsy to a wedding and can help point the way toward the ceremony or reception, but they can serve as wonderful decorative mementos to the day you said, "I do."
The Best Things in Life Are...
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...free, of course! The advent of premade printables has made expensive wedding booklets, favors and other wedding paper goods extremely inexpensive, if not free. Here are some great resources for free printables for your wedding.
Other Fun DIY Ideas
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You may not have a lot of time before your wedding to get crafty so enlist bridesmaids, friends and family members to lend a hand. If you like a handmade look but the wedding date is closing in fast, check Etsy and other online retailers
for frugally priced items.