Weddings on a budget don’t have to look, like weddings on a budget. If done correctly, your wedding can look beautiful and classy without breaking the bank. It’s all about shortcuts, sourcing correctly, and knowing your options. When you realize that with a little bit of effort and time, you can make your own beautiful wedding decorations, without having to pay an unnecessary large amount of money for someone else to do the job for you, your imagination with inspired by the endless possibilities.
Corks are a one time use item that is mostly thrown away after a bottle is opened. They are cheap and easy to work with when making your wedding table signs. Not to mention all the variety of things you can make with them.
Cans are widely available and cheap. Check in your own pantry! This cute centerpiece is made from foraging and using cheap materials that you’ll find around the house.
Head to your local Dollar Store and load up on some cheap glass and fake greens. The end result looks elegant for only a few bucks!
This kit you can buy from Etsy that makes is so easy for you to create these stunning wedding centerpieces.
Instead of paying the catering company to make an elaborate topper for your wedding cake, get an affordable topper that still looks just as elegant. Plus it is personalized!
All this takes is some paper, and some time! These paper cranes can we hung together to have such a beautiful wedding backdrop for just a few dollars!
Thrift around Goodwill or your local consignment store for a beautiful gold or vintage mirror. Maybe even ask your grandmother of aunts if they have one in their home. Using a paint pen, writes the names of guests in columns under the correct table number. This looks so beautiful and takes almost no time or money!
Buying a wax seal stamp kit is not expensive at all. But having a wax seal on your wedding invites looks beyond elegant.
Plastic plates these days come in the most elegant designs. They are extremely affordable and disposable. Renting real dishes can be expensive and a headache. Your guests will hardly tell the difference!
Rather than printing out programs for each guest, paint some wood and write down the schedule. Place in a visible place and add some greens!
Balloons are just about the cheapest decoration you can ever buy! Why not use it to your advantage? Attach the balloons together into a garland, stick some greenery into it and hang it above the dessert table. Or at the entry to the reception. Or make a photo booth out of it. Balloons make a grand effect with very minimal effort and money!
Streamers can be found at any Dollar Store, in any color. Done correctly, they can serve as a classy backdrop for guests to take goofy pictures and make fun memories at your wedding.
Renting wedding furniture can be very expensive. Your local Value Village or Craigslist can have the same beautiful pieces for much cheaper. Even searching estate sales for a deal can save you a lot of money!
14. String Lights
Pull out all your Christmas lights from the garage and start untangling them! Hanging lights all over your reception has a big effect. And lights can run very cheap if you buy them in bulk.
Buying or renting individual cloth napkins can cost a fortune. Making your own can save you money, and gives a lovely stash to use in the future!
This of course, must be done ahead of time to have seasonal berries available. But making jam in large portions is easy, and canning them in tiny little mason jars is just plain enjoyable!
Hoola Hoop from any Dollar Store, wrapped in white tape, can be used to hang greenery from and transform a room for only a few dollars!
Tree branches can be found anywhere. Covering them in glue and dipping them into sparkles, or spray painting them gold paint can look very beautiful!
Taking a can of gold or silver spray paint to some dollar store glass bottles or cans can transform them into beautiful vases for flowers!
Print out all the invitation info on quality card-stock, and fold! You can add details like paper dollies and twine. The possibilities are endless!
Get a vinyl Wedding Welcome Sign using Stencil Letters
This looks absolutely adorable on each plate! Collect pinecones at your local park, cut up some card-stock and write each guests name before placing it into the pinecone. Sweet and cheap!
The Dollar Tree has gold and silver round chargers that work great at centerpieces! They also usually have a large variety of glasses and candles. Put those three together and you have frugal but elegant centerpieces!
Gluing wide rimmed glasses to plastic chargers create beautiful multi-layered dessert stands for the sweets table!
With permission, there any many beautiful birch trees that can be chopped down and divided into elegant logs. When you drill a hole the size of a tea light candle, it makes for the most beautiful budget friendly table centerpieces.
Collect whatever frames you have, or purchase some in bulk and use them as centerpieces on each table.
Grab some scissors, and a large basket and forage at some local parks and forests for whatever pretty greens you see. Create long table runners out of your foraged goods, all the way down the length of the table, securing them with floral wire.
28. Make your own ‘Mr & Mrs’ Signs out of Burlap.
Rather than buying this, make your own using stencil letters and paint!
Hang the photos along some trees or in the back corner of your venue so that your guests can enjoy beautiful moments you and your loved one enjoyed together
Dollar stores usually have a large selection of children’s crafts, including packets of brightly colored confetti. Make little cones out of brown paper and create a basket full for your guests to throw after your ceremony!