Your wedding décor is one of the areas where you can get really flexible with your budget. There’s very little that’s mandatory nowadays, so spend on what you love and toss the rest. Here are a few tips to get you started.
1. Go with the season.
Build your bond and your bank account.
In-season flowers are much cheaper than anything that has to be grown in a hothouse or imported. There’s beauty all year round, so check with your florist and see what will be available locally – you may even be able to work your wedding theme around the colors of the season.
2. Skip the flowers entirely.
Cut flowers are beautiful, but they fade quickly. Potted plants or even small potted trees are cheaper and more eco-friendly, and you or your guests will be able to enjoy them for a long time after the wedding. Choosing a favorite to plant in the yard or keep repotting will give you a keepsake that literally grows with your marriage.
An outdoor wedding in a local park or botanical garden can save you money in a couple of ways: Park fees will usually be much lower than renting an indoor venue, and you can skip the decorating costs and let Ma Nature take care of it for you.
3. Make yourself a part of the décor.
One of my favorite wedding receptions had bare walls and just a few rented screens. The bride and groom projected pictures of the bride and groom, their friends, and their families. It was simple, fun, and kept people in a warm, nostalgic spirit all evening long.
4. Get crafty.
Centerpieces don’t have to be elaborate to be beautiful – and keeping things simple can make it easier to put them together on your own or with the help of your bridesmaids. A clear vase with colored glass beads and a single flower can be all you need. Bowls of sand and seashells or holiday ornaments suited to the season can also be a simple, graceful touch.
5. Don’t throw a wedding, throw a party
The word “wedding” can add a ridiculous markup to almost anything. I’m waiting for someone to start selling “wedding chewing gum” at $7 a pack. So shop for decorations for your party, your soirée, or your hootenanny. Just ixnay on the edding-way.