Get Creative: Create Your Own Wedding Decorations
Sticking to your wedding budget can be challenging, as expenses add up quickly. Once you sign contracts with your wedding vendors, from bakers and caterers to photographers and videographers, you might not find much money left in your budget for wedding decorations. Fortunately, creating eye-catching decorations for your big day is a task that you can complete yourself. With a bit of creativity, some do-it-yourself craftiness, and plenty of inspiration, you can create the wedding of your dreams on a budget. Collaborate with your bridesmaids and even your fiancé to design wedding day decorations with a personal touch.
Tables take up much of the space at your reception venue, so well-decorated tables are a must. However, you don’t have to blow your wedding budget on expensive linens and elaborate floral arrangements to create a memorable tablescape. Choose a fabric that represents your wedding colors, and create table runners for each table to add an unexpected pop of color to those traditional white linens. Think outside the box when it comes to centerpieces. Fill fish bowls with sand and a few tropical flowers for a beach wedding. Use branches with votive candles hanging from them for a rustic wedding. Pillar candles of various heights are a romantic and easy-to-create centerpiece.
One advantage of creating your own wedding decorations is that you can add a personal touch to your décor. Ditch the generic decorations, and add some elements that truly represent your love. Set up a table in your reception space with framed pictures of you and your fiancé. Honor your families by including framed photographs of your parents, grandparents, and even great grandparents on their wedding days.
Rather than the standard table numbers, name tables after your favorite travel destinations, bands, or movies. Frame a picture of the item you select, along with a small note about what that table name means to you. Perhaps you’ve named the table after your first vacation spot as a couple or the movie you saw on your first date. Your guests will learn a little about you and your new spouse with these personalized decorative touches.
Handmade signs are an easy-to-create decoration perfect for a casual or rustic wedding. With a few pieces of wood, paint, and a paintbrush, you can create signs that point guests to your ceremony spot, adorn the bar or buffet table, or thank guests for attending. You don’t have to be an expert painter to create these signs; simply paint words such as “Cocktails” or “Wedding Ceremony” on the wooden pieces, and you have a festive sign to adorn your wedding venue.
If you’re assigning your guests to tables at your reception, your escort card display can do double duty. In addition to pointing your guests to the right table, you can also add a decorative touch to your reception space. Hang escort cards from potted trees or branches; simply punch a hole in each escort card, loop ribbon through the hole, and tie the card to a branch. You can cover corkboard with a fabric that coordinates with your wedding colors and pin escort cards to the corkboard. You can even let your escort cards double as a favor. Print cards with each guest’s name and table number and tie them to your favors, whether they are miniature wine bottles or potted plants. This way, the favors are more than a thank-you gift for your guests; they are also a decorative piece at your reception venue.
Walls and Ceilings
Your wedding décor is not limited to reception tables. Add homemade decorative touches to your walls and even the ceilings of the space while staying within budget. Bunting made with fabric or even scrapbook paper and ribbon is a festive decoration for a more casual affair. Use tissue paper to create pom-poms that you can hang from the ceiling, drawing your guests eye up and incorporating your color scheme all the way to the top of the room. For an outdoor wedding, you can turn Mason jars into unique hanging votives, placing them in trees or along a fence for soft lighting.
Wedding day decorations don’t have to break your budget, and you don’t have to be Martha Stewart to create striking DIY creations. Unleash your creativity as you plan your wedding, and you’ll decorate a venue for a wedding that is uniquely yours.
Guest post contributed by Aditi Jain, on behalf of Indian Party Wear by Sareez.com