If you are like most people, you probably don’t have $75,000 lying around to splurge on your wedding day. But the good news is that you don’t have to take out a second mortgage on your home to have the most memorable day of your life! There are plenty of ways to get everything you have ever wanted for your wedding day without breaking the bank. Discover five amazing and elegant wedding decor ideas to try on a budget!
Get Crafty With Jars And Bottles
Before your big day, collect as many mason jars and wine bottles as you can get your hands on. There are literally hundreds (if not thousands) of different ways you can re-purpose jars and bottles for decorative purposes. You can garner a lot of inspiration by doing some online digging. Paint mason jars and wine bottles a blush tone (very in style in weddings this year), gold, or cover in sparkles. Use the mason jars and wine bottles as vases or use the jars as floating candle holders. These are just a few ideas, but there really is no limit to how crafty you can get with them. And the finished product will look truly stunning and chic.
Take it Outdoors
Instead of shelling out thousands of dollars to host your wedding reception in some hotel banquet hall or other expensive facility, find an outdoor location. Perhaps you have some extra acreage on your land or a friend will oblige by opening up their property. When you have an outdoor wedding, there are no limitations on how decorative you can get. An outdoor area also gives off a much more magical feel than a generic banquet hall would. You can string lights from the trees (and in the trees), use plenty of plants for decoration, and decorate the table centerpieces the way you want to.
Think Outside-The-Box When it Comes to Wedding Favors
If you have an extensive guest list, those wedding favors can get pretty expensive fast. You can still supply your guests with meaningful, elegant wedding favors without spending excessively and without being too cheap. After all, being affordable doesn’t equate being cheap and stingy. If your wedding is closer to the winter months, use hot cocoa in a jar with some warm, homemade chocolate chip cookies. Or, instead of having everyone’s wedding favors right at their table place mat, gift all of your guests with personalized wine glasses. They can grab a wine glass, paint their name on it (or whatever else they want), use it for the rest of the night, and take it home with them!
A Floral Wedding Cake
A wedding cake can still be breathtakingly beautiful without being extravagantly overpriced. Many brides are opting for a completely white (or some other soft, neutral shade), tiered cake that is decorated in different flowers. Ask a cake decorator about this option and what flowers will stay in place without ruining the cake.
Buffet or Bust
Traditional wedding etiquette would suggest that buffet style weddings are just not acceptable. But it’s 2017 and we aren’t restricted to every single wedding formality there is anymore. Buffets are a great way to save an extraordinary amount of money at your wedding and guest what? People actually love the novelty of creative buffets. Going with the buffet style allows you to get innovative and try anything from a cupcake buffet to food stations to hibachi rather than spending $75 a plate.