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Planning Wedding Decors on a Budget

Updated on August 10, 2015

While planning for a wedding can be stressful and expensive, having a theme slims down big ideas into smaller, manageable ones. This theme – whatever it may be – will serve as the golden string, which pieces together all your planning decisions, providing consistency throughout this massive event. Along with a series of crucial tasks comes the significant part impressive wedding decorations fulfill.

Picking the ones that best fit the theme is easy. Do a beach wedding, and seashells as table ornaments come to mind; have a fairy tale-like ceremony, and charming castle cake toppers easily tops the priority ladder. The real work comes in when you have to tap specific items that will impeccably set the stage right and harmonize with the overall ambiance. It is not enough to pin down fancy ones; it has to make everything even more memorable.

From reception and ceremony accessories, garters, tableware, all the way down to honeymoon and anniversary gifts – the bride, the groom, and the guests must be guaranteed a magical time. There is a number of ways to go about this, but the key is to get your creative batteries working.

Get a good look of the wedding location and date.

These two help determine the color scheme you must go for. On top of that, the former gives specific ideas about what items to get, and the latter, what type of flowers and lighting techniques fits the bill. Is it an indoor and evening ceremony? Write candles and soft-colored flowers down your memo pad. Is it an outdoor/ afternoon ceremony? Include handheld fans and paper lanterns on your To-buy list.

Consider your budget.

Mega funds will obviously get you access to a wide-ranging assortment of decors. No need to fret, though, if it’s a bit on the tight side. Lower your requirements, look for affordable ones, and put all your crafting muscles to work. Lesser wedding decorations will change both the look and feel of the event, yes, but it won’t make the experience any less unforgettable.

Don’t forget about guest favors.

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These usually come in the form of pretty little boxes, decorative Chinese fans, classy wine glasses, and small potted plants. Things are only going to get busier after, we all know that, and so this may just do a great job in thanking them for having made the time to share this once-in-a-lifetime event with you.

Get planning!

This may seem a whole lot of work but all the efforts will most certainly pay off if you know the right places to look for. When in doubt, there’s always the future spouse, willing to help out. And what better way to kick off a lifelong journey than by agreeing on something?


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    • Rae Saylor profile image

      Rae Saylor 2 years ago from Australia

      I admire your passion in planning weddings! I'm not a wedding planner but I've seen friends get a little help from one, and you're so right about how there should always be give and take :)

      I don't see myself getting married yet but I'm quite thankful that we live in age in which DIY is king and perfect weddings are possible without having to break the bank!

    • Hazel Abee profile image

      Hazel Abee 2 years ago from Malaysia

      I planned a few weddings .. probably around 200 weddings .. the most I did was 60 wedding in one year ...

      Out of those around 20 were difficult clients, which was because they just demand something without considering the cost and effect.

      Put everything you desire in a paper first and start prioritizing them. Some things are not worth the expenditure while some needs more attention.

      There must always be a 'give and take' policy but not completely give up on certain things.

      Be simple because simple makes everything less stressful .. Bride especially can not afford stress during this time.

      I have always told my brides .. leave it .. I will ensure it is good .. I just ask them a few questions and then I plan the event ...

      End of the day, choice is theirs .. I just help them to organize and plan the event ...

      So when I got married, I left it to my juniors to do everything ... and it was handled well ...