Let’s face it, it might be the most important day of your life but most of the people you invite to your wedding aren’t going to remember the intricate details of the decoration you spent weeks and weeks planning to perfection. They’re going to remember who was the most drunken at the reception, how embarrassed the groom looked during the first dance and the baby that cried all the way through your vows.
Of course it is important to create a good atmosphere with the way you set up the reception venue, but it can be easily achieved without spending too much on extravagant décor which isn’t even going to compete with how the bride looked when she walked down the aisle or how awful the jokes in the best man’s speech were. Here are a few wedding decoration tips and tricks which can help you assign more of the funds to what really matters: food and booze!
A little bit of fabric can turn a drab reception or dining hall or into a fantastic venue for your wedding party. There are loads of options depending on what kind of theme you are going for and you can use them as the main décor as just as additional accents.
If you want to keep it classical then go for white or cream material, hung from centre point in the ceiling and spiralling out towards the corners of the room. Matching tablecloths will compliment the effect. It’s important to have a dash of colour here and there when going for a white or cream theme, but this can come in the form of flowers or balloons.
Another option is to increase the fun factor with brightly coloured fabric instead of plain white, and remember that decorating the ceiling and walls in this way means you won’t have to splash out too much on table decorations.
Don’t be too proud and feel that everything you use has to be brand new. There are many places where you can get pre-owned or used decorations which are still as good as new. Auction sites and recycling websites such as Gumtree and Freecycle can be gold mines for affordable wedding decorations. From ceiling drapes to plastic flower centrepieces and other decorative effects, there are so many items and ideas out there that can be repurposed.
Don’t rule out charity shops either, as there can be occasional gems just waiting to be picked for a fraction of their cost brand new. Wedding invitations, ribbons and even interesting table décor can all be found in second hand thrift stores.
Another option is to recycle your own decorations. Simply move the decorations you use for the church, at the end of the pews and along the aisle, over to the reception hall in between the ceremony and the meal. These decorations can perfect for both the church and the reception entrance and main table.
Candles Make Great Alternative Table Centrepieces
Flowers can be incredibly expensive, so instead of breaking the bank to deck out all the guest tables with beautiful bouquets, use much cheaper dinner candles as table centrepieces. Also consider picking up a few Rose Scented Candles and placing them at regular intervals around the room to create a wonderful aroma throughout the entire day.
Long, tapered candles will last longer than the party and you can even use different colours to help the guests identify their tables while accentuating the theme. A gothic wedding for example will greatly benefit from a series of black candles, while gold and silver candles can add a touch of glamour without costing much at all.
You can even use a few LED Flameless Candles to guide guests from one room to another without worrying about them blowing out. Dotted around the room they can also help create a wonderful atmosphere when the main lights dim for a bit of dancing.
Flowers are usually a necessity at weddings, but there are affordable ways of going about it. Firstly, always go for in-season flowers, as these will be in abundance and cost much less than specially grown blooms.
May sees Peonies in season, which will provide you with many various pink shades, while June sees the multicoloured varieties of Gerbera in season. An August wedding gives you a great opportunity to deck your wedding venue out with sunflowers, while January nuptials will see Ranunculus in season, which are beautiful white flowers that can resemble roses.
Don’t worry about getting fancy flowers at all, as even simple bouquets with the most ordinary and everyday of flowers can be made to look expensive with the right trim and presentation. One trick is to only use the same kind of flower. Mix and match the colours, sure, but not the type of flower itself. Keeping them the same gives the impression of a costlier bunch, especially when tied with some white or gold ribbon.
Save Your Jars
It might seem a little bizarre at first, but jam jars and all the other jars we go through can be saved up and recycled for use at your wedding as decorative features. If you have plenty of time before your wedding, then you will likely go through plenty of jars of different sauces, condiments and other foodstuffs, and all of them can be cleaned up to hold snacks, flowers and other assorted decorations.
There are plenty of tips and guides online regarding removing the labels from jars, from simply soaking in hot soapy water to filling the jar with water and microwaving it so the heat and steam loosens the glue. Some people even swear by using peanut butter to remove any particularly stubborn bits of label adhesive.
The decorative effect of small candles or tea lights is greatly magnified when the candle is placed within a jar as the light from the flame will reflect off the glass. It’s also a fine way of safely using candles in certain areas such as tables with lots of paper or fabric decoration or on shelves and windowsills.