Wedding on a Budget #3: Decorating on a Budget

Hello, hello!

Apologies, it has been a long time since I posted! I don’t even want to see how long it’s been … a few months, at least. Things have been good but getting busier and busier preparing for our wedding in three months. Speaking of which …

Today’s blog post is about none other than decorating for a wedding – on a budget!

Here are 5 tips to help you create a beautiful wedding, without paying outrageous prices.

1. DIY

DIYing it up can save you some serious dough. By skipping centerpieces made by a florist and tackling a simple (and cute) DIY arrangement, I saved LITERALLY thousands of dollars. If you’re not trying to pinch pennies and have a love for elaborate flowers, by all means, spend a few Gs on floral displays. But if you’re like most of us, you’ll appreciate the dollars you’ll save by DIYing.

Here are some examples of my DIY wedding projects so far:

My centerpiece inspiration – a seasonal wreath, hurricane glass and candle.
Our placecards, which I hotglued an artificial leaf to.
Jenga Block
An example of one of our wedding signs. I printed these and put them in a $1 frame.

2. Dollar Store

Oh my gosh, I have fallen in love all over again with the dollar store during my engagement. If you’re on the hunt for decorations, make the dollar store your first stop and see if they have what you want before shopping elsewhere. You’ll save a LOT. For example, yesterday I got photo frames to DIY some signs, votives and candles for our sweetheart table, and a fake flower bouquet and vase for our program table – all for 11 BUCKS!

A cute artificial bouquet for our program table. $5 total!
I picked up several of these for our sweetheart table. $2 each!

3. ABC (Always Be Checking … for COUPONS!)

Coupons are my lifeblood. If you shop at stores like Michaels or Hobby Lobby, they almost always have a 40% off one item coupon available online. You don’t even have to print it out, you can just show the cashier the coupon on your phone and you’ll receive the savings. If you’re shopping online, be sure to Google “‘store name’ coupons” and browse sites like RetailMeNot to find coupon codes. And if you shop Target, you should seriously take advantage of their Cartwheel coupon app and the RedCard! The savings can really stack up at Target if you shop smart!


4. Take Advantage of Sales and Free Shipping

If you order a shit ton of decorations and wedding supplies online (like me), do yourself a favor and sign up for those pesky marketing emails. They’re less annoying than they used to be thanks to Gmail’s promotions folder and they definitely come in handy, trust me. Create a list of items you need to buy and where you plan on buying them from, and wait it out until you receive that sweet, sweet email that your store is having a sale. We did this for our save the dates because every few weeks Vistaprint has a sale ranging from 10% off up to 40% or even 50% off! Also, if there are any upcoming holidays, check for sales then. I bought our favors for 25% off over Black Friday weekend last year.

5. Prioritize

It’s so, so, SO easy to get caught up in believing you need to have a Pinterest-worthy wedding. But trust me, you don’t. It’s completely okay to not have 30 chalkboard signs narrating your guests’ every move, and you don’t need personalized EVERYTHING. Sit down with a clear mind and list out the things that are really important to you (and the things that actually are necessary), and spend on those items. Decide what items are okay just being “okay.”  For example, I found this adorable personalized unity candle set on Etsy, but it was damn near $40. Then, I found one for $16 that’s cute but not personalized. I decided it’s worth saving that money and having a candle that doesn’t have our names on it, because honestly, we’ll see that candle and know it’s for our wedding. I don’t need the candle to remind me of that. Also, unless you’re totally in love with the whole bridal party robe trend, you really don’t need to spend money on robes (or other similar items) that your girls will only wear once. I plan on letting my girls get ready in whatever they want, and I spent a whopping $4.50 on a tank top that says ” bride” on it. Oh, and I don’t have a wedding dress hanger with my future name on it. So sue me. 🙂

I hope these tips are helpful for those who are in the same boat as me – you want a cute wedding, but you aren’t made of cash. Happy planning (and decorating!)





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