How to Save Money on Your Wedding Reception Decorations
Now that you’re planning your wedding, you’ve probably scoured over a dozen magazines, talked to recent brides, and have been going overboard on Pinterest, right? Join the club. Whether you’re planning to decorate yourselves due to budget constraints or because you are a creative bride-to-be, here are some tips to keep in mind when you’re planning your big event.
1. Centerpieces: This is a great way to decorate each table at your reception and a neat place to tie in your theme or location for the guests. Consider using flowers, whether fresh, silk or paper in various containers such as vases, desert trays or even decoupage tissue boxes! Use different sized candle holders to add light as well as that romantic glow for your guests to enjoy. You can also fill fish bowls with a fresh flower or two (along with an ice cube to keep them cool and hydrated) along with a small candle (Hint: these are great for guests to take home). No matter what choice you go with, you can always incorporate the table number into the center as well for double duty.
2.Lighting: Consider the location before you make too many plans. For example, if your reception is outdoors, you don’t want open flames unless they are protected behind glass. Light strands come in all shapes, sizes and colors! You can manipulate them in almost any formation whether along the ceiling, around a table, or even plugged into a board in various patterns! Don’t be scared to ask friends and family if they have any from Christmas you can borrow, if they will fit into your plans. Look into “gels”; these cover the existing lights and add shades of your favorite colors to the room or area. Whether the reception is inside or out, paper lanterns or porch lighting may also be a great way to go. You can always decorate your new place together with them after the big day.
3. Fun: A wedding reception is a great place for guests to cut loose and enjoy the time with friends and family. Why not have a few areas set up to get the party started? Consider staging a photo booth. Add a variety of props and silly items for your guests to dress up with and pose for random pictures they will enjoy looking back at. Set up a board with a picture of the couple in the center, plenty of pens or markers and ask guests to sign the board with well wishes or wedding advice. If alcohol is being offered at the reception, think about having a “make your own” sangria bar. Line up pretty barware along with a variety of garnishes for the guests to make their drink just the way they want it! Another popular idea is designating a separate space as a lounge area. It can be as simple as a few chairs set off to the side or even a few benches or small couches pulled together to encourage guests to relax and talk.
No matter the venue or budget, you can make your reception look just the way you want with a little research and elbow grease. And this is also a great opportunity to spend precious time with those you’re close to, since they’ll be hip deep in paper flowers, ribbon tying, and string lights right along with you.