Hello brides & grooms, we hope you are enjoying the planning process – whatever stage of the process you are in. We know this time can be stressful, but we hope it is also enjoyable. Our sincerest hope is that our regular tips help make the process more creative, fun, and less stressful by providing ideas on how to save money, and stretch the dollars you are using. As always, we hope you never forget that this journey you are on is about the marriage, not the wedding.
This blog post is dedicated to décor, specifically ceremony décor. We will get into reception décor next edition.
Your décor budget is one of your best opportunities to save money and really showcase your creativity. There are countless ways to save money.
Ceremony Décor: When planning your ceremony décor, remember to think in terms of your pictures. Most of your pictures will be taken up at the altar, so focus your attention and your dollars up where you and your fiancé will be standing. If you decide to go with large alter arrangements plan them with the idea of repurposing them for your reception. (They will look great at the guest book table, cake table, seating card table, buffet etc) Another money wise idea is to use groups of potted plants (hydrangeas, or various greens, in pretty pots) which you will then be able to take home and keep forever (or if you are like us, until your black thumb kills them). Regardless of how long you manage to keep them alive, potted plants have a much longer lifespan than cut flowers, and with a little TLC they can be a great investment into your landscaping.
Pomanders are another favorite décor item for ceremonies. These are often very inexpensive and pretty easy to make yourself. These are also able to be re-purposed at the reception as decoration in bathrooms, buffet table, or even the head table. Use them to hang off of the two head chairs or group together on tables, or jazz up door handles into your reception venue. Another idea with these is to use fake flowers. We do not often recommend fake flowers, but a Styrofoam ball from Michaels and some fake daisies make an easy and beautiful craft project.
An inexpensive way to really have a striking entrance for only a few dollars is to have your custom monogram painted on your aisle runner. A few tips on this project. If you are going to use an aisle runner, you will save some serious $$ if you buy one online vs. renting one. Rental companies charge an arm and leg because there is high risk of damage not to mention dirt (since everyone is walking on them). I know its counter intuitive, but trust us on this one. Secondly, a custom monogram is such a great way to add that customized, lux feel to your wedding stationary without spending a fortune. A monogram (when it’s created by someone who will give you the file) allows you to still DIY your invites, programs labels, etc., but it gives them a very personal, professional feel. A talented graphic designer can then take your runner and paint on the monogram. It looks very pretty, and if you have a few extra dollars, and want a dramatic entrance go for it! Your Perfect Papery can also help you with this!
Our current favorite touches have to do with flower girls. For a touch of glam have your flower girl carry down a floral purse, instead of a basket. These are super cute and inexpensive. They are especially handy if your ceremony location doesn’t allow you to throw rose petals, or if you have a long train on your dress that will just catch the rose petals and pool them under your dress. To add whimsy to the flower girl’s role, create wands with ribbon and attach paper or silk flowers to the ribbon. They can “fly” their wands as they walk down the aisle.