10 wedding reception decoration ideas on a budget
2. Tie Ribbons
Seat covers can be expensive to rent and a lot of work to make. Instead of using seat covers, get some beautiful wide ribbon to tie on the backs of the chairs to add some elegance and spruce things up. Ribbon is a cheap alternative compared to fancy seat covers. Enlist the help of friends to get the ribbons cut and tied for the big day.
3. Add a Water Feature
A nice addition to the entrance of your reception would be a water fountain. It could even be a small one that you have in your home that sits on a table. The sound of a water fountain is so refreshing, and it would be nice for your guests to listen to as they can finally relax at the reception.
4. Use Feathers
Feathers are a big trend in wedding decor. Buy them in bulk from a craft store and create large feather wreaths to hang on the walls or add them to centerpieces of flowers for an elegant (and inexpensive) look.
5. Decorate with Food
The wedding food and drink menu you choose and the way it’s arranged on platters can add lots of pizzazz to your big day. Huge and assorted apothecary jars of candy on the dessert bar create a festive mood, while gorgeous trays and farm fresh cheeses and rustic bread can instantly make the party have a more organic feel.
6. Add Candles
There’s nothing more romantic than a dim room lit only by the glow of hundreds of candles. And luckily, candles are inexpensive.
7. Cover with Fabric
You can get yards of your favorite fabrics at a craft store and use it for everything from covering tables to draping from the ceiling (i.e. sheer fabrics work well for this and create a romantic atmosphere). Get creative with material to create a soft, intimate atmosphere.
8. Have a Picnic
I was at an outdoor wedding once where reception “tables” were just blankets and pillows on the ground and each blanket had its own picnic basket filled with goodies and wine. It was fun, classy, and unique – not to mention much cheaper than a formal affair with chairs.
9. Display Your Engagement Photos
Your guests will love to look at your engagement photographs, and your reception is the perfect place to display them. In fact, your reception may be the only place that some of your guests will ever get to see your engagement photos. And while you’re at it, bring some of your favorite pictures of you and your spouse-to-be to show at the reception. If you are unsure about displaying them in frames or in a collage, consider creating a slide show for reception entertainment.
10. Have Fun with Flowers
I went to a wedding once that had some large flower displays. They looked like large flower balls. They were elegant, eye-catching, and memorable. To be honest, I don’t remember any decorations other than the flower balls from this wedding. While these displays looked professionally made, a bride and groom could make these flower balls themselves by getting large styrofoam balls (at a craft store like Michael’s) and inserting the stems of the flowers into them. These would be inexpensive to make as long as you either used silk flowers or ordered your flowers from an online wholesaler toВ save money on wedding flower arrangements.
Wedding Reception Theme IdeasWhile a themed wedding may not be the best option for everyone, it will enable you to have a more focused approach to planning your reception decorations. By tying in all the wedding elements, such asВ centerpieces,В flowers, favors, and overall reception appearance, you will simplify the process for yourself, make decisions easier, impress your guests, and save money.
The most difficult part will be picking the theme. You need to make sure the theme is fresh, elegant, and appropriate for you and your spouse-to-be. Make sure you do not pick a theme that could be mistaken for a prom theme, such as “Under The Sea.” Have fun with it, but make sure it is mature. Here are 3 ideas to get you started:
1. Black and White
With a black and white themed wedding, you will base everything off of the basic and elegant colors of black and white. This is a very inexpensive theme for the bride and groom because the guests themselves will be the main decorations. At a black and white wedding, guests are invited to wear black to set apart the bride and groom who will wear white. A word of caution: Do not make your theme white and some other color other than black. Most guests will already have something black to wear and would not have to purchase a new outfit for the wedding. If the bride and groom want to save money for themselves, they need to make it easy for those attending the wedding to save money as well.