The big day is approaching and you want it to be very special and unique, but you're on a budget. Don't worry! There are many ways you can make your own reception decorations on a tight budget. Simply take a look at a few key points about your wedding and you'll be on your way.
1) What is the theme of your wedding?
If you're doing an outdoor themed wedding, you'll want to make reception decorations that are appropriate. For instance, you could make centerpieces from tree branches that you put glitter on. There are many creative ideas you can use that will be easy on the budget, but pleasant to the eye.
If you're planning a 'green' themed wedding, think of using sustainable products such as flowers or bamboo. Better yet - 'recycle' someone else's used reception decorations. You'll save tons of money and it's good for the environment!
2) How much space do you need to cover/fill with decorations?
If you're in a backyard or a reception hall will make a big difference in quantity and thus, price of the reception decorations you'll need. In order to keep your decorations on budget, you'll need to carefully plan out what you'll be creating based on the amount you will need and the cost to implement them.
3) How much time do you have? What is your deadline?
If you are 6 months out and have time each day to work on crafting your own decorations for your reception, then you may have a way to create very nice displays on a tight budget. If you're not very crafty or just don't have the time, check out bulk ordering from online shops or local ads for people selling slightly used items that you can reuse. Either way, time plays an important role in the planning process and should be examined when you make your decisions.
4) Shop around.
Once you've come up with a plan, it's time to start shopping. Keep in mind, it's very rare that the first place you look will have the least expensive items. Many times you can find the supplies you are looking for from various sources (think websites, malls, classified ads) and can often find great deals when you shop around. Need vases for your centerpieces? Check out everywhere from home decor shops to craft stores. You'll be amazed what you can find and how you can save your budget just from spending a little extra time researching.
5) Create and Enjoy!
Finally, you can relax. Your day will be unique and best of all, you didn't go into debt just making your location sparkle. You've created beautiful, custom reception decorations on a budget that you can look back on for years to come.