A lot of wedding saving tips start with the big areas, such as the guest list or the venue, but pinching your pennies when it comes to wedding decor can really help your budget! Here are 7 clever tips…
Print your own
You may be using a professional for your save the dates and wedding invitations, but you can cut down on your stationery budget by creating your own day-of stationery, such as place names, table numbers and table plans. If your local printer is cheap, buy a printable suite of statonery and print it yourself, or DIY them using crafting supplies.
Instead of expensive cut flowers or floral arrangements, consider using potted plants as part for your wedding decor. It’ll fit right into the greenery trend, will cost you a fraction of the price, and you’ll be able to take them home or give them to guests after the big day is over.
Rope in friends and family
There’s nothing worse than trying to tackle DIY for 100 guests on your own! When it comes to DIY decor, pick something simple that you know everyone can achieve (such as spray-panting tins, wrapping lace or twine around jam jars or folding paper fans) and ask a friends and family to help you. It’ll save you money and give you a personal touch!
Forget the favours
It may shock the traditionalists, but wedding favours are officially on their way out! Even if you’re only spending a couple of pounds per favour, this can quickly add up to several hundred pounds that could be better spent elsewhere. The younger generation aren’t even likely to notice that they’re missing! If you’re too worried to abandon favours entirely, instead print off a photo of you and your h2b to give to guests – online photo printing companies can provide hundreds of photos for just pennies a picture.
Ask your florist
Your florist is likely to have plenty of extra vases, bowls and lanterns at their disposal, so it’s worth asking them if you can include these in your package to save you cash and stress. Plus, as florists have plenty of experience with making weddings as beautiful as possible, you can ask them for styling advice on making an impact on a small budget. Win!
Rent the finishing touches
These days there are plenty of companies who will rent you all the bits and bobs to really make your wedding decor stand out, from sequin tablecloths to vintage bicycles, which saves you having to buy everything outright. Be sure to shop around to find the best price, but also bear in mind that it can be worth spending the money to avoid having to deal with your decor afterwards!
Shop at the right time
Plan your time wisely and you could scoop a bargain. Just before and after Christmas is a great time to pick up cut-price fairylights, candles and baubles, while shopping during Summer sales can help you pick up colourful extras. Be ready for Black Friday, Boxing Day and January sales!