Shopping for wedding supplies on a budget can be a difficult task, especially since most stores jack up the price of anything related to weddings. Most couples have a set budget when they do their wedding shopping and don’t want to blow it all on decorations, so knowing how to stretch a dollar to stay within your spending limit can be very important. Fortunately, there are some creative ways to keep your decoration budget in check without sacrificing quality if you know how to shop. Here are a few of the most important wedding decorations that most couples want to use at their wedding and some ideas on how to reduce their expense.
General Venue Decorations
Most wedding venues will supply some sort of decorating service as part of your rental, but there are many that leave this task in your hands. Furthermore, if you have a specific wedding theme that you’re trying to follow and adhere to, you probably want to do a good chunk of the decorating yourself; even if it’s just supplemental to the decorations that the venue already provides. To get a good price on balloons, cray paper, ribbons, and other basic decorating supplies, you should consider shopping at a local dollar store to find the lowest prices. You can also target party stores right after a major holiday, but the selection is usually quite limited and the prices will usually still be better at a dollar store.
Flowers are one of the most expensive decorations that you’ll have at your wedding, so you want to spend a fair amount of time finding the best possible prices. There are certain items such as your bridal bouquet, corsages, and boutonnieres that you won’t want to substitute for an alternative to real flowers, but there are plenty of other options to replace flowers throughout the rest of your venue. You could use paper flowers or flower made from wood instead of the real thing and it will cost you a fraction of the price. Shopping for alternatives to real flowers will usually take some time, however, so make sure you budget your time appropriately to get the best savings.
Again, since flowers are so expensive, using something different in your centerpieces can be an easy way to shave off some of your decoration expenses. Instead of flowers, there are a variety of different items that you can shop for that will not only save you money on your centerpieces, but also make them more useful than just a glorified paperweight. Consider filling your vases with wedding sparklers for your grand exit at the end of the night to make handing them out simple. You could also create fruit-kabobs to place in the centerpieces to create a beautiful table ornament that your guests can snack on during your cocktail hour. No matter what you choose to put in your centerpieces, it’s almost certainly going to be a huge cost savings over buying copious amounts of roses and orchids.
Being a savvy shopper when it comes to wedding decorations can save you a lot of money, but it can also improve your wedding overall. Items like wedding sparklers can make the experience better for your guests while edible options like fruit kabobs will replace expensive appetizers while making your reception venue more inviting. Just replace traditional wedding decorations with more creative options while you’re shopping and you can keep your budget on track while making your day more memorable.