1. Use Lots of Candles
What could be more romantic than a candle-lit dinner? For not a lot of money, you can get a bunch of candlesticks or votives that can up the ambiance. Using them as centerpieces (either one big one or several smaller ones) and then adding smaller flower arrangements or even just petals can save you a ton of money at the florists without looking cheap. Need creative ideas? Martha Stewart’s wedding page has a whole slideshow of them. Or you could just check out Pinterest. (Lots of people seem to like using mason jars with candles. Which is great. But in my experience mason jars are not all that cheap. I’d check out other containers first.)
2. Use Lots of Christmas Lights
Christmas lights can be a dramatic addition to a wedding. If you’re outdoors, you can wrap one tree or more near the reception or dance floor. Inside, you can light the underneath of your tables by lining the inside of your table cloth with a string of lights. Icicle lights can be used indoors or out to transform the ceiling. They also make a beautiful backdrop for ceremonies or just an accent wall during the reception. And if you’re a traditional bride getting married around the traditional time (summer,) you can score them at a discounted rate. For example, right now ChristmasLightsEtc.com has them at 40% off with sales all the way through September. Yay for off-seasons!
3. Use Lots of Origami
This one is a bit labor intensive, but can turn out really pretty. Those origami cranes you learned to make in elementary school can be strung to hang over guest tables as referenced above at Burnetts Boards. Or you can use them for your arch/backdrop during your ceremony like The Craft Caboodle did at her wedding. Or hang them pretty much anywhere else. They’re a nice mix of dramatic and delicate, though your hands may be aching afterwards. If you decide to go this route, I’d enlist some family and/or friends to help!
Did you DIY any decor at your wedding?
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