5 Tips for Decorating your Reception on a Budget

Often when it comes to wedding decorations and the money it takes to pull off your ‘Pinterest‘ reception, it could seem overwhelming. But, we are here to tell you that your decor doesn’t need to break the bank or be overly complicated. Here are our 5 tips for decorating your reception on a budget:

Reuse your Ceremony Decor

Reusing ceremony decor elements are not only a money-saver, but can be a big stress and time-saver! Think about using your ceremony backdrop behind your cake table or behind your bridal table. If both your ceremony and reception are at the same venue, you could use your seating as part of your reception seating. Why hire two sets of chairs when you only need one?!

Bride and groom looking into each other's eyes and holding hands jewel toned wedding table

Use Items from Your Home

Think scatter cushions, blankets, carpets, chairs and even decor items… all of these can easily be transported from your home to the reception venue. Look around your house and get creative! Do you love flowers and have loads of vases? Bring them along! Different colours and sizes can often complement one another better than you’d think. Not only will you save money by using items from home, but you guarantee the wedding will fit your style and personality!

Candles Galore

We say never underestimate the power of some candlelight! The soft, romantic lighting scattered across the venue will really set the mood. Think of various heights and sizes, this will add a bit of visual interest to your decor.

Pro Tip: Use various candle holders, votives and lanterns to add more depth!

winter wedding table reception candles on bridal table

Lights, Lights and More Lights

Lighting can truly transform even the most dreary spaces, which is a real saver when decorating your reception on a budget. You can instantly add romance with twinkling lights or bistro lighting. Whether your wedding reception is inside or outside, lighting is the go-to! Think about draping them between branches, wrap them around the trees and hang them from the ceiling inside the venue.

Pro Tip: Buy fairy lights in bulk when they go on sale, especially after Christmas or on Black Friday.

Use Select Statement Pieces

When it comes to decorating the reception, it is often the little items that tend to add up quickly. So, instead of multiple small elements, focus on one or two bigger pieces that will have a large impact on the look and feel. By focusing on one or two statement pieces, you’ll be able to create that ‘wow’ moment for your guests without breaking the bank!

statement seating plan ceremony backdrop

There you have it, 5 tips to decorating your reception on a budget and bringing your vision to life while keeping your wallet happy!

In the end, we are all the same. Just two people wanting to start their lives together so make the day something you’ll never forget.

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