Your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life, and you don’t want to diminish your day by skimping on anything, right? But, like many of us, you may be on a tight budget. Does this mean your wedding should be anything less than you are hoping for? Of course not! There are plenty of ways to get that high-end looking event for low prices. You don’t need to spend those astronomical prices for the event of your dreams.
Have you ever thought of designing your own wedding dress? Sounds too good to be true, right? Though this sounds very pricey, it is most often a cheaper alternative to buying that designer dress you’ve always wanted. This way, you get the dress exactly how you want it for lower costs. Be sure to use less expensive fabrics to save even more! Another alternative is to take an already worn dress, such as your mothers or grandmothers, and create it into something new! You can usually turn that outdated dress into a current best seller – it also ends up making your day even more sentimental.
Centerpieces play a huge role in your décor. Steer clear of the more expensive flowers such as orchids and calla lilies. Always try to go with flowers that are both local and seasonal. These are easier for the florist to obtain, making it the less expensive option. Another way to save is to use your bridesmaids’ bouquets as part of the centerpieces. This doubles as the finishing touch to your bridesmaids during the ceremony, and table décor for your reception. Or take an even less expensive route and do not use flowers all together. Use a glass vase with floating candles as your centerpiece. You could always sprinkle some petals in or around the vase.
Looking for dramatic linens that set the room apart? Maybe that pure silk isn’t in your budget. So try something that will give the same effect, such as fabrics with glitter or shimmers throughout. Using metallic fabrics can give your room the romantic, chic look you were hoping for. Decorate a simple table linen with silver candles, gold picture frames for the menu, or white shimmering confetti or glitter to give that high-end look. Or if you want to use bold patterns but can’t afford to use the patterned linens, consider using the patterns on your printed materials, such as your menus. And spice up those dreary chairs by wrapping fabric around them and accenting it with a bow on the back!
It may be your dream to have that tall, extravagant cake. But those layers add up in price. It may not be in your budget, so think about using ‘faux’ cake layers. It takes less labor time to decorate Styrofoam than to bake the cake batter and decorate it. Also, have the baker use real flowers instead of paying him extra time to make the ornate sugar flowers.
These are just a few ways you can use your cost conscious budget to create high-end looks! Have any other suggestions on how to make your wedding fabulous for a low price?