Written by Hamish Shephard
Hamish Shephard is the founder and CEO of Bridebook, UK’s leading wedding planning app and is considered one of the UK’s most prominent wedding experts. View Hamish Shephard’s full author bio.
Ok, NOW for the fun bit. You’ve secured the world’s most stunning venue using the UK’s best wedding venue search, and now it’s time to turn it into your own personal party. How do you do that? With decorations – hurray! These little bits and bobs will make the place look amazing and show you off as a couple.
Whether you are fun-loving and jokey with an awesome theme, or chic and sophisticated with understated elegance, decorations will be something you will have so much fun deciding on.
Regardless of your personal style, your decorations do not need to eat away at the best part of your budget. You can create an unforgettable atmosphere and keep your budget intact – easy peasy:
1. Best way to save on decorations? Think bold colour! Whether it’s flowers or ribbons, a brighter colour will always look like more, so you won’t need to spend a lot on decorating everything! Besides, a bright colour against a muted background will create a very well put-together look, making your guests think that you are a genius (of course) with an instinctive sense of style.
2. Keep your tables elegant and simple by leaving them free of clutter. We suggest using your favours as decorations, or your decorations as favours, whichever way you prefer it. Tip: the best and cheapest favours are always DIY! Whether you want to give little jars of your signature jam, or specially wrapped cookies, it will always go down well with the guests (and your wallet)!
3. Use the bridal bouquets as decorations. As soon as everyone sits down for the reception and all the photos are taken, the bouquets get forgotten, so strategically place them as table centrepieces – nifty trick!
4. Instead of buying or renting chair covers, which can be expensive and messy once everyone has sat on them, use wide ribbons instead! Wrap these in a big bow on the back of each chair et voila! This will be much cheaper and will add an elegant touch.
5. Play with fabrics. Whether for draping tables, walls, or even ceilings, rolls of your favourite fabrics are cheap to buy and are great at creating atmosphere.
6. Try renting instead of buying whatever decorations you need! There are loads of styling and prop suppliers who would be able to sort everything out for you with professional vision. Chances are your wedding venue may also have some available – sorted.
7. Buy your decor second hand. Lots of new husbands and wives will be selling their job lots of decor on auctioning and repurposing sites for lower prices: take advantage of this. Similarly, utilise second-hand fairs and junk sales – as they say, one man’s rubbish is another couple-to-be’s treasure. These are especially good if you’re going for a slightly eclectic look where you don’t need 10 matching items, but just enough items under an umbrella theme.
8. Use paper, paper is so versatile. Have some craft sessions with your nearest and dearest in the run-up to the wedding: it means you can make paper chains or origami cranes etc en masse, but also provides you with some much-needed family time in the stress of the last few weeks. Alternatively, use paper as homemade streamers, confetti, bunting, or tablecloths. The world is your oyster and you it’s papery pearl.
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