I don't know about y'all, but my wedding had to be done on a tight budget. Every bride wants her wedding day to be perfect, spectacular, personalized, and gorgeous. Plus with all of these wedding TV shows out now we are constantly having over-the-top and no-expense-spared dream weddings thrown in our faces. Even with a tight budget, though, it is still able to achieve your dream wedding - you just have to take more time to do it in order to make some pieces yourself!
Here are 5 cheap and easy wedding decorations that you can easily do yourself but look like you bought them at some snazzy store. Best of all? They are personalized to you and your groom!
Before I get started here are a few things I suggest about wedding planning:
1. Realize that it's just a wedding, nothing will be perfect, something will go wrong, and the real "event" is spending the rest of your life with your groom.
2. Have your bridesmaids over for a DIY night and have them help you make the decorations. You will have a blast, get to know each other better (some bridesmaids may not know each other well), make memories, and get the job done much more quickly.
3. Do what you want and don't let other people or family members pressure you into anything. Your wedding day is all about you and your groom and what makes you two great. Use your favorite colors even if people don't think they go well together. Use your favorite song to walk down the aisle. Get married on the day you want to. Do what makes you happy!
4. Find out the rules for your venues. You don't want to be setting up the day of and find out you can't use some of your decorations! Here's an example: many venues have specific rules about candles. I could only have candles if the flame was covered at my reception. Good to know!
Okay, enough delaying! Here they are:
1. Rubber Band Spray Painted Vase
Simply cover a vase in rubber bands of different sizes (making sure they are flat and not twisted), spray paint it, and then take off the rubber bands! It's beautiful with flowers or a candle on the inside!
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2. Glamorous Candle Holders
I had these as filler pieces at my wedding. They are perfect to put around the tallest piece on your tables. All you do is pour salt (NOT SUGAR! The heat from the flame can burn the sugar) into a glass. Then put a votive candle in the center and place chunky gems and pearls around it. It would also be super cute with sand and seashells for a beach themed wedding!
3. A Family Tree (...Literally!)
This idea is super cute and personalized. It also makes the family who traveled to come to your wedding feel special and included!
The process for the family tree is a little more involved but very doable and totally worth it:
First you have to find a dead baby tree. I bet you haven't heard that before! ;) Luckily one of my coworkers had a baby weeping willow that had died and she gave it to me. However, if you can't find a small dead tree you can always cut a limb off of a large tree or combine branches to make it look like a tree. Spray paint the tree (if desired) to match your decor.
Once the tree part has dried, fill a large flower pot (or bucket if you cover it up later) with cement and place the tree in the center of it.
Then cover up the cement part with pretty stones, seashells, or a table cloth like I did.
Now all you have to do is print pictures out from both sides of your family, including baby pictures of the bride and groom, and hang them on it!
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4. Picture Vases
I love this one because it is very personalized, cheap, and easy! All you do is print out some of your favorites pictures of you and your groom together (I used our engagement pictures) and then tape them to the inside of a vase. The tricky part is to get the pictures the perfect size to fit - but you can do it!
5. Blinged-Out Fish Bowls
This one is really cool! Believe it or not, I put un-dyed water in this fish bowl. The part that makes it colorful are these amazing things called water beads! I put in clear and blue ones. Since water beads sink you can place things on top of them in the water. The water beads are practically translucent in the water, making it look like whatever is on top of them is floating!
Simply fill a fishbowl about a quarter of the way full with water beads. Then pour water into the bowl until it is your desired height. After that put in your chunky diamonds/pearls/seashells. I also added floating candles!
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