Wedding Decorations on a Budget: Savvy Décor Tips & Tricks

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average wedding décor costs

As previously mentioned, the average couple spends around $2,000 on decorations for their wedding. However, it’s important to note that this number can vary greatly depending on factors such as location, season, and the couple’s personal preferences. While some couples may prioritize grand floral arrangements and extravagant centerpieces, others may opt for a more minimalist approach.

  • Flowers: $500-$12,000
  • Centerpieces: $50-$500 per table
  • Tablecloths/runner: $20-$80 per table
  • Chargers: $8-$10 each
  • Lighting: $200-$5,000
  • Candlesticks: $10 each
  • Photo booth backdrop: $100-$1,500
  • Welcome sign: $10-$50
  • Aisle runner: $30-$200
  • Ceremony arch: $75-$1,000
wedding budget planner checklist for wedding expense planning

Why the range? Because some venues don’t require as much heavy lifting on the decoration front. For example, an outdoor wedding ceremony and reception needs more minimal décor than a hotel ballroom that’s basically a blank slate.

  • $10,000 Wedding Budget = $1,200 décor and floral budget
  • $15,000 Wedding Budget = $1,800 décor and floral budget
  • $20,000 Wedding Budget = $2,400 décor and floral budget

wedding decorations checklist

As every venue needs are different, and every wedding day vision is different, your checklist may look a little different; however, there are a few key wedding décor elements that can make a big impact to consider. These include:

wedding decorations checklist
  • Centerpieces: The focal point of each table, centerpieces can range from simple floral arrangements to more elaborate designs incorporating candles, lanterns, and other decorative elements.
  • Backdrops: A backdrop can serve as a stunning focal point for the ceremony or reception, and can be customized to match the couple’s theme and aesthetic.
  • Aisle décor: Whether it’s flower petals, lanterns, or potted plants, adding some flair to the ceremony aisle can make a big difference in the overall ambiance.
  • Lighting: From twinkle lights to lanterns to candles, lighting can set the mood and create a romantic atmosphere.
  • Signage: Whether it’s a welcome sign, seating chart, or menu board, signage can add a personalized touch to the wedding décor.

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wedding decorating on a small budget

OK, first, for wedding decorations on a budget, there are three big pieces of advice to consider before your start décor planning and prep:

  1. Have your wedding ceremony and reception venue locked in, so you can carefully consider the ambiance of the space. Ask for photos so you can get an idea of what other couples have done.
  2. When you’re working with an already beautiful space, such as a natural outdoor setting like the example pictured below, let the space do more of the talking and go with more minimal decoration to tie in your wedding theme and provide guest wayfinding.
  3. Set a budget, and stick to it! I know, easier said than done, but once you’ve have a budget locked in, you can figure out how to get creative to make sure you keep things in check. I’ll go through budget saving ideas in just a moment.
outdoor wedding at sunset with natural light and minimal wedding decorations

7 Low cost wedding decoration ideas

#1 | Buy in bulk

#2 | Shop secondhand

Stack of vintage thrifted suitcases as option for cheap wedding decoration

#3 | Use seasonal décor

budget-friendly wedding décor for fall wedding using pumpkins and fall foliage as fall wedding centerpiece

#4 | DIY wedding decorations

#5 | Opt for Low-Cost Floral

DIY wedding reception centerpieces in progress using flowers from local farm

#6 | Repurpose ceremony decorations

Make a plan for using your ceremony decorations at your reception. Especially if the two are being hosted at the same venue, you can repurpose some ceremony décor, such as flower arrangements, lanterns, vases, etc. to dress up your reception space.

welcome wedding reception display table with repurposed wedding ceremony décor

#7 | Utilize Cricut or Chalkboards for Wedding Signage

chalkboard wedding signage on table as low cost wedding décor

What can I do with leftover wedding décor?

One of the best ways to plan wedding decorations on a budget is actually through resale opportunities. Plus, one of the biggest challenges of decorating for a wedding is figuring out what to do with all the leftover decorations once the event is over. You could simply throw it all away or donate everything. However, there are actually several creative ways to repurpose or reuse wedding décor, or even sell it to make some money back. Here are some ideas:

Sell it online

If you have a lot of leftover wedding décor, consider selling it on a wedding décor resale site or even on social media platforms. There are many sites where you can list your items for sale, such as Facebook Marketplace, Poshmark, or Craigslist.

You can also try wedding-specific resale sites, such as Bride2Bride (mentioned already above), or Wedzee. Wedzee is a marketplace to buy and sell used or new wedding items and is one of the easiest and most robust online wedding marketplaces.

resale wedding decor through Facebook Marketplace

Resell locally

If you’re not comfortable with selling your leftover wedding décor online, try looking for consignment stores, or try reaching out to wedding planners, bridal boutiques, or rental companies to see if they would be interested in buying your items. You’d be surprised how many wedding planners are on the hunt for that unique item for their couple, and you might have just the thing! Like…the perfect mismatched chairs, or a sign that’s no longer sold in stores. You never know!

Don’t forget to ask friends and family members if they know anyone who might be interested in purchasing the items.

Repurpose it for other events

Just because the décor was originally intended for a wedding doesn’t mean it can’t be used for other events. Consider repurposing your wedding decorations for other occasions, such as birthday parties or even other weddings. If you have floral arrangements or centerpieces, you can also consider donating them to a local nursing home or hospital to brighten up someone’s day.

Whether you choose to sell it, donate it, or repurpose it, you can rest easy knowing that you’re doing something good for your wallet, the environment, and possibly even someone else’s wedding. Don’t hesitate to get creative and think outside the box when it comes to what to do with your leftover decorations.

In conclusion, creating stunning wedding decorations on a budget is completely possible. With a little creativity and some strategic planning, you can create a beautiful wedding atmosphere without spending a fortune. Whether you opt for DIY décor, thrifted items, or bulk purchases, there are plenty of ways to make your wedding décor dreams a reality.

Happy Planning!


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