Inexpensive Decorating Ideas for Weddings
A Michigan Wedding DJ Delivers Tips for Decorating Any Type of Venue on a Low Budget
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For original lighting that doesn't scream "Christmas," skip the basic string lights and go for globes!
Flameless Candles with Decorative Sleeves
I can't say enough about these flameless candles with decorative sleeves. I liked them so much that I bought a package of 24 for my home. I love the way the light shines through the lacy cutouts and fills the room with a warm, amber glow. Best of all, they burn much longer than traditional tea lights because they come with lithium batteries. At $22 for a set of 24 candles and sleeves, this is one tiny investment that will keep on giving! Long after your wedding is over, you'll enjoy tucking them into bookshelves and using them to decorate tables, dressers and windowsills.
This white lantern takes on warm amber tones when used in a dim room. At a modest price of $15, it's a great choice for decorating the head table. For the decoration of smaller tables, you may wish to purchase cheaper lanterns that come in packages of six. For more lantern ideas, please visit my lantern page.
White Floral Lights
Long after the wedding is over, you can use lighted flowers to decorate your Christmas tree, patio or mantle.
When it comes to archways, you get what you pay for. Expect to spend around $30 to $60 for a simple indoor archway that will look great decorated with flowers, garland, string lights, fabric and more. If you intend to use your inexpensive archway outside, plant the legs of the unit into decorative pots filled with dirt, as the wind could easily blow it over. If you dream of using your archway in the garden after your wedding, expect to pay $100 to $200 for a sturdy unit with special feet that can be nailed into the ground. This type of archway should hold up against a light storm. If you want to keep the archway in place year round, invest in a wooden archway and expect to pay $300 to $500 for a prefabricated model.
Real flowers are just plain expensive and difficult to deal with. If you think most guests will want to take them home at the end of the night, think again. On many occasions, I've watched brides and parents beg guests to take fresh flowers home at the end of the night. Most guests don't want to risk messing up their cars to transport a decoration that will soon die.
If your heart is set on decorating tables with flowers, let me tell you why fake flowers are a much better investment of your money. After the wedding, you can spray them with clear UV protectant, plant them in flower pots and enjoy them outdoors for many years to come. A few years ago, I was having trouble growing healthy flowers in the shaded area between my spruce trees. To solve the problem, I inserted fake flowers into large pots filled with dirt. I display these flowers every year between May and September. Every fall, I take them out of the pots, toss them in a plastic bag and store them in my shed. Year after year, my flowers look as good enough to inspire compliments from people walking their dogs through the neighborhood. They even attract hummingbirds! I still like to plant real flowers in various locations, but it's nice to know that there's at least one area of the garden I don't have to worry about watering or maintaining.
Lanterns are another great way to add an extra special touch of ambiance to your wedding reception. For decoration of the head table, you can find fancy and impressive lanterns for around $14 each. For decoration of guest tables, you can purchase multi packs of lanterns less money.
Last but not least, I'd like to talk about lighted flowers. Since they're usually battery operated, they can be used to decorate outdoor archways when there's no power supply available.They can also be woven into garland or used in making corsages. Best of all, you won't have to throw them in a pile of wedding favors you can't use anymore. They'll look great on your Christmas tree, mantle or patio!