Diy wedding reception lighting ideas
See: Invitations (but with a far shorter lifespan).
The Solution: Programs are super cute, but if you desire to skip them and save the money your guests won’t care. Instead create a few DIY chalkboard or wooden signs that own your schedule or other necessary details listed on them.
Own a few of these around the ceremony and reception site and your guests will get the general thought.
) The Guest Book
Ah, the thumbprint tree. Such a creative thought in theory, but it can get genuine messy, genuine quick. The anniversary wine, the Polaroid station, the wishing tree… Super cute, but super unnecessary. Guest books can get pricey, and the cost can really skyrocket once you start piling on the works.
Do yourself a favor and hold it simple, or go ahead and nix it altogether.
Your guests won’t miss it, and in the age of digital photography, you’ll own tons of tons of snaps of your family and friends sharing your special day. If that doesn’t beat a scrawled name on a sheet (or a smudgy thumbprint), I don’t know what does.
The Solution: If you decide to go with a guestbook, create something simple.
A cute DIY board love the one pictured under is cute, cheap, and something you can actually display after the wedding. Your guests won’t care that you made it yourself. I once attended a wedding where the couple had one of their engagement photos framed and then removed the glass so we could sign the paper matte inside of the frame. It was super simple, and they own it hanging in their living room now.
) The Flowers
Now don’t get me wrong; floral arrangements are almost always a welcome addition to your chosen venue, and can inject the space with a bit of your personal style. But while no one will argue that golden dip-dyed roses aren’t totally gorg, they’re also a entire waste of time and money.
Believe us, no one will notice the lack of designer blooms, and your artfully arranged farmer’s market flowers will be just as striking – at a part of the price. Guests will appreciate the thoughtful, fragrant flourishes no matter what, regardless of whether you’ve chosen exotic blooms from far-flung corner of the world or locally grown greenery.
The Solution: Instead of spending a fortune on fancy designer flowers, visit your local farmer’s market or florist.
Your guests will literally own no thought where your flowers came from, so why spend every the additional money? On the morning of my cousin’s wedding she had her bridesmaids pick up every her flowers from Costco. And you know what? They looked great!
) The Invitations
I hate to break it to you, but these little suckers finish up in the recycling bin faster than you can tell, “I now pronounce you husband and wife.” Certain, it’s the extremely first introduction to your wedding, but a beautiful invitation is a beautiful invitation. No one is judging your choice of paper stock, ornamentation or font (just believe me on this one).
The Solution: The average couple spends $ on their wedding invites. Don’t stress about your invites and instead discover an affordable option that fits your budget. There are tons of retailers that would surprise you with their collections of wedding invitations, such as Costco, Target, Walmart, Shutterfly, or Etsy.
On Etsy you can even pay a flat rate for an instant download, and then print as numerous as you need. The invitations featured under are super affordable while also being super cute so you can definitely discover a middle ground here.
) The Dress
This one may be a bit controversial, but personally, I ponder that blowing your bridal budget on a fancy-shmancy gown just to wear it once and never again is less than practical. It’s not what you wear but how you wear it, so as endless as you’re comfortable and feel love your best, most beautiful self, well, that’s excellent enough for me. That’s not to tell that guests won’t remember an outlandish or ill-fitting dress, but if the bride is rocking a beautifully tailored gown that makes her glance and feel love the goddess she is, guests won’t bat an eyelash at the lack of designer label.
The Solution: Before you panic, let me clarify and tell that your guests obviously care about your dress.
What they won’t ponder twice about is the price or designer of your dress. So don’t take out a little loan to purchase a dress with a fancy designer label that you hope will impress your guests.
Instead, discover a dress that fits you and your personality well. Store sample sales, clearance, and online to discover a perfectly beautiful dress that won’t break your bank. You could wear a second-hand dress and no one would know the difference. Check out our large selection of bridal gowns under $1,!
) The Linens
As a wedding guest, I just don’t pay much mind to your tablecloths.
As endless as I don’t own to eat my halibut off of a dirty ancient burlap bag, I’ll be just fine, thank you extremely much. Specialty linens can get costly, so save yourself the buck and select something simple and functional that blends seamlessly with your décor – no muss, no fuss.
The Solution: Save the money and select something simple.