Share on ThriftyFunThis guide contains the following solutions. Have something to add? Please share your solution!
Take out the family glassware and use it to make little table arrangements. We found a whole collection of colored glassware and they helped to make our little flowers on the table charming. It doesn't all have to match you know, it can coordinate.
To keep track of whose bowl is whose, number each with a sharpie pen on the bottom, and keep a master list. #1 grandma J,#2 mine etc.
For low cost wedding decorations, visit your local Dollar Tree. Dollar Tree has hundreds of decorative items that you can purchase for your wedding for only a dollar or under. Dollar Tree sells similar items found at retail stores for 75% less. So get moving to Dollar Tree.
I got the bulk of my fall wedding flowers and decorations from Dollar Tree. I also got a ringbearer pillow that my mom recovered to match my theme and monogram stickers that I used as envelope seals on my DIY invitations. You can find lots of ceremony and reception items here!
Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.
I am looking into inexpensive decorations for my wedding which is fall themed. I love burgundy and gold, my fiance loves the yellows and oranges. I have been searching for some inexpensive great ideas for chair decorations and table centerpieces that just won't break my bank. Any help on this? Any and all ideas will be welcome. Thank you
By plushkitty32 from NY
Look in dollar stores,some the party stores have inexpensive items. Also orientaltradingcompany.com has all kinds of favors, decorations, etc. for all occasions and they are really quite inexpensive. I think it will be easier to find things in the typical fall colors; orange, yellow, gold, brown, etc. I would say by mid summer stores will be having their silk leaves out in the craft departments, and you could lay stems of them in the center of the tables with whatever type of candles that you prefer to use. This would be easy to do and easy to undo. For the chairs all you would have to do is attach bows on the back made out of ribbons in the colors you choose to use.
Leaves and candles seems cheap enough to me. You can buy bouquets of leaves at the dollar store and then just remove the leaves. For the candle holders I'd go to thrift stores or garage sales and find cheap vases / glassware to put them in. (They don't have to match and I think it's boring anyway). Go to IKEA for cheaper candles. They don't have to "smell good" since it is just for viewing. Tulle is also cheap. Rolls of it, that is. Any fabric / craft store carries. You could drape some of that around the candle holders and have the leaves surrounding / on top of the tulle. And when it is all over, I'd make an attempt to sell the stuff and get some of the money back :).
My daughter was married in October so we used the fall leaf colors. Everything came from dollar stores. We used a square mirror trimmed in gold, put a tall cylinder vase filled with glass stones with a candle in the middle of it. We sprinkled silk fall leaves down the table as well as the colored glass stones. If you can't find any packages of leaves you can just get bunches of them at dollar stores and tear them off the stems. You could add inexpensive fall floral arrangements as well. Even her cake was decorated with fall flowers and leaves. The burgundy and oranges are absolutely gorgeous. For the wedding, we had the arch with greenery, fall leaves, ivory tulle, and white icicle lights hanging on it.
First of all congratulations. Fall weddings are my favorite. As an event designer and silk wedding flower designer of 10 years I promote high end style on any budget. Here are my thoughts.
Centerpieces: Don't underestimate the use of pumpkins. Large pumpkins can purchased for a little of $5 each and un-carved they will last several weeks. Carve them with a beautiful vine pattern, with table numbers, or your initials and make them luminaries. Surround the base with inexpensive garland spray painted copper or gold.
Mix up your heights by using curly willow or dried leave bundles placed in burlap wrapped containers. Or use dried wheat bundles to make free standing tall centerpieces.
I also happen to have quite a few dried leave bundles on hand I would be happy to sell. They are extra from a wedding where I made 20 fall leave pomanders for the aisle. I will have to count how many I have on hand, but let me know.
I happen to have 5 or 6 larger corn husk pumpkins I am looking sell. They are brand new, just an incorrect size for what I originally intended to use them for. But they are big enough for centerpieces and you can set fall mums/plants inside, as there is a plastic liner. Let me know if you may be interested.
Chair decorations: It depends on the type of chair, but ribbon hung down from the top can be quite stunning. It's time consuming to do, but beautiful when executed property.
Tulle wraps and bows are the cheapest option as already stated. Thick rope looped into a couple of circles accented with leaves or a flower to hang on the side of the chair can look amazing too.
Cut paper and rope/curling ribbon can be very pretty and cost effective. Cut the paper into triangle banners then stencil or stamp with your initials or fall pictures. You could also cut the paper into a variety of shapes (like leaves, pumpkins, flowers, etc) and string together.
I hope these ideas help. You can always contact me for more ideas. Good Luck and Happy Planning.
My husbands aunt is getting married in 2 weeks and has not done any planning for decorations at the reception. I have been given the task. I need some ideas for quick and simple inexpensive decorations in lavendar in green that I can pull this together. We have about 40 tables to do as well as a banister, stage, wedding party table and cake/gift table. We can NOT use balloons of any sort. Thank you for your help!
Heather from Woodburn, IN
If you have it near you go to a $1.00 store or .99cent store, these places are great for decorations that are cheap!!! Buy the purple or lavender candles already in a clear jar for each table or just the main table.They sell silk flowers too that could be put in a clear vase with the clear marbles for the main table.Another idea,those clear,plastic champagne glasses ,add a tea light and then tie some lavender/purple ribbons around the glass.Set one on each table.The Green Backs Dollar store has favors for weddings that you could use too.Hope this helps :)
After you have your tables covered ,drape a long piece of net lengthwise in the center of the table. Put 3 or 4 empty boxes wrapped in your colors in the center. Stack them so one is on top. Put a wine glasses on top of that one. Place a few wine glasses and a bottle of wine on the table if you are serveing drinks. Glitter can be sprinkled on the table. If you do not want to serve drinks put a few fake flowers in the glasses. Goodwill type stores have lots of different size wine glasses or your dollar store has a choice of plastic ones.
We found Hydrangea beds around our city and simply went to the doors of the homes and asked if we could prune a few flower heads from their garden for our wedding. 35 flower heads provided enough flowers for a very large reception. One Hydrangea flower head is large enough to make a bridal bouquet with a ribbon tied to it. One Hydrangea flower head set on a plate or mirror in the middle of a table looks simple and elegant. People were more than accommodating. But the time of year has to be right to cut--July to September. Hydrangea stems placed in water as soon as you cut them off the plant will survive for 3-4 days and stay fresh if you change the water daily. We also dried some Hydrangea and placed them in small craft size ziplock bags with dried lavendar, then added a ribbon bow, and a label with a message from the bride and groom that was made on the computer for table favors. To dry Hydrangea, simply place them in a vase without water for about one and a half weeks. Dried Hydrangea petals were also used as confetti. Fresh Hydrangea heads stuffed amongst the fruit appetizer platters, made the table especially pretty. Large Hydrangea bouquets at the altar and one Hydrangea flower head with a ribbon make beautiful pew bows. Hydrangea flower heads stuffed inside a pillar candle holder were elegant head table centerpieces.
You can go to your local dollar store and they have candle holders, doileys, balloons, silk flowers for vases that they also carry. They have plastic silverware, paper cups and yes even the famous bubbles. They do carry tops for the wedding cake. I hope i helped you out. If you go on the webb, you will find many a webb site to make centerpieces, bouquets, buttoniers etc.""
Please I am planning for my wedding and am so confused. I am thinking of doing my wedding outdoors or renting a hall. I want a wonderful decoration for either. My colours are orange, olive green, royal blue, and red. Please advise me on what to do.
By Zinny from Nigeria abv
Hi I am also planing my wedding. I'm not quite sure if u planed on doing you decorations your self or not, but I got great DIY ideals from Pinterest as well as YouTube. Oriental trading is also a good place to get decorations already made for a reasonable price. Hope this helps . Good luck.
How do l get invitation cards, cheap centerpieces, table cloths, balloons, and plates? I really do not mind if they are used. Thank you for the reply.
By carol008 from Cobb, GA
Oriental Trading Company has a lot of stuff. WalMart also has some items. But I have a suggestion, if you can't afford a wedding, just go and get married. People used to have weddings without balloons, table centerpieces, other than for the brides table, etc.
We used a print-at-home invitation kit for our wedding. It came with nice embossed card stock, RSVP forms and envelopes, and the result was really pretty. Provided you don't have hundreds of invitations to send out it's easy and inexpensive to do.
Craft, party supply, and discount stores are your best friend for inexpensive wedding decorations, though there's a lot of good bargains on the internet too. We bought some ribbon online with our names and the date printed on it and it was a nice personal touch on the favors. Silk flowers, confetti and some tea lights all make for pretty tables and they are cheap and easy to find. I agree though, celebrating love is ultimately more important than decorations. You can have a beautiful day without spending a lot of money. We did! :)
I agree with the post about Oriental Trading company. Do a search for coupons and promo codes there before you order. And read the reviews of the items you are interested in. I used several things from that store for my wedding and all were lovely
I used Dollar general, dollar tree, and freecycle. Had everything I needed for a wedding for both my son and a daughter. Only spent a few hundred. Of course after all moms work both weddings were canceled (yeah).
My fiance and I are getting married in May 2010 and we are having a western wedding with royal blue and silver as our colors. We will be getting married on our acreage, with our reception there too. I am looking for easy, cheap, do-it-yourself decorations. We will be renting a tent and people will be sitting around big round tables.
We will be serving pulled pork and beef sandwiches with baked beans, potato salad, etc. The wedding will be early evening about 6ish. It will be a relatively formal wedding with me in the typical big ivory dress and my girls in formal gowns and the men will be in tuxes. Any suggestions are welcome. Thank you!
By countrymom77 from Adams, NE
#1 Change clothes before the reception. You don't want bbq sauce on your dress.
#2 Check on-line party stores if you don't have one nearby...you have time enough now that you might be able to pick up good silver decorations (not themed) that are sold for New Year's Eve. With that menu you can do silver and Spring flowers on tables and blue and silver on walls. People will be looking at you and visiting, not so much looking at the decorations, so don't overdo it...a couple hours and it's over.
We used tulle and cut into round shape and place birdseed in it and gathered the tulle up and used a ribbon to tie it up. Then we hot glued a mini black cowboy hat to ribbons it was a big hit you can also find many uses for those little mini
cowboy hats you can find in craft stores. Michael's Hobby Lobby and others. Also one couple I know went to ceramic place and spent a few nights painting ceramic cowboy boots, hats and other western things then had them fired/kiln and
they saved LOTS doing the center pieces look at cheap cowboy toys too for center pieces you will find ideas just looking at C&W stores. Good luck
You could get some hay bails and some tall grasses as decorations near your ceremony spot and framing the tent. For centerpiece you can use boots from thrift stores or party hats and place flowers or candies in them. I would suggest not bothering with any favors due to the expense, but if you want to, you could give away bookmarks that are made out of tassels.
Royal blue bandannas would be an inexpensive and Western themed way to pick up your colors. You could use them as napkins for your reception BBQ, underneath mason jars with flowers or dried wheat inside on your tables, or you could even string a line of rope along the top edges of your tent and use wooden clothespins to pin the bandannas on for a flag effect. Look online to buy these in bulk.
For your silver accents, consider using small galvanized pails with sand and a candle inside to light your walkways, or these would even be an adorable centerpiece on your tables with a raffia bow on the handle and a bandanna spread underneath. Other thrifty ways to include silver would be spray painted horseshoes or rocks, or small pictures of you and your fiance in dollar store silver frames on the table.
I am getting Married in September 2005 and it is a afternoon wedding. We have opted to pay for it ourselves and my colors are wine and champagne the accent color is gold. I want to use roses as my flower and candles for my centerpieces for the reception. Do you have any suggestions on how to make something elegant but cheap?
ThriftyFun is one of the longest running frugal living communities on the Internet. These are archives of older discussions.
I am getting married in September 2005 and it is an afternoon
wedding. We have opted to pay for it ourselves and my colors are
wine and champagne, the accent color is gold. I want to use
roses as my flower and candles for my centerpieces for the
reception. Do you have any suggestions on how to make something
elegant, but cheap?
Decorate the candles with inexpensive stretchy bracelets already
made or buy fringe and beads by the yard and hot glue on. You
can sit the candle in glass rocks inside a glass bowl. You could
just sit them on a doily and sprinkle confetti around.
By suzi homemaker
I am not sure where you are from, but here we have Aldi grocery
stores. You can buy 6 roses any day of the week for $2.99. If
you let them know ahead of time, they will even order extra of
just what you need. As far as table decorations, at my sister's
wedding, my mom collected wine goblets in various shapes and
sizes from the local St. Vincent de Paul's and Goodwill. We put
5 of them on each table with candles in them and then sprinkled
confetti and real ivy (cut from a friends yard) around the base.
We made sure that each table had a variety of glasses, so there
were different heights and looks. Very pretty and elegant. It
would match your wine and champagne theme. (05/10/2005)
You can buy 2 dozen roses from Sam's or Costco for around $14.
They will order your color if you ask ahead. You could pick up
tea cups at thrift stores or borrow from friends and put small
arrangements on each table. I have also seen candles in wine
glasses, which looks nice. Another nice centerpiece is a glass
bowl with floating candles and rose petals sprinkled in. Again,
you could borrow some bowls. (05/10/2005)
We bought 4 inch white ribbon and a gold paint pen. Three strips
of ribbon, full length of table. Lay them crossing each other in
the center. With gold paint pen write in cursive on both ends
"Love is Patient Love is Kind Love Never Fails". Something in
the center. Tulle bunched together, held with white wire,
flowers, artificial around the base of a wine glass with a
votive. Tulle is cheap and goes far, very fairy tale-like.
Photos on tables of you and hubby to be, child photos, dating
You can also fill bowls or whatever with that plant gel, just
add water. It is crystal looking holds candles, pretty.
Get yourself a copy of Martha Stewart Weddings. In it she has a
centerpiece where she took some small bowls (you could probably
get similar ones at the dollar store) and floated the head of a
rose (or another flower) in each one. It looked beautiful. If
this idea doesn't work for you check out her book anyway she has
some great ideas that would be easy to replicate, even on a
If candles are your centerpieces for reception tables, ask
around for mirror tiles. If you can't find them to borrow, some
place like Home Depot would have them and they're not really
expensive. Use candles of different heights on the mirror tiles
and since you mentioned roses, lay one long stemmed single rose
on it with the candles. The light from candles shows up so
pretty on mirror tiles. One way to "dress up" a simply decorated
table is to have your table already set with plates, napkins,
and cutlery. It fills out an otherwise empty table. (05/15/2005)
By Sharon from KY
These were basically my colors! I used a rose red color and
white. All of my real flowers were roses and my artificial
flowers were all white. I bought white tablecloths at Sam's and
found some plain cotton material at Wal-Mart in the right color
to make table runners. I then used mirror tiles (Lowe's) in the
middle of each table. I bought tall pillar candle holders at
Hobby Lobby for about $1.25 each and candles at a local dollar
store. I also used lots of votive candles around the tables.
Check out Wal-Mart for these. They have them in 12-packs with
candles already with them for about $6.00. I bought 6-foot
white rose garlands from save-on-crafts.com for 99 cents
each and used them running down the tables. We also used these
on the rails outside of the church and on our arch. Everything
was very elegant looking, but it didn't break our budget.
In wine glasses, place colored or clear stones/marbles. Fill
half the glass then add a votive candle on top. For the bottom,
wrap with a piece of tulle and tie with a ribbon. (05/31/2005)
I am also getting married in September 05. Congrats!
Anyways, our colors are cranberry, diamond white, and silver for
an accent color. I am making my centerpieces/table decorations
with the cake plate size Chinet plates (Chinet is more durable
than standard paper plates). I am going to decorate the edges of
the plates with silk flowers (using a glue gun to attach the
flowers to the plate). My flowers are red and white roses and
other red and white flowers I found at the dollar store.
I'm going to leave enough room in the middle of the plate to fit
a 4" tall pillar candle. I purchased white ones at the dollar
store for $1.00 each.
I am having a destination wedding. So this is going to be
perfect for traveling. I'll do all of the plates ahead of time
and then assemble them at the hall the night before the wedding.
Also, check into renting a helium tank or purchasing one at
Walmart. Then you can do a lot of your decorations with
balloons. That's a relatively cheap idea, too. You could get
more fancy with it by using a decorative glass or weight of some
sort to hold the balloons down on the tables.
I just thought I would share my ideas with you.
I am looking for an easy way to make my church pew bows. I cannot
tie a bow. Anyone have a suggestion?
Good luck. (06/08/2005)
My centerpieces are going to be balloon bouquets. Party City and
Card Factory outlet recently ran sales on balloons. I was able
to place my order for silver heart Mylar balloons for 99 cents
each (reg. $2.49) for Sept and pearlized latex balloons for
$2.99/dz (reg $4.99/dz).
They also had their weights on sale for 59 cents ea.(reg $1.19).
I took advantage of a May sale. (06/14/2005)
I am getting married in August 05 and one of my best friends was
just married in June. The best advice I can give you is to buy
your roses from Marisol blooms they have a package of 250 fresh
roses for $155 you can not beat that. Then buy some vases from
the dollar store; they have a great selection. If you want add
some fake gems in the colors of your wedding it gives it a
little extra umph! I hope your wedding day is perfect. Just
remember it's all about you and the love of your life and no one
I made decorations for the aisles: artificial flowers stuck into
Styrofoam balls (one color, no green) hung them with
organza/satin ribbon, attached by florists' pins. After the
ceremony and before the reception, we had someone take off the
ribbon, and place these on the table for centerpieces with
candles on either side. It worked out very well, very cheap too!
Buy ivy or springeriei ferns in 6" or 8" pots, cover pots with
moss or metallic paper, tuck real roses, ribbons, etc. in the
dirt or water vials till you get the look you want. (07/29/2005)
I have a wonderful idea for you; find some glass bowls at either
Ikea or check with dollar stores. Fill them a quarter full with
water, 1-3 gold floater candles and put either plums or grapes
in there. I have seen it done at a very rich elegant wedding.
Everyone talked about the centerpieces. Let me know how it goes.
I had a silver and crystal wedding and found a place to get some
decorations (they are beaded curtains and they are so beautiful)
at shopwildthings.com. Everything came in time and
the price was right. I am not really one to plug online stores,
but the reception walls sparkled and everyone freaked out over
the beaded curtains. They have bubble crystal beaded curtains
and silver bubble crystal curtains and that's what we used.
I have actually seen Eiffel vases at one of the Dollar stores.
White ones too! Can't get much cheaper than a buck! If you
check around you may find what you are looking for. (12/13/2005)
Try this website, they have some really nice unique designs, I
used them for my wedding. Really cheap prices too because we
bought so many of them for the wedding. Check it out at
If you are looking for cheap wedding decorations try the site
orientaltrading.com. You can find a lot of cool things, for a
really good price. (02/14/2006)
Check out blumebox.com for cheap vases. We added brown ribbon to
the Tiffany blue boxes for all our centerpieces and then the
guest took them home. They looked amazing! (05/05/2006)
I am about to have a tropical wedding, and here are somethings I
First of all I went to orientaltrading.com to find my
wineglasses, and other decorations. (Tikki torches for like
Then I went to a beach store where they sell real seashells for
really cheap and bought up a bunch of those.
Michael's is a life saver because they have a bunch of
reasonably priced things there. I got my lighted arch there for
My centerpieces are candles and seashells. I am going to get
a glass bowl and fill it about 1/3 of the way with sand and then
put a big conch shell in the middle. It is very simple, but
elegant. I also bought floating hibiscus candles from
orientaltrading.com and I will use those as centerpieces also.
My advice is to just shop around and buy up any tropical
flowers you like, and keep your eyes open for good deals. My
wedding is in July and I still have some more things to do.
Does anyone know where to get reasonably priced pew bows?
Thanks, and good luck with the planning! (05/08/2006)
You could buy some glass paints from a craft shop and decorate
them. Not too expensive (about 99p a pot) and decorate some
glass votives. (08/09/2006)
I had the same problem with pew bows and I decided to just get
some white tulle and make my own my tying them into the shape
of bows. It sounds kinda tacky, but trust me, its cute. I'm also
gonna tie them onto the backs of all the guests chairs at the
Find tulle for cheap at tullesource.com it was the only
place I could find my color for cheap (02/28/2008)
This is for the crafty bride. And I hope this will help you.
First you need two different size plastic champagne glasses from
the party store. One is the large Margarita glass w/base and the
other is the champagne glass. You can leave the larger glass
plain or use acrylic paint and paint the inside stem of the
glass. And maybe the bottom half, using your colors. I would
suggest using gold. You'll also need the green flora form, (you
can find it at the dollar store to save money) cut the form
block in half cover the top and sides of the form with moss, and
hot glue the form to the inside bottom of the glass.
Arrange your silk flowers in the form, (trailing greenery is
a nice touch). Leave the center for the smaller champagne glass.
First make a hole in the center of your arrangement with the
stem of the smaller glass. Then with a low temp glue glue pull
the glass out and put glue around the stem bottom. Insert the
glass back in the center. Add water and a floating candle. I
hope this helps. Take care and many blessings. (02/28/2008)
Beatriz, you can Google website Koyal Wholesale.com and buy the
Eiffel tower vases by the case you can get all different sizes
and colors they are very reasonable prices check them out! I
will be ordering my vases from them I hope this helps.
To:Amanda re:Texas Country Theme
I made "cowboy boot" centerpieces, they were quite a hit!
I bought children's boots, girls (size 5, they are small enough
to set on a table so you can see over them). I'm sure you could
use any size that suits your table. When you buy a pair you get
two centerpieces out of them. I filled them with some rocks (to
weigh them down) put in a block of florist foam and added
artificial flowers. You could find vases to fit inside and use
real flowers. If you got red boots with white flowers, and maybe
some blue accent flowers, I think that would look great. Or
maybe white boots with red /blue flowers? (01/08/2009)
My wedding is set for April 16th and we were able to pickup our
centerpieces at centerpiecestudio.com pretty
affordable. I think we may have used a coupon code too, maybe
Google that. (03/04/2009)
Oh, I found the coupon, it was BLOGSAVER and it gave us 7% off.