We’ve heard you loud and clear: you’re seeking low-cost wedding party decorations and ideas. Saving money doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style, so I’ve put together a list of my favorite “cheap wedding hacks” so you can benefit from my knowledge.
As a bonus, I’ll show you how I made my Aesthetic Pink Flower Invitation for my wedding party. Now let’s get started!
Cheap decoration hacks!
I don’t know about you, but I don’t spend good money on things that wilt and die in 24 hours. The wedding bouquet is the most costly photo booth prop in the world.
Brides should never be photographed with, what, empty hands? That object sits on top of a circular table wrapped in hotel linen after the wedding, entirely ignored until someone hands the bride $20 to toss it in her way.
I’m not a believer—literally. There’s something seriously wrong about paying $800 for a single bouquet of flowers when I can find seed packets at Home Depot for cheap. Don’t deceive me, I have a garden and will plant it.
For those of you who don’t have access to a backyard or a patch of land, Trader Joe’s has a growing flower variety.
I recommend doing some research on them and then repurposing one of your cute candle jars as a little vase to put atop your work from home desk. This is something you should pin.
Do you know how much it costs to adorn the chair’s back? It’s stealing, and I like the sight of my own velvet dining chairs, free of ribbons, eucalyptus leaves, and other adornments.
The willingness of individuals in the wedding industry to transform anything, including the backs of chairs, into a source of profit should be our first clue that this is all a ruse.
What do we serve for our guests?
Sorry, but I’m not willing to pay top dollar for wheat, eggs, and sugar. I’ve prepared enough seasonal cakes with dehydrated orange slices and rosemary sprigs to realize that I’m being exploited here.
It’s also always struck me as odd that we choose to celebrate significant life events with cake when breakfast tacos are so much better.
Why would you pay $1,000 for a cake that takes a week to put together when you could bake a delicious 45-minute banana bread to lightly toast with a little vegan butter instead?
How do we prepare our outfit?
Jason (my husband) and his groomsmen wore kilts from MacGregor & MacDuff, which we hired for US$2,000. This was ideal because they arrived a week before the wedding, allowing everyone ample opportunity to try them on.
It was a little more difficult for me to find my dress. Part of this was due to the fact that I was still looking for it in October, a month before we married.
Finally, I went to a local bridal boutique in California and inquired about any dresses that were available for purchase on that particular day. We were given a number of sample gowns, all of which were, fortunately, in my size.
I tried on one dress in particular and fell in love. The back of the dress had a tear, but because it was layered, the tear was hidden beneath the layers, so it didn’t bother me at all.
It was hidden from the rest of the world. So, aside from being far too long (due to my short stature), there were no significant changes to be made.
Even if you don’t feel comfortable doing it in person, I’d recommend phoning ahead and asking if a bridal shop has any sample dresses or dresses with minor damage.
No one will be able to tell if you’re wearing anything new or old, costly or inexpensive. My flats were a pair of silver ballet flats that I bought for $5!
We also lacked matching bridesmaids’ gowns. I bought each garment on the internet when I saw bargains going on, and I think I spent around $500 in total.
My bridesmaids were free to choose any dress shape they wanted, as long as it was neutral or blush in color and featured decorations like beading or sequins.
My sister wanted a train, and she ended up with one that was longer than the one on my wedding gown!
Everyone had their hair down with a few curls put through, which we did ourselves, because I wanted all of the bridesmaids to have haircuts they were happy with.
We did, however, spend $600 on a professional make-up artist. My bridesmaids and I thought it would be the most difficult location to deal with on the wedding day.
Our professional photographer was someone I met on Instagram and who offered us a reasonable fee of $1500.
He’d previously photographed bloggers and was ecstatic to collaborate with us. The pictures from the day really show how lovely everything was.
I’m quite pleased with how our wedding turned out. Like most others, I believe I have had the experience of looking back on something and wishing I had appreciated it more at the time.
The flowers had to put together at the last minute, which was stressful. The night before, we worked until 2 a.m. on all of the bouquets.
I’m happy we were able to put together a great wedding on a budget. Our guests raved about how much fun they had.
We could have had a much more affordable wedding if we hadn’t invited so many people, but we wanted our loved ones to be there. In addition, the venue was just right for 50 guests. The day’s ambience was produced by a smaller reception venue.
You’ll never be able to please everyone at a wedding, no matter what style it is. So, my suggestion is to stick to your guns while also considering the wider picture.
I liked a bridal gown, but it cost $6,000, so I didn’t try it on. But, anytime I was unhappy that we couldn’t have money behind the bar, or that dress, or a band, I reminded myself of this.
Free Aesthetic Pink Flower Wedding Invitation Templates
As I said at the beginning, I will share with you pretty Aesthetic Pink Flower Invitations that I used for my wedding party invites. I am gonna share it for free. All you have to do is just simply download and edit with your wedding details.
How to Download
- Right-Click your selection.
- Select “Save Image As”.
- Locate the destination folder, or for easy-to-access, you can put them on your desktop, or just leave it as it is.
- Click “Save”, and the download process will take a few seconds or less depending on how fast your internet access is.
Pro Tip: You can also write them on your wedding website to avoid guests being confused or forgetting the wedding date, venue, and other crucial details.
The guests will be able to access it easily, and there will be no excuse for them to be unaware of your demands or guidelines.