Post # 1
When I started looking at decor and adding up how much everything would cost new from the store, I got dollar signs in my eyes and headed straight for the thrift stores.
I’ve gotten tons of nice photo frames all under $1/ea, a table runner, candle holders, and my favorite part, around 25 glass vases for between 0.25-1.50/ea, or less than $20 total. I don’t think I’ve spent more than $30 on decor at this point, and we’ve pretty much got it done. Now my closet is full of boxes of this stuff, and it’s hard to get to my clothes to get dressed in the morning!
Are there any other brides out there thrifting their decor? How about accessories, the dress, or any other elements?
Post # 3
Yes! I found some amazing antique photo frames and painted them gold for our table numbers. I saved a lot of money by buying them second hand versus from a store and they were more ornate and higher quality than what I could get new.
If you are willing to invest the time and a few DIY elements it is amazing the items you can find and use.
Post # 4
@Treejewel19: Oh, that looks so pretty! I love the candle and how romantic this set-up looks. We didn’t want to pay for uplighting to create a romantic atmosphere, so I think we’re going to cover the place in candles.
Post # 5
My mom is a hardcore garage saler so after we got engaged, I started going with her so that I could score wedding crap on the cheap. That turned into an every Saturday thing that I still do with her every week and our wedding was almost 10 months ago. What can I say? I like a bargain!
My main mission was glassware for our candy buffet & centerpieces and I’m happy to say that I outfitted everything for a measily $18. Had I bought all of that stuff brand new, it would have been well over $200. Apothecary jars aren’t cheap but when you can find them at garage sales for a buck or two, it’s an absolute steal. I also got our toasting glasses ($2), the easel for the seating chart ($3) and a tiered display thing for our cider donut late night snack ($2).
This is some of the glassware that I bought. I don’t have pictures of the other pieces on this computer…
The toasting flutes. Originally we weren’t planning on having them since I couldn’t justify spending any real money on ’em (we’re totally not sentimenal) but when I came across these at a garage sale, I couldn’t pass them up. We got a ton of compliments on them. No-one could believe they were only $2 (talked down from $4… I never pay sticker! Lol). They don’t look it from the picture but they’re actually pretty heavy and they’ve got some weird bubble thing going on in the bottom. No pro-pics, unfortunately…
And the tiered display thingamajig…