(Closed) Budget cut one month before wedding – decor help needed

posted 6 years ago in Decor
Post # 4
2067 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would go for the white folding chairs… But it does sound like the wall coverings are kinda essential….

Post # 5
1844 posts
Buzzing bee

if you are going for the over all look of the room and having a formal wedding I would say not to cut the drape system. and go for the $1 white chairs. especially becuase it is only going to cost $125 total for them, which is much less than the $3.50 a piece chairs.

If your wedding is just goign to be a fun informal adventure then don’t worry about the drapes and still go for the white chairs. It is kind of fitting if he was in the navy that you would have military decor, I bet people would think you meant it like that.

Post # 6
45 posts
  • Wedding: April 2013

I would choose the white folding chairs.

If you don’t want to see the memorabilia, the coverings would be a must. Unless you are crafty and then you could somehow hang tulle (purchased cheap at a fabric store – Joanns (with a coupon) and rig it to cover the areas that have the memorabilia. I bought 50 yards of tulle for about $20 to cover some walls for a company holiday party. It was a drop ceiling so we were able to just tuck it into the ceiling in the areas we wanted covered. We also hung battery operated christmas lights behind it to give more light. All total was around $40 and some time. (discovered the idea on pinterest) 

Post # 7
182 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m so sorry to hear about your job 🙁

Are these the only places you can cut?

I would go with the white folding chairs to save some money. I hate chair covers (slippery). Do you have a crafty person that can sew/make wall coverings? If you don’t have the money for the coverings, you can maybe incorporate them into your decor. For example, if you haven’t printed your programs/menus you can put a military icon on them or if there is a lot of one color, you can get some ribbon to add to things to make it a part of your other wedding items. 

You can also maybe DIY a few things (flowers, deserts, or printed items). 

Good luck!


Post # 8
375 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Some of the most fun weddings I’ve been to have been at a local VFW or similar location….it is the people who are there that matter the most! I wouldn’t worry at all about the walls!  If you want a backdrop behind the cake or something for pictures, you could rig up something for that one area 🙂

Post # 9
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - county fairgrounds

i’d go with the $1 chairs and if you really want to go with the formal feel cover the walls but i don’t really think anyone’s going to complain about the walls otherwise especially if they know about your Fiance

Post # 11
1433 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House

@nyscpa2be:  I’d nix the wall coverings.  Hell, I’d just go with the free chairs from the venue too.  

Post # 12
4193 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

I agree with Eagle, I think you’re ok with cutting out both, esp. since you’re going for an more casual feel to the day. If I were a guest, I would expect an American Legion to be decked out in military style.

Post # 13
46414 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d cut renting chairs entirely and also cut the pipe and drape.

No one other than the bride notices the chairs. If you want some pics of the tables without the chairs, just have someone pull the chairs from a few tables so your photographer can take pics before the reception.

I don’t know where you live, and what resources might be available to you, or the color/theme of your wedding.

You could buy some balloons, rent a helium tank and place bunches of balloons around the room- hiding some of the wall decor.

You can go out and find some large branches ( maybe contact a landscape or arborist company), pot them up with plaster of paris and add tissue paper flowers. we made these covered with cherry blossom tissue paper flowers at work last week and they look really pretty.


Post # 14
46414 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If you have any walls that are flat and bare, go to the local newspaper printshops and buy roll ends of newsprint. Tape them up on the walls, if you are allowed, or use poster adhesive, and have buckets of sharpies available for people to write wishes for the bride and groom.

Post # 15
46414 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You can buy crepe paper at the $ store and use it for a bacjdrop behind the head table. Just attach it at the top of the wall and let the roll sit on the floor.

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