(Closed) Cheap ways to make the indoors more outdoors?

posted 7 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
18 posts
  • Wedding: January 2012

If you can’t get more plants, I think more lights will help. Maybe some nice paper lantern will do. Also, if you can’t get plants, why not create some from paper and fabric instead? 

Here are some ideas to get you started:

You might also like the ideas in these sites:



Post # 4
489 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Maybe do an archway with greenery for your “altar” for the ceremony. Also, you could bring in some hanging plants that may be in your colors for the ceremony. It may have more of a garden feeling, but that could possibly work. For centerpieces, you could manzanita branches to have a look of trees.  

Post # 5
3520 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Ivy is pretty inexpensive and it grows really quickly.  If you have the space, I would get some ivy in pots and start dividing it… tuck it into the pots of the borrowed trees for a more lush look–or you could always go with good fakes.

Post # 6
5110 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011

Ivy is a great idea.. Maybe also get curly willow branches or soemthing simalar so you get the feel of trees, without having actual trees.

Post # 7
1991 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Ditto other posters who said using ivy would be your best bet.

Post # 12
46606 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It depends on how literally you want to interpret “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

1.Even if you can’t borrow trees or plants, you have lots of time to gather other things.

Approach the landscapers and arborists in the city where you live and find out when they will be pruning trees in the late winter/early spring before your wedding. This spring I came upon our city crews pruning the flowering cherry trees. They were more than happy to let me take some as otherwise they all go in the chipper.

You can set these large branches in pots to look like trees. If you like the look, you can glue on silk or paper blossoms.

2. You can drape tulle or chiffon and sprinkle it with some glitter to catch the light. You can even use butterfly wings if you want to be that literal.

3. Lights everywhere! Candles. Firefly lights! Flameless candles where real candles would not be safe.

4.A large wedding wish tree . Hang the guest favors from it. When the guests take their favor, they replace it with a card on which they have written a message to the bride and groom.

5.Borrow Things! Someone you know must have fountains or plants that you could borrow. Silk plants would work in this situation also. Make sure that each thing is labelled clearly so they can all be returned. Fountains would definitely add a magical touch.

6. Decorate the ceiling. If you don’t use tulle, suspend branches horizontally from the ceiling. You can hang paper lanterns or star lanterns from the branchies with throwies for additional light.

7. Another scrounging idea-get vine prunings and use those to wrap around pillars, posts, branches, whatever you can. The layers of decor will give it a lush woodland look.

8. Use low bowls filled with water and floating candles to enhance the woodsy look.

9. Borrow or rent a black wrought iron gazebo to place over the wedding cake table.Decorate it with vines and fairy lights.


You might find some more ideas  on this board:


Post # 14
46606 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I forgot to say to make the decorations do double duty. Use some of the trees, branches etc at the ceremony ( I presume it wil take place on the stage). Assign certain friends or family to transport them to the reception.

Last year I bought an inexpensive canvas-like tent- no walls- like the ones vendors use at farmer’s markets- I’m blanking out on the name right now. This one was only a plasticized heavy paper. but I have used the frame several times for other decorations. You could wind vines around it and use it for a canopy for the ceremony. Place the trees, shrubs etc at the sides of the stage.

Post # 15
382 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My florist is using lights to put on the balcony that runs the perimeter of our reception hall. To make it more earthy she is going to use angel vine, which she said is pretty inexpensive and comes in bags. She said it stretches out pretty good and you can wrap it aroudn stuff and manipulate it. She said it was cheaper than grapevine, which we were also considering.

Also, we are using moss. I love moss and you can use it in so many ways! We are doing lanterns from Ikea on wood slices and the florist will put moss around them. We are also using birch vases with our initials etched on them for the other centerpieces. I am trying to come up with elements like that, wood, bark, moss, branches, mushrooms, etc! I would think along those lines!

The topic ‘Cheap ways to make the indoors more outdoors?’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors