(Closed) Help! We are having a low budget wedding but I'm nearly in tears!

posted 6 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
323 posts
Helper bee

I’m sure you’ll be able to make it look beautiful, we’re having a destination wedding in Spain and have to be creative with decorations as it’s so hard to organise from the UK beforehand, have a look on Amazon, they have hundreds of wedding ideas and decorations, we’re filling the garden at our wedding with lanterns and candles and even making a DIY arch using organza and silk flowers, the space you have looks versatile enough for a theme?

Post # 3
128 posts
Blushing bee

Maybe try some tulle decorations? There are lots if ideas on Pinterest. And there are a few wholesellers of tulle on the net also (not sure where you are from though). I’ve seen some streamer decorations on Pinterest also that look nice. You could do a wall of old family photos, perhaps relatives’ weddin photos? You can do them all in black and white. Or even your and FI’s childhood and non-wedding family photos. There are lots of DIY decoration ideas if you google it. Hope you are able to find something! It looks like a really nice place!

Post # 4
558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Its a pretty venue, hang some paper pomanders from the ceiling, use candles and fairy lights, and make the tables look neat and pretty… You will have a lovely wedding!

Post # 5
8439 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I know it’s not the material stuff that matters the most but it does count a bit on your wedding day doesn’t it?

<div style=”overflow: hidden; color: #000000; background-color: #ffffff; text-align: left; text-decoration: none;”>jeneil:  No, it doesn’t.  While it may seem like it (thanks media lol), when the day comes, it really won’t matter.  You’ll be surrounded by family, friends, loved ones and the man you’re going to marry, everything else will just melt away.  That being said, having a “plain” venue with lots of creative ideas is a great start.  If you’re creative, I highly recommend doing your own flowers, using paper decorations (bunting, pomanders, paper cones, etc) and inexpensive fabrics (i.e. tulle).  Also, don’t hesitate to ask your venue if they have items that they will loan you for free. Congrats on the upcoming wedding, I’m sure it will be beautiful.</div>

Post # 6
1069 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

What is your budget? The venue looks pretty nice to me. There are plenty of ways to dress it up. Can you do your own flowers and fill it with lovely arrangements? Do they allow candles? Hang ivy or lace or bunting from the walls? You have a great blank canvas to work with.

Post # 7
9782 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

I am sure you can make it look beautiful 🙂 There are plenty of great DIY ideas here and on pinterest, I agree with PPs about garlands, maybe also have draped material on the walls and ceiling, something like this:

Post # 8
8686 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

jeneil:  google draping and uplighting pictures. That does WONDERS for almost any type of room or venue!

Post # 9
2178 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think that is actually a very nice room — its neither fancy nor ornate but its clean and simple which in my opinion is better. Looks like high ceilings and neutral colors…. much better than fake chandeliers and terrible murals and such

Post # 10
277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I really like your space. I second what PP said about draping and up lighting both can spice up any venue. 

Post # 11
261 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014


jeneil:  I’m Mormon and my fiance isn’t, we’re getting married in the cultural hall of my church. Which means we’re having the ceremony and recrption in the same room. The space is 40 by 60. We’re having 120 guests and it’s all DIY! We’ve been saving for 10 months. I bought 7 rolls of gossamer to drap around the ceiling. We made a DIY photobooth. The church provides the chairs and tables. We’re doing Panda Express and Arby’s for 500 bucks.

You have plenty of time to save before April. Every month we would buy certain items and budget for those items. So for example in Jan we saved 120 each. That’s 240 total. With that money we bought our rings, the mens ties, rolls of gossamer, and everything for our photobooth. We only needed 220 but I rounded to the nearest dollar. That way we could have more money for next time. If you need any help let me know! Here’s what we’re gunna do for oue venue only replace the laterns with balloons. We’re adding hundreds of balloons across the gossamer and Christmas lights. GOOD LUCK!

Post # 12
47260 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Your venue is a clean slate. It has no features that you would need to disguise or draw the eye away from.

I think many brides worry far too much about decor. Your guests may notice lanterns, draping, lights etc., but 98% of the time they will see what’s at eye level. A few paper lanterns or pomanders hung from the ceiling will be inexpensive and add a pop of color.

Have you chosen your colors? the feel you want in your wedding? Do you want seasonal decor? (fall where you live I think).

White linens are often the least expensive. You can bring in colors with runners, napkins and centerpieces.

It’s hard to tell colors in your pic. Are the drapes beige or grey? Either way they are both neutrals and go with all colors, or you could incorporate the color into your palette.

Remember that the vast majority of brides are dealing with a tight budget, so you are not alone. You can also purchase many decor items from another bride on Craigslist or Gumtree.

Post # 14
155 posts
Blushing bee

You venue has great bones and fantastic light which will be a great asset if you’re having the ceremony and reception during the day. I think it’d be great space for larger deocating installations such as crepe paper/streamer wall or even balloons (a la http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=balloon%20wall%20wedding). 

Also, in my experience the best weddings have been the ones with excellent company and good times. I can’t really remember cakes, food and certainly not flowers or chairs. Also, fancy wedding =/= fancy marriage 🙂

Post # 15
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I agree that you’ll be able to make it look beautiful and special, try not to stress too much. I’m in a similar situation and I stressed myself to a migraine. In terms of practical decorating advice, depending on your theme/feel, draping, hanging lanterns and bulb string lights could add personality. There’s also DIY uplighting that you can rent to add some umph to the walls. You can have lots of fun with backdrops/accent walls and layout. I think your space is great and your numbers won’t make it too crowded. Please keep is posted on your progress, I’m excited to hear how your vision comes together 🙂 

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