Post # 1
Brides/Former Brides —
I recently got a quote from a decorator, and it was insane! I am looking into ways to decorate the outdoor ceremony and indoor reception myself for as little as possible, considering we are already over our budget. Any stores or places recommended to get cheaper items? Some rental places are ok, but they seem to be having me pay for the entire item as the cost. I feel like I should be buying them myself instead! Thoughts? THanks ladies 🙂
Post # 2
jaysfox: What items are you looking for? I got some really nice items off ebay, shopwildthings.com, linentablecloth.com and saveoncrafts.com – I also got alot of vases and candle holders from the dollar tree, and other items at craft stores.
Post # 3
saveoncrafts.com, papermart.com, and orientaltrading.com are fabulous online places for cheap decor. I got a bunch of paper lanterns and “jeweled sprinkle” at really good prices.
If you are looking for things like candle holders or glass vases and things, you can even try the dollar store. They usually have a ton of that stuff and it doesn’t have to be super high quality.
Or do you have a Garden Ridge where you live? I bought a TON of little glass vases for floating candles and they were seriously like a buck a piece.
If you want flowers to decorate the reception (or even the ceremony), are you open to silk flowers? I know a lot of people think this is “taboo” but I really feel like a lot more people are doing it – it’s way “greener” and more affordable. I used thebridesbouquet.com for our bouquets and was VERY happy. If you don’t want to use them for the bouquets, they have a few options on the “reception” section of their page.
I think candles also work really well. We had a ton of little floating candles and/or tea lights on our tables and they looked really good mixed with the “jewels.” Plus, they’re cheap! (try quickcandles.com).
And don’t worry about having a crap load of decor – we did it very minimally at the reception area (except for the candles) but it still looked really good. You can never underestimate how much a dozen paper lanterns can make a big difference!
Post # 4
jaysfox: You can buy many things from other brides who sell their decor after the wedding. Check out http://www.adhuntr.com. It lists all the posts on all Craigslist sites. You can narrow the results by geographic area.