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Saving Wedding Decorations

1. Candles
Candles are a popular choice for economical wedding decorations. They provide romantic and subtle lighting for your event at an inexpensive price. When dotted around your venue, they can look stunning. Use them for your centrepieces, decorate large pillar candles at different heights or use floating candles. Tealights and lanterns in, around and outside your venue will look amazing.

2. Balloons
Elegantly done, balloons can be successful wedding decorations for those with a lesser budget. Balloons are really versatile and significantly more affordable than many other options. You can do amazing things with balloons; a balloon arch, elevated centre pieces, chair decoration, for something extra special you could even have a balloon drop at the end of the evening. Select balloons that tone with your wedding colours.

3. Pictures
For wonderful, unique wedding decorations, find some pre-wedding pics of the two of you. Put these photos inside reasonably priced picture frames and you have got wedding decorations that can be displayed anywhere.

4. Organic
Turn to Mother Nature for ideas, looking outside at natural objects can provide a plethora of low-cost wedding decorations. Natural objects like stones, leaves, pine cones, shells, pebbles and even twigs will add an natural element to your decoration. Decorate with glitter or spray, place in rustic containers or scatter around your venue for an au natural wedding.

5. Fruits
Fruits are a wonderful way to decorate your reception tables and may even be used as centrepieces. The fruits should be picked in a colour that matches the overall look of the event. Citrus fruits are a perfect match for shades of yellow, green and orange. Apples, grapes and pomegranates will accompany reds, purples and pinks impeccably. You can also use fruit to signal the season in your wedding decorations – summer berries or autumnal pumpkins.

6. Fairy Lights
White or gold lights twinkle lights can look beautiful. Use net lights for your backdrops, wrap them around branches and shrubs, string them around the head table, they will create a magical glow when night time arrives. Just steer clear of multi-coloured lights so your wedding decorations don’t unintentionally look like Christmas has come early.

7. Tulle
Not only is Tulle reasonably priced, it is easy to work with and versatile. Drape tulle fabric around the head table, use it on the backs of chairs, wrap it around pillars, cover unsightly walls. For something spectacular you could even create a ceiling canopy. Tulle is available in a variety of different shades so you will not have to use all white either.

8. Still Want Flowers?
A lot of Brides just have their hearts set on flowers for their wedding decorations. How do you use flowers while keeping within a tight budget? To start with, stay away from flowers that aren’t in season. Faux flowers are another option; you can get quality artificial flowers these days that need not break the bank. If you must have fresh then you’ll need to keep the damage to a minimum. Instead of having arrangements on your tables, you could scatter pretty petals over the tables. Alternatively a single stem flower in an elegant vase is simple but sophisticated. Another trick is to bring your ceremony flowers to the reception. Decorate your cake or gift table and your guests will never know.

Professional Wedding Decorator

Hiring a wedding decorator can be helpful in many instances. Sometimes the wedding is so large or of such scope that it would be nearly impossible to decorate it without the help of a professional. A decorator can also help implement theme weddings and take them from start to finish in a clean, continuous fashion. A wedding decorator can also help a wedding stay small and under-budget in situations where money is tight. Once you’ve decided to hire a decorator, interview and select carefully. Here are some things to ask to make sure you get the best decorator for your needs.

First, figure out what you need in a decorator. Why are you choosing to hire one and what specific goals do you have for them? Write these down. What are your hopes for each decorating need? Do you have a theme? Also consider a budget. What are you willing to pay for decorating needs, as a whole? Write down any questions you want prospective decorators to answer.

The following questions may be helpful guidelines while you’re making your list:
1. Do you offer free consultations? A good decorator will. You’ll want to do a small phone interview beforehand, though, to save yourselves time. You’ll be able to narrow down the pool significantly before the consultation period by doing online research and calling ahead with questions.

2. How long have you been a decorator? Every decorator has to start somewhere, and a low experience level doesn’t necessarily mean they cannot provide you with what you need. Ask for referrals and testimonials from past clients to determine the quality of work and satisfaction customers received. Ask to see a portfolio of their work. This is one of the main pieces of evidence you’ll work from to determine if the decorator is right for you. Note things you like in the portfolio (and on the website).

3. Are all the pictures on your website and in the portfolio your own? If they cannot answer this to your satisfaction, they are not operating at a professional level and you should not work with them.

3. What does pricing include? Go back over your original needs and ask the decorator for a ballpark quote on what it would cost to implement your ideas. Also ask about the cost of specific items in their portfolio. Ask if they can give you examples of their work at different price points. Ask about available discounts, contracts, and the cancellation policy.

4. How many weddings have you done? How many do you do in a year? A month? A day? Do you do this full-time? This will give you an idea of how much time they have to dedicate to your project, how competent they are, what their level of experience is, and if they are over-booked.

5. Why do you do this? This question will give your decorator a chance to explain the passion behind the work. It will also give you a chance to see if your personality and desires mesh with the decorator’s. You’ll have to work with them on something that can be highly emotionally-charged. You want a decorator who listens well, is open to your ideas, and who can take whatever comes their way.

6. Do you have any training or certifications? Are you insured? Is there a contract? Always sign a contract. This not only spells out exactly what is expected, so that it is very clear to both parties, but it gives you both a safety net should there be a disagreement later on.

Wedding Decoration Planning

Wedding decoration planning all revolves around deciding on a theme for your wedding at the start. The theme should not only represent the couple, but the season and location of the wedding as well. After all, a tropical theme really does not suit a December wedding with snow covered walkways. As you begin planning for your decor and wedding theme, here are a few ideas by season to help get you started:

Spring Wedding Themes

Spring weddings are about mild weather, with the temperature rising above 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Popular themes for spring are garden weddings, tea parties, going green, flowers, and rainy days. Use spring as the inspiration for your decorations by using freshly potted flowers and plants, candles and bright colors such as pinks, greens and yellows. Use spring flowers such as daisies, calla lilies and roses. For the food, you can serve fare that is light and fruity. Try young vegetables such as baby carrots or fingerling potatoes in your menu. Serve a vanilla cake with lemon or coconut icing to bring in the flavors of spring. For wedding favors, give away packages of flower or herb seeds for your guests to go home and plant.

Summer Wedding Themes

Wedding decoration planning for summer weddings is one of the easier ones. With the warm weather your choice of venues is a lot more flexible than other seasons. Host your wedding indoors or outdoors, but make sure to carry the summer theme throughout. Consider decorating your venue with fresh fruits such as limes, oranges or lemons. Use bright colors such as green, pink or orange. Serve up lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and offer a sorbet for dessert. Use a wedding cake that speaks of summer by utilizing flavors such as strawberry or lemon. Summer wedding flowers typically include lilies, daisies, orchids and mums.

Fall Wedding Themes

Fall weddings are all about the air getting crisp and the leaves changing color. Inspire your wedding decoration planning around the colors of autumn by using rusts, browns, yellows and reds. Fill the room with the season’s finest, such as pumpkins, pine cones, autumn leaves or acorns. Some popular flowers for fall weddings can include roses, daisies, sunflowers, tallow berries and mums. The menu can also reflect the season by serving hearty meals such as roasted duck, seasoned vegetables or hearty pumpkin soups. Serve up a wedding cake that has pumpkin, nutmeg or other spicy flavors.

Winter Wedding Themes

Deciding on a theme for your winter wedding can be a little more difficult. Though most go for the “Winter Wonderland” theme, you can change it up by adding splashes of color. Winter is all about white, blue and silver, but add in a bright color to such as green, gold or pink to create an impact. Use elegant flowers for a winter wedding such as roses, lilies, mums and orchids. You can also pair greenery, such as ferns or eucalyptus, with the flowers in your decorations. For food, serve hearty meals like turkey, chicken or roast beef. Design a wedding cake that brings out the traditional holiday and winter flavors, such as peppermint and chocolate, white chocolate and raspberry, or gingerbread.

Do It Yourself Wedding Decor

You may think that professionals who create wedding décor are geniuses but that truly isn’t the case. They simply have a flair for knowing what goes with what and most importantly, when to stop. It can be all too easy to think of a theme and then go absolutely overboard, by carrying the theme through into every detail, which can result in making your efforts look tacky rather than stylish and spectacular.

So where to start?
When considering what type of decorating is within your scope, it is best to decide on a theme. You can narrow down your ideas based on the location of your venue, the time of day, and naturally the time of year. Then you can work out what wedding decorations work best with your ideas. Once you’ve decided on a beach party theme or an elegant cocktail bar theme, everything will fall into place, resulting in a wonderful occasion.

Wedding décor ideas based on time and season
If you’re planning a Summer afternoon wedding then you may want to settle on a Daisy Theme. Tasteful but simple vases of yellow and white daisies could sit on each table, the wedding cake could also be decorated with sugar daisies and the chairs could have yellow sashes. This theme could also extend to the wedding bouquet and the bridesmaids could wear simple daisy headdresses. If it’s an evening wedding, then quite likely your guests will be wearing stylish evening dresses and suits, so you could choose a dramatic, but stylish black and white theme with some elegant decorations.

Basing your ideas to suit your venue
Choice of venue can play a large part in helping you to decide how to decorate and what theme to choose. If you’re getting married on the beach, you may well settle for a Hawaiian Wedding theme which is very informal and great fun. Guests could be asked to wear Hawaiian dress with men wearing colourful shirts and ladies wearing print dresses. They could be given garlands of flowers to wear and be served drinks by hula hula girls. Tiki torches make a wonderful decorative item and can be filled with flowers if the wedding is during the day or lit if it is an evening occasion.

If your wedding is to be held in lush gardens then your wedding décor could include such things as paper lanterns, flower embellished place settings, and fairy lights strung across bushes and in trees. Keep to a couple of main colours with just a few key pieces in accent colours, so that the look isn’t overwhelming.

Personalise your wedding
I recently attended a wedding where the bride had made all of the table settings herself. Each guest had a beautifully printed envelope (which the bride had also made), with their name on it plus a short message from the bride and groom, which contained sachets of salt, pepper, a serviette and some disposable cutlery plus a small gift. In addition there were vases on each table which she had cleverly decorated with photos of herself and the groom when they were younger. Strings of fairy lights created a magical feel and tea lights glowed on each table, casting mystical shadows and dancing light. But it was the personal touches that made each guest feel wonderfully special that was a main talking point of the evening.

Keep it simple
The hardest part about wedding decor is not how to decorate but rather narrowing down your ideas and not going over the top. If you settle on a particular theme then just inject light touches here and there as a reminder to your guests of what the theme is, rather than overwhelming them every which way they turn.