Pretty Paper Décor
DIY Floral Decorations
Saying this, it’s possible to complement your wedding flowers with DIY décor around your wedding venue. Single stems of bold blooms, like gerbera, look so effective placed in old jam jars or glass milk bottles. I’ve also witnessed a bridesmaid divvying up a shop bought meadow flower arrangement between glass Kilner jars for added decoration; they were perfect for a summer wedding!
Don’t feel awkward – use these people! They’ll most likely be chuffed to be asked and will love to be part of your big day. I, myself was asked to illustrate some table numbers for my boyfriend’s brother & his fiancée. It was amazing seeing them out on the tables on their big day, plus the compliments were so lovely!
Helpful talents could include being a whizz at baking, sewing, illustration, design, crafts, floristry, DJ-ing, singing and so much more.
Re-cycle and Up-cycle!
Use your local buy and sell pages on Facebook. I’ve seen plenty of props like vintage suitcases and apple crates that would be ideal for a rustic barn wedding. Alternatively a lot of companies like Pretty Pieces Perfect Days and Lulabee, hire out items which is much more sensible then buying them yourself!
Cake for Dessert!
Another way to save money with your wedding cake is to get naked… Keep your clothes on, I’m talking about the on-trend wedding cake. They involve layers of sponge with plenty of filling, fruit, flowers and sometimes have a very thin layer of buttercream surrounding the edges (semi-naked). They’re probably my favourite type of wedding cake. You’re not paying for a fancy royal icing exterior and I personally prefer them aesthetically.
A Cheesy Wedding Cake
All you need is a polaroid camera, some photo booth props and a large decorative frame. Simply designate a small portion of your venue, set the props and frame out then include some instructions on a blackboard. The great thing with a polaroid camera is that you can use photos as decoration or wedding favours on the day!
Homemade Wedding Favours
Handmade wedding favours are a great way to tackle this; they’re sentimental and often edible so guests are much less likely to forget them after a few too many bubbles. Things like jam, chutney, alcohol and wine glass charms are all really popular.
Pass the Prosecco!
So why is Prosecco cheaper than Champagne? Well, technically Champagne is often more expensive to make, however, it’s mainly down to perception. We’re all used to Champagne being a region for the luxury drink when in fact Prosecco can be just as favourable. I feel Gretchen’s Mean Girls outburst is quite apt for this, “What's so great about Caesar? Hm? Brutus is just as cute as Caesar. Brutus is just as smart as Caesar. People totally like Brutus just as much as they like Caesar. And when did it become okay for one person to be the boss of everybody, huh?” Moral of the story - drink more prosecco.
If it’s summer, consider a BBQ; don’t worry it’ll be far from your ‘Village Fete’ style bangers in a roll with burgers and that funky looking plastic cheese. Wedding caterers have a wonderful way of making barbecues pretty special with exciting meat options and luxury salads to accompany.
In other news buffets are back with a lot more class, who knew! Say goodbye to your 70s vol au vents and pasta salads, and say hello to a cost effective wedding breakfast.