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10 budget swaps to save on your wedding reception decor

You don't need to splurge to spruce up your wedding venue. Here are budget-friendly swaps to save on your wedding decor.
 

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It's no secret that tying the knot is pricey business. Here are some ways to cut back on your decor costs without sacrificing style on your wedding day.

 

The venue

Instead of: Splurging on wedding decor

Consider: Unless yours is a hotel wedding with themes to choose from, consider a lovely venue that is already gorgeous without any decor - you can choose to have minimal floral accents to complement the venue. 

 

Your wedding arch 

Colourful ribbon strips added a pretty and whimsical note to Vanessa and James' solemnisation ceremony on Bintan's Nikoi island.

Instead of: Fresh flowers. Whether for your ceremony or if you plan to have an arch at your reception, it'll be one of the most photographed features of your wedding. Clusters of blooms look lovely but will also take up a sizeable chunk of your budget.

Consider: Drapes and fairy lights - sheer drapes create an elegant and romantic feel. Or go for more greenery or filler blooms instead. An arch of baby's breath looks utterly breathtaking in pictures. Ribbons and paper garlands are lovely and cost-friendly options, too. 

 

Your flowers

Instead of: Expensive blooms like peonies and dahlias

Consider: Several species of roses can look just as lush as peonies but at a fraction of the price tag. 

See: NO PEONIES OR DAHLIAS? TRY THESE AFFORDABLE FLOWER ALTERNATIVES FOR YOUR WEDDING!

 

Your flowers

Instead of: Specific flower types

Consider: A preferred colour scheme. Your florist will be able to work around blooms that will best suit the theme and budget of your wedding. See these 4 things a florist wants you to know when choosing your wedding flowers

 

The centrepieces

 

Instead of: Towering floral centrepieces. And you don't need one per table. 

Consider: Consider framed pictures of your engagement photos. Or use glass vases in varying heights. These can be filled with water and floating candles, ferns or large green leaves for a stylish minimalist feel. Candles are also a budget-friendly option, and they add a beautiful, intimate glow to each table, too. 

 

Your tables

Instead of: Smaller round tables 

Consider: Longer or bigger tables. You'll save a reasonable amount on the centrepieces as well as linens and table cloths. 

 

Your favours

Instead of: Store bought favours

Consider: DIY favours like mini bottles of kaya, jam or honey won't just a hit with your guests, they'll save you a pretty penny too. Items that can  be purchased cheaper in bulk can be repackaged. Although, you may only want to consider this if you have a smaller guest list or a bridal party who're up for helping you with hundreds of favours. 

See also: 12 PRETTY & AFFORDABLE FAVOURS FOR A SUMMERY OUTDOOR WEDDING!

 

Dessert table

Instead of: A customised dessert table

Consider: Jars of wholesale bought candies, chocolates and marshmallows and iced gems in varying heights at each table.

 

For a whimsical, casual celebration, you might even want to have the desserts or candy jars work triple duty as centrepieces at each table. Leave favour bags on the table so your guests can help themselves and bring them home - so that's your dessert table, centrepieces and favours covered. And we promise it won't be just the kids who'll be delighted. 

 

Your photo backdrop

Instead of: A custom designed or rented backdrop

Consider: Printed or patterned fabrics, a plain fabric spruced up with handwritten font or pretty paper garlands. 

Or skip the photo backdrop altogether (more savings there!) for disposable film cameras at each table. Not only will it keep your guests entertained in between meal courses, it'll bring a touch of nostalgic fun, too. 

See: 8 SIMPLE AND PRETTY WEDDING BACKDROPS YOU CAN MAKE YOURSELF!

 

Your wedding car

Instead of: Fresh flower decor

Consider: Consider getting a silk flower wreath as well as garlands that you can secure on the car using wire. You can get these off Taobao (Speaking of which, is a Taobao wedding dress a good idea?) or source for affordable ones from decor shops. And TBH, no one's really going to look too closely at your wedding car flowers or remember them, too. Use a printable template for a signage, and voila! Your car decor's done and dusted. 

 

See also: $1,100 AND BELOW! AFFORDABLE WEDDING BANQUET VENUES IN SINGAPORE