The reception represents a large chunk of your total expense. Make your own decorations and you’ll slash the reception costs. Here are a few ideas from around the Web:
Yarn ball string lights.
Homemade votives from Mason jars.
Billboard letter lighting.
Setting the scene:
10 different garland ideas.
Tin can vases.
Small and large crepe paper flowers.
5 table runner ideas.
Table numbers from old books.
Napkin rings from toilet paper rolls.
Now, here are a few more ideas to help cut costs:
- Pick DIY ideas that use what you already own like a large collection of old books, records, magazines or lace swatches.
- Shop flea markets for odds and ends. Flea markets are a great source for buttons, bottle caps, twine and other odd bits.
- Ask your local Freecycle community. For a friend’s wedding I needed a few hundred buttons to make place holders. I figured it was a long shot, but I posted an ad on Freecycle anyway. An hour later, I had my buttons.