The Thrifty and Stylish Bride

If you are decorating your wedding on a budget, one of the best things to do is concentrate on key focal points such as the ceremony altar and reception tables.  Maximize what you have.  If you don’t have enough in the budget for linens on the tables, get a few for the cake table and the head table.  Add some candles for lighting and you have a great look without having to spend too much.

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Shop at Store Sales: This may seem obvious, but if you can shop for seasonal decorations when they go on sale, you can save money.  This does involve a lot of planning ahead.  You should have a plan in mind before you go shopping or you may end up with a lot of things that are nice, but don’t fit in with the look you are going for.

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Shop at Yard and Garage Sales : Yard and garage sales are great places to find décor for your wedding as well. Look beyond your typical wedding décor and search for household items.  Old chairs can be repainted for the sweetheart table.  Find cute dishes and containers for your candy bar.  This is another one of those times that you need to have a project and vision in mind so you don’t end up with things you won’t use.

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Shop at Consignment and Thrift Stores:  I have been a consignment and thrift store shopper for years. You can even find new items for a fraction of the cost it was new.  Look for a bridal consignment store in your area where they sell new and once worn gowns, veils, shoes, jewelry and accessories.

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