Now that it is finally yard sale season, (yeah!!), it is a great time to look for décor. Think outside of the box and look for things that are not normal “wedding decorations.” They can even be repurposed as décor in your new home.
Not all DIY projects are created equal. DIY can save you money, but they can also end up being more expensive. My projects tend to be because I end up finding more than I need because there is so much fun stuff in the craft store! Planning ahead is key. Set a budget and make a list of the things you need.
1. Start looking early. I find that doing things early not only cut stress in half, but I then you are able to shop around and find deals on all of the materials you need.
2. Pick materials that are inexpensive. If you have a decent size wedding, you are going to find that you are probably going to have to make more than a few centerpieces. The cost of materials can add up quickly. Your wedding is a great time to repurpose things you have lying around the house and make them beautiful again. Plus it saves you a lot of money if you do.
Getting organized is probably the most important piece of advice you can have when planning your wedding. Make lists, write out everything, and settle on a definite budget. If you don’t, I truly believe you are setting your self up for a lot of extra stress.
The first thing you should always do is settle on your budget. You need to know how much you can realistically spend. It is so easy to get carried away and lose track of how much you are spending. You find something you think is a good deal on sale, and the next thing you know you have spent more on things that you were not even planning on buying.
Yes, these days brides are keeping all their plans on phones, computers ect. I am one of those people who want a tangible way of organizing. I recommend still keeping a binder of all your wedding details. You can keep everything in there from inspiration pictures, checklists, budget tracking, brochures and anything wedding related. Besides, if you love office supplies and organizing like me you can get a prettiful binder, daily planner and clips to make it even more fun. 🙂
I am always on the lookout for great deals and things to offer brides to make their planning easier on them and on their budget. I was really excited with my latest find at the Salvation Army Thrift Store. 26 crystal bud vases. Add flowers in your wedding colors, some candles and you have beautiful and elegant look for your reception. Come on in to the design center and see about renting décor for your wedding!
Even though it is winding down a little here in Arcade, Fall has always been one of my favorite seasons and Fall wedding décor is not an exception. There are so many color and accessory options you can choose from.
If you don’t have a lot in your budget for décor, concentrate on places like the head table or sweetheart table. Get a decorative tablecloth and chargers to bring in the theme.
Add some decorative table numbers even if you are not using escort cards. Use seasonal object such as gourds, wheat and leaf garlands. You can even reuse the chargers in your home later on for a holiday dinner party.
When you are a Thrift Store and Yard Sale bride you sometimes have to think outside the box. You are looking to get the most impact or “bang for your buck.” When shopping, look for things that you may not expect to be in a wedding centerpiece, but give it that added touch. Ornaments are one of the best things to use as your main décor or as an accent piece. I really like them because they come in so many different shapes, colors and sizes. And, if you plan ahead you can shop for them at after holiday sales and get some great deals.
I this arrangement I decided to use them to accent the colors I was already using. They added some glitter complimented the main colors I was using.
They can also be used in unexpected ways. You expect them on a Christmas tree but not necessarily on this kind of tree.
Get creative and make it about you and the kind of look you want for your own wedding.