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.
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.
One of the places I “yard sale” is at my mother’s house when I get a chance to go out to Ohio to see her. The prices are great (free) and she has a basement full of things. One of the last times I was there I found these lanterns. One was black and the other a bronze or gold color. To make them more “wedding like”, I spray painted them white.
I then added some crystals, ribbon and pillar candles to complete the look. You could use any color ribbons, flowers or candles to match your wedding colors. They would look great as part of an outdoor ceremony space in a tree, or even as an accent for your reception space.
These would make great décor or accent pieces at your wedding reception. Get some frames from a yard sale or a thrift store and paint them to match or compliment your wedding colors. You could put flowers in them hang crystals from the inside or even use tulle with lights. After the wedding repaint them to use them in your house or keep them the colors of the wedding as a reminder of the day.