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.
Before you start thinking about all the details that make up your wedding day, you should determine your bridal style. It can be as simple as incorporating your favorite color or having a theme as specific as The Great Gatsby. One of the best ways to start is to gather inspiration. You can take ideas from everything to a piece of wallpaper, paint chip or fabric pattern. Once you start collecting things, you will probably see a theme or color pattern begin to emerge. If you are stuck coming up with ideas, think about interests and hobbies you both have or places and experiences that were meaningful to you.
Try not to fall victim to obvious design trends. “Being current is important, but looking timeless is even better. Don’t ruin your photos by getting too caught up in overly trendy ideas.” Don’t overdo it. “Focus on a mood or broad statements in the design, rather than an obvious theme or anything too specific. You can tell a story without making things obvious. Everything does not have to be perfect. “Remember you will never find an image of exactly what you want your wedding to look like. Stop looking so hard and simply create your own: “Consider the images and ideas you might pull together as suggestions rather than literal picture of your own design plans.”
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.