Inside: 12 Budget-Friendly Wedding Ideas
Weddings. Oh, wedding. Here is how I feel about weddings, I LOVE attending them. Love is in the air, everyone is happy, having fun, dancing, and of course wedding cake. Now, if you would have asked me if I love weddings when I was planning my own… Well, then I would have maybe said something different.
Planning a wedding can be S-T-R-E-S-S-F-U-L, yeah with all caps, stressful. But don’t let that stress damper your day. After all, it is a celebration. One of the biggest stressors in planning a big bash is money. Ekk. We all hate talking about money, but weddings cost money.
There are so many different, unique, and amazing ways you can cut back without compromising your wedding bliss. From ceremony decor, centerpieces, and wedding favors, we have come up with the best Budget-Friendly Wedding Ideas for your big day!
Budget-Friendly Wedding Ceremony Ideas
Custom Wood Wedding Schedule
A fun way to save a little money when planning your big day is to skip out on those printed wedding schedules. Although, cute and fun to have, they can add up to a big chunk of change.
Instead, create a cute and custom sign that has all of your wedding day events planned out for all your guests to read.
Looking for decorations that double as cute photo-ops? Well, these cute hanging frames are one of our favorite budget-friendly wedding ideas.
They would make a cute ceremony backdrop, decoration, or a photo booth area. You can find tons of old pretty frames at garage sales, thrift stores, or even in your friends’ attics.
You can either clean them up with their rustic charm or give them a new coat of paint for a fresh modern look.
Fabric Wedding Ceremony Backdrop
Let’s be honest. Flowers are expensive. There I said it, they are! Although they are beautiful and wonderful, their price tag can run up quickly. Good news though, you don’t need a garden of flowers to create a stunning ceremony backdrop.
This fun hanging fabric gives off all the magical vibes you’ve been looking for.
DIY Wedding Centerpieces on a Budget
Going DIY may not always be the less expensive route, but these fun DIY budget-friendly wedding ideas are definitely pocketbook-friendly.
Painted Bottle Centerpieces
With some vibrant spray paint, you can transform old used bottles into stylish centerpieces. One thing I love most about using bottles is their smaller opening.
This allows you to get away with using fewer flowers to fill the bottle, which again saves on the budget.
Paper Fan Centerpiece
These boho paper fans are all the rave right now. Personally, I have made several as cute decor for my home. But boy would they look beautifully scattered around your reception!
They are super easy to make and all you need is some paper and patience.
Supplies To Recreate This Look
Paper | Scissors | Glue | Pencil | Dowels | Printable
Fresh Fruit Accents
Creating colorful and table centerpieces using fresh fruit is a great alternative to large flower arrangements.
Now this works best in a summer wedding since there are tons of seasonal fruits available. Lemons, grapefruits, and limes are a few of my favorite fruit decor ideas.
Cut the Cost with these Reception Decorations
The reception is where the real party happens, and can also be where most of your budget goes. But these budget-friendly wedding reception ideas are sure to help a little.
Hanging Paper Lanterns
Okay, I am obsessed with this look. The one thing that I really love is how much these paper lanterns fill up the space, making them a better bang for their buck.
By hanging these lanterns throughout your ceremony or reception, you are giving off that wow factor without breaking the bank.
Budget-Friendly Wedding Photo Ideas
Who knew hula hoops weren’t just for swinging your hips? This adorable hooped picture holder is the perfect way to showcase sweet moments that you and your partner have captured throughout the years.
Your friends and family will love looking at all the special moments in your lives.
DIY Framed Seating Chart
Seating charts are another great feature to have at your wedding, but again can be expensive. This DIY version is not only unique and stunning but quite the money saver. Again, by finding old frames and sprucing them up, you can transform them into a modern decorative piece.
Then by simply printing off your tables and names, you have created the cutest budget-friendly seating chart.
Budget-Friendly Wedding Favor Ideas
You could create coasters with your wedding monogram, the date, or anything you would like that fits your wedding theme.
These coasters are easy and make a cheap wedding favor since you can buy packs of them for less than a dollar a coaster.
DIY Wedding Gift Box Ideas
My favorite thing about these DIY wedding gift boxes is that you can customize them to any wedding color or location. I like the kraft and monotone look but you could certainly use any colors you like.
You could also use more than one location if there are two places that have meaning to the couple.
His + Hers Favorite Snacks
How cute is this idea? I mean, what better way to add a special personal touch to your wedding? Your guests will love chomping down on some yummy treats and it’s a great way to show your personality.
This easy and inexpensive favor idea is one of my all-time favorites.
Wanting to recreate this fun His, Hers and Ours Treat Idea? I’ve designed tags for you to do it! You can grab the rehearsal dinner tags HERE.
Wedding Name Tags
Wedding are the most magical event ever! They are typically one-three days of pure love, happiness and joy. Combing two families together is beautiful, but let’s be honest….sometimes it’s SOOO hard to keep track of everyone’s names!
Especially with everything else that is going on. I’m here together to share how to make GORGEOUS Wedding Name Tags to take away the awkwardness of forgetting your new ‘sisters’ name!