It’s about that time to get those little details and aspects of your ‘big day’ organized. But coming up with wedding decoration ideas is an extremely daunting, (and potentially expensive) task. Luckily, there are a large number of Wedding decoration ideas and tips for stressed out, on-a-budget-brides. Here are a few:

1. Use the Dollar Store as your go-to

Fun and Creativity when it comes to wedding decoration ideas does not mean luxurious and expensive. Some of the most interesting and beautiful aspects of your reception could be easily found at the dollar store. Vases for centerpieces, candles, stones, ribbons, and much more can be found in large quantities at your local dollar store.

2. “New” isn’t necessary

One of the largest misconceptions of having the “dream wedding” is that everything must be “fresh out of the packaging” and brand new. But this just isn’t the case. When thinking of unique wedding decoration ideas, never underestimate what you could find at the thrift store. Most of the time you can find original wedding decoration ideas that you wouldn’t have been able to find otherwise. And an added bonus? Pictures and many laughs of your bridesmaids wearing that ugly cat sweater they scored during the trip.

3. When in doubt, Think: “Something Borrowed”

Similarly to the thrift store, you never know what you can find until you actively seek it out. Friends, relatives, and coworkers, could potentially hold the secret gems to your wedding decorations. And many times, these items may not even be in use. You never know until you ask. A quick status update on Facebook or Twitter could be all you need to finding unique and free items to contribute to your wedding decoration ideas.

4. Flowers: Go fake

Especially with summer weddings, one of the biggest, and arguably most beautiful, wedding decoration ideas is the use of many many floral arrangements. But unfortunately flowers can get a bit pricey. Many craft stores offer individual stems of flowers that can be bundled together to look real. Especially when wrapped around awnings and other fixtures, no one will even be able to tell the difference.

5. Lights! Lights! Lights!

Especially for nighttime receptions, draping white Christmas light strands could add a special sort of ambiance to your celebration. The romantic feel of sparkling Christmas lights not only add more light to what (might be) a dimly lit space, but are potentially one of the most affordable wedding decoration ideas. Just be sure to use white Christmas lights and to check with your venue on their rules and regulations for additional lights.

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