Yeah, we’d all like to have an amazing wedding with an unlimited budget that would allow us to have anything we want.
That’s not reality.
The truth is that many weddings take place in church fellowship halls, community centers or at home as an attempt to save money. As a planner, I’ve often heard brides utilizing these venues say, “I don’t have a lot of money, but I don’t want my wedding to LOOK CHEAP.”
Of course you don’t. Nobody wants a cheap-looking event. While you may not be able to afford some of the luxury details found at more expensive weddings, there are definitely some elements you should avoid to keep your wedding from appearing cheap.
-Try to avoid plastic or paper coverings on your tables. Since you’re saving so much on your venue cost, look into renting linens. It’s not as expensive as you think. Also, linens are one of the most cost-effective ways to change the look of a room.
-Stay away from balloons at your event. Many people automatically turn to balloons as a budget-friendly décor element. Balloons can not only make your wedding look a bit cheaper, it can also date your event. Balloons can be very reminiscent of weddings from the 1980s. Also, many professionals in the wedding industry feel that balloons should be saved for kids’ birthday parties.
-While silk flowers can be a cost-saver, there are some things to consider about them. There are some really high-quality silk flowers that look just like the real thing, but they tend to be costly. However, the flowers that are widely available for purchase at local craft stores, and are affordable, do NOT always look real. If you are concerned that you can’t afford real flowers, look for alternative centerpieces. Candles, potted plants or groups of pictures can be reasonably priced options.
-The folding metal chairs often found in a church fellowship hall can be a bit of an eyesore and can take away from the elegant event you’re trying to have. Examine your budget and call your local rental company. Folding white chairs can upgrade your look without necessarily destroying your budget.