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Decorating Ideas for Brides on a Budget


Balloons are not just for birthdays! Use them as an inexpensive decorating embellishment almost anywhere; just keep in mind the wind factor when using them outside. Order balloons of all sizes in one color or in different shades of the same color (pearl, cream, white for example) for a sophisticated look. If you are decorating outside you could line a path with balloons staked down with golf tees. Balloon arches and pillars are also great uses for balloon decoration inside or out. To line walls or entrances or even make an interesting photo booth backdrop indoors, weight clusters or lines of balloons down with cheap balloon weights purchased online or make your own using rocks and opaque baggies or baggies with tissue paper inside to hide the rocks.
Cheap Balloon Weights

Twigs and Twinkles
For a grand look without the large price tag, purchase some large vases from the 99 Cent Store or Dollar Tree. Then go outside and collect some medium or large sized twigs(birch are nice) or branches with leaves(eucalyptus are pretty). You can find LED fairy lights online to weave into the twigs or branches or just use the small white lights you use to decorate at Christmas time. If the vases are too tipsy you can purchase QuakeHold($3.97 Amazon) to secure them to any flat hard surface. Line the vases up to create a statement wall behind the couple’s table or the wedding ceremony altar for example, or if using battery operated lights, try using them as table centerpieces.   
9" Tall Vases, Box of 12 from Dollar Tree $12

Cherry Tree Branches are Pretty Options for Spring :)

Hoop it Up Photo Op
This is so easy, why didn’t I think of it before! Buy a hula hoop from the Dollar Tree store and decorate it, hang it from a tree, and viola! Instant wedding guest photo op! Wrap the hoop in tulle, tie colorful ribbon around it, glue silk flowers or a silk flower vine round it and done! If you would rather not decorate anything, buy a plain white foam core board and cut a hole in it. Cut it to look like a polaroid picture and simply write “smile!” on it. Piece of cake! You could also hang a rope and clip different frames to it(like a picture frame clothes line) so people can line up and pose behind the one they like! Get the frames second hand or make them and write goofy phrases on them. Find printable photo booth props for guests to use to customize their pics & have fun!

Hope these ideas have inspired you! Please share your budget-friendly decorating ideas in the comments below!


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