Do-it-yourself decor!

Welcome back to Money Saving Monday! Today we will discuss how to save money on decor such as centerpieces, creative lighting and more! 

Many brides want personal flare but feel that it is out of their reach budget wise. Really it all comes down to good decision making and planning. One of the first things I tell my brides is to go to a Michael’s or a Dollar Store and create mock centerpieces. I know what brides think, “How can I get a fabulous wedding made with items from the Dollar store?” But trust me, it is all about imagination!

Plan decor parties, bring friends over and have them be a part of creating one of a kind decorations. It doesn’t take much to transform an inexpensive frame or vase in to something romantic or shabby chic.   


Another way to save money while creating an elegant ambiance, is to add custom lighting. Watch the stores for end of the summer sales with outdoor lights. It can not only bring warmth to a space but give your wedding/reception a unique flare.


Other little touches that are easy on your budget:

            -Buy a few roles of ribbon to add custom pops of color to vases, chairs and more

            -Don’t be scared to paint items to match you color scheme

            -Look around your home for items you love that can really give people a sense of who you are


Well do-it-yourself brides, get to it and save money.

Remember every bride deserves her dream wedding on her dream budget. Happy Planning!

Beautiful Floral on a Budget

Floral budget can sometimes be a little tricky to navigate.  Flowers have the power to both transform a space and your wedding budget; a lot of the time they are also one of the first things cut to save money. Today we will give you great tips to get the elegance of a floral fabulous wedding while staying within your budget.

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Many people planning their wedding think that they need aisle, cocktail table, cake table, and gift table decor; what I think is, REUSE! Depending upon the size of your ceremony, there are usually 10 to 14 aisle bouquets. These can be easily reused, have your persoanl attendant, bridesmaids or wedding planner move them after the ceremony. The average wedding for 2012 will spend $479 on ceremony flowers and $1,132 on reception floral(1,001 Ways to Save Money…). Why not cut each of these costs but still have gorgeous floral by reusing. This may also give you the option to use a more expensive flower or design larger arrangements by making them multipurpose.

This next tip is a little more for the do-it-yourself bride. Altar arrangements can be some of the more expensive parts to your floral budget, easily each costing hundreds. Make them yourself and plan a get together with close family and friends! Getting fresh flowers from the Farmer’s Market or Donato’s Direct (a florist that allows brides access to wholesale prices) are effortlessly beautiful and usually need little manipulation besides arranging them in a vase. An alter arrangement not only draws the eye of your guests foward but creates a beautiful frame for photos.

Other things that your can do to save money on flowers with little effort include:

                               -Checking what flowers will be in season. You may have a favorite flower but if it is not in season it could be 4 times the price! Find a look-a-like.

                               -Spend less money on your bridesmaids bouquets. Your guests are there to admire you! Your dress, your decorations, your bouquet!

                               -If your ceremony is in a religious space, there may be possibility of a religious holiday, and that means free floral leftover from the week before.

Remember every bride deserves her dream wedding on her dream budget and Simply Elegant Bridal Consulting is ready to help you every step of the way. Our exclusive discounts and industry insights can help you bring to life your vision! Happy planning!