Affordable Wedding Decorations for the Budget-Friendly Bride

The affordable wedding decorations you need to create a beautiful event—without breaking the bank.

By Deanna deBara

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When you’re planning your wedding, there are a number of different things you have to work into your wedding budget, like the venue, the wedding caterer, the wedding dress—and, of course, the wedding decorations.

Depending on how much you have—or want—to spend on your big day, you may want to keep your wedding decoration on the more affordable end of the spectrum. But what wedding decorations will help you stay within a tight budget without sacrificing style or impact on your wedding day?

Let’s take a look at some of the best affordable wedding decorations for the budget-friendly couple, so you can create the perfect look and feel for your big day—without breaking the bank:

Home Decor

If you’ve already spent time and money decorating your home—and you want to save money on wedding decorations—why not tap your existing home decor to decorate your wedding?

Your home can be a great place to find the decor you need to create a wedding ceremony and reception that feels true to your own style—and because you’ve already invested in the decor for your home, there is a zero dollar price tag for repurposing that decor for your wedding.

For example, do you have a set of candlesticks on your dining room table that perfectly capture your romantic design taste? Use them to add character to your ceremony space or to decorate the wedding party table at your reception. Do you have a macrame wall hanging in your bedroom that would be perfect for your boho wedding style? Use it as a backdrop for your ceremony or photo booth.

The point is: You probably have a good amount of decor in your home that would be perfect for your wedding—and the fact that you can repurpose your home decor as wedding decorations for free? That’s about as budget-friendly as you can get.

Candles

Candles are one of the most universal wedding decorations—they’re romantic, they dress up the space, they work for a variety of wedding styles, and all that candlelight can create the perfect mood and ambiance for your wedding day.

And, depending on how and where you shop for them, they can also be one of the most affordable wedding decorations out there. When you buy candles in bulk from a wholesale supplier, you can get them for extremely cheap—think pillar candles for as little as $1.07 per candle or a set of 900 tealights (!) for $50.

Getting a high volume of candles and spreading them across your dining tables, cocktail hour area, dessert table, and other areas of your wedding ceremony and reception is a great way to add major impact—without spending major dollars.

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Mason Jars

Mason jars are also extremely cheap wedding decorations. (You can score mason jars for as little as 70 cents per jar.) There’s no shortage of options, either. You can add flowers and greenery to transform them into centerpieces, add a tealight or candle to turn them into lanterns, fill them with drinks during cocktail hour, or load them up candy and send them home as wedding favors.

Greenery

Flowers can comprise a surprisingly large chunk of a wedding budget. Using greenery like eucalyptus, ruscus, or bells of Ireland for your wedding decor (in centerpieces, wedding bouquets, or on table runners, for example) can add a rustic feel to your wedding decor—without the hefty price tag of many florals.

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Silk Rose Petals

Lining your wedding aisle with rose petals is a classic way to decorate your ceremony site. But if you’re looking to save money, silk rose petals are a great swap that will give you the same look and feel for significantly less.

Silk rose petals are generally much more affordable than real rose petals. (You can purchase 3,500 white silk rose petals for just $49.) And because they’re so affordable, you can get more petals for less budget, which can make the design of your wedding aisle runner more impactful than if you had spent the budget on real rose petals.

Paper

When you think of paper and weddings, you probably think of things like wedding invitations, menu cards, or wedding ceremony programs. But if you want to save money on wedding decor, paper decorations can also be a great way to spruce up your event—without breaking your budget.

There are a ton of different ways you can use paper in your wedding decorations. For example, want to add extra lighting? Try paper lanterns. Want to add visual interest to your tables? Use heart-shaped confetti (there are a ton of affordable, unique wedding-appropriate options on Etsy). Want to jazz up your photo booth? Download some printable photo booth props and save some budget by printing them at home.