Monday, November 21, 2011

Ceremony Decor - On a Shoestring Budget

I know that planning a wedding on a strict shoestring budget is tough. You see something on a wedding blog, you want it for your own wedding, and then you realize that it's way over your budget. It's hard to keep within a budget with so much inspiration floating around. But the truth is, it's easier now to have a beautiful wedding on a shoestring budget too. Brides are becoming more creative nowadays. Wedding blogs and forums are great places to find and  share tips and ideas on discounted stuff. They are also a great place to find links or tips to DIY wedding projects. 
The first venue to get budget cuts when planning a wedding on a shoestring budget is the ceremony venue. I know it's probably because it's the venue you will spend the shortest amount of time. However, the ceremony is the venue that sets the mood and first impression for the entire wedding. Try your best to make your ceremony venue pretty.
Fresh flowers are always the better option. To stay within a budget, consider choosing your decor theme around the flower that is in season at the time you get married. Visit your chosen/favorite florist and ask her about the flowers that are affordable and will be in season at the time of your wedding. Ask to see it or them, and consider if you are open to building your decor theme around that flower or flowers.  A good florist will create something beautiful with that flower.  Also, consider using decor that can also be used at the reception venue. Flowers can easily be transported from the ceremony venue to be used as part of the decor at the reception venue or in the cocktail room. 

Think about it and decide. Here are beautiful ceremony shots I just had to share with you:
Left: Image Credit: Marianne Taylor Photography                                  Right: Image Credit: Henry Photography
Image Credit: Tara Welch Photography

Left: Image Credit: Photoshoots Vallarta                                          Right: Image Credit: Lauren Brook Photography

Image Credit: Traci Griffin Photography
Left: Image Credit: Michael & Anna Costa Photographers         Right: Image Credit: Matt Edge Wedding Photography

Image Credit: Lori Gail Photography

Left: Image Credit: Three Nails Photography                               Right: Image Credit: Mike Colon Photography

Image Credit: Eclatante Event Design

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