5 Great Tips for Beautiful Wedding Decor on a Budget

It’s not uncommon for couples to want Pinterest and Instagram-worthy weddings, but it’s equally clear that flowers and decor can take up a huge bulk of the wedding budget if they allow themselves to get carried away. Today, we invite wedding planners and stylists Inside The Knot to share their top 5 tips to help you save money on decor so that you can still have your dream celebration without breaking the bank.

Inside The Knot: Getting married in Singapore is no cheap affair, especially once you factor in the costs of items like the dinner reception, bridal gowns, and wedding rings, just to name a few. At the same time, many young couples are also looking forward to purchasing their own beautiful homes as well. All of this sometimes means sacrificing one’s picture-perfect wedding, and scaling down on the decorations. However, here are our tips to help you achieve your dream wedding within a reasonable budget!

1) Reduce and reuse
If you are one of those couples that has their solemnisation ceremony in the day followed by a dinner reception in the evening, you can consider using the same wedding decorations for both day and night. Whether they are small props, flower centrepieces, or even a huge floral arch, it is definitely possible to transport these items. This essentially means that you pay once for decorations to be used at two events! Not only will this save costs, but it also ensures that your entire wedding day will be seamless in theme and aesthetic.


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2) Opt for less labour-intensive set-ups
It would be an understatement to say that fairy light installations are well-loved and popular today. However setting up fairy lights that drape across the ceiling typically requires a lot of time and manpower. Thus, such installations tend to cost quite a bit. Instead of requesting for such large-scale set ups, it is possible to opt for less labour-intensive alternatives without compromising on the look and feel. For instance, running lights along the guest tables or putting them in terrariums could have a similar whimsical effect.


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3) Use existing props instead of building new ones
Occasionally when trawling the Internet for wedding inspiration, brides may come across a particular set-up that they want to replicate for their big day. If you find yourself in this position, you might want to consider going to your stylist first and seeing if they already have any existing props that are similar to what you want. Building a brand new prop from scratch incurs much greater costs that include sourcing for materials, craftsmen, and sometimes even engineers. Thus, using what is already in your stylist’s inventory is the most budget-friendly way to go.


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4) Use silk flowers strategically 
Flowers are definitely a must-have in every wedding, whether it is just a simple bridal bouquet, or a grand floral backdrop. Unfortunately, flowers in Singapore tend to eat up a significant portion of the wedding budget. One way to minimise this cost is to go with silk flowers, which are much, much cheaper. Do not be deterred by the notion of having “fake flowers” – these days, it is almost impossible to tell silk flowers apart from fresh ones unless one feels them! Hence, for decorations such as the floral arch, stage flowers, or any area that is out of reach of guests, it is very common for silk flowers to be used in place of their fresh counterparts. This is a sure-fire method of reducing costs while still achieving a lush floral effect.


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5) Consider a one-stop vendor
During the wedding planning process, couples understandably prefer to shop around with various vendors before finally deciding on who they would like to work with. One way to keep costs low is to choose a one-stop vendor that can provide you with all your decorative needs. For instance, instead of having three different vendors in charge of your personal flowers, table centrepieces, and photo booth backdrop, it would be wise to find one vendor that can provide all of these services. Not only will there be more cohesiveness between the different aspects of your wedding, but that one vendor is also more likely to give a bulk discount on the services he or she is providing.


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Thank you so much for sharing your expert tips with us, Inside The Knot! We’re sure they’ll help our readers have beautiful weddings without breaking their budgets!

 

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