Thursday, February 19, 2009

How to Save Money on Church Decorations for Your Wedding

Fairytale weddings happen with the bride walking down a perfectly candlelit aisle surrounded by flowers and garland and the church decorated to the hilt. Well, Cinderella's wedding is probably not something that most modern day princesses can afford. If you want to cut a little bit of cost on your wedding, you might need to know how to save on church decorations.


Difficulty: Easy


Step One

Be basic. Even though our society says more is more, sometimes less is really more. Spend your budget and your time concentrating on the alter. That is where most of the eyes will be the whole time anyway. Besides lots of decorations will just detract from you anyway! It's your day, be the center of attention.

Step Two

Beg, borrow and steal. Well, maybe not steal, but borrowing is a good idea. Not only can you borrow some of the decorations from your friends and family, you might want to ask your church. Your church might have a secret stash of decorations that you can sift through and see what you can use. It is definitely cheaper than buying new.

Step Three

Be flexible. Be open to what you want as decorations. If you can only have navy blue candles with gold holders, chances are you will pay more for them. If you aren't as picky, you can save a bit of money.

Step Four

Watch for low prices. Use the Internet and local discount stores to search for the lowest prices on some of the items you want. Just shopping around will save you money.

Step Five

Be creative. Take some time to make your wedding different than anyone else's. Maybe just have some candles as the decorations. In the candlelight, the rest of the decorations couldn't really be seen anyway. Why would you waste money on them?

Step Six

Get crafty. Or better yet, get someone else to be crafty. Sometimes the best looking decorations are homemade. Make use of that craft lover you know and see what they can whip up.

Overall Tips & Warnings

  • If you take your pictures in front of the altar, you can really concentrate your decorations in one place. It'll save time and money.
  • Buy what you need on the off-season. Wedding season tends to be in June and July. If you know you are going to be getting married in a year, start shopping now. You can have more time to look things over and make sure you getting the lowest price.
  • Keep a broad theme in mind. Even though you want all the decorations to be cohesive, be open-minded when it comes to what goes in that theme.
  • Don't buy anything in the wedding aisle. Prices are jacked-up for wedding decorations, look in other places in the store and you could save some green.
By eHow Weddings Editor
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