How to Decorate Your Wedding Reception on a Budget

Feyi Bello / Thursday October 20, 2016

Wedding decor on a budget

There are so many details that go into planning a wedding, and it can seem overwhelming when you need to stick to a budget. Fear not: Lily & Lime photography is here to help you figure out your reception table decor on a budget! Not only will it look beautiful, but it will make for some gorgeous wedding photography. Everyone has their own tastes and interests, so think about using collections of items you already own and love! Think about books, art, and various knick-knacks that you might have laying around your house already.

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Consider using cost effective flowers as fillers, like carnations, baby’s breath or greenery. Greenery can add tons of volume, texture and interest for very little money!

Wedding decor on a budget


Hit the thrift store! You never know what treasures you’ll find on the cheap that you can use for your wedding. Find some large, second hand picture frames and repurpose them to hold photos of you and your fiancé as decoration. This couple DIY-ed some smaller picture frames and used them for table number holders. You can also leave them as you found ‘em for a mismatched look.

Wedding decor on a budget _ diy

wedding decor on a budget_ aisle perfect

You don’t need to have enormous bouquets at every table. Try clustering some smaller vases with single stems in each one. Even tiny votives don’t have to be used for just candles: Make mini bouquets to fill out each one!

wedding sign _ brad paisley



Get in touch with your crafty side! Don’t be afraid to paint items in the colors you most love, or experiment with glitter and other textures. Make a night of it before the wedding date, and invite your wedding party over for snacks, drinks, and a DIY party.

rustic wedding centerpiece
gold bottle centerpieces

Fresh produce adds color and character. Try apples, clementines, figs, or pears in thrifted bowls to use as a centerpieces or with escort cards to help guests find their table.

diy apple escort cards