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- Ceremony Decorations
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Ceremony Decorations

Since the ceremony decorations are only supposed to cost 1.5% of your total budget, you'll either have to be meager, or do without. Usually it is easy to do without decorations at the ceremony site. This is often the case if you are getting married in a historic church or a garden. If you do decide to have decorations, here are some tips.

The most common ceremony decoration is bows. You can buy, or make, large ribbon bows to put on the ends of the pews. This gives the room a more festive look, plus you can either do all white bows or incorporate your wedding colors into the ceremony. You can also choose to drape ribbons or tulle (a type of netting ribbon) along the back of the pews as well. Ribbons can also be used around windows, doors, etc. These decorations are great because you can often find very inexpensive ribbon if you buy it in bulk.

The second decoration idea is candles. Candles are always associated with romance, so they create a wonderful atmosphere that can't be beat. Some couples choose to do a "candlelight" ceremony, where the only light comes from candles or small lights (like Christmas lights). This can become very expensive, especially if you have a large building that needs a lot of lighting. However, usually you can find candles very cheap- you can even get boxes of pillar candles at a dollar store.

The final idea is flowers, which is by far the most expensive decoration, but also the most beautiful. You could have little baskets filled with flowers at the ends of the pews. You could have large topiaries of flowers all around the room. You could line the floors with flower petal. There are so many options. If you are on a tight budget, you may still be able to use flowers, just by getting flowers that are in season, or go to a flower market or wholesale flower shop.

Most couples get married in churches, which are really good locations for minimal decorations. Often, couples will choose a holiday season to get married in so that they can take advantage of the decorations that the church puts up. However, this can be troublesome in some cases. For example, if you are getting married in November with a "fall" theme, you may have a problem if the church puts up its Christmas decorations early.

Don't forget that this is your big day and everything should be perfect. If you always dreamed of a ceremony with hundreds of roses surrounding you- go for it and allocate the money from something in the budget that you won't need as much for. No matter what, you should stay true to yourself and do whatever would make you have the best day of your life.

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Reception Decorations

Reception decorations are often the third thing that comes to mind after the dress and the flowers. Decorating your reception location can be a fun experience, especially if you're doing a lot of the work yourself (which saves a lot of money). The main thing that people think about is the centerpieces.

Centerpieces are generally decorations that are placed in the center of a table, and wherever else you want (on food tables, by doorways, on windowsills, etc.). There are so many different types of centerpieces you can do, as well as many components to use. Here are some great ideas:

Buy round fish bowls and fill them halfway with river rocks, marbles, beads, etc. Then top it off with a large pillar candle or a floral arrangement.

Buy various baskets (or other containers such as teapots) from garage sales or discount stores, fill them with flower petals, love notes, pictures, or your favors.

Make topiaries with small terracotta pots, two Styrofoam balls, a wooden rod, and some silk flowers and ivy. You can even paint the pots to coordinate with your theme.

Buy some frames and make a collage of pictures of you two together (or love notes to each other). You can put two or three on a table so guests can see them from any angle.

Buy some shallow bowls (or use plates from your cupboards). Fill them with fruits and/or flowers that coordinate with your wedding colors.

Buy some small vases or glass bowls. You can then buy a lot of flowers and fill the vases to capacity. It will look like a lot of flowers, but is less expensive because of the size.

Instead of having sheet cakes in addition to your wedding cake, have individual round cakes on each table. These can be decorated with flowers or left plain and simple.

Hopefully, you will have gotten some ideas from these- they are all interchangeable and can be made with different items than listed. If you choose to buy centerpieces, you will get out of the work, but it will definitely be more expensive. Many florists can work with you to make your centerpieces, or some craft stores will be able to make centerpieces as long as you buy all the components from their store.

Just have fun, and go with whatever idea you want- there are no bad ideas when it comes to centerpieces, especially if it truly shows off yours and your fiance's styles and tastes.

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