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You can rent uplighting, or sometimes find a coupon to get it for free when ordering from an event company (check out the Special Offers section of wedding411ondemand.com for a few options!) You can hang chandeliers, purchase lanterns, or light hundreds of candles. But an even simpler and less expensive option? White twinkle lights provide a huge impact for very little money. Wrap them around trees, place them under gauzy fabric for a softening effect, or drape them above your dance floor. The best time to buy is after the winter holidays when the decorative strings of lights get clearanced out for up to 90% off at all major retailers like Target, Michaels, and WalMart. Smart shoppers think ahead – but just to be safe, put a reminder on your calendar to scope out those after Christmas sales for lighting!
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Paper decorations work best for those that have a whimsical, handcrafted style. Using wrapping paper, in bright colors, patterns, and metallics gives you a large stash to work with and can easily be found in your wedding colors. Search YouTube for papercrafting videos that will show you how to create your own pinwheels, buntings, and more. When grouped together, these paper accents make a big impact on a very small budget.
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3. Vintage Items
So many “vintage” decor items can be found very inexpensively at thrift stores, salvage yards, yard sales, and even at re-stores. (Habitat for Humanity has locations all over the country; these stores feature salvaged home items, like old doors and windows, at a very low cost.) Again, grouping smaller items, like these hanging frames, makes a larger impact. This could be the backdrop for the ceremony, a photo station, or hung behind the bar – either way, these vintage touches are an inexpensive way to fill a space.