Decorate your wedding reception on a budget

Decorate your wedding reception on a budget

Although most believe a wedding is all about the ceremony, the real celebration begins at the reception. For the newlyweds, the reception is where they can finally relax and let loose, ridding themselves of the stress and pressure of the ceremony. However, planning the reception is anything but relaxing, especially if you need to stick to a budge! Luckily, there are plenty of ways to keep spend down on fun, elegant and memorable decor. We’ve picked our top five inexpensive wedding reception decoration ideas to offer you a bit of inspiration for your big day.


Add a vintage touch

If you’re looking for a vintage style at your wedding, then this is a classic and cost-friendly way to achieve it. Nothing infuses a space with as much charm as vintage-style bunting does. You can use colourful or rustic, depending on how you want the theme to look at your venue. You can even go that extra mile and personalise them with your initials, or simply paint ‘Mr & Mrs’ for a more elegant touch. Whether you hang them indoors, outdoors, under a marquee, etc. – whatever your choose, these cost-effective and DIY-friendly decorations scream celebration!



Signs are a brilliant, cheap addition for any occasion, including a wedding reception. They can be incorporated into every part of your wedding in so many different ways. There are so many options available online and in stores, from wooden letters and signs directing guests where to go, to chalkboard signs with witty captions on them – the possibilities are endless, and completely affordable.

Make your mark

When looking for wedding theme ideas, sometimes the most obvious answer lies in your shared interests. Do you have an annual trip to Spain each year? Do you adore animals/nature? Do you both go mental every week watching your favourite sports team? Get inspired for your reception and create your own personalised theme! Use postcards of places you visited together as centrepieces, or decorate the venue with photos of the two of you. It’s a brilliant cost-effective way to really leave your mark on your reception.

Let there be light


One of the growing trends in home decoration has been using fairy lights – and these can be a beautiful addition to your wedding reception! They can be hung from the ceiling, stuffed into jam jars, around the cake, potted plants – there are so many possibilities. Similarly, candles or paper lanterns can also add instant (and inexpensive) charm to the space, especially if your reception is at sunset or in the late evening. That being said, don’t discount the allure of lighting for a daytime reception either, especially if your venue is indoors!

Go green

Another cost-friendly way to decorate your reception is to fill your venue with lush, beautiful greenery. Plants and flowers have long been a staple at weddings, but you can take it one step further by foraging for your own! Natural foliage is not only gorgeous, but also cheap and eco-friendly! Bonus points all around! Add some vintage books for a lovely contrast, or a few geometric shapes that you can use in your home after the wedding. Also, for inexpensive wedding favours, you could even give your guests seed packets – a budget-friendly idea.


Wedding receptions are big, elegant parties, but they really don’t have to cost as much as you think. With some creativity and DIY know-how, you can create a romantic atmosphere on even the smallest of budgets.

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