Wedding guests won’t notice that your centerpiece candles came from the same store where they buy air fresheners and batteries. Promise. So if you can cut wedding costs by buying decorations at a dollar store, why not?
Decor is the perfect expense to cut if you’re up for beginner-level DIY, says Jessica Bishop, creator of The Budget Savvy Bride website and author of “The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organizer.”
“You don’t have to be super crafty or artistic to pull together a really nice look without spending much money,” she says. “You don’t have to be Martha Stewart.”
Unlike an off-key band or a bland meal, decorations probably won’t make a lasting impression on guests. Bishop suggests spending more on “experience enhancers,” like entertainment, food and drinks, and less on decor, which you can buy at a dollar store.
“[Dollar Tree] has a really great e-commerce website,” Bishop says, adding that “there’s way more product variety and selection” online than in the store. That’s where you can find the items below for $1 — and other discount stores may stock them as well.
Candles and candleholders: You’ll find votive and pillar candles in jars, including flameless options. Add a case of candleholders to your cart, and you have matched centerpieces or favors for guests.
Vases and jars: Online, you’ll find more than 50 kinds of glass vases, sold in units of four, six, 12 or 24. With a collection of these coordinating vases, you can achieve a cohesive look among your centerpieces and accent decor. There’s also a range of jars for flowers — or for candles, succulents, colorful fruit or anything else.
Ribbon and twine: Jazz up those jars, vases and candleholders by wrapping them with colorful ribbon or twine. These items can also embellish bouquets, Bishop says.
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Floral items: The cost of flowers and florist services for the average wedding was $2,630 in 2017, according to a survey by The Knot. Faux flowers can help you trim that expense. For example, Dollar Tree’s website sells many kinds of fabric blossoms — roses, daisies, sunflowers, dahlias and more. (A silk bouquet, Bishop points out, is perfect for one that will be tossed to guests.) Or opt for artificial succulents or ferns if you’re going for a “boho vibe,” Bishop says.
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- Get inspired: First, find the look you want on sites like Pinterest, Bishop says. Then, check dollar-store websites to see how you can re-create the look for less.
- Think beyond flowers: Save on floral costs by filling vases with colorful dollar-store items, such as fake fruits or succulents, ornaments or candies.
- Skip shipping costs: If you can, opt for free in-store pickup of items purchased on discount store websites.
Decorative gems: Fill clear vases, candleholders or jars with glass gems for a splash of color. Or scatter them on tabletops if you’re going for a “glam” look, Bishop says.
Picture frames: Frames can be the Swiss Army knife of your wedding signage. Use frames to display table numbers, as well as food and drink menus. Use larger frames for directions — nothing classes up a “Restrooms This Way” sign like a shiny border. Collage frames are perfect for throwback photos of the happy couple or a collection picturing late loved ones.
Whether you opt for dollar-store finds or commission a designer, remember that your friends and family aren’t there to judge the centerpieces.
“Your guests are coming to the wedding to celebrate you and your fiance and the union of you two,” Bishop says.