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Ideas For Inexpensive Wedding Reception Table Decorations

If you're getting ready for your wedding, you need to think about decorations for the reception. Traditional floral decorations are beautiful, but they also cost a lot, since florist services require so much work and attention to detail. What do you do if you're not getting married on a big budget?

The good news is that there's no rule requiring you to stick to the average reception decorations. There are plenty of attractive and fun options that won't cost you all that much. Stick with your theme and your color scheme, and you'll be able to create attractive, appealing tables that everyone will love, but you won't have to spend a bundle. Let's take a look at some of your options including our table skirts that are excellent for display tables, we carry standard lengths in many color choices.

Napkins

Candy

Informal weddings can use brightly colored candies to add a light touch. An inexpensive set of glass containers, such as giant goblets, bowls, or even wide-mouthed vases, transforms into a beautiful set of centerpieces when you fill them with attractive candies. Try chocolate, like M&Ms (you can get them custom colored and custom printed), or try something fruit flavored, like jelly beans. Traditional wedding Jordan almonds are a great choice, too. Buy them in bulk from a Middle Eastern food supplier, rather than from a wedding retailer, and you'll save a lot of money. Top off your dishes with an attractive (organic) flower or two, and your guests can enjoy the look and the taste of your centerpieces.

Desserts

Flowers

You can still have floral decorations on your reception tables, if you're willing to go pro yourself. Try a bunch of inexpensive flowers, like Gerber daisies, and just place them in simple containers, like a glass pitcher. This is a casual look, but it'll work for many weddings, and it won't cost you all that much. For fancier weddings, make the centerpieces yourself by using high quality artificial flowers. A few hardy, exotic flowers can be placed in a simple vase and accented with candles, for a minimalist look. Just use two or three flowers per table, and fill the rest of the container with stones or glass beads.

Potted flowers are another inexpensive option. They can be purchased all over the place in the right season, and if you wait for a sale, you can pick them up very cheaply. Repot them in prettier containers, or cover/paint the existing pot to create a centerpiece that guests can take home to plant there. Candles

You can't go wrong with candles. They lend an elegant touch in an inexpensive way. You can pick up votives or the next size up plus the candle holders in the design of your choice at your local craft store.

Wedding Cake

Balloons

Floating balloon bouquets can be a great choice for an attractive table, too. There are all kinds of shapes, colors and styles, so it's easy to match your wedding colors and themes. Stick with pearly pastels, or create more dramatic balloon bunches. Cut the ribbons in different lengths to create an attractive range of heights (rather than a bunch that says "circus" to most people.) This is an easy task to delegate. Add flowers, candy, or confetti, and have fun popping balloons later in the day or night. Try using candy or fruit instead of traditional weights, and your guests will be able to take home a snack after the reception, too. Decorating your reception tables doesn't have to cost a fortune. All it requires is a little imagination, a willingness to shop for bargains, and some of your time to put to all together.