There are ways to make your wedding seem expensive without actually spending a lot of extra money. One of those ways is by repetition of common elements. You can either do this throughout the entire wedding–from the wedding invitations and stationery, to ceremony and reception decorations, favors, and wedding party ensemble–or focus on ceremony and decorations only. Here are five ways to do just that when planning your posh wedding on a budget.
1. Color is the most common way to pull a wedding together. You can take it up a notch by having two contrasting colors. Use the darker for table clothes, backgrounds, and other large expanses; the lighter as an accent color to pop against the other. You can extend the cohesion by using one of the colors as your ink color on the printed material.
2. A pattern or monogram can also pull together your wedding look. In addition to the usual placements (invitations, decorations, place settings, and wedding party ensembles), these elements can make an appearance on the aisle runner, incorporated into food, drink, or desserts, or within the lighting.
3. Speaking of lighting, it can make all the difference. Strategically placed colored spotlights can add an upscale look as can vertical light strands hung from trees or rafters. Candle light is another way to add atmosphere.
4. Tulle is inexpensive and can work wonders when decorating. Drape bunches across the ceiling, secured at the edges and center light, for dramatic elegance. You can also, instead of renting chair covers, drape the material over chair backs and tie with a colorful tulle bow or attach a flower. Tulle table skirts are also attractive. Finally, the material good for hiding plain or unsightly walls: Simply use it like curtains to create a backdrop or block off parts of the room. (Note: You can buy tulle by the bolt online inexpensively here.)
5. Finishing touches to tablescapes create character. Simply adding a colorful napkin ring or ribbon around a folded napkin, then tucking the menu or a sprig of greenery inside, can add a more upscale look to a table. Even inexpensive napkins, rings made from a roll of ribbon or paper, and home-printed menus look good this way.
Other finishing touches include a runner on top of the table cloth, favor boxes placed at the center of each plate setting, decorative bows around the wine glass stems, and pre-set tables. Stacked plates–salad atop dinner, for example–also add ambiance. Even with a buffet, you can preset water and drink glasses, silverware, and plates.
For more ideas to make a wedding look pleasantly cohesive, see the Wedding Ideas: Making an Inexpensive Wedding Look Upscale Pinboard here.