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Tip Tuesday: 15 Cheap Wedding Ceremony Decoration Ideas on a Budget

Whether your wedding is in a big, elegant church, or a rustic, old garden, or at a white, sandy beach, the backdrop and decorations of a wedding ceremony can really make a lasting impression. And luckily, a pretty ceremony doesn't have to cost a fortune. When it comes to ceremony decorating, less tends to be more. Additionally, you can save some money by being creative and keeping it simple. Here are 15 ideas for decorating your ceremony while sticking to your budget.

Save Money on Ceremony Decorations at a Church

1. Use Your Venue’s Decorations If you’re getting married in a church, see what decorations they have for you to use. Many have candelabras which can add sophistication to your ceremony. Also, you may not have to decorate at all if you plan to get married during Christmas or Easter time when churches are already adorned with flowers and greenery.

2. Use Candles Instead of Flowers Candles are a lot cheaper than wedding flower arrangements, and can often be more romantic. Use them at the altar, to line the aisle (make sure they’re in fireproof bags or enclosed in glass to prevent fire hazards), or even in place of bouquets.

3. Get Some Potted Plants In the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, they lined the aisle of the beautiful Westminster Abbey with big, potted trees creating an English garden atmosphere. You can do something similar by bringing some potted plants from home or borrowing a few from a friend.

4. Buy Lots of Tulle There are so many fun things that you can do with tulle to decorate, but here are two of my favorites. The first thing you can do is create a canopy effect with the tulle. Have a few friends hang some from the center of the ceiling and then drape it down to the corners of the altar or stage. To complement the tulle canopy, use tulle to make bows to put on the pews or rows of chairs.

5. Decorate the Altar Only If you have a beautiful wedding venue already, there is no need to go overboard with your decorations. Perhaps all you need is a simple arrangement at the altar.

6. Decorate Your Own Unity Candle This is a fun and easy project that can be done in less than one hour. Go to a craft store and buy a plain, white candle that is at least two inches in diameter. You will also need to buy a ribbon (at least two inches wide) and some sequins. To assemble your own unity candle, glue the ribbon around the bottom of the candle and then glue the sequins on the front of the candle so that they spell the first letter of the groom’s last name.

7. Go Shelling                                                                                                                                                                                   If you live by the beach and have access to free shells, put them in clear vases or hurricanes to be used as wedding decorations. Although shells would be a great addition to a wedding near the ocean, they would also be a beautiful added surprise to a landlocked wedding as well.

8. Throw Down Some Flower Petals Even if you do not have a flower girl, you can still throw down some flower petals along the aisle. This can be done as part of the decorating process before the guests arrive. Flower petals are inexpensive to buy compared to actual flower arrangements, so if you really want flowers but don’t want to spend the money, this is a great way to add them into the decoration of your ceremony.

Save Money on Ceremony Decorations Outdoors

9. Pick a Naturally Beautiful Setting Outdoor garden, beach, or mountain weddings are already decorated for you. For example, if you’re getting married at a farm, throw down some hay bales for seating and you’ve got a rustic, but romantic aisle to walk down. If you want a garden wedding, make sure you get married in the spring when all the flowers are in full bloom.

10. Have a Focal Point There needs to be some sort of focal point that you and your spouse-to-be meet at to be wedded. The focal point will act as a frame around the event. Some of the most common options are arches and gazebos. First check to see if you will have one provided to you by your venue. If not, you can buy one, rent one, or make one. Unless you are a carpenter or a handyman, you should probably opt to rent one. I suggest renting an arch since they are typically cheaper than gazebos and look just as nice.

11. Hang Some Christmas Lights If you are getting wed in the evening, white Christmas lights are a must. And if you’re renting an archway, it would be the perfect place for the lights. Also consider hanging lights in some of the trees if you will be in an outdoor setting.

12. Mow the Lawn This may seem obvious, but if you are getting married in a backyard, start working on the lawn early to ensure that it will be ready in time for the big day. If the yard is kept up with regularly, it will look better for the wedding. Also, start early to plan out what flowers and plants you want to feature. Planting bulbs months in advance will save you from buying more expensive flowers to plant the week before the wedding.

13. Use a Theme to Guide You I went to a wedding not too long ago that had an amazing “Zen” theme throughout. Some of the decorations included paper parasols, lanterns, and bonsai trees. They even had rock gardens as the wedding reception centerpieces to complete the theme. What’s great about using a theme is that you only need a few elements to make a big impact on the overall impression of the ceremony.

14. Light It Up In addition to white Christmas lights or candles, other ways to light up your evening are to use luminaries, torches, and lanterns. Use what is most appropriate given your particular wedding venue. Also, keep in mind whether or not children will be at your wedding and if it would cause any issues to have open flames.

15. Blow Bubbles Although this may sound childish, bubbles can actually add an elegant touch if done correctly. If you’re going to use a bubble machine, make sure that the machine is out of sight and that the bubbles are not coming out too quickly or too slowly. Also make sure that the bubble machine is not too noisy.

The key to successful wedding ceremony decor is simplicity. Clean, elegant flower arrangements, a few strategically placed candles or some potted plants to add a little greenery are all you need to create a romantic and memorable ceremony. Less is more – which ultimately means more money in your wallet.

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petaled_aisle Christmas_Wedding_LightsHow did you decorate for your wedding ceremony? Were you able to keep the cost of decorations low? Send us pictures of your big day at helen@favoredbyyodit.com

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#WeddingWednesday: Celebrity Engagements

Kerry-Washington-secretly-married-Nnamdi-Asomugha-the-jasmine-brand Love is in the AIR in Hollywood! The last few weeks have been a busy time for celebrity engagements and secret weddings. Our favorite fixer and Scandal star Kerry Washington wed her secret boyfriend Nnamdi Asomugha in June, and now the couple is expecting thier first child together. If you blinked and missed the more recent engagements, check out the recap below.


Reality TV Star Lauren "LC" Conrad got engaged to William Tell on Oct. 13.


Rapper Kanye West proposed to his Reality TV Star love Kim Kardashian on her birthday, Oct. 21. He flew in her closest friends and family to witness the lavish act which we will likely see on her show. *fingers crossed*


Actress Hayden Panettiere announced her secret engagement to Boxer Wladimer Klitschko on Oct. 9.


Rapper Future went the Kanye route and proposed to his singer girlfriend Ciara on her birthday as well. On Oct. 28 the singer tweeted her excitement and her 15 karat ring for the world to see.

#ThrowbackThursday: Celebrity Wedding- Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner

alg-kushner-trump-jpg On October 25, 1999, daughter of Donald Trump, Ivanka married Jared Kusher. The bride wore a Grace Kelly inspired Vera Wang gown to walk down the aisle at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Ivanka and Jared spared no expense for the wedding. She accessorized her dress with $130,000 worth of jewlery from her own line and the groom wore a black Brioni tux. Not only did the guests get to enjoy a beautiful wedding, they received Tiffany & Co invites and custom Havaianas with words Jared and Ivanka had written on the soles for the favors. The couple will celebrate thier 14th wedding anniversary next week. Congrats!!



Throwback Thursday: Celebrity Weddings- Michael Jordan


At 50 years young, basketball legend Michael Jordan has not lost his zeal for love or marriage. Although his first attempt at marriage failed, Jordan decided to try again with now wife, model Yvette Prieto. This week we are going to throw it back to Michael’s first marriage and recap his wedding last week.

In 1989 Michael Jordan married Juanita Vanoy and had three beautiful children before divorcing in 2006. Juanita received the largest celebrity divorce settlement at that time in the amount of $168 million.


Two years later, Jordan met Yvette in a Miami night club and proposed in 2011. Last week, the couple got married in Palm Beach, Florida in front of 500 of their closest friends and family. Although many of the intimate details of the wedding have not been revealed, we do know the bride wore a custom dress created by J’Aton Couture and that Usher and Robin Thicke serenaded the couple during the reception. In case you wanted to duplicate the sneaker kings nuptials, get ready to sell your first born child and put their first born on layaway. The largest tent wedding ever, 40,000 square feet, cost an estimated $10 million. We hope the second time is the charm for Jordan. Congrats to the beautiful couple!




Throwback Thursday: Celebrity Couples- David and Victoria Beckham


David and Victoria started dating in 1997 after a charity soccer (football) game. The couple wed two years later in Ireland with cute son Brooklyn as the ring bearer. The wedding cost an estimated $820,000 and is among the most expensive celebrity weddings of its time. Currently the couple has four children together: Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz, and Harper.


Throwback Thursday: Celebrity Weddings- Jay Z and Beyonce

beyonce and jay z Hip Hop's Power Couple, Jay Z and Beyonce celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary on April 4th. They got married in a very private ceremony in their New York City Apartment only attended by very close family and friends. On January 9, 2012 the couple welcomed their first child Blue Ivy Carter into the world.

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Throwback Thursday: Celebrity Weddings- Nick and Mariah

nick and mariah's wedding day

Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey got married on April 30, 2008 at Mariah's private estate in the Bahamas.

The couple renew thier vows every year and on thier third anniverary they welcomed beautiful twins Monroe and Moroccan. Congrats to the couple!! We wish them many more happy years!

nick and mariah's wedding day