Sometimes it's the little things that make the biggest impact, and when it comes to your big day this statement couldn't be truer. Step up your style game and put the finishing touches on your wedding dé with these 7 affordable extras that are guaranteed to blow your guests' minds and not your budget. Ah, now that's a relief, isn't it?
1. Decorative paper straws
A must-have for any bride with great taste. Paper straws that complement your wedding theme and/or colors look absolutely smashing in a mixed drink or signature cocktail, says Charleston-based wedding planner Francesca DiSalvo-Follmer of Pure Luxe Bride. "You can buy a bunch of these in bulk for a very low cost via sites like Etsy."
2. Throw pillows from home
Jazz up your lounge areas and make guests feel right at home with some chic throw pillows or blankets if it's cold outside, suggests DiSalvo-Follmer. Already own some? Great. If not, both are super easy to pick up at houseware stores and could definitely be repurposed in your own place afterward.
3. Fresh garnishes
Consult your caterer on this one! As Swoon California wedding and event planners Jennifer Arreguin and Natasha Burton point out, fresh garnishes on drinks and plates (or even just one sprig on each place setting) can amp up the wow factor and elevate your cocktail hour or seated meal. And it'll barely cost you a thing.
4. Washi tape
It's a budget bride's BFF, and well, any bride honestly. Washi tape can be used for so many things, including sealing your invitation envelopes, dressing up escort cards and decorating your dinner menus and mini signs at the dessert bar, reveal Arreguin and Burton.
5. Pretty wrapping paper
And no, not just to package up your wedding party gifts! Turns out, wrapping paper is the perfect way to add a punch of color and/or pattern to your cocktail hour sans the hefty price tag. Simply ask your caterer to line the trays of your hors d'oeuvres with it, advises DiSalvo-Follmer. So chic (and cheap), right?
6. Cute cupcake liners
Serving up this sweet treat on your big day? Instead of sticking with the standard, Arreguin and Burton urge you to think outside the box. "Choose a fun color that fits your dé, a metallic or cutout, lacey little liner to make your desserts really pop."
7. Vases for bridesmaid bouquets
Because why let so many pretty flowers go to waste once you say, "I do"? Snag some fabulous mercury glass or crystal vases for your bridesmaid bouquets (keep an eye out for sales or scour your favorite thrift shops to find fab deals) and repurpose them into your reception dé, recommends DiSalvo-Follmer.