10 Frugal Wedding Decorations

10 Frugal Wedding Decorations

If you haven’t already gathered by the numerous wedding invitations you have received; summer is wedding season. We have 2 to go to and one happening this weekend, so it seemed fitting that I do a post on frugal wedding decorations, you know, for the slackers who wait til the last minute to get their wedding decor figured out.

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Frugal Wedding Decorations: Pom Poms


These are the easiest, cheapest things you could make to decorate your wedding, depending on what color you need, how many you plan on making, and what size. You can get a packet of tissue paper at the Dollar Store which is as cheap as you’re going to get it, but unfortunately, there are limited color options. But white always goes with everything and it gives it a classic and elegant look. Head on over to the Exclusively Weddings Blog for a step-by-step tutorial.

tissue poms

Photo copyright: Exclusively Weddings

Frugal Wedding Decorations: Submerged Flowers in Vases


We all know flowers aren’t cheap. You could potentially use fake flowers at any craft store or dollar tree and get it looking pretty darn close to the real thing. Look for the 40% off coupon at JoAnn’s for maximum savings or purchase your flowers at a local grocery store; usually, they will clearance them down after they’ve been sitting a little while. Buy the clear vases, votives, and beads at the Dollar Tree. You’ll have yourself a pretty, yet inexpensive table setting. Add food coloring to the water in your choice of color if you want to skip the flowers.

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Photo copyright: Chloe Atnip photography

Frugal Wedding Decorations: Paper Rosettes


These are another simple and cute idea that makes pretty inexpensive decor, especially if you already have construction or scrap paper lying around that will go with the theme. Broke-Ass Bride provides an easy step-by-step tutorial over on her blog, go check it out.


photo copyright: luminaire images



Frugal Wedding Decorations: DIY Cakestand


You probably wouldn’t guess you could make this for $2, would you? That’s right, only $2! You’ll probably pay around $20+ for this at any department store.  An Exercise in Frugality shows you how she created this by purchasing the 2 items at the dollar tree.


photo copyright: TonySouPhotography


Frugal Wedding Decorations: DIY Cake Crown Topper & Paper Towel Garland


If you want to get super creative with paper towels and tissue paper again, head on over to Wedding Chicks and check out their tutorial. This would probably work best for those having an early 1900s themed wedding.



photo copyright: weddingchicks


Frugal Wedding Decorations: Bride & Groom Chair Sign


WeddingChicks have another great decor piece for the back of the bride and groom’s chair, AND it is 100% free! You can even change the colors to match the ones similar to your color scheme. Download and print on to card stock or photo paper, your choice!


photo copyright: weddingchicks


Frugal Wedding Decorations: Chalkboard Sign


Have an old frame laying around the house that you have no purpose for? Buy some chalk spray paint (around $4 a can) and spray the glass. You’ll have your very own unique entrance piece. Photo from TheSavannahWeddingPlanner.




Frugal Wedding Decorations: DIY Photo Backdrop Stand


You’ve probably seen these at your friend’s/families wedding at one point or another and thought it was a good idea. Well, how about I tell you that you can make this PVC pipe photo backdrop for only $10. Use a white sheet you have at home or any other inexpensive fabric and wa-la, your very own photography stand to take goofy photos in front of. You could probably find a decent amount of props at the Dollar Tree or even at Target in the 1 dollar bins.  Go check it out over at Happiness is Homemade.


photo copyright: happiness is homemade


Frugal Wedding Decorations: Funny Comic Bubble Photo Props


These are on Etsy for $13.95 for a pack of 16 for the image files, which may or may not be worth it to you. But don’t worry, you can easily make these over at PicMonkey with your creativity, and print the images on 8×10 card stock paper or print them on regular paper and glue them onto thicker paper. After that is all done, attach some sticks or foam board to them.



photo copyright: redline studio wedding designs


Frugal Wedding Decorations: Wedding Favor: For Richer, For Poorer


How cute is this idea of having a card with a coin attached and a lottery ticket inserted? And it’s not too expensive depending upon however many guests you have.

wedding favor

photo credit: Laurel McConell Photography, post by MyWedding

And if you need creative templates or mockups that you can design and do yourself for decorations, check out pixelied.com.

Plus, you can even create a wedding quote, print it off, and stick it in a fancy frame and the couple will love it! I did that for quite a few weddings using the pixelied website.


There you have it guys, 10 Frugal Wedding Decorations to help make your day super special. I hope at least some of these ideas have helped steer you in the right direction or gave you some inspiration.

If you have any other ideas you’d like to recommend or share, leave us a comment below and if you liked this post, share the wealth. Thanks! 🙂



  1. Kungphoo
    / 10:22 AM

    These are cool ideas.. I do not know anyone getting married.. yet!

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    / 1:29 PM

    I like the look of those flowers in the vases. There are lots of great ideas here.

  3. Melanie
    / 5:29 PM

    They are all so cool, but I like the Funny Comic Bubble Photo Props

  4. janelle
    / 6:19 PM

    these are great ideas! no matter the budget, i think people way overspend. creative and pretty ideas

  5. I really love that you can have a nice wedding and yet have it be affordable and not break the bank. I’ll be pinning this for when I get married someday.
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  6. Oh those are some very good ideas. I really loved the fake flowers submerged in water with the candles. I wouldn’t have known they weren’t real until you told me. Nice!

  7. / 9:32 PM

    Wow! Great ideas! I will be in a wedding next May. I really love the flowers submerged in the vases with the candles! That is really pretty!
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  8. Maria Oller
    / 1:06 AM

    Those submerged flowers with a candle on top are so gorgeous, I think they will work perfectly for a wedding and even when they are cheap it looks still luxurious

  9. janelle
    / 4:49 AM

    a lot of these ideas would transfer to a fun dressed up tea party, or a formal luncheon. thanks for sharing

  10. Leira Pagaspas
    / 6:12 AM

    I love this ideas!!! We tried the frugal party decors on my BFF’s party for her son. No one knew that she DIY’d most of her decor.

  11. Michelle Christopher
    / 6:47 AM

    These are all great ideas and very pretty. I love the submerged flowers. They are just beautiful. And the comic bubbles are a great way to add some humor to the big day.
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  12. Rebecca Swenor
    / 11:16 AM

    I love the center pieces. The flowers in the water with the candle on top is magnificent. Thanks for sharing.

  13. John Lopez
    / 12:02 PM

    Thanks for sharing this, usually I’m just a guest a wedding looking at decorations and enjoying the festivities. Very nice photos.

  14. Sandy Sandler
    / 5:28 PM

    Love your frugal wedding decor ideas. The cake topper is fun! My favorite is the lottery ticket idea. Thanks of reshaping.

  15. Ann Bacciaglia
    / 6:26 PM

    I love the Etsy photo bubble pops. What a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing. Love these.

  16. Ivory Glass
    / 2:03 AM

    love the ideas, I actually have submerged flowers as a bedroom decoration!
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  17. / 12:15 AM

    Nice ideas. As a wedding planner i this will prove a great help to me. Thanks
    I have a little collection of wedding decoration hope you like it . Wedding decoration

  18. Penelope Smith
    / 5:59 PM

    My little sister just got engaged, and she wants to be married before the end of the year. I am trying to help her get decorations for her wedding ready quickly. I liked that you showed those centerpieces with the flowers encased in water and that they have floating candles. It seems like we should figure out if she wants to make or buy her own decorations.

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