A budget is one of the most important aspects of event planning. Your budget dictates what food you’ll serve, what venue you’ll rent, and how many people can attend. With so much on the forefront of your budget, decor can get moved lower down the list. When you don’t have enough money for something else, your decor budget is the easiest thing to cut.
In an ideal world, we’d all have unlimited decorating budgets, but as that can’t be the case, check out these tips for decorating on a tight budget:
1. Anticipate and Purchase in Bulk
Heading to big retailers with a coupon tucked away in your pocket is a great way to stock up on items you use at every event, like decorative napkins. If you love tea lights as decor and you see them on sale, grab them in bulk!
2. Reuse, reuse, reuse!
Choose fake flowers and greenery when possible. Whites and greens match most decor themes, and fake flowers won’t wilt or go bad. Run them under some water to give them a new, dust-free life and they’re ready for your next event.
3. Food as Decor
If it tastes as good as it looks, why can’t it also be eye candy? I know, we’re mixing metaphors here. But a well-placed doily and strategically arranged cupcakes can be incredibly beautiful as decor. Of course, this decor is often temporary especially as the night goes on, but never underestimate what the beauty of food can do. Try using multiple tables for desserts instead of just one!
There’s decor all around your home that you know you love, who says you can’t borrow from yourself? No one but you will know! Tossing a cover on your own throw pillows can take a bench from somewhere to sit to a perfect spot for an impromptu photo shoot.
The decor really does elevate an event to the next level. When the décor is beautiful it sets the mood and guests are more likely to enjoy themselves. The decor can also act as an advertisement to other potential event planning clients. Keep your decor budget low and your wallet full for your next event!