Inexpensive details don’t have to cost a bundle. Here is part 2 of our fab feature, so you can get some reception chic on the cheap!


M is for Music

Every wedding needs good music to get the party going – but if a DJ is out of your price range, ask a budding rock star friend to do a live set as their gift to you.

N is for Nature

What better inspiration for your big day than the great outdoors? Hand pick flowers from your garden for your table centres, use pine cones as place card holders or fruit as favours.

O is for Old treasures

Rummage around in your cupboards and attic for old toys and treats that could be used at your wedding. Maybe an old birdcage could be painted and used for decoration, an old suitcase could be scrubbed up and used to hold the gift cards, or an old camera could be used to take old-fashioned photo booth snaps?

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P is for Pom poms

Easily made using sheets of tissue paper (the internet is packed with ‘how to’ guides), pom poms look fantastic hanging above your tables, outdoors or from the beams of your marquee, so rustle up style for pence rather than pounds.

Q is for Quirky

Quirky style will save you cash without looking like you are saving. Getting hitched by the sea? Send invitations on cheeky postcards. Want to make an entrance? Rock up in a campervan!

rainbow-detailsR is for Rainbow

The trend for clashing colours gives you lots of opportunities for bargains! This way you can buy up whatever shade is going cheapest and the riot of colour will make your tables pop.

S is for Stamps

A beautiful rubber stamp will transform basic wedding stationery. Birds, butterflies and flowers always work well – and you could even use a carrot to make your own wax seal!

T is for Tea lights

Create romantic lighting on the cheap by stockpiling tea lights and church candles. Clustered together they will give maximum twinkle power and freezing them first will make them burn slower.

U is for Unique

For purse-friendly favours, write each guest a personalised message and present them in pretty favour boxes. It’s much more thoughtful than the usual sugared almonds as everyone will feel special.

V is for VIPs

Another way to ensure everyone feels special is to take the time to personally thank everyone for coming, so make like a social butterfly and smooze. Guests will value it more than a quick ‘hello’ and ‘thanks for coming’.

W is for Washing line

Wooden pegs and string are great for displaying old photos and guests’ messages – or ask younger guests to draw you and your hubby and peg them up for a cute and hilarious ‘art-off’.


X is for Xtras

Going that extra mile doesn’t have to be about grand gestures. Simple treats like a a quirky sweet table or nice smellies in the toilets can make a big impression.

Y is for Yes!

Clever couples know that accepting the help of loved ones will save them a heap of cash. Think of them as your own celeb-style entourage in waiting!

Z is for Zones

Creating different areas for your reception boosts the wow factor. Create a chill-out zone with bean bags, low tables and scented candles. Perfect for when
granny needs a nap.

What were your bargain find for your big day? Have you got any inexpensive details that you want to share?

Don’t forget to read The bargainista bride’s A-Z of inexpensive details – Part 1!