6 Ways To Create Maximum Impact On a Minimal Wedding Budget

When you need to cut corners on your wedding budget, but you still want your guests to say, "Wow!" when they walk in, here's 6 tips that could help you.

1. Multiple props for maximum impact
Visit an op-shop and buy glass vases, books, cake stands or your relevant wedding theme items in suitable colours, and arrange them in multiples on one main table. This creates height and instant visual impact.

2. Stock up on candles
Whether you order paraffin wax, soy or battery-operated candles, tea lights or pillars, you can never have too many candles to create real atmosphere. Against, or on mirrors, it reflects to look like you have even more of them.

3. Submerge your flowers
If you have to cut costs somewhere, do it with flowers on your guest tables. Hire tall cylindrical glass vases and mirror bases and plunge your preferred flowers (which are, of course, in season because they're cheaper) in the water. The glass, water and mirror acts to maximise the size of the flowers making it look like you've ordered many more.

4. Increase the green
Leaves, fronds, trees, fruits and vegetables are much cheaper than flowers. You could also gather and spraypaint pine cones for a winter wedding, or embellish vases for summer weddings with limes, lemons and oranges.

5. Double up for guests
Do double-duty with your guest favours and place names. A rustic slate tag can be both a guest favour and a place setting. Or why not use a chalkboard on each table as a table number and menu.

6. Use your decor for catering
Your vintage cake stands will look great with pretty cupcakes. A wicker picnic basket is ideal for an outdoor wedding to hold everything. Mirrored trays can hold candles and strikingly pretty Moroccan tea glasses, while mercury glass vases would look amazing with silver Hershey's Kisses or gold Ferrero Rocher chocolates.

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