There's a fine line between inexpensive, creative wedding decorations and decorations that look like something straight out of Party Source. Regardless of your budget, your decorations help set the mood for your entire wedding, so it truly pays to make them count. To help keep your wedding day as special and well-decorated as possible, avoid any of the following cheesy examples.
While easy to make on a budget, paper chains look like something out of a kindergarten birthday party, not a marriage between two adults. Plus, they're easily breakable because, well, they're made out of paper, so these might not mesh well with any rowdy guests. Keep it classy (and age appropriate) and ditch these flimsy chains for something more durable and elegant, like flower garlands.
Multicolored Balloon Arches
Again, you don't want your wedding to seem like a playground. Balloon arches can make a fun wedding touch, but only when done correctly. If you have your heart set on balloons, choose simple color combos, like white and gold. Steer clear of anything bright. And, don't go overboard. Too many balloons can seem over the top. Plus, everyone has that obnoxious family member who gets a kick out of popping them. Don't run that risk.
Streamers might even be a step below paper chains. Someone at least had to take the time to make paper chains, whereas anyone can just buy a pack of streamers and limply hang them from an elevated surface. Plus, these give off birthday party vibes, too. Put a little more effort into your wedding decorations, and save the streamers for something more low key, like celebrating your first wedding anniversary.
Sure, flowers make the perfect wedding decoration to make any space seem more formal and romantic, but too many flowers just looks plain gaudy. Keep the flowers to a minumum, and try to stick to similar types and color palettes. You don't want your wedding venue to look like an ambitious gardener went to town.
Highly Decorative Centerpieces
Table centerpieces serve as the focal point of your wedding tables, but avoid making them too flashy. You want all eyes to be on you, your husband, and your beautiful venue—NOT on your tables. Stick to one main element, like flowers or candles, to keep it as simple, yet tasteful as possible.
If your tables still seem like they're missing that extra oomph, please do not turn to decorative beads. Yes, they're cheap and can spruce up any empty vases, but they scream "arts and crafts time" instead of "wedding." If you're going to go the bead route, aim for pearl beads. They're simple, timeless, and won't clash with your dress.
No matter which way you sculpt it, ice figures just don't seem like feasible decorations to spend your money on. If you want a non-cheesy one, you're going to have pay top dollar. Save your money for something that doesn't have the potential to melt or shatter, like a photo booth or a chocolate fountation that your guests can actually make use of.