Spent too much money on your dream dress? Top 5 budget wedding decoration ideas

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You don't need crystal chandeliers and elaborate centre pieces to make a statement...

Wedding guests and bride, groom

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We don't want to rain on anyone's wedding parade, but chances are you can't afford the quarter of a million pounds worth of decorations you've been lusting after in those bridal magazines.

But that doesn't mean you can't have a completely gorgeous looking wedding on a budget! All you'll need is a bit of imagination, some crafty accessories and a needle and thread.

Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing...

1. Let there be light!

Instead of spending a fortune on bare bulb rental lights or elaborate light curtains (yes they do exist) ask your friends and relative to get their Christmas lights out of the attic and use those. Cover them in strips of sheer fabric to make the light more mellow or wrap ribbon that corresponds to your wedding colour scheme around each light strand.

2. DIY photo wall

Get loads of photos of your friends and family printed and hang them using bulldog clips from the ceiling of your venue or attach them to cheap candelabras near the entrance. Instead of the traditional seating plan display, you can use these pictures to direct people to their tables with the phrase 'Find your face to find your place'. People will have great fun looking at the snaps and the decorations in one corner of your venue will be sorted for the evening.

3. Sweet Treats

Fill old vintage jars and bottles with sweets and mini chocolates and use them as centre pieces for your tables. Or if you're really short on cash use cake stands and cheap vintage china from charity shops to stack up mini cupcakes that you've made yourself.

4. Stock up on vintage finds

Old battered suitcases make great display pieces that guests can throw their cards and presents in to. Stack two or three on top of one another with homemade bunting and 'thank you' signs for a personal touch. If that doesn't float your boat, try filling old teacups and vintage teapots with soil and planting them! You can control the colour of the flowers and guests can take them home as wedding favours. It's a win-win situation! Oh and don't forget vintage birdcages, homemade printed luggage tags, borrowed vases and stacks of old dusty volumes draped in flowers.

5. Petal power and floating lights

If you can't afford expensive flower arrangements stick to flower petals instead. You can scatter these all over the tables or pile them into wide glass vases with floating candles and old Christmas baubles to make instant centre pieces.

6. Ribbons, bows and candles oh my...

If your chairs are looking a little bit lacklustre all you need to do is wrap them in a bow. Make the most of ribbon, buttons, bows and anything else that you can get your hands on in haberdashery stores. Green apples make great place setters for a summer wedding, while photo frames filled with your favourite holiday snaps, works of art or song lyrics work well in the winter.

And if in doubt cover every available surface in candles - just hope no one does anything stupid!

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