There are a few basic realities for the modern wedding: One, your guest list is going to be larger than you think. Two, your families are going to get more involved than you’d like. And three, you’re going to spend more money than you’d hoped.
The fundamental difficulty is that it’s your wedding day, and arguing to give up key elements in order to save some money is always going to be a non-starter. The trick is to not eliminate things you’d like to see at your wedding, but to find more affordable ways to have your cake and literally eat it too.
One of the most overlooked but powerful tools for a wedding reception on a budget are cheap canvas prints – beautiful, affordable artefacts that can serve a wide number of purposes at your reception.
Cheap Canvas Prints at the Reception as Table Identifiers
Coming in to a wedding reception to find little cards on a table for you to sort through and discover who you’ll be socialising with the rest of the evening is a bit boring, don’t you think? Much more interesting to have a vibrant, full-colour photo of the people seated at table! A combination table card and centrepiece, the cheap canvas prints could be a single shot of the table occupants together at some previous event, or a collage of photos telling each individual that this is where to sit. You could even get mischievous and use baby photos, and see who can actually recognise themselves!
As Incidental Decor
There are a millions ways to use these prints to jazz up any reception without jacking up your overall bill:
- To identify the bathrooms, with a cheeky (no pun intended) print on each door depicting anything gendered that goes with your theme.
- To identify the various foods at the buffet, using prints hung behind each tray along the table.
- As a sign-in when people arrive, a large print that they can inscribe with their wishes for the happy couple.
- To decorate the venue itself – you can choose some wacky photos of family and friends and attach the prints to the walls, especially near the dance floor!
Believe it or not, in time you won’t even remember your reception – only the ceremony itself and the years of love and companionship that will surely follow. In that sense, straining your nerves and your budget for some imagined reception experience is probably not worth it. And high-quality prints look great and add a sense of luxury to the event without actually costing all that much.
So, when you know your theme and the decorations you need, click here and let’s get started – we have a party to plan!