35 Affordable Wedding Decoration Ideas (That Don't Look Cheap)

Saving on wedding decorations is a great way to keep your budget in check. We've gathered our favorite inexpensive ideas you can shop online.
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The Knot
Updated Feb 12, 2021
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Sticking to a budget can be one of the most challenging parts of planning the big day. But we get it, the last thing you want is for your ceremony or reception to look like it's been put together with cheap wedding decorations. What if we told you there are ways to elegantly decorate your big day without breaking the bank? Inexpensive wedding decorations can be just as gorgeous as higher-end options. We're here to show you that there are plenty of ways to cut corners and still pull off a gorgeous celebration.

The first step is to set a budget. Then, find vendors that'll help you plan accordingly. Looking for cheap wedding centerpieces, for example? Try brainstorming ideas with your florist for cost-effective options. If you're searching for more affordable ways to supplement your decor, check out this list. You'll be surprised by just how much you can do with some tissue paper flowers and a set of string lights! Shop the best budget wedding decorations for any style below, along with plenty more tips on how to make your special day stand out.

Burlap Ring Bearer Pillow

Adorable burlap ring pillow affordable ceremony decor

Kick off your celebration in style with chic ceremony decor that matches your theme. This burlap pillow will keep your rings safe and secure on the day of. The best part? You can include your initials or wedding date on the tag to turn it into a meaningful keepsake.

The Artsy Hippie rustic off white burlap ring bearer pillow, from $12, Etsy.com

Photo Booth Prop Set

Awesome budget friendly photo props for wedding decor

Up your guests' Instagram game with this set of fancy-looking photo props. You'll want to add this one to the list of fun (and affordable!) wedding reception ideas.

The Knot Shop fun wedding photo booth props on a stick in Gold Foil, $15, TheKnotShop.com

Decorative Candle Lantern

Vintage white lanterns affordable wedding decoration idea

Ornate vintage details only look expensive with these wedding lanterns, which can be used to light up a space or as a unique gift card holder. Or, pick up a few paired with some cheap and cheerful flicker lights to create gorgeous centerpieces.

Moonlight Weddings white lantern wedding reception centerpiece table decoration, from $14, Etsy.com

Love Balloons

Budget friendly love balloon

Set the scene for love with these simple and classy "love" balloons. They're big, bold and a great way to fill space.

The Knot Shop large 17" white round love wedding balloons, $7 for a set of 3, TheKnotShop.com

Curtain String Lights

LED curtain affordable wedding decor

Wedding decorations on a budget can still feel extravagant. Drape your reception in LED strands for a night that's as bright as your future together. The lights feature eight different settings and are suitable for both indoor and outdoor events to add a twinkle to any celebration.

Lighting EVER LED curtain string lights, from $22, Amazon.com

Mason Jar Set

Rustic mason jar set

When shopping for wedding centerpieces on a budget, upcycled decor is your best friend. Think: wine bottles as candleholders or mason jar vases. We love these ones because they come adorned with a sweet jute bow.

The Country Ruffle white pint size painted mason jar wedding centerpieces, $24 for a set of 3, Etsy.com

Chalkboard Frame

Chalkboard wedding decor

Add some vintage decadence to your wedding with this blackboard in an antique white frame. This wedding decoration idea is doubly useful: Display any message you wish at the ceremony and again at the reception. Your budget will thank you!

The Knot Shop antique white blackboard in Ornate Vintage Frame, from $35, TheKnotShop.com

Colorful Paper Lanterns

Colorful paper lanterns budget friendly wedding decoration idea

If you're searching for outdoor wedding decorations on a budget, look no further than these stunning paper lanterns. Turn your backyard wedding into an unforgettable affair with the size and color of your choice.

Paper Lantern Store round paper lanterns, from $2, PaperLanternStore.com

Cocktails Sign

Elegant cocktails sign

Point your guests in the right direction while adding depth and dimension to the room with this sleek gold sign.

The Knot Shop metallic gold cocktails acrylic sign, $20, TheKnotShop.com

Love Confetti

Budget-friendly love confetti decoration

Confetti is a solid option when it comes to searching for cheaper wedding reception ideas. Who knew teeny tiny pieces of cardboard could look so classy? Time to spread the love!

David's Bridal rose gold love confetti, $6, DavidsBridal.com

Tropical Place Mats

Tropical leaf place mats wedding table decor

Brighten your table settings with these gorgeously green place mat sheets, which will add a vibrant flair to a tropical- or garden-themed reception.

The Knot Shop tropical monstera leaf die-cut paper placemat sheets, $27 for a set of 12, TheKnotShop.com

Donut Wall

Inexpensive donut wall wedding decoration

Donut walls are the on-trend wedding decor that's always a show-stopper—and you can easily nab one that works for your budget. Consider making your own donuts to save even more moolah (and spend some quality time with your other half!).

Luck and Luck large gold donut wall, $29, Etsy.com

Table Pearls

Affordable pearl wedding table decoration idea

Don't overlook the small details on your hunt for low-cost wedding table decorations. A little goes a long way with these table confetti pearls. They'll add elegant charm to any setting or buffet. (But beware: Keep them out of kids' reach.)

The Knot Shop celebration table pearls, $6 for a set of 150, TheKnotShop.com

Guest Book Sign

Inexpensive message in a bottle wedding signage

Here's an awesome wedding decoration idea you can totally pull off on the cheap. Print one of these romantic signs at home, and pair it with a photo frame you already have and a vessel of your choice. (Just make sure it's big enough to hold all your guests' well wishes!)

Rustic Charm Prints message in a bottle print download, $3, Etsy.com

Rose Gold String Lights

Rustic copper wire string lighting

Light up your event with these battery-operated table LED lights that don't need to be near an outlet to work their magic. Plus, the copper wire has a totally on-trend rose gold hue.

Hampton Bay 16 ft. battery powered 25 bulb copper wire indoor/outdoor string light, $8, HomeDepot.com

Pearl and Gold Garland

Sophisticated pearl wedding garland

Hang these gorgeous strands of pearls and gold across tables, along the aisle or from the ceiling for a luxurious addition to your decor.

The Knot Shop pearl and vintage gold wire ornamental garland, from $15, TheKnotShop.com

Hanging Photos

String lights with photo pegs budget friendly decoration idea

Feel free to use what you already have at home to help keep your wedding decoration ideas on budget, like a stack of old photos or Polaroids. These adorable light-up pegs will let you display some of your favorite memories together as rustic wedding decor.

Super Sweet Party LED peg string light, $20, Etsy.com

Floral Plates

Colorful paper plates affordable wedding decoration

These gorgeous floral plates will go a long way toward making an Insta-worthy backyard place setting. The neon colors and foil details are accentuated beautifully by their hexagon shape.

The Knot Shop bright florals hexagon paper plates, $7 for a set of 12, TheKnotShop.com

Calligraphy Escort Signs

Custom place card calligraphy signs

Wedding decoration ideas can still be incredibly unique on a budget. Your guests will love the extra-special care you gave to having their names spelled out in elegant calligraphy.

Fran Johnson House laser cut table names for wedding parties, from $1 each, Etsy.com

Modern Cocktail Napkins

Affordable and elegant marble effect napkins

Fashionable napkins are sure to complement any style or theme during the cocktail hour, and the gold flakes on these add just enough flair.

The Knot Shop marble with gold disposable wedding party paper napkins, $8 for a set of 20, TheKnotShop.com

Faux Eucalyptus Garland

Faux eucalyptus garland affordable wedding centerpiece

Bring your reception to life with vibrant faux greenery like this lovely eucalyptus garland. Place it neatly down the middle of guest tables for a less expensive alternative to wedding centerpieces.

The Brides Bouquet artificial eucalyptus greenery garland wedding centerpiece decoration, $20, Etsy.com

Gold-Flecked Candleholders

Affordable set of votive candleholders

These gold-speckled votive candleholders will safely add a sparkle to your special day.

Just Artifacts mercury glass votive candle holders, $19 for a set of 12, Amazon.com

Flower Market Bucket

Flower market bucket inexpensive wedding decoration

These large, vintage-looking buckets will make any bouquet look like it's fresh from the farmers market. Use them to line the aisles during the ceremony or even on tables during the reception.

The Knot Shop flower market bucket, from $8, TheKnotShop.com

Custom Cake Topper

Custom cake topper affordable wedding decor

Yep, we've got affordable wedding decor for your cake too. Let everyone know it's your big day with a custom topper sporting your names in a sophisticated font—all for under $20.

Rawkrft custom cake topper, from $16, Etsy.com

Tissue Paper Flowers

Inexpensive wedding decor tissue paper flower

Attach these tissue paper flowers to chairs, line the aisle with them or hang them from trees to give your ceremony a colorful boost.

The Knot Shop Celebration Peonies tissue paper flowers, from $2 for a set of 2, TheKnotShop.com

Flameless Tea Lights

Affordable battery powered tea lights

Skip the fire but keep the flame with these battery-operated tea lights that'll go great on any table for a romantic setting.

The Knot Shop flameless battery operated tealights, $8 for a set of 6, TheKnotShop.com

Tree Branches

Affordable rustic wedding decor birch tree branches

Gorgeous birch tree branches can be wrapped up as bouquets or displayed around the reception venue as inexpensive wedding table decorations.

Charm Wood Shop birch branches wedding decor, from $14 for 4 bundles, Etsy.com

Ceremony Poster

Pick a seat not a side budget friendly wedding poster

One simple way to save on cash with your wedding decor is by using posters to point your guests in the right direction. This lovely print looks just as elegant as wooden signage (without the hefty price tag!).

The Knot Shop Wanderlust Pick a Seat directional poster sign, $9, TheKnotShop.com

Gold Hearts Drinking Straws

Decorative gold hearts paper straws

These decorative straws will add a romantic touch to every beverage.

The Knot Shop gold foil hearts paper drinking straws, $4 for a set of 25, TheKnotShop.com

Scroll Aisle Runner

Elegant aisle runner

Prep your ceremony for your grand entrance (and exit) with this luxurious patterned scroll.

David's Bridal white victorian scroll aisle runner, $35, DavidsBridal.com

Bar Signage

Decorative mimosa bar signage

Running out of ideas for your wedding reception decorations? Don't forget the bar! This budget-friendly set includes two large signs and eight small ones to help jazz up your mimosa station. It's ideal for a casual brunch setup.

Kate Aspen mimosa bar 10-piece kit, $18, KateAspen.com

Table Number Cards

Inexpensive table number decor

Your table numbers qualify as wedding decorations too! These modern table number cards come in seven different shades of ombré that'll add a colorful element to your entire reception room.

The Knot Shop aqueous table number cards, $10 for a set of 12, TheKnotShop.com

Mirror Centerpieces

Affordable mirrored wedding centerpiece

Make your reception look bigger than it is with these circular, mirrored centerpieces, perfect for placing under floral arrangements or candles.

Super Z Outlet round mirror wedding table centerpieces, $29 for a set of 10, Amazon.com

Silk Rose Petals

Budget friendly silk rose petals

Silk rose petals are a win-win: These wedding decorations are made to last and a little cheaper than the real deal. Sprinkle them around your ceremony or reception venue in your color of choice for next-level romance.

The Knot Shop silk rose petals, from $3 for a set of 110, TheKnotShop.com

Custom Hashtag Sign

Wedding hashtag sign affordable decoration

Add your hashtag to this boho sign to remind your guests what to use when posting on social media. After all, they'll want to capture all your beautiful decor!

Kate Aspen Elements personalized sign, $10, KateAspen.com

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