Planning a wedding is hard work! Yes it is, however, you don’t actually see how hard it is before you actually start planning one then you will see that it is way harder than what it seems, especially finding the perfect dress and getting the wedding decorations how you imagine it.

A wedding is not all about finding the perfect dress and the venue, there are so many tiny details. Tiny details that can create a big domino effect, if you ignore them or leave them to the last minute. So, before you actually start doing things make sure to create a plan and have a to-do list otherwise things might go out of control and this is the last thing you want when you already have so many things going on in your head.

5 Steps for Wedding Decorations

1. Determine Budget

The budget is the key factor and the most important part of the wedding, unless you have an unlimited budget and a credit card. Before you start planning things, just determine the budget. You don’t want to start planning and run out of budget in the middle of the way and you are way in minus, so actually the perfect wedding is all about planning. Even with a low budget you can have one of these dreamy weddings you can dream of.

2. Plan Ahead

After determining the budget, it is best to make a plan and check out the things you want at your wedding. Having things done by professionals might be the easiest option and there would be one less thing to worry about. But how about the budget? So, the best thing to do is to create a list where you write down the things you can do yourself or with the help of others and the things you will have to get done by professionals. Then it will give you some idea what to do with wedding decorations and everything else and also you will have some time to get a few prices before you actually decide on someone.

You can talk to bakers and get prices for your wedding cake and see if they can make the cake you want. Before you go to a baker, just make sure you have a few photos saved so it will make things easier.

Wedding Decorations - Wedding Cake

Talk to the florists and learn if your favourite flowers will be available during the wedding time, if not check for the alternatives. You might want peonies and if they are not available then you can have alternatives like ranunculus (buttercup).

Wedding Decorations - Flowers

3. Do It Yourself

After finding a venue, you can always alter it according to how you want it to be. Even if you are not completely happy with the place, with a few personal touches this place might turn to your perfect venue. Doing some of the things will make you save so much money, you can get things from DIY webpages, eBAY or Amazon, whatever you can think of. It will not only save so much money but you can come up with cool ideas yourself.

Wedding Decorations - Table Decoration

DIY Decoration

Having jars as flower vase is actually a pretty good idea, don’t you think so? Also the good thing is you actually don’t need to spend money on getting these jars. If you are planning to have something like that then why don’t you start saving jars instead of throwing them away? You can easily remove the label and then you have a jar, they don’t have to be all the same. Different things can actually look so good together. Then all you need to do is use your imagination or a few Pinterest inspirations. Sticking lace around it and then using ribbon to give it a little bit of colour or even adding heart to make it more personal. Then the only thing that’s left to complete is the flower of your choice.

Wedding Decorations - DIY Vase

DIY Giveaway

If you are planning to give away some sweets or chocolate at your wedding, it is another thing you can do yourself. You can use paper bags to put the sweets in and then add some of the lace and tiny wooden clips for decorating it. Then you can either create a personal stamp or get ready ones for a message like “thank you”, so it is an easy way of thanking your guests too. The last thing you can get to finalise this goodie bag is a sticker to close the bag. If you have time then you can make things a little bit more personal and write the names of the guests on the goodie bags, it will make them feel special.

Wedding Decorations - Giveaway

You can design your table numbers or even paint it yourself, however, if you don’t have time to create personal table numbers then you can find plenty of them online.

Wedding Decorations - Table Numbers

4. Make It Fun

Balloons make everything better! They look good in photos and they also look good as a decoration too. You can just order them or again you can get balloons online with some helium , then you can do them yourself. Even if you want them look even fancier, just get gold, silver or copper spray paint and just paint them. You can ask for help from family and friends, doing these things are definitely fun and maybe inhale some helium to get funny voice, just have fun when you work on the wedding. Also, how cool it would look on wedding photos when you let them fly away.

Wedding Decorations - Balloons

Get some bubbles and give them to the guests, even adults can have fun making bubbles and kids will enjoy it even more.

Wedding Decorations - Bubbles

5. Enjoy

When you are planning your wedding, don’t stress yourself out and make sure that you are having fun as you are planning and doing all these wedding decorations and bits. When you are feeling all happy and positive, things will get done quicker and you will have less stress. In the end it is your wedding and you should just enjoy planning your wedding. Also if you think you can’t cope with all the work, you can ask help of your family and friends to make it less stressful for you.  

How would you imagine your wedding to be? What do you think about DIY your wedding decorations or you would rather get some help from a professional to arrange all the wedding decorations?

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  • Lovely post full of great tips, I love your decorations Ela and the idea with the balloons is so beautiful. You look beautiful. Your dress is so pretty! Congrats again on your marriage. Gemma x

  • We went for orchids as our table decorations and gave them to guests at the end with a game – if they had a red dot under their chair, they had won one!

    • That sounds like a great idea and orchids are beautiful!

  • You looked like a princess on your wedding day! I understand, we are slowly getting deeper into wedding planning. We booked our florist, DJ, photographer, videographer, and venues so far. I was going to get peonies just for my bouquet but it was so expensive and they’re not in season in March (my wedding month). So I got rid of it and am not having wedding flowers for the church ceremony. I can’t wait to start doing my DIY projects! (I’m going to DIY the invitations for sure) I’m a bit flustered though because I have a new wedding planner for our reception as the old ones quit, and she has hardly touched base with my on room blocking (my cousins want to plan it in advance and book the hotel) but I guess I have to keep bugging her, but I don’t trust her compared to my old planners.


    • You got so much planned already, that’s great! Just keep bugging the wedding planner, otherwise she might just postpone everything to the last minute. DIY invitations sound great, I wanted that too however I didn’t have time to do it. Peonies are beautiful, however the florist didn’t have them so had to go for an alternative which turned out the way I imagined it to be. Good luck with the preparation, I hope all goes well without a problem.

  • I had everything done professionally, as I hate DIY and was working like a maniac up until the very day of my wedding. My savior was Pinterest, I pinned all my inspiration and sent it over to my wedding planner.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • I was working up until the henna day which was my last day at work (I forgot about 4 weeks notice so I had to work till the last day). I pinned everything and sent it to mother in law so she arranged all the things, so less stress for me.

      • What is 4 weeks notice?

        • Ah, I had to quit my job before the wedding and apparently I had to give them 4 weeks notice, which I thought was only 2 weeks. That’s why I had to be at work all day and deal with the preparations at night.
          Btw do you also have some traditions like cutting the tree with saw and cutting heart out of sheet? We had to do them all after the ceremony and cutting tree with wedding dress wasn’t easy!

          • I know about these traditions, but I did not have to do any of them. I don’t really like these wedding games. But I can imagine that being pretty hard. And sweaty, depending on the weather.

  • These last two photos are just perfect, you and your husband look wonderful and the bubbles idea is so great, I hope to remember it if I marry one day 😉 DIY is always a good way to go for events like weddings or even birthdays or baby showers etc., it makes it all much more personal and unforgettable!

    Julia x

    • Aww thank you so much 🙂 DIY touches make it so special and personal 🙂 x

  • Amazing post! Love it!

  • This is a brilliant list, Ela and looks like you had everything properly planned. My husband and I decided to do a very small and intimate dinner with family for our wedding. It’s the second marriage for the both of us so only close family members and friends were invited.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Having close family is way better than having tons of people you don’t really know.

  • Sam

    I sometimes think DIY decor looks so cute at weddings and gives it that extra special, well thought out touch! This is a great list by the way xx

    Sam // What I Know Now

    • DIY decors are so cute and make things more personal 🙂 x

  • great tips! X

    Daniel x

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  • These are such lovely tips hun! I spent ages planning little bits for my wedding!

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    • Planning wedding is so hard, you looked so lovely at your wedding:) x

  • I actually love when people DIY something for their wedding, it makes everything more special and cute. And I love little snippets from your wedding, Ela! x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Totally agree with you! Putting some effort to your own wedding makes everything more special 🙂 x

  • Shwetali

    DIY decoration looks so perfect as we are customizing them as per our choice and theme 🙂
    you both have decided everything very well 🙂

    • DIY decorations are perfect for weddings, they make everything more special 🙂

  • The DIY wedding favours is such a cute idea! Love the photo of you guys with the balloons!

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  • Erin Russell

    I flipping love all the photos! you looked incredible, love your table decorations and the balloons,it just looks fab 🙂
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  • Ashley Christabelle

    I love the white theme going on here, then again most weddings always has white decor. DIY is so in right now for weddings and I love it! x

  • Charlotte

    Even though I’m not having a wedding nor going to one anytime soon it was so nice to read about your top tip decorations. I think balloons and bubbles are the best as everyone loves them for the outdoors!
    Charlotte //

    • Balloons and bubbles are my favourite things, who doesn’t love them 🙂

  • Oh my goodness the photos of your wedding are absolutely amazing! You look gorgeous 🙂 All of your ideas are so great! There is something really special about DIY decorations, especially DIY giveaways

    Rachel xx

  • Roberta Romeo

    So wonderful pics dear!! And you are so beautiful!! *-*
    I love DIY so I think I’d do something but I would ask for a professional team to do the big work!

    • Thank you so much 🙂 Luckily mother in law was dealing with most of these things that’s why we didn’t need any professional team 🙂 x

  • These are some amazing wedding decor DIYs! You look absolutely gorgeous in these pictures Ela!


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  • Siffat Haider

    Wow Ela, there are no words for how beautiful these pictures are. You look like an absolute princess, and the decor is Pinterest perfect. A stunning wedding for a stunning lady 🙂

    • Aww thank you so much, Siffat! You’re so sweet 🙂 xx

  • I love those DIY decorations, definitely something I would want to do. These photos are lovely xx

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  • These pictures are so gorgeous! What lovely tips and a beautiful wedding!

  • i am IN LOVE with the decor!

  • This is such a beautiful decoration! Thanks for your tips ☺
    Nati xx

  • Karina Guimarães Ribeiro

    Beautiful decor, gorgeous pictures! ❤

  • I have a friend who is getting married next year I will for sure share this with her
    thanks for sharing


    Such perfect tips, thanks for sharing.

    Filipa xxx | Instagram

  • If I ever get married my budget will be ideally $0 so I will force myself to spend as little as possible LOL! Jokes aside, I agree setting a strict money limit is important, definitely don’t want to overspend as there will be SO much more costs to living in the future that I rather splurge on.

    • There are so many unexpected costs, I wouldn’t even imagine them. In the end you can have a really lovely intimate wedding with a low budget too, it is all about planning it and doing things yourself instead of professionals as they cost so much!

  • What a beautiful wedding! Love the bright coloured flowers with the white table decor – absolutely stunning.

    The balloons floating away is really nice! When we had out wedding we couldn’t do balloons but we did have bubbles and we walked out of the church down the steps lined with people blowing bubbles, it was lovely 🙂

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    • Even though I told mother in law that I wanted balloons and bubbles, I didn’t even know there if they managed to get them, it was a surprise for me 🙂 Everyone was having so much fun like little kids 🙂

      • Aww it’s wonderful they could surprise you like that 🙂

  • I think I’d be a total control freak. I’d want a planner though because I would make myself crazy. I’m not entirely sure how I’d want it though, my mind is constantly ever changing but one thing is for sure, florals and plenty of them!


    • Planners make everything easier however they charge you a lot, luckily my mother in law did a great job handling all of these things. x

  • Ellie Adams

    I absolutely love your Wedding planning posts hun, I’m trying to find a venue at the moment and do lots myself so this is fab!


    • Good luck with finding the venue hun, it is really hard to find a place which you truly love. xx

  • Your tips are brilliant. I really like the idea of DIY decorations. They add an extra personal touch.

  • Džana Kadić

    Your tips are amazing, I love the DIY paper bag giveaway idea, it’s perfect. Love your blog! xx

  • Beautiful tips and great advice. Kisses

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  • All of these tips are great Ela! Setting a budget is definitely important and a good place to start.

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  • I just adore anything wedding related – though stressful, weddings create such an overall happy atmosphere and SO much beauty to admire in every shape and form! Your tips featured in this post sound really great, especially doing as much yourself as you can 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice | Twitter | Instagram x

    • I love wedding related posts and even though the wedding is over, I still don’t get bored of seeing wedding photos on Pinterest 🙂 x

  • Emily

    Oh this post makes me so excited for the day I’ll get to plan a wedding. Although it also makes me nervous too! You’ve offered some really fabulous ideas though, the personalised touch is definitely the best kind!

    Musings & More

    • Planning wedding is stressful, however in the end it is all worth the stress 🙂

  • @queenhorsfall

    omg, everything looks so perfect and beautiful

  • These decorations are so cute , thanks for sharing this , hope you have a great week .

  • Weddings can be quite expensive which is why it’s good to find budget options. Thanks for sharing your tips!

    Eden | Mint Notion

    • There are so many unexpected spending that makes it expensive, that’s why DIY helps with the budget.

  • OMG congratulations girl, your photos look truly amazing! and agree with all those tips, the DIY ideas were my go to on my wedding too since it’s so easy to overspend while planning a wedding. amazing post, enjoy the wedding bliss!

    xx Melis

  • Oh my goodness, these pictures are so beautiful! I love the ones with the balloons. And I’ve probably said this like a million times, but YOU LOOK SO GORGEOUS! <3 🙂
    Secondly, I love these tips and totally agree with them. I did a lot of diy for our wedding, although I'm not very excited about arts and crafts. However it did save loads of pennies! And I kind of enjoyed it 😀 Planning ahead was so important too. I'm so glad I had 1,5 years to plan my wedding, I had time to change my mind as many times as possible. You know, as women do :D.
    And I couldn't agree more with the enjoy part! So important! Especially the wedding day goes past soo quickly, and I just wanted to remember every second of it and enjoy every little detail on the day. <3
    Loved this post hon <3 these tips are on point! 🙂
    Emma xxx

    • Aww thank you so much, hun 🙂
      DIY is fun and really helped us save some money, every penny counts 🙂 It is all about having fun and making memories 🙂
      Have an amazing weekend, lovely <3 xx

  • Such beautiful imagery and great ideas. Thanks for sharing x

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  • What a beautiful picture of you on your wedding day, and you’ve shared some really good tips. I agree that personalizing place names is a lovely touch

  • Aisha

    Oh these ideas are so nice! 🙂 I’m so excited for my future !

  • Your beautiful photos make me want to get married! (almost). Though I don’t think I’ll be married any time soon, I think these tips can also be used for any event! Just relax and enjoy, because you’re surrounded by people you love <3

    xx Bash |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

    • It is all about enjoying the moment and being happy to have loved ones around <3 x

  • What a stunning beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing these tips!

    Ana l

  • Such gorgeous photos! And great tips too! I haven’t given much thought to my wedding, but this post is a great place to start 🙂


  • Love these tips and love the photos too, so beautiful with weddings! Xx

  • wow such a beautiful wedding! Love your tips and the amazing decoration ♥
    Selina | Selinas Inspiration

  • Absolutely love the color scheme and the flower decorations, stunning bride as well!

  • Wow everything looks amazing!

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  • Great tips! I’m definitely going to DIY a bunch of things for my wedding to make it more personal!

    • Thank you 🙂 DIY wedding decorations are fun to do!

  • Kelly M

    You give the best advice ever my friend, when and if the time comes for my wedding 😉 I know exactly who I am asking!!

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  • Definitely bookmarking this for when I eventually get married (currently single and not dating… but I can dream, right?).

    • Way before my wedding when I was single, I was pinning every wedding related thing I like 🙂

  • Such gorgeous photos 🙂 I love all your tips 🙂 And as I already said, I love wedding posts, so I really hope to see some more 🙂 xx

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  • Such wonderful tips! Love the photos! Thank you for sharing this =)

    – Cielo

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  • ahh weddings…this is love!
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  • OMG your photos are beautiful and so many great idea, especially the balloons and bubbles! I will definitely keep these tips in mind when I’ll be planning my wedding. I think it’s so important not street out and enjoy the day x

    Beauty with charm

    • Thank you 🙂 Balloons and bubbles were so much fun, everyone had so much fun and we were like little kids 🙂 x

  • Oh, Ela, these photos are SO lovely! YOU look absolutely gorgeous in these photos! I love the tips you’ve shared here, especially the ones on DIYs. I always appreciate when couple do a little DIY decor or invitations, it makes it that much more special and intimate! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you’re having a great start to your week so far!



    • Thank you so much, Jalisa! Have an amazing weekend xx

  • Wow, I love thse pictures and your tips are great. The photo with the baloons looks like something from a movie!
    I really like the idea of the goodie bags!

  • Those pictures make me want to get married again, lol!
    Good tips, I did a very simple wedding with a lunch at friends’ house, but we had floral compositions 🙂


    • Thank you 🙂 Small weddings are better than big ones, they are more intimate 🙂

  • trend-mixblog

    It is wedding season! These are such great ideas! I will def be telling my friends about some of these. 🙂

  • These pictures are gorgeous Ela! I love the last couple with the bubbles and balloons – such a cute idea! I can only imagine how much work planning a wedding takes.. and although I’m nowhere near to being married I already have a headache haha!

    • Thank you so much 🙂 Planning wedding is definitely hard work, but it is worth it and it will be one of the best days of your life 🙂

  • Yiotou_La

    Oh I love your photos, the one with the pink balloons is my favourite! Many years ago I used to do weddings and christenings (decoration, favors, handmade things etc) and it was the best job I have ever done! I remember that ebay was my best friend, the amount of ideas and products I found on ebay was ridiculous!


    • That’s so cool, it is so much fun to do all these things and eBay is definitely a great place to get everything for cheaper.

  • on my wedding, I want everything to be fun. I don’t want a traditional wedding. Maybe have some diy giveaways too 🙂

    • Fun is good! Traditional can be a little boring, so find some fun ideas and give them a try 🙂

  • Beautiful photographs 🙂 I think the personalised touches are so important.
    I am opting for a church wedding as I’m faith led, and then onto a pretty location with personalised touches everywhere 🙂
    I’ll have this post to hand for sure as you have some beautiful inspiration here!
    Laura xo

    • Thank you 🙂 Church weddings are beautiful, I am sure it will be amazing! xx

  • I’m seriously in love with your decoration, it looks simple but fresh and springy! I’m not planning my wedding any time soon but you have such great tips, i will save them for later. 🙂

    • I like simple, minimalist decorations so it was as how I imagined 🙂 Fresh and springy 🙂