Personalising your wedding reception venue on a budget

Choosing “the one” from the myriad event venues available for weddings is important for brides and grooms, but personalising it to their taste is even more so – this can be particularly tricky in light of the economic situation, so Brides Magazine offers some handy tips to help cut costs whilst keeping it classy.

Firstly, don’t worry about having lots and lots of lights – tealight candles are a cheap and quirky alternative, with bags of 100 retailing at as little as £1. Holders are not much more expensive, and for a country-chic look, it’s even possible to use jam jars of all different sizes to hold them in. Pop a couple of flowers around them and a stylish centre piece is created for as little as £5.

Next – placeholders. For summer weddings, a unique way to cut costs is to use lovely ripe peaches, a piece of paper and some cocktail sticks – print the names of each guest on the paper, attach to the cocktail stick, and push delicately into the peach. The smell released will be divine, and the colouring a wonderful addition to any table.

Why not ask older relatives if they have any antique cutlery or place settings available to borrow? Antique place settings gives a classic, timeless feel – and by combining opulent colours such as gold and cream, guests will feel indulged and relaxed.

Another way to draw attention to tables is to create centrepieces from helium balloons. These are very cheap and are simple yet tasteful, and can be matched to the overall wedding colours.

Lastly, make canapé trays out of photoframes filled with pictures of the bride and groom – an inexpensive solution that provides a talking point for guests.