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 Hi lovelies! It’s Jessica here, owner and editor of The Budget Savvy Bride. I just wanted to stop in and share a post with you all today with my tips to create a glamorous wedding on a small budget. After our reader survey I got some feedback that we feature alot of rustic/outdoor/diy stuff here, but we are a little lacking in the GLAM department. :) Of course, I can only feature the weddings that are submitted to us, but I thought I could offer some budget savvy inspiration for the bride who wants a glamorous wedding that doesn’t break the bank! So without further ado, here are my tips!

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EMBRACE WHITENESS

glamorous-white-decor_0003 all white tables Style Me Pretty photo by  Gabe Aceves Photography   |   white bottles with pink flowers from Decor8 photo by Leslie Shewring   |   white spraypainted glass vessels from Ruffled   |   White enamel mason jars from LizMarieBlog

 

A simple and budget savvy way to create a glamorous look on a budget is to embrace the color white – simple, clean, naked white ISN’T boring, it’s GLAM! Carrying a simple color scheme of white with metallic accents is sure to give your wedding a luxe feel without spending a ton of money.

Budget Savvy Tip: Check your local thrift stores for milk glass or even clear glass on the cheap. You can create gorgeous decor using items you can find around your home like old spaghetti sauce jars, jelly jars, tin cans, etc – just add a simple coat of white spraypaint!

 

 

GO FOR GOLD (Or other metallics)

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sequin candle holders from The Budget Savvy Bride by Stockroom Vintage   |   gold mason jars photo by Flory Photo  via Style Me Pretty   |   Gold striped cans from TwoDelighted   |   various metallic painted cans by Jayne Weddings   |   gold spray painted coffee beans from Holly Hamann 

Gold is majorly hot right now. Remember when we all thought gold was gross and totally old school? Yeah, it’s hard to because these days gold is very glam. It adds a touch of elegance to your event, and can be used as accents to your simple color scheme to up the glam quotient.

Budget Savvy Tip: Again, using spray paint you can easily incorporate gold into your decor by upcycling mason jars, tin cans, etc. Even coffee beans can get a glam makeover and you can use them as vase filler for an upscale look. Check out sites like Save-on-crafts.com for some budget friendly items!

 

GLITTER = GLAM

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glitter branches from the Glitter Guide   |   gold glitter garland from Glitter and Grain on Etsy   |   glitter candlesticks from Lee Mae Marie   |    glitter table numbers from Really Cute Blog.

I think a little sparkle fancies up any special occasion. Add glitter to certain pieces of your decor and it will add a touch of glitz and glamour to your day. Use glitter sparingly so as to not overdo it. :)

Budget Savvy Tip: Check out online shops like Save-on-crafts.com – I found this gold german glass glitter that would be perrrrrfect for glittering up your wedding projects!

 

99 LOVE BALLOONS (or luftballoons)

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black and white balloons via David Tutera   |   pink balloons via Just Balloons    |  gold table number balloons Avery House via 100 Layer Cake   |   balloon room via Martha Stewart

Did that make you hum the song in your head? No? Okay, moving on… Balloons aren’t just for a kids party- they can enhance your wedding decor as a simple yet chic way to fill a room. The secret to keeping balloons classy instead of cheesy is to keep the color palette simple or even monochromatic. Black and white balloons create a black-tie feel, golden champagne balloons scream glam, the pale pink toned balloons are lovely and elegant, and the gold mylar number balloons really add interest in a fun but classic way. 

Budget Savvy Tip: Shop online for bulk balloons- I found some great deals on BargainBalloons.com! 100 12″ Latex balloons for only $6.45 in a huge variety of colors!

 

 

 

Pop the Champagne!

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champagne escort cards via YourPerfectDay   |   Champagne glasses via HotelsUnlimited   |  champagne bottle images from online wine outlets

Bring on the bubbly! Every good celebration calls for Champagne, and luckily there are some great budget friendly options out there! Barefoot Wines Pinot Grigio Champagne (or choose their yummy Pink Moscato if you’re including pink hues in your day!) runs for around $11 per bottle, Cupcake Vineyards has Prosecco or Moscato also around $11 per bottle, Yellow Tail also has their ‘bubbles’ wines that run around $12, or if you’re looking for super budget champagne check out Cook’s which can be found for under $7! Incorporate Champagne Corks into your decor for an extra touch of whimsy! I found this site that has used champagne corks for super cheap! You can get 1000 for $60 bucks!

Budget Savvy Tip: Shop discount liquor stores like Costco for additional savings on champagne. You can serve a champagne punch to make the bubbly go farther and save you even more money!

 

Do you have any other tips to help brides make their wedding day more glamorous without costing a fortune? Sound off in the comments below!!

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Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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    • Denise
    • April 26th, 2013

    Great ideas! For the balloons one, you can also play with the idea of scale and buy perfectly spherical 36″ balloons. They look awesome in pictures too :)

    • Melissa Summerlin
    • April 26th, 2013

    You can’t go wrong with white! I am upcycling my glass jars and painting some white and/or adding a piece of white lace to create texture. Also, don’t hesitate to ask to borrow vases from your family and close friends. Chances are they will be glad to let you borrow them for the wedding.

    • renae
    • April 26th, 2013

    I love the glitter and gold accetns! Especially since my colors are blush pink and gold!!!

    • Janelle
    • May 13th, 2013

    Thank you so much for adding my glitter candlesticks in your post! I’m glad you found them Glam enough!

    • Sarah LaRaine
    • January 31st, 2014

    Thank you Jessica! Glitter in fact equals glam and we cannot to have glitter part of our big day.

    • Shannon
    • September 28th, 2014

    I started humming the song in my head. Somewhat in German.