Confession: We at Pop the Champagne are not huge fans of styled shoots. We believe they can set unrealistic expectations as to what a wedding is supposed to look like. As beautiful as they are, the details in styled shoots are also quite costly and out of the price range of most couples. While that one table featured in the shoot is gorgeous with it’s overflowing florals, perfectly color-coordinated china, and vintage chairs, it is just not practical!
As day of coordinators, we see a lot (I mean, a lot) of weddings each year which means we understand what Budget Savvy Brides can afford and also what they can’t afford. We know that many couples going through the wedding planning process are trying to be thrifty without sacrificing style. So, we gave ourselves a challenge: use items from the dollar store to make beautiful and easy DIYs appropriate for a wedding. We are so excited that Budget Savvy Bride is featuring these DIY tutorials- one each day this week to show you how to create this whole tablescape!
Our entire Dollar Store Decor series was captured beautifully by the delightful Brittany of BKM Photography.
This is what we created. Not too shabby, huh? We used items sourced from the dollar store, craft stores, and even our own kitchens. We have broken down this shoot into 4 easy-peasy DIYs that anyone can do. Before we jump into those, let me give you a breakdown of our tablescape.
For our centerpieces, we painted glass bottles that can be found in any kitchen! I’m sure you can spot the beer, wine, and olive oil bottles up there. The trick to the unique sheen of the bottles is we painted the inside! We added flowers from Trader Joe’s to the bottles, but even if you didn’t want florals these bottles are pretty on their own. Along with the bottles we painted ceramic pots and planted succulents inside to tie in with the small succulent guest favors. These succulents also served as a stand for our pinwheel table number. Our table runner is craft paper cut from a roll we bought at the dollar store. One roll of craft paper could be used to cover as many as 8 tables, all for just $1!
Those pinwheels. They serve as place cards, decor, and guest favors – talk about getting some bang for your buck!
In addition to the tablescape, we also make a photobooth backdrop. People often struggle with what to do for this, so we came up with a cheap and easy solution. Besides scissors, glue, and a paint brush (which you probably have at home) this backdrop only requires two supplies!
In the above picture, you can see all the elements together. Since we used the same colors in the tablescape and the backdrop, they all look like they belong together. Sticking to a simple color scheme will help make a DIY wedding look pulled together rather than just crafty.
Onto the nitty gritty, the overall shopping list:
This is the list of items needed for the entire tablescape. Many of these items will be used for multiple projects and can be used to create items for more than just one table. These items include paint, tissue paper, spray paint, etc. The Budget Savvy Bride has been kind enough to feature all 4 of our Dollar Store Decor DIYs… so stay tuned to see how we created the glass vases, pinwheels, succulent planters, and photo booth backdrop!
Editor’s note: Due to the pandemic, some of the general wedding planning advice we share may not be applicable or possible due to restrictions on events. Please adhere to all current regulations and stay safe and healthy! Get more pandemic wedding resources here.