Decorating Your Wedding on a Budget: Etsy 101

Brides and grooms are getting more creative than ever when it comes to having a beautiful wedding that’s unlike any others before them; and as wedding planners, we’ve been getting more and more requests for unique statement pieces and items that can really make the décor pop while still keeping within a set budget.

Lucky for all of us in the wedding industry, www.etsy.com exists and we’ve curated a list of our top 6 favorite wedding décor items that are unique, whimsical, and will add that extra je ne se quoi that many are searching for (links to Etsy shops featured in photos included below).

 

Balloon Garlands from Party People Balloons

Check out their shop  here.  Tons of color schemes and designs to choose from.

Check out their shop here. Tons of color schemes and designs to choose from.

Balloon garlands are becoming more and more popular for not only weddings but bridal showers, baby showers, and birthdays alike! These statement pieces can be as large or as small as you need and come in a large variety of colors and designs. The plus? They are super easy to assemble.

 

Custom Cornhole Game from LuluGirlDesigns

Find the shop  here.  Not only are these super cute and can be a great gift for a couple, but they are fully functional.

Find the shop here. Not only are these super cute and can be a great gift for a couple, but they are fully functional.

Who doesn't love a good game of cornhole? This adorable custom cornhole game can be utilized at the wedding for your guests to play with and also gives a cute rustic vibe to the area (indoor or outdoor) that it's being used in. 

 

Gold Doily "Charger Plates" from The Paper Doily Store

Find doilies  here.   A perfect alternative to charger plates.

Find doilies here.  A perfect alternative to charger plates.

Why spend several dollars PER CHARGER PLATE when you could spend a few dollars and cover your entire guest list with this inexpensive alternative. You still get the dramatics of the contrast of color while making your budget happy (and the clean-up is even more simple). 

 

Gauze Table Runners from LinenLark

Simple and sweet gauze table runner that you can find  here. 

Simple and sweet gauze table runner that you can find here. 

Heavy duty sparkles and sequin table runners are slowly becoming a trend of the past and the light and airy style is making it's way in. The plus side of gauze table runners? Not only are they budget friendly, but they don't need to be perfectly steamed and ironed. A few wrinkles here and there are not noticeable with this material. Win, win!

 

Paper Backdrop by The Parties That Pop

This unique backdrop can be purchased  here. 

This unique backdrop can be purchased here. 

How neat is that? These decorations are super customizable and can add a really cool touch to your dessert table, gift table, behind your sweetheart table, and then some. You can even utilize it as a photobooth backdrop. This backdrop is also lightweight and can be hung or fastened to the walls in most spaces. 

 

Paper Stick Hearts from FiveWhimsyLane

While used here for a photo opp, we love the concept of placing these down the aisle. These can be found  here. 

While used here for a photo opp, we love the concept of placing these down the aisle. These can be found here. 

These paper hearts on-a-stick are the most simplistic items on this list but can add quite the whimsical effect to any wedding setting. We like the idea of using these as your "aisle runner" or placed around dessert tables or sweetheart tables (or wherever they can be placed into the ground) for a sweet little touch.