Decorating Your Venue on a Budget

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When you are looking for ideas to create a stunning backdrop for your special event it is not unusual to have certain budget restrictions. There are, however many ways you can decorate your banquet hall without breaking the bank including:


Using white Christmas lights is an excellent way to add sophistication and sparkle to an event. Your banquet hall may have many features you can use to affix your lights such as pillars, plants and other architectural features. White lights are neutral yet elegant and will provide a sense of celebration to your event.

Intriguing Centerpieces

Flowers are very expensive and can really put a dent in your budget. Get creative with your centerpieces and use unexpected items and materials to create truly intriguing decorative touches at each table. Look at items such as peacock feathers or ostrich like plumes, dried flowers, bare branches you find in the woods or something completely unusual such as relevant photos glued onto interesting sticks.

Focused Floral Arrangements

Just because flowers are expensive doesn’t mean you have to discount them from your plans altogether. Look for major focal points to add fresh flowers in order to create a sense of substance and beauty. Consider using interesting fillers such as those mentioned above so you still get the feel and smell of fresh flowers without the expense.

Introduce More Fabric

Look at ways of using fabric to create more interest. Layer squares of bright coloured, discounted fabrics on top of the linens provided by your banquet hall. Consider adding a tent effect using bolts of fabric across the ceiling. Hang draped fabric behind the head table (if you have one) or create interesting decor touches by draping fabric to cover walls.


Candlelight is the ideal touch for any occasion. Look for tall and elegant candelabras to place on buffet tables. Make interesting displays for centerpieces using a collection of different heights of candles. Consider safe spots to place freestanding candelabras throughout your banquet hall.

Water Features

Consider adding a water feature such as an ice fountain, interesting ponds filled with coloured glass or even placing large glass bowls filled with colourful fish as unique and whimsical centerpieces. You can also opt for champagne or chocolate fountains.

These budget-friendly decorative ideas will have your banquet hall ready to celebrate any occasion or gathering large or small.

Use Lanterns

There’s something about the warm glow of lanterns that exudes such an inviting and magical ambience. The best part about lanterns is you can choose just about any kind and it will look elegant no matter what. You can find plenty of options and colours to suit your theme to place around your venue to create an added touch of colour and warmth. Alternately, use floor lanterns to place around focal areas and features to draw the attention of your guests.

Get Inspired by Nature

Natural décor features not only look beautiful, but they’re incredibly budget-friendly since you can literally find them in parks, trails, and other green spaces. For inspiration, check out Pinterest for a wide range of ideas. The best part is that you can use seasonal elements that will make your venue look stunning while smelling incredible too! For instance, consider items like evergreens, red winterberry branches, birch, and pinecones for the winter. Wildflowers, herbs, and greenery can be picked and used in the spring or summer. And of course, fall is all about the colourful leaves, wheat, pumpkins, and squash, which are all readily available and affordable.

Upcycled Gems

Whether you’re going with a vintage theme, rustic farmhouse, or even something modern or traditional, upcycled items can work for just about any look. Plus, it’s a fun way to get creative and design your wedding venue just as you like. Wooden wreaths, mirrors, old wooden doors and windows, or even a vintage dresser are an ideal fit.

Bring Items from Home

Who says you have to buy new things to decorate your venue? If you already have some beautiful items at home that could look great for your wedding, use them! Personalized décor features in your home can look amazing while adding something meaningful. Consider using items like decorative pillows, fabrics, rugs, vases, lavender from your garden, or even mason jars, the latter of which can be dressed up to serve a variety of purposes. 

Renting Items

These days, there are more options for renting items specifically for weddings than ever. This can be a great way for saving time and money. If you’re tight on your budget, look for options to rent around you, and be sure to compare quotes for the best pricing. Another bonus is that these services will usually transport the items directly on the day of your wedding, so you won’t have to fuss with moving things around yourself or renting a van.

Be Thrifty

Thrift shops are a mecca for budget-friendly weddings. You can find so many unique items in good condition, and at a fraction of the price. Browse your local thrift shops to see what inspires you, and perhaps set a budget as it can be quite addictive!