Something Borrowed: Should You Make, Hire or Buy Your Wedding Decorations?

Posted on: 17 November 2017


Weddings are notoriously expensive affairs, but most couples would say that it's worth it to create that perfect memory of your big day.  Still, if you can balance aesthetics, cost and convenience in your wedding planning, then you'll come out satisfied both emotionally and financially  – a real win-win!  One way you can do this is to choose carefully regarding the decorations you choose to decorate your chosen venue.  Though individual decorations seem cheap, the costs add up fast.  Here are three options to help you manage that cost as best you can.


Crafty brides and grooms are often advised to make their own wedding decorations to save money.  However, be wary of this advice, as it's not necessarily true.  Buying craft supplies at commercial prices is very expensive compared to wholesale, and chances are that you're going to need wholesale volumes to create the effect you want.  Besides, even if it is possible to purchase the materials cheaply, you'll spend hours assembling them... and that's assuming you know what you're doing.  Your time is valuable too!  Finally, unless you have a fair bit of crafting experience, unfortunately, there's a chance the decorations will look amateur in the venue.  By that time, it'll be too late to do anything about it.  As such, unless you have a very clear plan of what you're making and how to make it, how much material you'll need and how long it will take you  – steer well clear.


Buying decorations outright gives you perhaps the greatest flexibility.  There are limitless options, and you can combine different brands and ranges however you like.  Also, there's no uncertainty as there is with home-made decorations.  You know exactly what you're getting, and how they will look in your venue.  You can also purchase them any time you like – including the night before the ceremony if you really need to.  Of course, it goes without saying that this can get extremely expensive very fast, and that's the main disadvantage.  However, there is a second one too.  What are you going to do with all these decorations once the wedding is over?


While buying your decorations outright may give you a broader range to choose from, opting for a wedding hire will still give you a very wide selection of options.  On top of this, you don't need to worry about being wasteful and throwing them all out afterwards – and they are much, much cheaper.  Another advantage of hire decorations is that they may come with inspiration and guidance from the rental company, who will be able to tell you how much you need to effectively decorate a venue of your size.  No guesswork involved!  Just be sure to hire your decorations well in advance so that you know what you're getting and there's no last-minute scrambling.

Effectively, there are options for every budget – but if you're looking to be practical as well as pretty, then maybe hire is the way to go.  Contact local companies to see what options are available for you, and you can move forward from there.  Good luck for your big day!