From drinks to seats: 10 wedding day tips

Dress up your wedding ceremony without blowing your budget? tells you how.

1. Dress up the ceremony with tall garlands

String up high garlands made out of ribbon around your ceremony setting as a low-cost and romantic way to decorate your ceremony space.

2. Set up a beverage table

As guests arrive at the ceremony, have a table set up with pitchers of iced tea, lemonade, or even just ice water with slices of cucumber for everyone to enjoy while they wait for the ceremony to start.

3. Use creative materials for your arch

Construct yours out of anything from hockey sticks to scrap metal. We've even seen one where the groom's father made the couple's arch out of a cattle feeder and grape vines he found around their farm!

4. Try nontraditional seating

Draw inspiration from Shakespeare's theater in the round and seat guests in a circle around the altar. Everyone will have a great seat, and you'll feel surrounded by love.

5. Rethink your altar space

Create a wedding altar by using an end table with a pretty, antique tablecloth and a few simple flower arrangements. It's perfect for an outdoor ceremony.

6. Use an oversized banner

Make a statement: An oversized monogram banner will let guests know they're in the right place and create a great backdrop for photos after the ceremony.

7. Make handkerchief programs

Turn your ceremony programs into sentimental favors by having them silk-screened onto vintage handkerchiefs. Can't fit the entire program onto the handkerchief? Just print your names and the date instead.

8. Coordinate your flower girl and ring bearer

You might not think they can get any cuter, but equip your junior attendants with a matching ring pillow and petal bag and you can guarantee an even more adorable duo.

9. Skip standard programs

Nix the paper programs in lieu of a classic chalkboard detailing the ceremony events. (It's also an eco-friendly solution!)

10. Line the aisle with candles

You can't go wrong with a monochromatic color palette, like cream or ivory, and tons of candles.

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