Food doesn’t have to be fancy to be tasty. Guests at the party dined on simple meatball sliders and easy snacks like veggie trays. This helped keep the budget reasonable instead of spending a huge amount on a full sit down dinner.
To mix high and low price points, the room's existing bed and mattress were outfitted with discount bedding found online and through local retail stores. The money saved on the bedding allowed for splurges on other elements such as the lighting, carpet tiles and custom wall finish.
Spend an afternoon in a furniture store or browsing online and you’ll quickly realize that sofas come at all prices, from a few hundred to many thousand dollars. The good news is that you can get a great sofa at every level. “Quality is not necessarily indicated by price, contrary to what people may believe,” says Cindy W. Hodnett, Upholstery and Style Editor for Furniture Today. “You can find an affordable, high-quality sofa—and the exact opposite is true as well.” Part of what determines the sofa’s price is the type—a sleeper sofa, or one with “motion” capability or leather upholstery could cost more—but you should also consider how you’ll use the sofa when deciding how much to spend. “A sofa you plan to make the centerpiece of your living room in your dream-house might be worth more of an investment,” says Max Bar-Nahum, director of custom upholstery at Dr. Sofa, a furniture services provider that offers disassembly (and reassembly), upholstery, repair, and custom design and build. “On the other hand, if you know your tastes change often, you’ll be moving in a couple of years, or if it’s the sofa you’ll put in your playroom for your kids to hang out on, you might not want to spend too much over your budget.”
By far the most budget-friendly option, laminate countertops are enjoying a resurgence in popularity thanks to new patterns that resemble natural stone, wood or even quartz at a fraction of the cost. Retro, mid-century looks like the ubiquitous boomerang and bright, saturated colors are other trendy choices to consider.
Fondant frosting is typically used in ornately decorated wedding cake designs, and therefore is often a pricier choice than buttercream. While a big beautiful fondant cake will be sure to make a statement, opting for a simple design in buttercream will cut your cost significantly.
A modern update to a mid-century home in Denver includes a driveway with crushed marble, weathered steel, blue fescue grass and neon green sedum 'Angelica'. Three Sixty Design describes it as "a mid-mod palette with a twist." The project, completed for less than $20,000, won a 2014 merit award for residential design under $100,000 from ASLA Colorado.
Fresh flowers can be a real budget buster, so if you're looking for ideas to cut back in a big way, consider putting together non-floral centerpieces. Depending on your wedding theme or style you could consider anything from vintage books and candles, spray-painted branches, greenery, potted plants, fruit or picture frames.
It’s a common misconception that DIY is the best way to save money, but it isn’t always the case. You'll want to evaluate whether or not you have the skills, time, budget or supplies to complete certain DIY projects for your big day. For example, don’t take on woodworking projects that require expensive equipment and experience if you’ve never done any wood cutting before. Instead, leave the difficult projects to the professionals or purchase from an artisan on Etsy!
You’d be surprised how many items you toss into your recycling bin each week can actually be used as wedding decor. Use spray paint, glitter, fabric, lace and more to transform glass jars and bottles into stunning wedding decorations that won’t break the bank.
To bring a bold look to the breakfast counter without breaking the budget, designer Caitlin McCarthy opted for a wallpaper that mimics a popular cement tile pattern. The counter and barstools serve as the primary dining area in this compact city condo, leaving room for a larger living area.
A lamp is an offbeat and unexpected feature in a bathroom, but it can really change the feel of the space. A warm light and a pretty decoration to your counter can add pizazz without any expensive structural changes. Add a mirrored tray to spread that warm light even farther. This bathroom was redecorated by designers volunteering for Dwell with Dignity, a non-profit organization.