Decorating a shabby chic wedding on a budget

Shabby chic and vintage-style weddings are always a fantastic choice for a couple who want to add bags of personality to their special day, but don’t have a huge budget. One of the most fulfilling and exciting pastimes when planning this style of wedding is scouring charity and vintage shops to find beautiful vintage china and extras for the tables and marquee/venue and then complementing these original pieces with some of the fabulous vintage inspired items out there. The traditional phrase of ‘something old, something new..’ can be a great motto to follow when planning your big day as these vintage and antique extras provide authenticity.

So how do you go about decorating a shabby chic wedding on a budget?  All in the name of research for my shabby chic signs post I came across the delightful Through the Cottage Door website, full of gifts and homeware for shabby chic, country and vintage-styles.  Who better to advise on how to decorate on a budget then newly engaged owner of Through the Cottage Door Lis!

Having just got engaged myself, I am starting to realise how much of the budget goes into the main wedding staples, such as catering, venue and photographer, and how little is left over to add those all-important little touches. I have set myself a budget of £200 for the shabby chic extras of which I have always dreamed. I am allotting £50 from this budget to spend in charity and vintage shops and with the remaining £150, I intend to try and get as much for my money as I can to add quirky vintage-style charm to the flowers, the church, the marquee and myself!

For £150, you could buy the following from Through the Cottage Door (based on a wedding for 80 people):

shabby chic wedding purse

Small Linen Rose Wedding Purse £18.50


shabby chic bridal hair slide

Silk Lace Rose Wedding Hair Slide £22.50

Since Kate Middleton wore her famous lace sleeved dress, there is a huge call for lace and off colour accessories that look as though they have been plucked straight from a Jane Austen book. This hair slide and purse would add some vintage chic to a simple dress without overdoing it and won’t break the bank.

Decorating a shabby chic wedding on a budget

Pink Floral Bunting £19.50

Bunting can add a garden party feel to weddings and can dress a venue beautifully. Hang this lovely pink floral bunting above the top table where the main focus will be!

shabby chic heart jam jars

Eight Button Heart Jars – Small £2.99 each

These adorable button heart jam jars would add some rustic charm to your special day. Place one on each table with a t-light for a pretty glow. Alternatively fill with wild flowers on the morning of the wedding for a country garden feel.

shabby chic wedding tags

Eight Sets (80) Vintage Wedding Tags – Butterfly £6.99 each

Vintage-style tags can add beauty and elegance to the table – these stylish butterfly tags can be placed around napkins or used as place cards.

shabby chic mr and mrs sign

Mr & Mrs Sign £5.99

shabby chic wedding sign

Wooden Wedding Sign £4.45

Distressed signage epitomises the shabby chic and vintage style and these gorgeous ‘Mr & Mrs’ and ‘Wedding’ signs are would make a quirky addition to the day. Use the ‘Wedding’ sign outside your venue to point guests in the right direction and place the ‘Mr & Mrs’ sign on the top table.

Total Cost  £150.78

Visit Through the Cottage Door website for more wonderful shabby chic gifts and homeware and don’t forget charity and vintage shops for additional items.

Monique  xx

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