10 Wedding Decorations That'll Transform Your Reception for as Little as $7

Small wedding reception decorated with lights, greenery, and table cloths

Wedding planning is a fun and exciting time, but it can also be stressful, especially when it comes time to pay the bill. Thanks to our list of pretty and affordable wedding decorations, you can create an elegant space without burning a hole in your wallet. From string lights to eucalyptus garland, you'll have everything you need for a magical and memorable reception.

Clear mini string lights in white from Target photo

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White String Lights

Almost any reception venue can go from bland to glam in a matter of minutes when you hang up these mini-bulb string lights. Each strand is over 22 feet long and has 100 bulbs that brighten up your space in the most elegant way. For only $7 a strand, we recommend getting two or three so you can use them in various spots. Hang them behind the head table to draw attention to the newlyweds and place another strand on a wall behind the sheer curtains featured below to create a fun photo area.

To buy: $7; target.com

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12-Pack of glass mason jars with lids from Walmart photo

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Ball Glass Mason Jars

These versatile Mason jars can be used for the ceremony, reception, and beyond. Fill each jar with its own unique DIY flower arrangement and place them along the aisle, then have a family member or personal attendant transfer them to the reception so they can double as stunning centerpieces. These 16-ounce jars come in a set of 12 and can be used after the wedding, too, as drinking glasses or for canning and storing food.

To buy: $9 (was $11); walmart.com

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Pack of 12 LED candles from The Home Depot photo

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Set of LED Candles

Some venues don't allow open flames, but don't let that stop you from lighting up your space with small candles. Instead, use this pack of 12 LED candles that have the same charming glow without the fire hazard. They feature flickering lights that stay lit for up to 45 hours and are made from molded plastic to resemble melted wax that looks so real it might fool your guests. Place them inside the mason jars above and wrap eucalyptus garland around the base.

To buy: $12; homedepot.com

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A six-foot strand of eucalyptus garland from Hobby Lobby photo

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Eucalyptus Leaf Garland

Whether you hang it up or wrap it around other decor, you can't go wrong with adding eucalyptus garland to your wedding reception. This six-foot strand is on sale right now for 50 percent off (so now is a great time to stock up!) and gives any space earthy, botanical vibes. Use it to enhance a centerpiece on long rectangle tables, or drape it across the backs of chairs to give them a whole new look.

To buy: $10 (was $20); hobbylobby.com

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Sheer white curtain panel from Walmart photo

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Mainstays Sheer Curtain Panel

Perfect for backdrops or draping across doorways, these sheer curtain panels will give any venue an elegant look. Take things up a notch and pair them with string lights or beautiful greenery to make it a standout piece. This white shade is so versatile it'll match almost anything, but it's also available in five different sizes and more than 20 colors to match your theme.

To buy: from $5 each; walmart.com

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Wooden chair signs that say Mr. and Mrs inside a hexagon from Etsy photo

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Mr. and Mrs. Chair Signs

These wooden Mr. and Mrs. signs are great for hanging on backs of chairs and make for a cute photo opportunity for the bride and groom. Choose from various styles like natural wood, glamorous gold, sleek silver, and more. After the wedding, use them as home decor by setting them on your mantel next to one of your favorite wedding photos or hanging them above your bed with a photo from your honeymoon.

To buy: from $35; etsy.com

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A wooden ladder with five shelves from The Home Depot photo

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Wood Shelf Ladder

No matter if you use it as a memorial or to display photos of the newlyweds, this shelf ladder is exactly what you need to add even more personality to your reception space. It's made with solid wood and features a tapered design with five shelves that can be wrapped with garland and string lights to give it an eye-catching look. The best part? You can use it even after your big day as a bookshelf in your living room.

To buy: $60; homedepot.com

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Custom wedding welcome sign from Etsy photo

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Wedding Welcome Sign

Welcome your guests to the ceremony and reception with this personalized sign. It can be used on its own for a rustic-inspired look, or dressed up with a floral arrangement and greenery. This wooden masterpiece can also be hung in your home afterward to remind you of your special day. The easel is not included, so make sure to add one to your cart that can hold up to 15 pounds.

To buy: from $37; etsy.com

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10-Piece set of wooden slabs from Amazon photo

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Wood Slabs

Wooden slabs as wedding decor has become a popular trend, and you'll be happy to know they are great for multiple uses. Place one on each table at your reception as a base for your centerpiece, or grab some white paint and transform them into on-theme reserved signs. If a traditional guest book doesn't appeal to you, string together a few wood slices and set out a pretty marker so your friends and family can sign them instead.

To buy: $15 for 10; amazon.com

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Faux greenery backdrop from Amazon photo

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Faux Botanical Wall

Instead of paying hundreds of dollars an hour to have a photobooth at your reception, make your own and set up this faux botanical wall as a backdrop. Take it to the next level by weaving string lights within the greenery and hanging a fun wedding banner across the top for a picture-perfect moment. And don't forget to have a box nearby filled with props for your guests to enjoy!

To buy: $100; amazon.com

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