3 Popular Thrift Shop Wedding Themes


Would you like to learn how you can plan a thrifty wedding?

Planning a wedding under a tight budget or without going overboard with your savings account can be challenging. But it is doable! There are many aspects of a wedding where you can save money while repurposing items and keeping it all stylish.

our guide goes in-depth on (3) popular thrift weddings themes

Yes, it is possible to plan it affordably! We’ll go over themes along with a few things you might like to consider.

We also have another article with even more wedding themes for you to consider. Continue reading our article below and learn how to thrift shop for your DIY wedding.

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1. Set Your Budget

Your wedding budget will let you know how much you must spend on your big celebration. For example, you might want to plan a wedding for less than $10,000.

Set aside the wedding venue money, entertainment, food and drinks, photography, and wedding attires. This way you will know how much you have left for decorations.

Decorations are a big part of a wedding. This is where you should focus your DIY projects since you probably do not want to spend more on your florist or entertainer.

Set aside 20% – 25% of your total wedding budget for decorations. This includes flowers, hanging globes, favors & anything else. A significant amount you will save if you put it in perspective.

2. Choose Your Style

First things first, you need to know the style, theme, or aesthetic you want for your big day. Dive into the wonders of the internet and find the inspiration you are looking for.

It could be a decade, a lighting color scheme, or even a city. Once you find your source of inspiration, you can now go ahead and look for items that match your wedding style.

find your source of inspiration and look for items that match your wedding style

For DIY projects to work, you must have a clear idea of the style you are pursuing and stick to it through the whole process. This will provide coherency to your event, and it will look stylish and elegant instead of looking like you just stepped into an antique shop or a children’s birthday party.

3. Pick Your Battles

Once you start to see how much you can save by DIY, you will want to do it all & spend as little as possible. But the truth is, there are pros and cons to DIY.

You must pick the projects you are capable of finishing and leave other tasks to the experts. We suggest picking activities you can handle so you can finish them on time.

Perhaps you can DIY a photo backdrop or your wedding invitations. But sewing your wedding dress or taking DIY wedding photos might not be possible or realistic.

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4. Find Unique Pieces

Thrift shops are full of hidden gems, just like the old saying “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure,” and you can find true treasures hiding in plain sight.

The best you can do is make a list of items you truly need and focus on finding them. Some of the most common and valuable pieces you can add to your wedding are the following:

  • Bridal accessories

  • Wedding shoes

  • Bridal jewelry

  • Vintage flower vases

  • Vintage china

  • Brass décor

  • Heirloom silver

  • Candle vases

  • Chandeliers

  • Picture frames

The trick is to seek pieces both valuable & useful. For example, if you find an amazing chair that matches your wedding style, but you have no purpose for it, it is not worth your money.

And the list goes on but remember to focus on the style you are looking for and the pieces you need. Now we have some ideas for you depending on the theme of your wedding.

Vintage Wedding Theme

Thrift shops are a couple’s best friend if vintage is your preferred style. For example, you can find decorative elements to complement your table setting, such as intricate little frames to place the table number or menus. Incorporate taper candle holders, ceramic & glass flower vases.

You might even want to mix & match china. In addition, old books try chandeliers, suitcases & dessert vases.

These great items add to decorate spaces like your sweets table & photo walls. Plus, you get to keep these to decorate your new home.

As a DIY project, you can repurpose mason jars as floral vases or candle holders by adding a piece of ribbon, burlap, or fabric to give them a new look. You can also spray paint any metallic element you might find, such as candle holders and picture frames.

Rustic Wedding Theme

They combine elegance and natural elements. Rustic weddings fit perfectly both casual & formal weddings.

You can find many pieces at your local thrift shops like wooden vases, frames & even furniture. Mixing and matching wood chairs is a trend we have seen rising in popularity & can later be your home chairs.

rustic weddings have become popular over the last few years

Candles & romantic lights are a huge part of rustic weddings. DIY your candle holders by choosing vases from your thrift shop & customizing them with paint.

For wedding lighting, you can rent string lights & place them around your DIY wedding venue or above the tables as if they were market lights. The effect is incomparable.

You will save money by renting them & setting them yourself. Since string lights are made for the outdoors, there is no problem if you use them for a wedding outside or inside a traditional banquet hall.

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Bohemian (Boho) Wedding Theme

A bohemian wedding is much like a rustic wedding but with more eclectic and alternative elements. You will find many colorful details, and you can incorporate thrift items like mismatched rugs, pillows, and seating spaces. The combination of different chairs and tables is magical.

out of all our thrifty themes, tell us which is your favorite & why

You can add laced fabrics to your tables as table runners or incorporate Indian mandap draping to create a comfy atmosphere. A DIY pipe and drape backdrop for a wedding is an ideal alternative.

Save the high cost of hiring a draping vendor by following simple setup tutorials. Create amazing spaces & cover areas you do not want in plain sight.

Weddings do not have to be expensive events. You can also repurpose items from your wedding & later incorporate them into your home.

Choose wisely & you will save money. DIY projects & upcycling items are great alternatives for couples that seek to keep within budget & help the planet.

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