How Much Do Wedding Decorations Cost: The Smart Planner's Guide

When it comes to weddings, the sky is truly the limit. It seems as if almost every season there are feature pieces talking about how many crores were spent by mega businessmen and top billing politicians in arranging for a gala wedding for themselves or their kin. But what about those of us without unlimited budgets? How much do wedding decorations cost anyway? Let’s find out.

First of all, the amount you spend on the wedding décor will of course depend on your budget – cheap and expensive is all relative here, and it all depends upon what you have decreed you can spend. With that said, let’s break down the cost of decorations:

The Season

The-Season

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The first and most important defining factor of how much your decorations are going to set you back by is the season that you’re planning to be wed in. The fact is that more than half of all weddings in India take place in the month of May, which is when prices will be at their highest. If you pick an off-season date, chances are that your vendor expenses (and not just those of decoration) will be cut by up to 30 per cent. January and February are good off-season months.

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The Venue

The-Venue

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How much you end up spending on your decorations depends a lot on the venue you end up choosing for your wedding. A more traditional venue like a marriage hall will have extra costs over something like a hotel lobby or reception area. The marriage hall will not be lit as well as the hotel, for example, and might need a layer of paint/more curtains or décor to cover certain areas; so that is something to keep in mind.

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The Basic Requirements

the-basic-requirement

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For most weddings, the basic requirements that make up the decorations will be the mandap, the stage and the wedding entrance gate. The mandap is of course an essential in a Jain or Hindu wedding, and will require chairs/sofa, the pedestal for the fire, as well as the flowers that decorate it all over. Many different fabrics, lights, and even the pillars themselves are available to use. A basic mandap will cost you (in the metro cities) anywhere from Rs. 8000 to 17,000 depending on your preferences.

The stage (if you wish to include it at all) is a bit of a bigger bother from a logistics sense, but again with a little looking and a tip we’ll get to later, should not cost you anything more than Rs. 7000 – 13,000. The gate would be another Rs. 5000 – 8000 extra.

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Lighting

Lighting

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The lighting, just like any part of the décor, can by itself run into lakhs with fancy mechanics and grandiose designs. However, if you’re looking to keep things simple, a basic lighting setup for a marriage hall will run you anywhere from Rs. 6000 – 12,000 granted you’re not opting for any LCD projection screens and the like.

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The Floral Arrangements

flower-arrangements

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Unquestionably the biggest part of any wedding decoration, the flowers decorations and arrangements in the biggie weddings run into double digit lakhs, but a classy and sophisticated look is very possible even if you have a fraction of that amount to spend. First of all, you can expect to pay – if you negotiate well – up to 30 per cent extra for flowers that are not in season. That said, a beautiful floral arrangement around the stage and at the venue will cost you anywhere from Rs. 10,000 to 18,000.

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Best Practices

A quick couple of tips before we leave you with the calculator. First, when approaching the vendor, refrain from explicitly saying ‘wedding’. Instead choose to say you’re throwing a function, or a party honouring someone, as the emotional angle of weddings mean some vendors will mark up their prices.

Secondly, always add 10-15 per cent extra in your decorations budget as most of us generally tend to under-budget

And hey, if you’re doing it, might as well do it right! Happy planning.

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