Cheap wedding ideas: Decorative paper plates for weddings

Opting to use paper plates at a wedding reception is a great cost-cutting strategy. Learn how to turn plain, paper plates into unique, decorative objects.

If you’re looking for ways to plan an affordable wedding, opting to use paper plates at your reception could be a step in the right direction. Yet, if you’re like many brides, you’re probably worried that this cost-cutting strategy will detract from the overall style of your wedding. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be the case. Read on for several inexpensive ways to turn paper plates into stylish works of art.

Craft Punch- If you think craft punches are just for scrap bookers then think again. Craft punches are perfectly suited to a wide variety of projects including decorating paper plates. Pick up a craft punch that matches the theme of your wedding (heart, seashell, leaf etc.) and then punch the design around the outer edge of the plate. If you are feeling really crafty you can even use more than one craft punch to create a more complex design. Either way, guests are sure to be impressed with your attention to detail.
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Stamp/Stencil- If you want to add a little color to your otherwise dull paper plates, just pick up a rubber stamp or stencil that relates to the theme of your wedding and add your design around the edge of the plate using your wedding colors. For a custom look, have a stamp made at your local office supply store with the bride and grooms’ names and your wedding date. Then take things a step further and decorate the napkins to match!
Foil Sticker- If you’re short on time, but still want to dress up your paper plates, just pick up some gold or silver foil stickers with the first initial of the groom’s last name. Then apply one to each plate for an instant update that’s sure to be noticed. This also happens to be a great way to embellish paper cups, so buy enough stickers to do both.

Pinking Shears- If you can operate a pair of scissors than you can customize a plate. Just pick up a pair of pinking shears at your local craft store, and cut around the rim of the plate to create a decorative edge. Pinking shears are available in a wide variety of styles from zig zag to scalloped edge, so spend a little time looking for the pair that best suits your reception décor. You may even think about using the shears to give the napkins or place cards a matching, decorative edge.

Ribbon- If you’re looking for a real show-stopper then this is the idea for you. Use a standard hole punch to create holes around the entire rim of the plate at regular intervals. Then weave a piece of ribbon or raffia through the holes, and tie a bow at the end. The results will be so impressive that guests won’t even notice that you opted to skip the fine china.

Just remember, it is possible to plan an affordable wedding without sacrificing style in the process. Start with the plates, and soon you’ll be finding creative ways to save money on all your wedding details.

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