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Junk expensive wedding decorations! These easy-to-do tricks should help

Home decor can be an expensive affair, particularly in a household where is a wedding. However, there can be inexpensive ways of decorating as well. Read on.

more lifestyle Updated: Dec 14, 2016 15:44 IST
Simple things like floating candles and diyas are a great way to bring in the wedding spirit.
Simple things like floating candles and diyas are a great way to bring in the wedding spirit.(Shutterstock)

An Indian wedding is so much fun but due to the hustle bustle of ceremonies and shopping, everybody forgets to decorate the house. If you’re looking to give your home some Indian style, choose colours, fabrics and accessories that create a subtle yet inspiring look, says an expert.

Gunjan Agnihotri, founder of fashion and lifestyle start-up Amila Finishing Lounge, shares some basic yet trendy tips to decorate your home.

1) Lights, lights and more lights: Most special ceremonies in India traditionally involve the use of earthen diyas. If you can’t get your hands on diyas, you can use tea lights and candles to achieve the same effect. Place floating candles in bowls with flowers and line the entryway with tiny twinkling tea lights. If you are not allowed to open flames at the wedding venue, you can use electric tea lights and strings of LED lights.

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2) Traditional flowers like marigold and jasmine: While all weddings include flowers, there is a difference in the flower arrangements for Indian weddings. Traditional flowers are easily available and much cheaper than using western flowers. Even lengths of these flowers strung together can be hung all over the house with pictures of the bride tied between thread.

A flower rangoli can add that dash of colour to your celebrations. (dhruvplanet.com)
Go for Indian flowers like marigold and jasmine.

3) Traditional accents and accessories: Highlight the space with easily available and fun accents. You can use pinwheels, colourful pots, kaleeras, temple bells, traditional Rajasthani puppets. Earthen pots and hanging accents can create the perfect ‘desi’ effect at your wedding. Use unpainted versions of these, or coloured in terracotta, rust and white tones for extra visual appeal.

Colourful designed pots can add extra zing. (Bachchan Kumar/ HT Photo)
Rajasthani puppets can be a big hit. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)

4) Bold and warm coloured fabric: An easy and cheap way of transforming the house for wedding is bringing in bold and fun colours like fuchisia pink, lime green, yellow and ice blue. Using such colour palettes will also make your home cosy and welcoming for your guests. For more drama and solid colour scheme, you can match the chair and table runners with the colour of the drapery.

Colourful drapes are a great way to jazz up things. (Shutterstock)
Colours like fuchsia pink effortlessly add to the festive spirit. (Shutterstock)

5)Beads and tassels: Add beaded or tasselled fringes to table runners, seat backs, centerpieces and even napkin holders. You can get pre-made trims from fabric stores or buy them online if you aren’t keen on putting them together on your own!