The only way is upcycling: revamp your venue on a shoestring

Décor specialist Get Knotted has five thrifty ways to bring wow-factor to your wedding with repurposed props. Source props that can be dressed, distressed or painted, suggests the company’s Lindsey Hunter.


1. Bike wheels

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“Bike wheels make excellent table centrepieces,” Lindsey reveals. “Mount them onto a stand and decorate the rims with fresh flowers to match your bouquet or some wild country flowers.” Wheels can also make pretty chandeliers, if glass baubles with tea lights placed inside are hung from the spokes, and can be interspersed with wreaths, made from metal rings covered in flowers and branches.

2. Milk churns and brass candlesticks

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A layered lighting scheme is essential to this atmospheric theme, so look to include a variety of characterful pieces.

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Lindsey makes use of rusty milk churns as the base for wire lampshades and hunts for brass candlesticks in charity and vintage shops to build a display composed of different heights and widths.

3. Ceiling Rings

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Ceiling rings are great for adding height and detail to your venue’s ceiling, as Lindsey explains. “Use an old metal ring as the base for your decoration and add branches along with flowers and foliage for stunning country detailing. Hang them from the ceiling with lengths of old chain, which can also be decorated with smaller flowers. Complement your ceiling rings with matching table centrepieces by using old branches decorated with matching flowers.”

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In terms of furniture, focus on seating. “Having a selection of mismatched chairs will really add to the country boho feel,” suggests Lindsey. “Paint your chairs in a contrasting colour to make them a feature.” The chairs can then be upholstered to tie in with the venue scheme, or even the bridesmaids’ dresses, as a neater, contrasting finish to the rustic feel of the chairs.

5. Booze barrow

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Upcycled pieces can also pose as a makeshift bar. “We love creating a booze barrow with old carts by putting an old galvanised pail on the top,” says Lindsey. “Fill this with ice on the big day and pour in your favourite tipple to make a great drinks station.”

Give that glue gun the night off – the decorative pieces you need might just be right under your nose.