If you fall under this umbrella of décor-savvy or budget-friendly couples who want to tackle the planning process independently, prepare to be the best temporary wedding planner your ceremony will ever see. To make your life a lot easier, we rounded up several DIY wedding decorations that you and your partner can easily and elegantly pursue for the big day.
And, fear not, un-crafty couples—every suggestion on our list is a realistic DIY project that doesn't require many skills or expertise. We're talking about affordable flower arrangements, table runners, and centrepieces to take decorating the reception tablescape into your own hands, string lights you can easily hang on your own, and much more.
Table of Contents
- 1 FAQs About Wedding Venue
- 2 Can You Make Your Wedding Decorations?
- 3 What Are The Things You Can Diy For Your Wedding?
- 4 How Can I Make My Wedding Look Expensive?
- 5 How Can I Decorate My Wedding?
- 6 How Do You Make Your Centrepiece?
- 6.1 Prompt A Visual Guestbook
- 6.2 Construct A Reception Table Canopy
- 6.3 Get Artsy With Leaves
- 6.4 Visualise Your Table Settings
- 6.5 Mix In Colored Glassware
- 6.6 Garnish With Fresh Herbs
- 6.7 Repurpose Wine Bottles
- 6.8 Accent With Fresh Fruit
- 6.9 Cluster Floral Centrepieces
- 6.10 Set Out Colored Taper Candles
- 6.11 Turn Napkins Into Cutlery Holders
- 6.12 Embellish With Candleholders
- 6.13 Exhibit Potted Plants
- 6.14 Ornament Chairs
- 6.15 Experiment With Table Runners
- 6.16 Don't Forget The Table Ends.
- 6.17 Don't Be Intimidated By Drapery.
- 6.18 Print Your Menu
- 6.19 Dangle String Lights
- 6.20 Customise Labels
- 6.21 Hang A Mr. & Mrs Banner
- 6.22 Outline The Dance Floor
- 6.23 Illuminate With Bistro Lights
- 6.24 Decorate The Trees
- 6.25 Utilise Wood Slices
- 6.26 Bake A Pie
- 6.27 Source A Cake Topper
- 6.28 Lay Out The Sweets
- 6.29 Diy Favours
- 6.30 Celebrate Your Roots
- 6.31 Reclaimed Runner
- 6.32 Picture-Perfect Lanterns
- 6.33 Stylish Diy Send-Off
- 6.34 Vintage Charm
- 6.35 Lovely Leaf Menu
- 6.36 Cool + Custom Touch
- 7 Conclusion
FAQs About Wedding Venue
Creating your decor can be a great way to destress while personalising your reception to match your dream vision. DIY wedding decorations are a great option for people who want to handle the wedding planning themselves or bring personality into the decor.
- Ring Pillow.
- Flower Girl Basket.
- Wedding Signage.
- The Favours.
- The Welcome Bags.
- Ceremony Décor.
- Table Numbers.
- Ceremony Program.
- Scour your decor home.
- Make double use of flowers.
- Borrow from friends and family.
- Make it metallic!
- Fancy up your linens.
- Brighten up the space.
- Forage the outdoors.
- Get fancy with writing.
- Use Items From Your Home.
- DIY Wedding Décor.
- Repurpose Ceremony Décor.
- Think Outside The Box For Centrepieces.
- Drape Lights To Transform Your Reception Space.
- Add Florals And Greenery.
- Rent Items To Save Your Wedding Budget.
- Wine Bottles Sprayed Gold and Filled with Flowers.
- Wicker Baskets with Fresh or Dried Flowers.
- Wooden Crates Filled with Flowers.
- Potted Orchid Centrepieces.
- Painted Pumpkin Vases.
- Bright Flowers in Coloured Glass.
- Buckets Filled with Flowers.
- Decorated Branches.
Prompt A Visual Guestbook
For a fun twist on the traditional guestbook, have your guests snap polaroids of themselves on the big day and add the photos to a keepsake book. You can request that they add a personal message or write marriage advice on their snapshot.
Construct A Reception Table Canopy
Who has seen a trellised alfresco dinner arrangement and not drooled at its magnificence? However, suppose your outdoor venue doesn't come naturally equipped with the option, or you're taking your celebration indoors. In that case, a custom canopy can easily be built and outfitted with lush greenery and vibrant blooms. It's a pint-sized version of a ceremonial arch in its structure.
Get Artsy With Leaves
What's more budget-friendly than leaves? They grow on trees. They're also the perfect natural canvas for organic escort cards, table numbers, exit tosses, and even chargers if they're big enough. Here, monstera blades were completed with gold calligraphy and transformed into dramatic table markers. Expert calligraphy skills are not needed; just some neat handwriting and a gold pen will do.
Visualise Your Table Settings
Table settings need not be overly complicated. All you need are plates to hold the food, utensils to consume it with, a napkin for the sake of decency, and a place card if you opt for assigned seating. Then, to give each setting a little visual pizzazz, choose one element to stand out over the rest. For example, the brushed-gold cutlery provides texture and blends exquisitely with the blush-toned, woven linens. Or, you could put the focus on the plates by sourcing ones with an intricate print or go for an eclectic, mismatched look.
Mix In Colored Glassware
Laying out tinted glassware is an ultra-fresh approach to injecting pigment into a tablescape. Stick to one shade for a uniform verve of colour throughout your table, or mix and match different tones for an eclectic vibe—also great if you're sourcing from vintage finds or pulling together from what you already own. Our personal favourites are of the amber or blue-hued variety.
Garnish With Fresh Herbs
There's nothing like sourcing your wedding décor from a grocery store or farmers' market. Herbs are not only aromatic and fresh but also provide an organic aesthetic to any celebration. Use a sprig or two to accent a table setting, garnish the drinks, or display them in potted form throughout the venue. We love the idea of sticking to herbs that are featured in the menu's offerings for a sense of culinary foreshadowing.
Repurpose Wine Bottles
Put empty wine bottles to good use, and enjoy drinking their contents in the process. Instead of traditional signage, paint table numbers on them (perfect for a vineyard setting), fill them with flowers for centrepieces or use them as water carafes for the tables. We even have some creative uses for the corks later on.
Accent With Fresh Fruit
Another win for grocery store wedding décor finds. We love tablescapes and centrepieces that mix fresh fruit with classic florals. Go for seasonal picks like summary citruses for bursts of vibrant tones or autumnal harvests like pears, apples, persimmons, and pomegranates. But, of course, veggies are not to be cast aside either; we've seen some pretty creative usage for artichokes.
Cluster Floral Centrepieces
Clustered vases are a simple way to create a full centrepiece without breaking your budget. Mix bud vases, glass bottles, and other odds and ends from around the house in various shapes and hues for an eclectic look. Then, transform those low-cost, mixed bouquets from the grocery store into chic floral assemblies by deconstructing them into single stems filling small vessels.
Set Out Colored Taper Candles
Taper candles are generally pretty inexpensive, so go crazy and flesh out an entire tablescape with these beacons of light. Of course, the classic ivory is a mainstay, but consider the visual impact of coloured taper candles. Pastel hues of blues and pinks in gilded candle holders are breathtakingly whimsical, tone-on-tone neutrals of beige and light wood are charmingly rustic, and navy blues or blacks with ornate, brass candleholders are exquisitely opulent and dramatic.
Turn Napkins Into Cutlery Holders
Why burden your budget with extra props when you already have everything you need? Consider your linen napkins the Swiss Army knives of the place setting pragmatism. With a pocket napkin fold, you can create the space to tuck your menu card or cutlery right into its breast, sans the unnecessary added accoutrements.
Embellish With Candleholders
Add some height to your wedding décor with the strategic use of candleholders. Mix and match hues and sizes for a cool, eclectic arrangement. Play with textures like brass, wood, or polished metals to add dimension or sheath with thin, cylindrical hurricane votives to amplify the glow.
Exhibit Potted Plants
Potted plants make a refreshing, earthy spin on the more conventional floral arrangements. We especially love that the plants can continue to live on in your home or garden after the celebration, serving as souvenirs of the big day. Utilise the plants as aisle runners and the table ends, centrepieces, or decorations for stairwells. Here, fresh basil and daisies were repotted into quirky, retro cans for an added shot of colour, but simple terra cotta is always at the height of rustic elegance.
Outfit the newlyweds' place of honour in all the glory that befits the occasion. A single flowering branch is diagonally secured to each chair's back with a vibrant ribbon. But, of course, a handmade wreath or bundled greenery swag would look just as stunning.
Experiment With Table Runners
There is no shortage of gauzy fabrics flowing in the wind to trails of moss and ivy vines, stems of eucalyptus, rushes of olive branches, and scatterings of floral petals, dramatic table runner options that won't break the wedding budget. Pick the best medium to match your wedding style and theme and deftly snake them over tables for a professional display.
Don't Forget The Table Ends.
It can be easy to get swept up in designing centrepieces and table décor and completely forget the ever-important table ends that anchor those designs from the ground up. Stay aligned with your tablescape by using the same flowers, greenery, and tones for your table ends. Cluster everything together for a full look of varying heights. Make sure to include some candles to illuminate each table, as well.
Don't Be Intimidated By Drapery.
Drapery may seem complicated and intimidating, but all you need is a good sense of the space and a ladder. When utilised properly, a few sheets of fabric can add softness to a venue, make large spaces more intimate, inject a light and airy mood to heavy wood, and allow you to utilise vaulted ceilings as decorative vehicles fully.
Print Your Menu
Tackle all your DIY wedding paper needs with this customisable digital set, which you can print yourself. This pink-bordered menu template comes in a matching wedding program, information card, table number, place card, etc.
Dangle String Lights
While bistro lights may get all the attention these days, we've found some creative uses for the ever-humble string light that puts its stale reputation on its head. Instead of hanging them horizontally, we urge you to experiment with hanging the strands vertically for a whimsical scene that looks like it's dripping in magic. You can even continue the vibe by clustering them together and creating a fully-fledged light curtain.
Give your nuptial fête an air of high-end luxury by decking out your wine bottles with custom labels. Have the labels pre-made, use a template, print out your own on adhesive paper, and personalise everything from water bottles to favours.
Hang A Mr. & Mrs Banner
Let there be no confusion as to who the celebrated couple is. Drape this banner in front of a wedding cake display, dessert bar, or chair backs, or use it as an ultra-personalised photo backdrop. Or, if you've got the time on your hands and craftiness in your veins, you can create something similar with some twine and fabric cutouts.
Outline The Dance Floor
If you want your guests to get their boogie on, you'll need to show them exactly where to do it. Since keeping the floor space free is paramount, look upwards to find your canvas. Hanging paper lanterns, disco balls, balloons, garlands, flowers, or light fixtures above the dance floor never fails to get the point across.
Illuminate With Bistro Lights
When it comes to DIY wedding decorations, bistro lights are as good as possible. Hang a few strands along the perimeter of your wedding venue to brighten and personalise the space in minutes. Then, infuse the cables with garlands and leaves for extra flair.
Decorate The Trees
Alfresco fêtes are prime opportunities for whimsical décor. Transform an outdoor venue into a storybook setting by hanging lights, lanterns, and paper cutouts off tree branches. This couple went so far as to decorate the trees with candles and snippets of their favourite love poems. Swoon!
Utilise Wood Slices
Ah, the humble wood slice. This seemingly low-key staple is a titan of wedding décor versatility. Anchor a tablescape with wood-slab charger plates, employ them as bases for centrepiece displays, or exalt them to the ranks of the much-lauded cake stand for a rustic-chic vibe.
Bake A Pie
While catering may not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering décor, we think you'll reconsider once you realise we're talking about the confectionary pièce de resistance of the night: the wedding cake—er, pie in this case. Nothing says comfort food like a homemade pie, and guests will be more than happy to celebrate your love with a slice or two. Warm them up and serve with ice cream for a homegrown touch.
Source A Cake Topper
Go the minimal route when it comes to your cake topper. Rather than buying the standard "his and hers" figurines, take the handmade path and personalise the dessert décor with your initials. Then, stick it front and centre inside the confection and dig in.
Lay Out The Sweets
Poll any wedding guest, and we guarantee they'll divulge that the best wedding decorations are edible. Beautify a dessert bar with a sampling of sweets (think bite-sized cookies, candies, or chocolates) encased in pretty glass jars. The jars will add shape and dimension while showcasing their yummy contents.
Wedding favours are a great place to get your DIY on. So naturally, our favourites are of the edible variety, and we especially love imparting some local flair. So lovingly bake cookies for your guests, fill glass vials with locally-sourced olive oil, or gift jars of honey and jams.
Celebrate Your Roots
Your wedding day represents the start of a new life and a new adventure with your spouse. What better time to honour the past than when looking ahead and celebrating the future? Show your roots some love by crafting minimalist, state-shaped cake toppers. Cut thin crafting wood into silhouettes of your home states, then add your new titles as a married couple for a custom look.
Bring texture and height to long dining tables with a rustic, reclaimed wood runner. Above, a piece of aged wood runs the length of the table and offers the understated arrangements and dainty votive candle holders a boost to give the illusion of a grander, more elegant display. Bonus? The reclaimed runner sports a rough texture that contrasts against the velvety white blooms and brings dimension and interest to each table
Lanterns are stylish, must-have decor pieces at weddings but can cost a fortune. Not anymore! For less than $10, you can craft these gorgeous, trendy pieces. To create the look:
- Start by removing the glass and backing from the frames.
- Cover both sides of the frame in gold spray paint and attach the four frames with hot glue.
- Replace the glass and style away!
Stylish Diy Send-Off
This DIY project is as simple as they come. Craft send-off cones out of patterned cardstock that mirrors your wedding colours or theme. Fill the cones with birdseed, fresh flower petals or hand-cut (eco-friendly) confetti to ensure a memorable and photo-worthy exit at the end of the night.
Give your tablescape a touch of old-school charm by creating place settings using mix-and-match, thrifted vintage dishes. Then, add colour with a simple white teacup filled with an abundance of vibrant, fresh-cut seasonal blooms. We especially love this approach for casual alfresco receptions in the spring or intimate celebrations with friends and family.
Lovely Leaf Menu
Greenery is on-trend for weddings, so why not incorporate it creatively? Using a paint pen and your prettiest handwriting, display your menu on a large, glossy leaf.
Cool + Custom Touch
Keep guests cool and comfortable throughout your outdoor ceremony by crafting pretty, practical fans for each seat. Shop basic white paper fans online, then use vibrant paint to create a custom design that mirrors your wedding theme and colour palette. This whimsical design sports hand-lettered names wrapped in a bold, fuchsia floral border. A pale pink tassel is secured at the base to give the fan a luxe, bohemian look that guests are sure to admire.
So, whether you're dreaming of a rustic wedding in the woods or an elegant soiree in a ballroom, we've got DIY decoration ideas to fit your style. So keep reading for all sorts of inspiration, then get crafting and start planning your perfect day! Have you started thinking about decorations yet? If not, don't worry – we've got you covered. This post will share DIY wedding decoration ideas for every possible style. Whether you want to go glamorous or keep things simple and rustic, we've got something for you. So read on for tons of inspiration, then get creative and start planning your dream wedding today!