30 gorgeous ideas for DIY wedding decorations
Romantic homemade lanterns
Yep, just like you did around Christmastime to line your front walk, recommends the romance-savvy folks at Dara’s Diamonds. As simple and brown as they are, paper bag lanterns never stop being pretty and they work perfectly as charming DIY wedding lighting. They flicker, they provide soft illumination, and they can be customized with any romantic cutouts you like (hearts, anyone?).
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Monogrammed pillows on the cheap
Southern Protocol Weddings in Charleston, S.C. suggests making DIY monogrammed pillows for cocktail area seating areas. A couple could buy fabrics in their wedding colors to make pillow covers. Then sew or glue-gun their monograms in ribbon or thin rope onto the pillows.
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Add a pop of color
“Summer weddings are all about easy and fun colors,” says Gaby Owen, owner of Mimi & CO, a couture linen rental company. “One of the trends this year is adding food coloring to the water inside your wedding vases for floral centerpieces,” she says. “It brings a pop of color and it’s an extremely easy, fast and affordable DIY project.”
Homemade origami wedding decorations
Origami is simple, colorful, and elegant and can be strung between two trees for an outdoor wedding or strewn on dinner tables for an added pop of color, recommends Dara’s Diamonds. Swans make the perfect choice for hanging from a ceiling – romantic and beautiful.
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A garden space for wedding guests
Naturalyards, a provider of DIY cedar planter kits, had one client request several small planter boxes and trellises for their wedding. They created a gorgeous garden space, half of which they
planted themselves with different floral arrangements, and half of which they left with only soil for guests to plant at the wedding.
The gardening aspect of their wedding symbolized the growth they could look forward to and the joys of working as a team. They were able to relocate the boxes and trellises to their own backyard to remind them of their special day for years to come.
DIY wedding photo booth
Sara Murray, Décor stylist at BHLDN, Anthropologie's sister brand focused on wedding attire, accessories and décor, suggests making a DIY photo booth to capture your big day's special moments with guests.
How to: Attach papered poms, garland and crinkle fans in a coordinating color scheme to the foam board for a playful, textured backdrop for photos. (For outdoor weddings, you could even string up garland between trees and add poms and fans or decorate a fence!) Say cheese!
DIY wedding sparkle
Southern Protocol Weddings from Charleston, S.C. suggests an easy way to add DIY sparkle to a wedding. Small tonal flower arrangements and votive candles scattered on every surface in mercury glass vessels add an elegant, inexpensive twinkle to the wedding as the sun begins to hang low in the sky. Fast, simple, beautiful.
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Homemade floating candle centerpieces
Floating candle centerpieces only cost as much as a few glass containers (the dollar store is the perfect place to find these) and some tea candles. Simply fill your containers with water, add some pretty leaves, sticks and petals, and float your candles on top suggests Dara’s Diamonds.
DIY ombre fabric flags
Add a splash of color to your wedding ceremony or reception with these easy-to-make DIY ombré fabric flags crafted by Aleah and Nick Valley of Valley & Co. Weddings. Can you imagine these beauties blowing in the breeze at a beach wedding?
Burlap blankets as DIY wedding seating
Burlap blankets are a great way to add more seating. “Throw pillows in a variety of shapes for a whimsical touch to your wedding,” says Gaby Owen, owner of Mimi & CO. “You'll notice your guests will gravitate towards them. Pillows and blankets are always a great hit especially towards the end of the night.”
To make your own burlap blankets, buy double wide, 110 inch fabric and don’t worry about sewing the edges. The undone edges add a rustic look.