Every bride dreams of having a beautiful wedding that is special for all in attendance. In my case, I had 8 weeks and a tight budget to make that vision come true! This meant I had to dive in to the DIY wedding world and create something that was our style without looking cheap. With help from my family (who can plan weddings in their sleep and by shopping local thrift stores) we pulled off a simple, elegant look that perfectly reflected us on our big day.
We’ve scoured the internet for the very best DIY ideas out there. Just click on each photo to get more detailed information and tutorials. Whatever your wedding theme or colors, we’re sure that you can find something on this list to incorporate into your wedding!
DIY Wedding Decorations
Large, decorative letters are an excellent way to add a special touch to your wedding. We like this K and A, but what about using this method for a monogram? These letters have live succulents, but if you made it with silk plants or flowers, it could be displayed in your new home after your wedding.
This gorgeous thrifted mirror turned chalkboard is the perfect standout piece! Whether you are directing guests or sharing a sweet quote, this is sure to be a nice touch at any venue. All you need is a little chalkboard paint to make this project come to life.
Soup Can Centerpieces
These upcycled soup cans look like beautiful rustic vases when spray painted metallic. Using different sizes together in a cluster can create a full centerpiece for pennies.
Hula Hoop Wreaths
With so many ways to style them, hula hoops can serve as a huge statement piece at a wedding. Hula hoops are super inexpensive and can be adorned with real or fake florals, photos, balloons and more.
Pallets are a cheap, (sometimes free) solution for signage at a wedding. With a quick coat of base paint and a thick marker, you can turn pallets into signs that are easy to read and fun. Using different handwriting styles on each line really makes this one special.
Cylinder Vase Centerpiece
My wedding tablescapes looked very similar and were full of thrifted vases in every shape and size. These lovely centerpieces can be created well in advance of your wedding if you use silk flowers, and would be perfect for a minimalistic vibe. Using a wreath or real greens connected in a circle, you can create this beautifully lit centerpiece. Collect some glass containers and get working!
These show stopping letters would look amazing at an outdoor venue or even behind the head table! This DIY tutorial has very detailed, easy-to-follow directions.
DIY Escort & Place Cards
Color Dipped Cork Card Holder
These adorable cork place card holders will add a pop of color to your reception. And they’re so simple you could have your flower girl or ring bearer get in on the action. (P.S. You don’t have to drink tons of wine to make these. The cork lids can be found at most craft stores!)
Gilded Pinecone Place Cards or Escort Cards
Pinecones would be a beautiful touch at a winter or woodland themed wedding. The step-by-step instructions are easy to follow and pinecones are free if you know the right places to look!
Potted Plant Escort Sticks
If you love gardening or simple greens, these adorable escort sticks are perfect! Simply use a paint marker to adorn each pot and “plant” the sticks right in. Guests will love finding their name with a fresh lavender aroma.
Painted Burlap Table Numbers
Another popular wedding trend is burlap. When wrapped around vases or used as aisle and table runners, the options are endless. Here’s another unique burlap idea for you! You should be able to find these 6” stretched burlap canvases at your local craft store. Just add some number stencils and a spritz of color to get this look.
Acrylic Table Numbers
These simple and elegant table numbers will elevate any tablespace! This tutorial uses a Cricut to style the lettering, but you could always write it yourself!
Book Table Numbers
The perfect table decor for the bride and groom that love to read! Use a piece of tulle to tie house numbers or wooden numbers to a stack of old books.
Moss Table Numbers
Add a little green to your reception tables. (These are not as difficult as they look- did you know moss is sold in sheets for easy crafting?) You could also make a gorgeous monogram using this method.
DIY Wedding Favors
Mini Potted Succulent Favor
These mini succulents would look darling within most wedding styles. You can put one at each place setting, or use them as escort cards and display them on one table at the entrance of your reception.
Spice Dip Favor
Buy spices in bulk and create these little glass bottles for your guests to take home. You can even tie them in to your wedding by matching the spice to your family heritage or wedding cuisine.
His and Hers Snacks
Incorporate the bride and groom’s favorite’s all the way into the favors. Buy the snacks in bulk to save a couple bucks and fill up clear cellophane bags for a clean look. These stickers can be purchased, or you can write your own!
Love is Brewing Tea Bags
Send your guests home at the end of a long night with a soothing cup of tea! Use small paper bags or adorn the tea bags with ribbon and a label for a super cost effective favor.
Well, now you have your work cut out for you! If you’re still looking for more DIY wedding ideas, check out our Pinterest Board. Good luck as you plan your wedding! May it be everything you’ve dreamed of!
And don’t forget to refer your guests to RegistryFinder.com, where they can locate all your wedding registries in one place!
-This post was originally published by RegistryFinder.com contributor Rebecca Haar in 2015, and has been updated by contributor Kat Scharmann with the newest DIY wedding trends.