Steal from Your Backyard
A rustic but elegant centerpiece using florals from your backyard is perfect for casual brides. Paint slice of branches or woodsy accents with chalkboard paint to designate table numbers. Garden blooms and a galvanized bucket form homespun bouquets for every table.
Make it your own: Use classic glass or ceramic vases and a simpler color scheme for a more formal wedding.
Create a Wine Bar
Get people dancing at your reception with a flowing wine bar. Pour inexpensive bottles into tall mason jars for an easy transformation. An usher turned bartender can refill the jars as needed.
Make it your own: Not a wine fan? One or two signature cocktails rather than a full bar will help keep costs low.
Light Up the Reception Space
To make this dreamy fabric chandelier, use tacky glue to adhere strips of fabric to the rows of wire on a hanging plant basket. Light it up by placing a battery operated string of lights inside the basket.
Make it your own: Use fabric dye and spray paint to match a simple cotton sheet and the basket to your color scheme.
Make Your Bouquets
Using garden-cut flowers or bulk flowers from the florist is a way to cut costs and use creativity. Before arranging, keep the flowers in water in a cool room. Cut the flowers within a day of your wedding. For a pretty finish, cut silk ribbon and wrap the stems together.
Make it your own: White flowers work with any color scheme. Hydrangeas, white calla lilies, or peonies are all gorgeous choices.
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Deck the Head Table
Hang chalkboards from your chairs at the head table to show off your newlywed status. We dressed ours with paper flowers and ribbon.
Make it your own: Handwritten place cards and printed signs are other easy ways to mark the head table.
Cut Cookies for Favors
Frosted cutout cookies are an easy project for the bridal party, and they're a tasty wedding favor. We packed ours in cardboard craft boxes with a small box of candy.
Make it your own: Choose a cookie shape that suits your wedding theme. For an evening affair, go with sparkling stars. Or use letter-shape cookies for monogram-inspired treats.
Make Crafty Wedding Bunting
Hanging bunting can transform your reception location. For a super inexpensive idea, we secured colorful fabric strips between folded aluminum pans.
Make it your own: Vintage handkerchiefs, folded paper doilies, and colorful ribbons all make easy bunting ideas.
Craft an Easy Boutonniere
Two hydrangea blooms wrapped with a leaf and secured with a pin make a stunningly simple boutonniere.
Make it your own: The key to an easy boutonniere is using a single type of flower. If you like a green accent, look to leaves in your own backyard. Wrap with a leaf, ribbon, or floral tape.