DIY Wedding Ideas
Crafting your wedding by hand makes it even more meaningful. Personalize your day (and cut costs) with handmade wedding ideas big and small, whether it's the head table or the boutonnieres.
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Naked cakes -- layered cakes that are unfrosted on the outside -- are the hottest trend in wedding desserts. We love the stunning simplicity of vanilla cake, fresh berries, and buttercream. Decorate the finished cake with fresh flowers, such as pansies.
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Steal from Your Backyard
A rustic but elegant centerpiece using florals from your backyard is perfect for casual brides. Cover wood slices with chalkboard paint to designate table numbers. Garden blooms and a galvanized bucket create 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.
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Stock the Bar
Stock your DIY bar with a few essentials and let your guests play mixologist! Use our simple Party Drinks Calculator to ensure the bar (and the party) lasts until the end of the evening.
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Make Paper Peonies
Oversize paper peonies add a bold pop of color to outdoor weddings and receptions. We like to place them near an outdoor bar and lining the aisle at the wedding. Blogger Julie of Coordinately Yours shares her easy DIY.
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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.
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Sew Fabric Flowers
Fresh floral boutonnieres can get expensive. Cut costs by creating these stunning fabric flowers. Blogger Camille of Planning Pretty shares her step-by-step instructions for this project.
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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.
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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.
Our Best Bouquet Tips
Learn to make a master bouquet or flower centerpiece for your wedding with our helpful tips.
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Paint Gold Swiped Vases
Transform plain glass votives into glittery gold vases with a simple swipe of paint. For maximum impact, we like to fill each vase with one or two large statement blooms. Here, we used pink tulips.
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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.
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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.
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Make a Succulent Monogram
Add a one-of-a-kind succulent monogram to pretty much any wedding decor. These hearty plants go with everything from modern to rustic weddings. Long after the reception is over, hang the monogram at your home and enjoy!
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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 materials.
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Infused Liquor Bar
Forget fancy (and expensive!) purchased liquor and make your own. To create flavored liquors, transfer vodka into bottles with a few sprigs of fresh herbs like rosemary or mint.
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Write Pretty Calligraphy
Creating perfect calligraphy is easier thank you think, and it all starts with your computer! Blogger Julie of Coordinately Yours shares her secret to beautiful calligraphy.
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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.
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Create these pretty-in-pink invitations with a simple vellum overlay. Choose a transparent vellum paper with a light pattern and print the invitation directly on the vellum. Then, staple the vellum to a heavy piece of card stock. Finish the invites with an envelope in a coordinating color.