Say goodbye to expensive centerpieces, guest books, place cards, and more with these easy crafts that will dress up your big day.

Beyond the Guest Book


At this Kentucky wedding, the couple asked friends and family to write messages on balsa-wood horseshoes and toss ‘em for good luck.


Handy Holders


foam and glass marbles aren’t the only ways to hold flowers aloft at a
wedding reception. Instead, a bunch of vintage milk bottles gives this
arrangement—featured in Decorating with Flowers
by Paula Pryke—its structure. Simply line up nine same-size vessels in
three rows of three. Then wrap gardener’s twine around the grouping
twice and tie the ends. Finish the blooming display by placing two to
three stems in each container.

Smart idea: Separate the milk bottles and flowers afterwards to give to your guests as wedding favors.


All That Glitters


For a touch of gold, the bride and groom at this Kentucky wedding spray-painted branches that adorned the backs of their chairs.


Make Picture-Perfect Coasters


plain ceramic tiles as snappy coasters to use at a wedding reception.
Use Polaroids or Instagram prints of you and the groom, family, or
friends to let guests rest their drinks on fun photos as they wine and
dine. (Get the complete how-to)


Crazy for Candy


Make a lasting impression on your guests with this self-serve favor station created for this Georgia wedding. Pair penny candy in inexpensive glass jars with muslin to-go bags that you can stamp in a custom design.


A Pillow with Personality


For this Kentucky wedding, Country Living
contributor Jodi Kahn stitched the ring pillow as a wedding gift. On
one side, she embroidered an outline of Kentucky for the bride; on the
other, she rendered the groom’s home state of Washington. (19 creative sewing craft ideas)


Reinvent the Wheel


Translate big-day
pronouncements for more prosaic moments—say, gift opening—with custom
vinyl-cut signs, like this stylist made for her Georgia wedding. Most print shops will charge around $25 for similar circles mounted on posts. (15 of our favorite paper craft projects)


Garden Decor


This New Hampshire wedding used place settings that featured napkins tied with burlap and decorated with fragrant freesia.


So Long, Stuffy Centerpieces

A smattering of bud vases—instead of one huge arrangement—decorated each guest table at this Kentucky wedding. Table-number flags were tucked in among the blooms.


Favor Boxes

Give guests personalized, hand-wrapped boxes, like the ones offered at this Oregon wedding. The couple packed each favor with a ripe Star-Crimson pear and a John Lennon quotation.

To be continued…



Delightful DIY Wedding Decorations (Part II)

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