13 DIY Wedding Decorations for the Ceremony and Reception

13 DIY Wedding Decorations for the Ceremony and Reception

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These days, there’s the notion that not hiring a wedding planner or day-of coordinator is essentially committing matrimony malice, but that couldn’t be more wrong, especially given the amount of DIY wedding decorations out there. If you fall under this umbrella of decor-savvy or budget-friendly couples who want to tackle wedding planning independently, first of all, we commend you—you definitely have your work cut out for you. In fact, your blood pressure may already be rising by the minute just thinking about the upcoming decor duties on deck, but we’re coming to the rescue. Prepare to be the best temporary wedding planner your ceremony will ever see (starting with a few deep breaths).

To make your life a heck of a lot easier, we rounded up 13 DIY wedding decorations that you and your partner can easily and elegantly tackle for the big day. And, fear not, un-crafty couples—we don’t mean to bust out the paint pens and hot glue gun or try your hand at calligraphy (THAT warrants a professional). Instead, we’re talking affordable vases for DIY flower arrangements, table runners and centerpieces to take decorating the reception tablescape into your own hands, string lights you can easily hang on your own, and much more. With the help of these products, you’ll save major moolah, your wedding will look just as picturesque, and guests won’t even know that no planning pros (besides you and your future spouse, of course) were involved in the process.

##Wedding Seating Chart

Rather than having to arrange individual escort cards for each of your guests, resort to one easy-to-read sign that denotes each table setting. Print it, prop it, and you're good to go. 

SHOP NOW: [Etsy](https://www.etsy.com/listing/604345002/wedding-seating-chart-wedding-wedding){: rel=nofollow}, $25

Courtesy of Frank and Bunny Love

Wedding Seating Chart

Rather than having to arrange individual escort cards for each of your guests, resort to one easy-to-read sign that denotes each table setting. Print it, prop it, and you’re good to go.

SHOP NOW: Etsy, $25

##Printable DIY Menu Template

Tackle all your DIY [wedding paper needs](https://www.brides.com/story/grammar-mistakes-to-avoid-on-your-wedding-invitations) with this customizable digital set, which you can print yourself. This pink-bordered menu template comes in a matching wedding program, information card, table number, place card, and more.

SHOP NOW: [Etsy](https://www.etsy.com/listing/519075317/menu-with-border-printable-diy-menu?ga_search_query=harper&ref=shop_items_search_4){: rel=nofollow}, $6.81

Courtesy of Connie and Joan

Printable DIY Menu Template

Tackle all your DIY wedding paper needs with this customizable digital set, which you can print yourself. This pink-bordered menu template comes in a matching wedding program, information card, table number, place card, and more.

SHOP NOW: Etsy, $6.81

##Rose Bistro Votive

Assembling your own flower arrangements and centerpieces will be made immensely easier thanks to these budget-friendly, beautiful gold vases. Scalloped edges add a cool design element that will flatter any florals. 

SHOP NOW: [BHLDN](https://www.bhldn.com/shop-decor-view-all-decor/rose-bistro-votive/productOptionIDS/5e880b9d-09fe-4049-a36a-b7d7aaca5f10){: rel=nofollow}, $16

Courtesy of BHLDN

Rose Bistro Votive

Assembling your own flower arrangements and centerpieces will be made immensely easier thanks to these budget-friendly, beautiful gold vases. Scalloped edges add a cool design element that will flatter any florals.

SHOP NOW: BHLDN, $16

##Stamped Metal Table Numbers

Your floral decor can also do double duty as [table markers](https://www.brides.com/gallery/animal-table-numbers). Just stick one of these numbers, hand-stamped with a typewriter font, into your centerpieces. 

SHOP NOW: [BHLDN](https://www.bhldn.com/shop-decor-view-all-decor/stamped-metal-table-numbers/productoptionids/5e880b9d-09fe-4049-a36a-b7d7aaca5f10){: rel=nofollow}, $8

Courtesy of BHLDN

Stamped Metal Table Numbers

Your floral decor can also do double duty as table markers. Just stick one of these numbers, hand-stamped with a typewriter font, into your centerpieces.

SHOP NOW: BHLDN, $8

##Fresh Tropical Monstera Stems

For some extra foliage that requires minimal day-of assembly, this set of 10 live stems can create the perfect wedding day focal points, especially for a [summer ceremony](https://www.brides.com/story/summer-wedding-cocktail-ideas). Pair with a few simple white vases or glasses. You can even lay them flat on the reception tables and situate the greenery underneath each guest's dinnerware. 

SHOP NOW: [Terrain](https://www.shopterrain.com/mothers-day-blooming-gifts/fresh-tropical-monstera-stems){: rel=nofollow}, $38

Courtesy of Terrain

Fresh Tropical Monstera Stems

For some extra foliage that requires minimal day-of assembly, this set of 10 live stems can create the perfect wedding day focal points, especially for a summer ceremony. Pair with a few simple white vases or glasses. You can even lay them flat on the reception tables and situate the greenery underneath each guest’s dinnerware.

SHOP NOW: Terrain, $38

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##Dried Lavender & Eucalyptus Bouquet

This dried floral arrangement, featuring natural eucalyptus, natural white sinuata, natural phalaris, natural fern, and English lavender, comes fully packaged with the country-inspired wood box, so the DIY aspect is all taken care of. These muted hues scream "fall wedding," and the decorations can adorn anywhere from your reception tables to [ceremony aisle](https://www.brides.com/gallery/wedding-ceremony-aisle-decorations). 

SHOP NOW: [Terrain](https://www.shopterrain.com/faux-preserved-dried/dried-lavender-eucalyptus-bouquet){: rel=nofollow}, $68

Courtesy of Terrain

Dried Lavender & Eucalyptus Bouquet

This dried floral arrangement, featuring natural eucalyptus, natural white sinuata, natural phalaris, natural fern, and English lavender, comes fully packaged with the country-inspired wood box, so the DIY aspect is all taken care of. These muted hues scream “fall wedding,” and the decorations can adorn anywhere from your reception tables to ceremony aisle.

SHOP NOW: Terrain, $68

##Food52 Vintage-Inspired Brass Candlesticks (Set of 2)

Add some height to your wedding decor. Mix and match colors and sizes for a cool, eclectic arrangement. The candle colors are also up to you, as well. Hint: [black candlesticks](https://www.brides.com/gallery/black-wedding-decor) will add an ultra modern vibe and a stark contrast paired with the brass versions. 

SHOP NOW: [Food52](https://food52.com/shop/products/3279-food52-vintage-inspired-brass-candlesticks-set-of-2){: rel=nofollow}, starting at $64

Courtesy of Food52

Food52 Vintage-Inspired Brass Candlesticks (Set of 2)

Add some height to your wedding decor. Mix and match colors and sizes for a cool, eclectic arrangement. The candle colors are also up to you, as well. Hint: black candlesticks will add an ultra modern vibe and a stark contrast paired with the brass versions.

SHOP NOW: Food52, starting at $64

##Textured Linen Runner

Lay the groundwork (quite literally) for a [gorgeous tablescape](https://www.brides.com/story/table-settings-with-table-and-teaspoon), starting with a runner. This linen number adds a homey, decorative feel to any table, no matter the color or texture. 

SHOP NOW: [Terrain](https://www.shopterrain.com/table-linens-table-runners/textured-linen-runner){: rel=nofollow}, starting at $78

Courtesy of Terrain

Textured Linen Runner

Lay the groundwork (quite literally) for a gorgeous tablescape, starting with a runner. This linen number adds a homey, decorative feel to any table, no matter the color or texture.

SHOP NOW: Terrain, starting at $78

##Metalwork Hurricane

Nail the mismatched decor trend with an array of geometric metal and glass structures, varying in size and shape. Fill each with a single candle, or a delicate string of lights. 

SHOP NOW: [Anthropologie](https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/metalwork-hurricane2?category=garden-outdoor&color=025){: rel=nofollow}, starting at $14

Courtesy of Anthropologie

Metalwork Hurricane

Nail the mismatched decor trend with an array of geometric metal and glass structures, varying in size and shape. Fill each with a single candle, or a delicate string of lights.

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, starting at $14

##Stargazer Globe Lights

When it comes to DIY wedding decorations, string lights are as good as it gets. Hang a few strands along the perimeter of your wedding venue to brighten  and personalize the space in a matter of minutes. Infuse the cables with garlands and leaves for extra flair. 

SHOP NOW: [Terrain](https://www.shopterrain.com/lighting/stargazer-globe-lights){: rel=nofollow}, $24

Courtesy of Terrain

Stargazer Globe Lights

When it comes to DIY wedding decorations, string lights are as good as it gets. Hang a few strands along the perimeter of your wedding venue to brighten and personalize the space in a matter of minutes. Infuse the cables with garlands and leaves for extra flair.

SHOP NOW: Terrain, $24

##Pressed Glass Frames

From table numbers to signs to photos of you and your future spouse, there's no shortage of frame-worthy paper wedding essentials. Once you've got the frames covered, you can easily design your own creative fillers. 

SHOP NOW: [BHLDN](https://www.bhldn.com/decor-gifts/pressed-glass-frames){: rel=nofollow}, starting at $12

Courtesy of BHLDN

Pressed Glass Frames

From table numbers to signs to photos of you and your future spouse, there’s no shortage of frame-worthy paper wedding essentials. Once you’ve got the frames covered, you can easily design your own creative fillers.

SHOP NOW: BHLDN, starting at $12

##Arrow & Initials Cake Topper

Go the minimal route when it comes to your [cake topper](https://www.brides.com/gallery/cake-toppers-for-your-tropical-wedding). Rather than buying the standard "his and hers" figurines, go the handmade route and personalize the dessert decor with your initials. Stick it front and center inside the confection and dig in. 

SHOP NOW: [Etsy](https://www.etsy.com/listing/587122824/arrow-initials-cake-topper-rustic-cake){: rel=nofollow}, starting at $19.99

Courtesy of Le Rustic Chic

Arrow & Initials Cake Topper

Go the minimal route when it comes to your cake topper. Rather than buying the standard “his and hers” figurines, go the handmade route and personalize the dessert decor with your initials. Stick it front and center inside the confection and dig in.

SHOP NOW: Etsy, starting at $19.99

##Asparagus Napkin Rings, Set of 4

Cast from actual asparagus stems, each napkin holder adds a natural component to your place settings. One bronze ring around each napkin is all it takes to transform your cloth dinnerware of choice from mundane to magnificent. 

SHOP NOW: [Terrain](https://www.shopterrain.com/table-linens-napkins/asparagus-napkin-rings-set-of-4){: rel=nofollow}, $74

Courtesy of Terrain

Asparagus Napkin Rings, Set of 4

Cast from actual asparagus stems, each napkin holder adds a natural component to your place settings. One bronze ring around each napkin is all it takes to transform your cloth dinnerware of choice from mundane to magnificent.

SHOP NOW: Terrain, $74

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