11 DIY Wedding Decorations for the Ceremony and Reception

No wedding planner? No problem

menu with pink border on lucite stand

 Courtesy of Connie and Joan

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 11 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.

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Wedding Seating Chart

Courtesy of Frank and Bunny Love

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.

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Printable DIY Menu Template

Courtesy of Connie and Joan

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.

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Stamped Metal Table Numbers

Courtesy of BHLDN

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.


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Fresh Tropical Monstera Stems

Courtesy of Terrain

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.

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Food52 Vintage-Inspired Brass Candlesticks (Set of 2)

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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.

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Textured Linen Runner

Courtesy of Terrain

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.

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Metalwork Hurricane

Courtesy of Anthropologie

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.

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Stargazer Globe Lights

Courtesy of Terrain

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.

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Pressed Glass Frames

Courtesy of BHLDN

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.

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Arrow & Initials Cake Topper

Courtesy of Le Rustic Chic

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.

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Asparagus Napkin Rings, Set of 4

Courtesy of Terrain

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.

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