Rustic Wedding Decorations You Can Make

Gettin' hitched? Save money on your nupitals with homespun projects that turn up the charm.

I always knew that I would be a Bridezilla. What I didn’t expect was to be one for a wedding that wasn’t even mine. Ah yes — from the dresses to the bachelorette party, I have stressed over every single detail of my best friend’s Tennessee wedding, despite my initial claims that I was going to be a “really chill” bridesmaid.

I just like to say I’m eager.

Bridal Party Boot Photo Showcasing Soft Pink Dresses and Hydrangea and Baby's Breath Bridesmaid Bouquets

Bridal Party Boot Photo Showcasing Soft Pink Dresses and Hydrangea and Baby's Breath Bridesmaid Bouquets

These soft pink knee-length bridesmaid dresses show off the boot the girls are wearing for a perfect match to the country style. The bride lifts her lace skirt to show her matching shoes. White hydrangea and baby's breath bridesmaid bouquets and the soft pink roses in the bride's flowers create a soft counter to their dresses.

Thanks to the many, many hours I’ve now logged doing wedding research, I have a plethora of information and am happy to report that there are dozens and dozens of rustic-chic wedding ideas you can DIY instead of buy. Here are some of my favorites: 

The Invitations

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If you've got a printer and a little creativity, you can create custom invitations and save big. You can typically buy packages of blank cards and envelopes at the craft store for under $20. I love this rustic wood-grain invitation; if you love it, you can download the template for free!

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For a Holiday Wedding or Elegant Affair in the Forest

Perfect For an Autumn Wedding

The Flowers

Basic Burlap

Basic Burlap

Add rustic flair to any floral centerpiece by wrapping the vase in burlap. The look works especially well when using tall, skinny vases as shown here.

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Add rustic flair to any floral centerpiece by wrapping the vase in burlap. The look works especially well when using tall, skinny vases as shown here.

There are dozens and dozens of ways to make a beautiful wedding centerpiece. Budget brides and grooms can save money by sticking to in-season flowers, using the bouquets from the ceremony as the centerpieces and if you have the time and the manpower – making your own bouquets. Though you’ll probably want a friend or family member to step in the day of the ceremony, this also opens up a few fun opportunities: group floral design classes, a “make the bouquet” party and trips to nurseries or the farmers’ market.

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Orange, Magenta + Melons

Bring the tropics to your table with these sweet (and totally unexpected!) melon vases from designer Brian Patrick Flynn. Simply hollow the melons, then add a bunch of bright, colorful blooms. Results? Lively and lovely.  

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Seaside Vibes

Hosting a seaside soiree? Create an opulent, overflowing arrangement that highlights the natural beauty of your surroundings. Start with large, creamy-white peonies and an abundance of leafy green vines. Add white astilbe, scaboisa pods and grey thistle throughout for added texture.

Photo By: Devon Donnahoo Photography, Styling by Katie Kalafat

Candlelit + Lovely

An ivy runner, gold and white candlesticks, and simple, glass vases are all you need to create this ultra-romantic centerpiece.  

Eclectic Agate Accents

Use southwestern influence to achieve an eclectic and on-trend table design. Gilded agate place cards accessorize plates, while the textured foliage decorated with pops of pink posies draw the eye.

Photo By: Courtesy of Katie Kalafat

Lavender + Copper

Sometimes less is more. Add a bunch of fresh, fragrant lavender into a hammered copper vase and you’re guaranteed gorgeousness.  

Photo By: Jenna McElroy

Sugar Magnolia

Paper flowers are a departure from traditional floral arrangements, but can still make a strong visual impact. For this garland, we made paper magnolia blossoms and attached them to real magnolia branches, then arranged them all down the length of the table. Design by CamilleStyles.com

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Layered Lace

Set the stage for romance with this layered, lace tablescape. The airy overlay serves as a delicate backdrop for the winding, whimsical eucalyptus branches and vivid hypericum berries.   

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Cotton Clusters

Take your table to new heights with this unexpected (but entirely charming!) floral-alternative—cotton. Not only is this centerpiece perfect for an elegant autumn affair, but it is super simple to put together. Just arrange tall branches of raw cotton in a gilded vase, then complement with understated votives. 

Photo By: Marianna Jamadi, Design By: Tinsel & Twine

Simply Elegant

This hydrangea centerpiece is a definite day-maker for the non-crafty bride on a budget. Hydrangeas are ultra-affordable, and this DIY is ultra-doable. Simply arrange hydrangea, roses and alstromeria in a block of wet floral floral foam, drop the arrangement into a wood container, then use silver dollar eucalyptus to fill in any holes in the arrangement. 

Poppy Pigment (in Tea Pots!)

Love to juxtapose all things old and new? This centerpiece proves that contrasting elements can make the best complements. Get the look by hitting up local flea markets, estate sales or thrift stores for vintage silver tea pots, then fill with fiery fuchsia, orange and poppy pink blooms.  

Budget-Friendly Blooms

Want the look of luxe, over-the-top flowers, but don’t want to pay for the real deal? Consider using silk flowers to create floral runners for your special day. Silk flowers allow you to make the cascading garlands in advance.

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Wintry Mix

Play up an organic color palette by combining cream flowers with green and sage foliage like rosemary, dusty miller and olive branches.

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Subtle + Sweet

This sweet tablescape is easy on the eyes, and even easier to recreate. Use fresh eucalyptus leaves as a runner and add tapered, gold candlesticks throughout for height.

Photo By: Style Me Pretty/ Simply Sarah Photography

Mod Magenta

Cement vessels offer a sleek, industrial contrast to these lively, fresh florals — and we love it. Turn that weekly wine night with your besties into a cement-crafting soiree, and reap the benefits on your big day! Who knew cement could be so captivating? 

Photo By: Katie Pritchard

Pretty Prickles

Infuse Southwestern flair into your reception design by using cacti for your centerpieces. You can collect and pot the low-maintenance succulents ahead of time and keep them afterward. Place them along a pretty runner that coordinates with your pots.

Photo By: Gideon Photo, Design By: Twigg Botanicals

Rustic Luxe

Alternate between short and tall brass candlesticks to frame full, white floral arrangements. This look lends a luxurous, glamorous take to an otherwise rustic affair. 

Pastel Pumpkins + Gilded Gourds

October is swiftly becoming the "it month" to tie the knot, so why not incorporate the month's crowning crop? Pumpkins! To ensure they are wedding-ready, give your gourds a glamourous makeover with pastels and gilded paint. 

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Trail of Glitter

Sometimes less is more, but other times more is more. But, what more could a table need when it already boasts ivory blooms, lush foliage and champagne on ice? One word: sparkle. Take note from Camille Styles and leave a trail of gold confetti along the center of the table for an added touch of Gatsby-like glamour. 

Celebrate with Citrus

The great Frank Sinatra once said, "orange is the happiest color." And this centerpiece is all the proof we need! Use fresh cut white and orange blooms and citrus slices to create an arrangement that will infuse your summer reception with all kinds of happiness. 

Marry These Berries

Hypericum berries come in a myriad of colors and make stunning additions to any centerpiece. We're currently swooning over the burnt orange and gold combination at play in this autumn arrangment. 

Photo By: Yelena Kovalenko

Candles + Eucalyptus

Flowing eucalyptus and candles nestled in gold lanterns make for a simple and sophisticated centerpiece, idyllic for weddings of any season. 

Soft Shades

Muted, mellow hues make for centerpieces that are simply magical. Take inspiration from the soft shades of mauve and lavender seen here, and replicate this look for an ultra-romantic reception of your own. Use Dutch hydrangea, Sweet Annie artemisia, white astilbe, silver brunia berries, echinacea and copper amaranth. 

Polished in Silver

Display florals in vintage silver pitchers and vases for a classic, polished look. Loosely arrange white garden roses and polar star roses with green camellia leaves and Queen Anne's lace, then add a pop of preppy color with sprigs of lavender muscari. Design by CamilleStyles.com

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Terrarium Tablescape

Scattered glass terrariums offer a minimal, modern tablescape — ideal for industrial loft or warehouse receptions. 

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Dangling Display

Love is in the air, and so are these whimsical centerpieces! Use embroidery hoops and the posies of your picking to create dangling floral wreaths that are sure to leave a lasting impact. 

Put 'Em on a Pedestal

Bring a fresh look to your farm-to-table fête with a pedestal centerpiece! To recreate, stack one cake plate or pedestal on top of another to create height at the center of the table. If you don't have a pedestal, stack a plate on top of an upside-down bowl, making sure it is stable.  Arrange fruit, like grapes in bunches, along with nuts, small apples, pears and artichokes on the stacked plates.

Fancy Flames

This is mood lighting, made easy. Glowing teal and damson candles will illuminate and enliven intimate receptions, and look ultra-stylish atop brass candlesticks. Mimic these rich jewel tones for a moody fall reception, or opt for softer hues for a sophisticated touch during summer.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Bright Bloom

A little can go a long way, and one bright and beautiful blossom can be all the pretty a reception table needs! For an understated look, use one large bloom as the focal point, then fill the rest of the centerpiece with low-cost bunches that compliment. 

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Pinecones + (Snow) White Roses

White garden roses, Queen Anne’s lace and ranunculus come together to give the feel of a frosted winter wonderland, bringing a natural element to the table’s sage and ivory color palette. Create small arrangements in vintage silver vases and bowls, then place along a wooden runner. Design by CamilleStyles.com

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Antler Elegance

Nod to the wintry, holiday season with a pretty pine and antler runner, illuminated by glowing tea light candles. 

Photo By: Wynn Myers

Autumnal Al Fresco

Use this saturated scene as inspo for the open-air autumn reception of your dreams. Fresh and fiery dahlias pair with petite pumpkins to create an unforgettable al fresco tablescape. 

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Moody Mix

Pink peonies and ivory roses aren't for everyone—we get it. For an edgier look, replicate this arrangment of silvery, textured thistles in a simple glass vase. 

Monochromatic Bundles

Using monochromatic bunches is an easy way to create high-impact arrangements without needing any floral expertise. Simply clip blooms to desired height, add water and voila! Chic and sophisticated centerpieces that no one will suspect you did yourself.

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Greenery in Glass

Use a trio of glass vases to showcase lush, green leaves for a minimal and masculine centerpiece. Added bonus? This centerpiece celebrates Pantone's pick for 2017, greenery. What's not to love?

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Mini Garden

Put that green thumb to good use! Plant succulents in a hollowed log to create a rustic, woodsy centerpiece. 

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You can also reduce costs by stripping down the amount of blooms in bouquets, centerpieces and table settings. “Pad” your bouquets with unique foliage, herbs, fruits and veggies. For table settings, try wrapping small potted plants in burlap – you can give them away as gifts later or plant them in your garden.

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Felted Florals

A hand crafted, felt wedding bouquet is a beautiful way to create flowers that will last a lifetime. You can choose your own flowers, your own colors, and your own arrangement to create a unique bouquet that will be treasured for years to come. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Produce Piled High

For a simple but beautiful non-floral centerpiece, spray paint a compote or urn bright gold. Fill the compote with clementines and garnish with fresh mint sprigs for a centerpiece that infuses the table with beautiful color — and makes for a delicious snack or dessert for guests.

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The Most Beautiful Salad, Ever

Imagine the oohs-and-aahs you’ll hear when you walk down the aisle with an unexpected edible bouquet. Even better if the ingredients were grown in your garden. This stunner incorporates spray roses and amaranthus with okra and green onions. See More Fab Florals for the Foodie >>

Jewels and Baubles

Brooch bouquets can make your special day everlasting because they can be kept for years to come. Incorporate family heirlooms into the arrangement as a reminder of those who are there to support you every step of the way. Take a look at the instructions. Design by Sarah Brobst.

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Kumquats and Jasmine

Vibrant orange brings a whimsical burst of color to a traditional pinstripe background. Design by Kelly Marie Thompson of Fleur Inc.

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Crazy for Candlelight

White candles housed in a stunning gold and glass lantern create a simple and charming tablescape.

Add Feathers

If you just can't go without a romantic flower arrangement, accentuate with unconventional elements. Here, light and airy feathers complete an ethereal bride's bouquet.

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Natural Textures

Dahlias & ranunculus are accented with soft-green succulents and dusty miller greenery. Learn how to make this succulent bouquet >>

Plated Petals

Fabric flower pom-pom pins add individual drama to each setting and guests can wear them at the wedding or take them home as favors.

Pomegranate and Wheat

Sounds like the ingredients for a great craft beer, but they also make for a striking boutonniere.

Crepe Paper Canopy

Adorn an arbor or wedding canopy with pretty paper roses. They’re easy to make and longer-lasting than real flowers so no worrying about wilting flowers before the ceremony or reception. Get the instructions. Design by Camille Styles. 

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Potted Perfection

No florals necessary! Every bit as pretty as a traditional bouquet, a potted cabbage centerpiece steals the show in this autumn tablescape.

Photo By: Evin Photography

A Little Rustic Touch

A succulent, eucalyptus, lavender and dusty miller leaf are cinched together with twine to make this handsome boutonniere. Design by Lauryl Lane.

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Paper Bouquet

Wedding flowers don’t have to cost a fortune. Paper bouquets are a budget-friendly alternative, they’re fun to make and they’ll last a lot longer than real flowers. Learn how to make paper flowers. Design by Jess Abbott. 

Cotton-Pickin' Handsome

This gorgeous cotton boutonniere includes silver brunia berries and willow branches for homespun chic. Design by Lauryl Lane.

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Crazy for Cotton

Cotton stems are striking when displayed in large bunches. We especially love how these rustic stems are arranged in an antique ice bucket.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Dough Bowl Beauty

This gorgeous doughbowl filled with pine cones, mini pumpkins and green apples stylishly brings the outdoors in. Learn how to make this stunning centerpiece >>

Garden Variety

Fruits and vegetables are mixed with greenery to make a colorful and tasty centerpiece.

Succulent Bouquet

Silvery-white ornamental plants are mixed with dusty miller and round seed pods to make this eye-catching arrangement.

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Paper Rosebud Party Streamers

Line the walls of your wedding venue with strands of rosebud garland. They’re easy to make and not too expensive; you’ll need scrapbook paper and grosgrain ribbon. To make a bunch, invite your girlfriends over, offer them some wine and snacks then show them how to cut and roll the rosebuds. Fun will ensue. Download the instructions

Forest Inspired

This evergreen boutonniere makes a fetching accessory for a winter wedding or a woodsy event.

Earthy Look

Against the groom's herringbone jacket, olive branch leaves, wax flower and seeded eucalyptus create an attractive lapel arrangement.

"Berry" Nice

The fine details in this fresh berry and stems boutonniere are oh-so elegant.

Photo By: Style Me Pretty/ Simply Sarah Photography

Fruitful Centerpiece

Fresh produce becomes a stunning centerpiece when displayed on a two-tiered cake plate. Recreate this tablescape >>

Groomsmen Grains

Wheat and feathers are accompanied by tiny white berries and secured with a tiny piece of raffia.

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Illuminated Grapevine Spheres

For a simple, high-impact arrangement, try these grapevine spheres illuminated by strands of dainty fairy lights. Get the instructions >>

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Beautiful Berries

Large, fresh cut bunches of white and red coffee berry make a stunning statement for a fall or winter wedding.

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The Cake

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The cake will probably be the most thought you've ever put into a single dessert. Try a stripped down cake with a fun topper that you can make with inexpensive craft store items — like these adorable wooden chairs decorated with a veil and hat.

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Picture Perfect

Bring old-school charm to the reception with fun polaroid shots of the bride and groom, like this creative cake shot by Jenny Ebert Photography.

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Fresh Blooms

Great for a spring wedding, fresh flowers are an easy way to add color and texture to your cake in a natural, organic way.

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Southwestern Steer

A spectrum of color and sparkle, this wedding cake is topped off with a steer head and adds a whimsical touch to the southwestern reception. 

Photo By: Courtesy of Katie Kalafat

Cultural Toppers

These peg dolls dressed in traditional African clothing are a great fit for the bride and groom who are celebrating their heritage. Toppers can be customized in an Indian sari, Scottish kilts, Japanese kimonos and more. You can custom order these toppers or purchase a kit to make your own. Design by Creative Butterfly XOX

Paper Blooms

Handmade florals are equally pretty!

Photo By: Greg Finck Photography

Toy Toppers

It may be your wedding day, but that doesn't mean you can't act like a kid! Choose a favorite toy from the past (LEGOs? Barbies? Matchbox cars?), and adorn your cake with them for a fun, personal touch.

Photo By: Robert Crum

Party Flags

A simple project that makes a big (and sparkly!) statement, these easy-to-make party flags from Something Turquoise are the perfect cake toppers to really get guests in the celebratory mood.

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Golden Figurines

Elegant and antique, these dainty objects are the perfect toppers for a vintage-inspired wedding.

Photo By: Michael & Carina Photography

Peg People

Custom order a set of these peg dolls to be a perfect match of you and your betrothed. Product: Lovebirds Goods

Photo By: Melissa Clark

Icing on the Cake

This yummy-looking cake by Umpleby’s Bakery & Café in Hanover, New Hampshire proves that simple roses made of icing can be just as stunning as a pricey, store-bought cake topper. Bonus: this version is totally edible!

Photo By: Aaron Watson Photography

Best Day Ever

You don't have to have people cake toppers. Use a phrase that sums up the whole day or even a quote about love that you and your spouse like. Tiny banners with twine are a great choice for rustic weddings. Image courtesy of Rustic Wedding Day.

Winter Wonderland

For a holiday wedding, create a winter wonderland on top of your cake. Made from ice-cream cones and sugar candy, these trees would make any cake sparkle. Download the instructions. Design by The Cake Blog.

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In Season

Fresh berries are an unexpected way to infuse a bit of bright color into a plain white cake.

Geodes

These trendy sparklers add a dose of fashionable color to your main dessert.

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Thank You for Bean Here

This groom's cake is topped with coffee beans the groom roasted himself as a nod to his favorite treat.

Fruit + Floral

It’s hard to top the beauty of fresh flowers and gorgeous in-season fruit as a cake decoration.

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Wire Writing

Save money and create an impressive wire design for the top of your cake that looks like a million bucks. Get the step-by-step instructions

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Calligraphy

This pretty topper is simple yet oh-so-glamorous.

Photo By: Michael & Carina Photography

Keep It Simple

If you're going for a rustic vibe, sometimes basic is the best way to go, as was the case with this simple cake that features two unpainted wooden pegs and DIY bunting.

Photo By: Emily Fazio

Pinwheels

Using strips of colorful craft paper, toothpicks and a glue gun, you can create cupcake pinwheel toppers. For a vintage twist, personalize your cupcake toppers with antique buttons — maybe a few from your mother's wedding dress. Learn how to make these. Design by Kellan Studios.

Firework Display

Make a spectacle of your dessert presentation with cake sparklers. Keep in mind that safety is first; only use if your outdoor entertaining takes place in a wide open area.

You're My Lobster!

If your love is as strong as Ross and Rachael's, say it with adorable topper.

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Just Beachy

Fun for a wedding on the coast or great for a couple who simply loves the beach, a couple of brightly-painted beach chairs look just right on top of Design Star Meg Caswell's "sandy" wedding cake.

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Deer-ly Beloved

Another adorable option is this cute deer couple, complete with bowtie and veil. Find this sweet pair at MorganTheCreator's Etsy shop.

Photo By: MorganTheCreator

The Drinks

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Buckets for Beverages

Buckets for Beverages

What's cooler than a cooler? A galvanized metal bucket, of course.

What's cooler than a cooler? A galvanized metal bucket, of course.

Though the actual beverages will depend on your preferences, serve your wedding drinks up in style with some fun containers. Mason jars are the go-to vessel, but also try milk bottles, jam jars or even mint julep cups. Alternatively, beer lovers and soda enthusiasts can serve drinks right out of the original container — serve them on ice in galvanized buckets. Don't forget the bottle opener!

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Kid Friendly

Pay homage to a throwback summertime favorite with refreshing cherry limeades. Made with fresh-squeezed lime juice, sugar, club soda and maraschino cherry juice, this drink is simple to put together and is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser among children and adults alike.

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In Mint Condition

There's nothing like a splash of bourbon to combat the summer heat and turn up the fun! Propose a toast to Southern tradition by pouring ice-cold mint juleps in (what else?) silver mint julep cups, and top them with fresh sprigs of mint.

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Drinks From Afar

Some of the best beers are imported from the Middle East and Far East, and offering these beverages at your party can add a fun element of the exotic for your guests. Check your local liquor stores for availability of imported beer, and serve bottles iced down in large galvanized buckets for guests to help themselves.

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Shaken, Not Stirred

Cool down in true Palm Springs fashion with thirst-quenching Harvey Wallbangers. Simply mix 2 parts vodka, 1 part Galliano and 5 parts orange juice, then garnish generously with fresh orange slices for a cocktail that'll keep guests coming back for seconds and thirds.

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Raise Your Glass

What's a celebration without bubbly? Serve chilled champagne in mismatched vintage flutes, sourced from your favorite antiques shop or even an heirloom family collection. Create celebratory drink flags by attaching craft paper to wooden skewers and handwriting “Cheers!” on each one. Watch the toasts begin!

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Spot of Tea

It’s customary in Morocco to follow large meals with boldly flavored mint tea, and it also happens to make a terrific party idea. To make, simply steep loose green tea and boiling water in a Moroccan-style teapot, then stir in sugar and mint sprigs and allow to steep for a few minutes. Serve in beautifully gilded glass cups.

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Keeping Warm

Nothing says winter coziness like a piping hot glass of cocoa. Allow guests to be their own mixologists: set up a hot cocoa bar stocked with toppings like whipped cream, sprinkles, crushed peppermints and cinnamon sticks. For the adults, decanters with Frangelico and amaretto allow them to turn their concoctions into grown-up treats.

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Big Kids

Nothing says summertime in the country like a tall glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade. Guests will be taken back in time as they quench their thirst with this nostalgic favorite. For the adults, kick it up a few notches with a splash of vodka and dress up each glass with a few sprigs of freshly picked thyme.

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Holiday Fizz

For an irresistible winter cocktail that's sure to keep the party alive, serve sparkling cranberry cocktails in etched vintage glassware. Simply mix 1 part cranberry juice with 1 part sparkling wine, garnish with fresh cranberries and prepare to toast the night away.

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Bottoms Up

For a specialty cocktail that screams summertime, serve a refreshing brew of homemade sweet tea mixed with raspberry vodka. Strain into retro glassware and garnish with fresh mint and raspberries for an irresistible combination.

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The Wedding Favors

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Everyone loves bubbles.

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Everyone loves bubbles.

Thanking your loved ones doesn't have to cost a fortune. Flower seeds are an easy option that come with a bonus: Your friends and family can send you photos once they bloom to remind you of your special day. Another option is to give out bubbles — you can buy large packages of them online or in party supply stores. Adults and children alike can't resist them, plus they'll make for some amazing photos.

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After Dinner Coffee

When the reception is over, send guests on their way with your favorite coffee beans. Bonus? These darling free downloads from Something Turquoise really up the cute factor.

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Potted Succulents

Great for centerpieces and favors alike, potted succulents are a wedding trend that is only getting more popular with time. Don't forget to personalize them like Chelsea Costa of Lovely Indeed did here by painting the pots with your wedding colors!

Farm-Fresh Display

For a rustic wedding, store your seed packets in an old wheelbarrow with a cute sign as seen here.

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Pretty Little Packages

Each one of these sweet and elegant little boxes is filled with homemade cookies in the same flavor as the wedding cake. Visit Etsy for original box kits like this that can be put together by you and your wedding party.

©Courtesy of Angela Belt; Photography by Wayne Lawrence

Sew Cute

These delightful DIY sewing kits are so simple to make, and they are great to keep in a purse or car for fashion emergencies. Learn how to make them at Something Turquoise.

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Cotton Candy

Send guests home with a sweet and nostalgic treat when you string a clothesline with bags of delicious cotton candy. Photo courtesy of Tim Robison Creative

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Spice Things Up

Show guests that you know how to think outside of the box by sending them home with a hot and spicy treat. Download the labels from Something Turquoise.

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Lollipop Pics

Add taste to your special day by putting an edible image on a sweet treat. Use your save-the-date or engagement photo to make the personalized pops. Lollipics come in 19 different colors and patterns in 11 different yummy flavors.

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Plant a Tree

Give a gift that keeps on giving when you supply guests with a way to plant their very own Scotch pine tree. Make your own kit, or buy it premade from MorganTheCreator on Etsy.

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Cocktail Creations

Let guests take home a taste of your signature wedding drink by filling cute jars with dried rosebuds and a recipe for a Rose and Mint Champagne Cocktail. Get the recipe here.

Macaron Morsels

Decadent and delicious, bite-size Tiffany-blue macarons are the perfect sweet treat to give guests for the drive home. Get the recipe here.

Hand Stamped, Mail Ordered

If you love the idea of giving out coffee beans as favors, but you just don't have the time to do it yourself, you can even buy the beans already roasted and in custom-stamped packaging from AproprosRoasters.

Catch the Wind

For an outdoor wedding, how about a lighthearted pinwheel to catch the breeze? Make pinwheels to match the wedding's color palette, and include the name of the couple and the date of the wedding. Blank paper pinwheels can be purchased from Paper Source, along with ribbon, paint, stamps and more.

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Fresh Fruit

Great for a summer wedding, fresh fruit is a healthy treat everyone can enjoy. For an extra-special touch, package seasonal goodies in cute color-coordinated boxes, like these ladybug boxes from PartyPail.com.

Photo By: PartyPail.com

Air Plants

Even easier to care for than succulents, air plants make a great wedding favor (and place holder) even for those without a green thumb. You can find these rustic beauties on thisfineday's Etsy shop.

Photo By: thisfineday

Ocean and Air

If you love the idea of air plants but prefer a more nautical look, place your plant in a sea urchin shell for an instant ocean effect. Or, simply buy them from peacocktaco on Etsy.

Photo By: peacocktaco

Mocha Magic

For a favor your guests will be anxious to use, make your own mocha latte mix in super cute test tubes. Find instructions and download the free label from Something Turquoise.

Photo By: Something Turquoise

Seed Packets

Create your own custom seed packets out of old magazines, cards or other paper. Simply fill with seeds from your (or a friend's) garden for an inexpensive favor inspired by nature. Learn to make the packets here.

To-Go Boxes Full of Treats

Personalize the favor boxes by using a thin strip of grosgrain ribbon in your wedding colors. A sticker with your initials can be a nice finishing touch.

Photo By: {Lauren S. Myers} ©Courtesy of Myers Maison; Photography Marlo Herring

Candy Buffet

Place favor boxes by the dessert bar and have guests fill them with treats. Customize the bar with the wedding color palette or the color of the season. For a December wedding, use white candy and striped peppermints. The fun is finding the perfect desserts to match your color palette.

©Courtesy of Myers Maison; Photography Marlo Herring

Natural Elements

These monogram bags are made simply using paper bags, chalkboard tags and raffia. Place some sweet treats inside so guests can have something to enjoy after the wedding.

©Courtesy of A Little Happy; Photography Lizzie Ford-Madrid

Double-Duty Terrarium

A charming place holder that doubles as a sweet party favor, this DIY terrarium place holder via Green Wedding Shoes is the perfect, easy craft that is sure to impress your guests.

Photo By: Green Wedding Shoes

Musical Memories

A CD with a custom label that includes the bride and groom’s initials is a wonderful favor. Include songs from the wedding reception as a reminder of the special day.

©AphroChic.com

Savory Treat

Walnut-Rosemary Olive Bread: yum. Invite guests to break the bread with you and your new spouse with these sweet and savory loaves. Get the recipe here.

Souvenir Favor

For a destination wedding, look for favors that do double-duty. A Caribbean wedding uses cast-iron airplanes as place cards and favors for guests. Baker's twine is simply attached to a piece of card stock and then tied to the plane.

©Courtesy of AphroChic.com, Photography by Sungold Photography

Homemade Lip Balm

Cheaper and safer (no mystery chemicals!) than store-bought lip balm, homemade beeswax lip balm is a great wedding favor for men and women alike, especially during fall and winter weddings. Learn how to make your own lip balm here.

A Little Glitz

Send guests home with a little sparkle. Glitter-dipped cooking spoons are a useful, glam favor that will remind guests of all the fun they had at your wedding every time they cook! Get the full tutorial from Something Turquoise.

Photo By: Something Turquoise

Candy Holders

Place cards are inserted into Ferrero Rocher candies for a tasty display. To create your own candy seating card, use stirrer sticks and affix labels with the name and table number on them. Then simply push the stick through the center of the candy.

©Courtesy of Tracie Strahan-Elvi

Tiny Bubbles

Give the bride and groom a sweet send-off with mini party bubbles. To tie the bubbles in with theme of the wedding, place them in small favor bags. Find the bubbles at Oriental Trading Company.

©Janie Medley Flora Design

Pickled Produce

Do you love to garden? Try pickling your produce to give guests a charming country treat and to make sure none of your bountiful veggies go to waste.

Country Classic

Great as a vase and perfect to send home with family and friends, personalized Mason jars are just the thing for a rustic country wedding. Make your own or buy a set from David's Bridal.

Sugar and Spice

Give guests a sweet treat that will make it past the car and into some of their favorite dishes with a cute set of infused spices. 

Photo By: Buff Strickland ©Buff Strickland

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