DIY Wedding: 1 Napkin, 3 Ways

Design custom napkins perfectly suited to your wedding style.

Handmade touches are a great way to customize your wedding, and the table decorations and table settings are an easy place to add personality. Four our wedding, we made everything from cake stands to farmhouse inspired tables, to the round table cloths and napkins anchoring our tablescapes. And if you’re wondering, all of those investments were worthwhile. The cake stands have been used time and time again, the tables are currently in use for dining in our home, and we were able to sell the tablecloths to another bride and groom to recoup 90% of the original investment.

1 Napkin, 3 Ways: What's your favorite style for a wedding napkin?

1 Napkin, 3 Ways: What's your favorite style for a wedding napkin?

Learn how to customize a plain napkin for your wedding table setting.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

Linens are often rented when it comes to weddings, but if you do your research, you might be surprised to find that purchasing new can run a similar price (or less!). You can still buy them in any number of fabrics and colors, plus, when you own the product you can customize to fit your style or the theme of your wedding. Take napkins for example. Ready to see one white napkin, done three different ways?

Go Boho

Use the classic tie-dyeing method to customize your napkins. Keep it neat by using rubber bands to make small top knots in the fabric, and then dip the napkin into a baking dish of liquid dye.

1 Napkin, 3 Ways: What's your favorite style for a wedding napkin?

1 Napkin, 3 Ways: What's your favorite style for a wedding napkin?

Learn how to customize a plain napkin for your wedding table setting.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

Remove it, and once it has fully dried, clean it per the dye manufacturer’s instructions. Attach pom-poms to one of the edges, or use fabric paint for additional details.

If you’re considering a bohemian napkin, you might also look into purchasing yardage of pre-dyed fabric at a craft store.

Rustic Touches

Add natural touches to ordinary napkins with embroidery thread, twigs, pine cones and herbs like rosemary. Weave in more natural accents like a jute rope or burlap napkin ring. Embroider the bride and groom’s initials, or last initial, for a quick and easy detail. Pair the insignia with other theme-appropriate details for your rustic event.

1 Napkin, 3 Ways: What's your favorite style for a wedding napkin?

1 Napkin, 3 Ways: What's your favorite style for a wedding napkin?

Learn how to customize a plain napkin for your wedding table setting.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

Embrace Elegance

Up the ante at a formal wedding with a beautifully folded napkin. Choose a fold that complements your style, and be aware which edges of the napkin are exposed. Use glue to attach a nice ribbon to the exposed edges to accent the details in the folds.

1 Napkin, 3 Ways: What's your favorite style for a wedding napkin?

1 Napkin, 3 Ways: What's your favorite style for a wedding napkin?

Learn how to customize a plain napkin for your wedding table setting.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

Now doesn't that look pretty?

1 Napkin, 3 Ways: What's your favorite style for a wedding napkin?

1 Napkin, 3 Ways: What's your favorite style for a wedding napkin?

Learn how to customize a plain napkin for your wedding table setting.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

A Glamorous Bohemian-Luxe Wedding

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Floral Arch

Atlanta floral and event designer Lindsay Coletta, photographer Heidi Geldhauser and stylist Mandy Kellogg Rye teamed up to create a fantasy bohemian-gypsy wedding in the Georgia countryside using two photographers as their bride and groom models.

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Fancy Feast

Glamorous jewel-tones, gorgeous flowers, weathered wood and a forest canopy strike just the right high-low notes in this outdoor wedding. Floral designer Lindsay Coletta was inspired by a trip to upstate New York where a bohemian family's carefree lifestyle planted the seed for this gypsy wedding shoot.

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Glam Slam

Silver Jordan almonds, a rustic table and touches of quartz and other natural elements give a glam-meets-nature effect to this dream wedding.

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Dainty Dahlia

This wedding design takes a cue from nature's brilliant palette like the stunning fuchsia tones in this dahlia. Metallics and bright colors defined floral designer Lindsay Coletta's color palette for this wedding.

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Firelight Kiss

Yurts and teepees are becoming popular, atmospheric ways to enjoy the great outdoors. This glamorous/rustic wedding was staged at North Georgia Canopy Tours which offers teepee camping.

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Good Luck Truck

The pickup truck is becoming an increasingly popular accessory at farm weddings.

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Bloom Time

Floral designer Linsday Coletta incorporated a variety of flowers—from the humble to the high-end—into this glamorous outdoor wedding including dahlias, Centaurea aspera, Celosia cristata, strawflower, eucalyptus, ranunculus, porcelain berries, roses, delphinium, scabiosa, peonies, pokeweed and chinaberry.

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Silver and Gold

Stylist Mandy Kellogg Rye mixed pastels, jewel tones and metallics to create a unique and free-form color palette. Floral designer Lindsay Coletta recommends not being too constrained by a set color palette when designing your own wedding. Let nature and an inspired mix of color and texture guide your selection of flowers and other wedding elements, instead of making things too matchy-matchy and dependent upon one set color.

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Llama Lasso

What's better than a llama? A llama wearing a floral necklace, of course. Lindsay Coletta loves to bring animals, from horses to alpacas into the parties and weddings she creates. For this fantasy outdoor wedding she used the llamas as au naturel "props" milling about the event like honored guests.

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The Invitation

Natural elements including rose quartz chargers and plenty of fresh flowers give this glam-gypsy wedding a unique sensibility.

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Llama, the Sequel

Planning an outdoor wedding at a farm or garden? Celebrate a love of nature by incorporating animals into the day's plans.

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Fur and Flowers

"Llamas and alpacas have always been my favorite animals" says event and floral designer Lindsay Coletta who created the magical mood of this bohemian wedding in rural Lula, Georgia.

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Mood Lighting

Though their natural lair is daylight, these flowers take on a magical glow by candlelight.

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Teepees Are Tops

Committed to an outdoor wedding? Create unforgettable atmosphere by integrating a teepee into your plan.

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Wild Life

Llamas embellished with floral "necklaces" strike a haute hippie note at this outdoor wedding.

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Bedazzled

Metallics and fur, sparkle and warm textures lend an earthy-glitz attitude to this Georgia wedding.

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Floral Offering

A talented wedding photographer will work to incorporate elements of your outdoor wedding design into the shot list and isolate magazine-style moments to fully capture the mood of your event.

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Gold Club

The day's color scheme of brights and metallics is established in the gold script and bold edging of these invites.

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Blushing Bride

Blush continues to be a popular color scheme for weddings, and looks great in bouquets or clothing, especially when set off by metallics like the beadwork in this bride's dress.

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The Happy Couple

If you're planning an outdoor wedding, find a photographer skilled at working with natural light.

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All in the Mix

By combining this glittery evening gown and sparkly jewelry with a natural, outdoor setting, this rustic wedding gets kicked up a notch.

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Take Shelter

If tents or other shelters are in your outdoor wedding plan, think about how to embellish them for your special day. Floral designer Lindsay Coletta continued the theme of floral wreaths around her llamas' necks, by adorning the entrance to this teepee with a wreath of fresh flowers.

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Sunlight Shindig

Gold ottomans, plenty of throw rugs and animals skins lend a welcoming, luxurious atmosphere and make the idea of a picnic on the ground much more glamorous.

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Bring in Your Style

Think about incorporating elements from your home for your wedding day, whether family silver, heirlooms, rugs or decorative flourishes, to bring a touch of your own personality to the event.

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Fruit Tray

Blueberries, figs, pomegranate and star fruit offer an exotic bounty. Incorporate fruit and produce from a home garden or local farmers' market into your wedding plan to celebrate the flavors of the season.

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Front and Center Florals

Floral designer Lindsay Coletta incorporated dahlias, Centaurea aspera, Celosia cristata, strawflower, eucalyptus, ranunculus, porcelain berries, roses, delphinium, scabiosa, peonies, pokeweed and chinaberry into this wedding design.

Photo By: Image courtesy of Heidi Geldhauser

A Feast of Flowers

A gorgeous garland welcomes guests into this teepee featuring eucalyptus, pink delphinium, Queen Anne's lace and lemon leaf.

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Bright Lights

Jubilant pops of color from the dahlias at this table setting combined with metallics blended with warm wood tones give this wedding its distinctive flair.

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Turquoise beads

Event and floral designer Lindsay Coletta incorporated her own turquoise and crystals into this al fresco wedding.

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Flower Power

"I didn't want it to be matchy-matchy" floral designer Lindsay Coletta says of this outdoor wedding whose blend of pastels and brights is reflected in this sumptuous arrangement.

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Jewel Box

Chunks of amethyst provide vases for small flower arrangements set around the table.

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Make it Your Own

Don't be bound to any one color palette or be afraid to mix expensive materials and humble ones. Designer Lindsay Coletta used wildflowers, teepees and jewel tones, blending the rustic and the glamorous with compelling results in this outdoor wedding.

Photo By: Image courtesy of Heidi Geldhauser

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