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.

Photo By: Heather Baird

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.

Photo By: Heather Baird

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.

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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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Mini Succulents

These hearty plants are pretty, inexpensive and practically unkillable. For a special touch, pot in colored gravel or sand to match your wedding theme. Not sure where to buy succulents? Buy them in bulk for cheap by clicking the link below.

DIY Fancy Dipped Strawberries

These homemade dipped strawberries are simple to make and to embellish. Plus, they're delicious!

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Pie Party Favors

Send your guests home with petite pies to indulge in. Instead of spending money on boxes, wrap the desserts in vintage handkerchiefs they can keep after the sweets are gone.

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.

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Dipped Fall Apples

Rustic yet refined embellishments like a sprig of gilded greenery and a leaf-shaped kraft paper tag make these candy-coated apples a casually elegant, yet affordable DIY favor.

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DIY Gold Wedding Bubbles

Add a sophisticated look to dollar store wedding bubbles by covering the bottom with stunning gold brush strokes. All you need is liquid leaf paint (found at the craft store), an artist's brush and clear plastic containers of bubbles (bought in an eight-pack for one buck!).

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Homemade Soap Bars

Homemade soap is a great DIY favor to treat your guests to. Wrap in brown paper and seal with a personalized wax seal for a decorative touch.

Indulgent Breakfast Kit

After the after-party, your friends and family will be thankful to open up a box of ready-made breakfast. Wrap biscuits and a jam jar in waxed paper, then tuck into a white pastry box and adorn with a strip of burlap, raffia ribbon and a sprig of greenery.

Cocktail Creations

These rose and mint champagne cocktails make an elegant signature wedding drink and an even better party favor. Fill mason jars with dried rosebuds, attach a tag with the recipe and send guests home with some happy hour inspiration.

Homemade Caramel Corn

Caramel corn wedding favors make a yummy thank-you gift for your nearest and dearest. Show off the scrumptious golden color by packaging the corn in clear boxes.

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Savory Treat

Having an intimate, rustic affair? Invite guests to break bread (literally) with fresh walnut-rosemary olive loaves tucked inside paper bags featuring the recipe.

Infused Sugars

For something really sweet, consider giving infused sugars like the ones shown here by Eden Passante of Sugar and Charm. Just layer sugar and the dry ingredient of your choice in a sealed container for a few days to let the flavor set. Try dried fruit, vanilla beans, coffee beans, lavender or all of the above!

Gold + Chocolate-Dipped Marshmallows

These dipped marshmallows make a fun fall wedding favor for your guests. Offer them with a hot chocolate bar if the weather on your special day is cool and crisp.

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To the Happy "Pear"

As a fun surprise at the end of your garden-inspired wedding, send guests home with this fresh, edible favor.

Macaron Morsels

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

Sparkler Send-Off Kits

Complete with a personal matchbook, this adorable, easy-to-make kit pulls double duty as both a favor and wedding send-off. MAKE THIS

Photo By: Tori Watson, Project By: 17Apart

Giant Cookies

Kim Stoegbauer of The TomKat Studio used a CD envelope as a clever wrapper for a giant homemade cookie. Attach printable tags and seal envelopes with decorative twine for favors that both music lovers and cookie monsters will appreciate.

Gourmet Chocolate Bars

Remove the outer wrappers of store-bought candy bars and cover in gold crepe paper. Then wrap our printable wrappers around the bar and secure with double-sided tape at the back. Embellish with paper rosebuds from craft stores for an unexpected 3D touch.

Puppy Treats

Don't forget the fur kids! Send your pet-loving guests home with a pretty bag of custom dog treats. For your friends who don’t have dogs? Put some human goodies out for them to take home.

Photo By: Leigh Hayward Photography

S'more Kits

S’mores are easy and budget-friendly wedding favors that are perfect for a wedding any time of the year. Combine the classic s'more ingredients of a marshmallow and chocolate bar sandwiched between two graham crackers and place in a cellophane bag for a treat your guests are sure to love.

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Tins of Lip Balm

Whenever your friends and family clink glasses at the reception, it's customary to kiss. Make sure your lips — and the lips of your loved ones — are smoochable by giving out DIY lip balm as a favor. You can make a plain version for the gents and add a little pigment for the ladies. Add custom stickers to tin lids and they're ready to go.

Pass the Preserves

For a Southern affair, skip the candy bar and opt for sweet jams and other preserves. Peach jam was a major hit at this Georgia wedding.

Photo By: She-N-He Photography

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. MAKE THIS + GET THE FREE PRINTABLE

Photo By: Something Turquoise

More Cowbell

Get more bang for your buck with favors that double as a send-off! Adorn cute cowbells with a DIY tag featuring your new initials and a thank you note for guests on the back.

Photo By: Amber Lowe Photo

Painted Wood Chip Coasters

Instead of dropping tons of cash on personalized coasters (because who wants a coaster with your name and wedding date on it?), make stylish versions that your guests can and will want to use again and again. All you need to make these pretty wood coasters is a dead tree branch, a table saw and paint.

Some Like It Hot

Spice things up by giving your guests the gift of hot sauce. Get five delicious hot sauce recipe ideas, plus these adorable (and free!) printable labels HERE.

Photo By: Something Turquoise

Sunflower Seeds

Kick your nuptials off with a sunny start by sending friends home with bags of sunflower seeds. Get the free printable label and instruction card below.

Photo By: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Hot Chocolate To-Go

For a fall or winter wedding, treat guests to a hot chocolate kit on their way out the door. Bulk packets of Swiss Miss can be presented in a variety of cute ways such as in disposable coffee cups, cellophane baggies or paper sacks with peppermint sticks and marshmallows.

Beautiful Fresh Cuts

These sweet mini arrangements can be used as place settings or as extra wedding decor. Just be sure to let your guests know they can take them home when they leave.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Heart-Shaped Tea Bags

This DIY from HonestlyYUM is one gift that your friends won’t be expecting. Inexpensive, inventive and useful, these coffee filter tea sachets are hand-cut and sewn, and filled with your choice of loose tea. GET THE STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS

Photo By: HonestlyYUM.com

For the Kids

Small packs of crayons and sturdy clipboards are in abundance at the dollar store. So why not transform them into kid-friendly favors with the help of some twine and our free, downloadable coloring sheets? Place a basket full of these fun coloring packages on the kid's table or favor display for instant fun.

Homemade Simple Syrup

These sweet treats are a great way to punch up any beverage and will look super pretty on the favor table.

Photo By: Buff Strickland ©Buff Strickland

Apple Butter Jars

Spread the love with tiny jars of homemade apple butter. You can even include the recipe as a sweet bonus.

Musical Memories

Guests can remember your special day with a playlist loaded with songs from your reception or songs that hold special meaning to you and your S.O. Load songs onto a CD or USB drive decorated with a custom label.

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Infused Liquor

As easy as mixing together a few common kitchen ingredients with standard liquors, these three festive flavors make delicious party favors. For guests 21 and over, of course.

Family Recipe

Make your guests feel like part of the family by gifting them an heirloom recipe. Leave one at each place setting, or include in a gift bag with another small favor.

©She-n-He Photography

Make Your Own Essential Oils

Due to their many health, beauty and culinary uses, these fragrant oils are all the rage right now. Make your own from olive oil and plants from the garden and adorn with a tag customized to your wedding.

Spread the Love, Plant Some Seeds

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

Photo By: Gracie Blue Photography ©Gracie Blue Photography

Magnets for Your New Adventure

Use old, unused maps to make these cute and easy map magnets. For a personal touch, make them from a map of the bride and groom's hometown or state.

Photo By: The Happy Housie

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. MAKE IT

Photo By: Something Turquoise

I'm Nuts About You

Make custom trail mix packaged in mason jars. Depending on your type of party, include healthy, savory or sweet ingredients. One mix could include yogurt-covered pretzels, jelly beans, raw cashews, walnuts and white chocolate popcorn. Another could be a mix of roasted almonds and walnuts, caramel popcorn, M&Ms and peanut-butter filled pretzels. Download the fun labels and print them on colored paper. The template perfectly fits a 16-ounce jar. One label reads “It’s time to get nuts” and the other reads “I’m nuts about you”.

Cotton Candy

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

Photo By: Tim Robison Creative

Mini LP Coasters

Share your love of music with your guests by turning mini LPs into drink coasters. Search for small vinyl albums or toy albums approximately 4 inches in diameter. Choose an assortment of colors for a playful look, or choose albums with the same coloring for a more cohesive feel. Go one step further and print custom sticker labels featuring the couple's names and wedding date.

Champagne Flute Cookies

If you want your cookies to ooze subtle sophistication, bake these champagne flute-shaped treats for your black-tie soiree. The whimsical cardboard tags might even help get the party started.

Photo By: The Kitchen Prep; Featured on Palm Beach Lately

Treats for Tots

Don't forget the kiddos! Send little ones home with a personalized to-go box full of goodies.

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Herbal Lotion Bars

Use the fresh herbs growing in your garden to make these lush herbal lotion bars. Wrap the finished bars in tissue paper, twine and fresh herbs for a tasteful presentation.

Photo By: Debbie Wolfe

Mocha Magic

For a favor your guests will be anxious to use, make your own mocha latte mix in super cute test tubes. MAKE THIS + GET THE FREE PRINTABLE

Photo By: Something Turquoise

Candy Kit Bottles

Give just the right amount of something sweet by filling small glass vials with various candies. Nerds, Sour Worms and Snowcaps are great options for catering to different candy preferences.

Bubbles for Kids

While adults get the alcoholic bubbly, regular soap bubbles with custom labels will keep young ones happy. Bubbles are also a popular alternative to messy rice, confetti or streamers for the couple's send-off.

Bubbles for Adults

Mini champagne bottles make adorable adult-only favors. Wrap each bottle with a rectangle of printable scrapbook paper and add a personalized tag to the front. Just download our templates and add your text using word processing software. And don't forget the paper straw!

Beer Pong Favors

Make these beer-tastic favors in a snap using: one beer, three red Solo cups, three Ping-Pong balls, a cellophane bag and electrical tape. Print our free beer pong kit labels onto sticker paper, cut out and place onto the cup.

Dahlia Bulbs

Green up your party guests' thumbs with these take-home surprises that truly are the gift that keeps giving. Following the free, downloadable instructions, your guests can plant these pre-packaged dahlia bulbs for an abundance of beautiful blooms.

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia: Styling by H. Camille Smith

Love Letters

Create several gifts from one vintage license plate with cut metal keychains. Search antique stores for old steel plates ranging in different letters and numbers. Use metal snips to cut out the letters and numbers, then sandpaper the edges. Add a hole along the top with a drill and a 1/8-inch drill bit, then attach a metal key ring into the hole.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Pretty Homemade Candy

Who can resist a candy buffet? Stock apothecary jars with homemade truffles and provide take-out boxes to transport the treats. Decorate each box with a sweet printable tag and ribbon to match.

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

Souvenir Favor

For this travel-inspired wedding, the couple repurposed vintage cast-iron airplanes into double-duty place cards and favors for guests. Simple card stock was attached to the planes with baker's twine to indicate where each guest would sit.

©Courtesy of AphroChic.com, Photography by Sungold Photography

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! MAKE THIS

Photo By: Something Turquoise

Bring on the Birds

This biodegradable birdseed ornament by Down in the Boondocks will have your guests remembering your unique wedding every time a new songbird stops by for a visit.

Pick a (Plaster) Posey

Dip inexpensive faux flowers and succulents into plaster to create delicate mini sculptures that look like pricey porcelain.

Photo By: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

DIY Mug Cakes

Cake in a mug makes for a delicious and thoughtful gift. Include the recipe as a sweet bonus and top with colorful lids for a bright display.

Photo By: Diane Homan

Candy Holders

Place cards are inserted into Ferrero Rocher candies for a tasty display. To create your own, simply affix labels with the name and table number to coffee stir sticks, then push the stick through the center of the candy.

©Courtesy of Tracie Strahan-Elvi

Sugar and Spice

These infused spices are a custom treat that will make it past the ride home and into some of your guests' favorite dishes.

Photo By: Buff Strickland ©Buff Strickland

Summer Sprays

Get bitten by love — not bugs. If you’re getting married in a warmer month or live in an insect-prone region, fashion a handy bug-spray station to help guests ward off those pesky bugs. Fill with mini bug spray cans for your guests to take home afterwards and enjoy all summer long.

Photo By: Daphne and Dean Photography / daphneanddean.com

Hot Chocolate Spoons

Great for a colder-season wedding, these delectable coconut chocolate spoons are a delicious way to say, "Thank you."

DIY Hand Warmers

You can't go wrong with a favor that doubles as a cozy gift! If your wedding is in the winter, keep your guests toasty with these thoughtful hand warmers.

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Burgers + Fries To-Go

After a long night of festivities, your guests might need a snack for the road. Mini sliders with shot glasses of french fries will give guests a quick energy boost for the ride home. You can even throw in tiny milkshakes!

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Garden Markers

Upcycle utensils into herb markers for your guests' garden with help from a letter and number stamp kit.

Sweet Orange Ginger Tea

Combine your favorite spices in adorable glass bottles to create a custom tea blend for wedding guests.

Personalized Matchbooks

If you’re a crafty couple, these plain matchbooks have endless possibilities. You can customize them with washi tape or calligraphy.

Photo By: Clara MacLellan

Peanut Butter Jelly Time

Homemade peanut butter and fresh jam make a sweet, thoughtful "thank you."

Photo By: Mikkel Paige

Mini Evergreen Trees

Leave guests with a gift that they can plant and watch grow. These evergreen seedling favors will grow into full-sized Christmas trees in the right conditions. DOWNLOAD THE FREE PRINTABLE TAG

Fuse Bead Drink Covers + Coasters

Keep bugs out of drinks during your summer wedding with these fun fuse bead drink covers that also double as coasters.

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Get Your Game On

For a fun gift your guests can use after the wedding, fill a small burlap bag with dice for everyone to gather around and play with. Stamp your initials on the front for a cute accent to the otherwise plain bag.

Photo By: Danielle Evans

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.

Photo By: PartyPail.com

Place Card Journals

Save money by combining your favors and your place cards. You can buy inexpensive blank journals in bulk and add stamped labels bearing each guest's name. Voilà, a terrific two-in-one gift.

DIY Bath Bombs

These favors may look like sweets, but they're actually sweets for your bathtub! Make bath bombs in a muffin tin as a quick-yet-thoughtful gift for your guests.

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Seed Starters

A trio of seed-starting tubes are adorned with a sweet message to create a unique and memorable wedding favor for your garden-inspired event.

Mini Pinecone Firestarters

For your guests who have fireplaces or love camping, these homemade firestarters are quick and easy to make. They smell yummy, too, thanks to pine and eucalyptus essential oils. Fill a glass jar with the dried, wax-covered pinecones and tie on a hand-lettered label with twine.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cups

Give guests a warm, sweet drink to enjoy during the holiday season, plus a felt drink sleeve they can use all year long. Add peanut butter and chocolate chips to a disposable coffee cup, then guests just add steamy milk and enjoy!

Shrinky Dink Charms

Dress up your drinks with shrinky (but definitely not dinky) charms that your guests can take home as a wedding favor.

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Bee My Honey

Harvest honey from your own beehive or buy locally and divide into small, adorable jars for the yummiest gift your guests could ask for!

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Sugar and Spice Pecans

Perfect for winter weddings, these easy, on-the-go snacks make great favors that your guests can enjoy (and appreciate!) on their ride home.

Photo By: Andrew Purcell

Cookie-Cutter Candles

Repurpose inexpensive cookie cutters that fit your wedding theme into charming candles by melting blocks of crafting wax in a pan on a stovetop, pouring the liquefied wax inside of the cookie cutters and adding a wick before the wax hardens.

Treats To-Go

Send guests home in style with neatly packaged "to-go" boxes. White bakers' boxes lined with parchment paper are the perfect containers for filling with treats. Print and cut out these festive tags, hand-stamp guests' names and string onto red-and-white kitchen twine.

Photo By: Sweet Louise Photography

Allergy-Friendly Nut Butter Cups

If peanut allergies are a concern for some guests, these treats can be made using a variety of nut and seed butters that are just as delicious as the real deal. Package in cellophane bags adorned with a bow for a gorgeous display.

Photo By: Photo by Mick Telkamp

Rose Body Scrub

Make your own rose body scrub that your guests are sure to appreciate. Mix together equal parts coarse sea salt and almond oil then stir in two tablespoons of dried rose petals. Place the mixture into small jars for guests to take home.

Pickled Produce

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

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