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
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:
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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?
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The Wedding Favors
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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