DIY Wedding Decor

All you need is love, but a little creativity and DIY style can help inspire the wedding of your dreams. This guide to homemade wedding decor will help you walk down the aisle in style.

Wedding Decor 101

Let your fairytale love story inspire the wedding of your dreams. Tying the knot with simple do-it-yourself details and decor ideas will help you stay true to your style and your budget. From floral arrangements to wedding favours, finding creative ways to celebrate your big day can help you save money and add unique personal touches to your special day. Commit to a theme that suits your style and lifestyle, and choose invitations, decor, flowers and favours based on your theme to make planning easy and effortless. If you’re looking to make your wedding day an affair to remember, celebrate your special day surrounded by family and friends with memories made by you. 

DIY Wedding Decor Ideas


Beach Bliss

Inspire your guests to kick off their heels and bask in the warmth of a beach-themed wedding. With a beautiful beach sunset or sunrise as your backdrop, set out white fold-up beach chairs and seashell or starfish garlands for your walk down the aisle. Swap traditional floral bouquets for pretty seashell sprays, and welcome guests with fanciful message-in-a-bottle favours and colourful cocktail-umbrella place cards. Once the sun sets, tiki torches, patio lanterns or votives set in scallop shells create an enchanting evening by the seaside. Set out tableware in pastel shades of sea and sand, along with seascape centrepieces and candles clustered among conch shells, coral and sea glass. Deck out the tiki bar for a beach-inspired luau with drink dispensers and glassware filled with tropical punches and sangrias for guests to toast the newlyweds. 

Country Chic

If you’re craving small-town simplicity for your big day, a homespun barn-inspired wedding can bring relaxed, rustic charm to your celebration. A palette of earthy yellows, golds and ambers, set against a lush meadow, vineyard or barn backdrop, can set the tone for old-fashioned country style. Line your grassy aisle with bundles of wheat, twisted grapevine wreaths or harvest-inspired silk flowers, and hang lanterns from the barn rafters to cast a romantic glow. Set the table with raw-edged cowhide tablecloths and mismatched terra cotta pots and glass pitchers filled with wildflowers. Serve a family-style buffet on serving platters for a harvest-inspired bounty. Fruity berry-basket favours filled with gourmet jams and preserves will send your guests home with sweet memories of your special day. 

Fairytale Romance

From twinkling candlelight to towering cakes, a fairytale-themed wedding set in a historic castle, exclusive estate or grand ballroom speaks to the heart. Glass and crystal candleholders strung with pearls, urns filled with delicate peonies and roses and canopies of chiffon and organza cascading from the ceiling make elegant touches fit for a princess and her prince charming. A palette of blush pinks and royal reds, paired with candlelight, champagne and classical music, adds to the fairytale feel. Vintage books, lace and ruffle linens and crystal glass slippers add romantic touches straight out of a storybook romance. To create the splendour of a storybook wedding without the royal budget, choose faux crystal glassware and tableware, faux gold and silver accents and dreamy fairy lights to set the mood for romance.

Cozy Cottage

Whether you own a cottage by the lake or rent a rustic getaway for your gathering, a casual cottage-inspired wedding is the perfect place to host family and friends. With the natural beauty of the great outdoors as your backdrop, your decor can take inspiration from your natural surroundings. Rustic birch-wrapped vases filled with wildflowers and berries make simple centrepieces for a laid-back BBQ dinner. Set the table with family-style serving platters and pails of ice-cold drinks to keep your guests happy. Mason-jar lanterns and fairy lights in the trees complement the starry sky. At sunset, guests can curl up on cozy blankets around a bonfire to share smores and stories of the newlyweds or camp out under the stars in sleeping bags. Sparklers and fireworks over the lake make a stellar send-off as the happy couple paddles off into the sunset. 

Gatsby Glamour

A Gatsby-inspired wedding captures the glitz and glamour of the roaring 20s and embraces the elegance of a bygone era for old souls tying the knot. Make your fete fabulous with fizzy French champagne flutes stacked in a soaring tower, confetti cannons or a dazzling balloon drop. The girls can don flapper gowns, brooch bouquets, glitzy headbands, strings of pearls, birdcage veils and feathery headpieces for a vintage vibe, while the gents don dapper white dinner jackets and bowties. Add the era’s signature sparkle to your table settings with sleek tapers in shapely glass candleholders, gilded gold urns, oversized feathers and fans and mirrored trays reflecting rhinestones and candles. Glam it up with art deco-inspired accents and bold geometrics on cake and desserts for a night to remember. 

Garden Party Charm

An old-fashioned garden party brimming with fresh-cut flowers and picnic baskets is an alfresco affair you and your guests are sure to adore. Whether you’re exchanging vows in a picturesque park, botanical garden or backyard, pretty springtime petals can fill your wedding day with unforgettable fragrance and colour. Pack a stylish picnic basket for each couple and set out picnic blankets, bottles of vino and vintage pails full of ice-cold sodas. Or set charming tea party settings, with vases of bright blooms, pretty teapots, cups and saucers and tiered cake trays serving elegant tea sandwiches and sweets. Lounge chairs and lawn games like croquet and bocce, as well as an alfresco dessert bar, encourage guests to mingle.  

Winter Wonderland

Whether your guests retreat to a ski chalet or a country club in the hills, a dreamy winter wedding is sure to set hearts aglow. Welcome guests with wintry bouquets of evergreen sprigs and berries, paper-snowflake place cards and warming wedding favours, like brandy bottles or flasks. Bring the outdoors in with dramatic snow-covered tree-branch centerpieces strung with fairy lightsor twinkling tea lights in hanging vases to create an enchanting winter wonderland. Glittery silver and white tablecloths make a snowy backdrop for crystal glassware, silver cake plates stacked with spun-sugar confections, snow globes, sparkling icicles and glass “ice” sculptures. Kindle romance with cozy faux-fur blankets set on chairs and kissing balls so guests can cozy and canoodle over egg nog and hot cocoa

Masquerade Mystery

Whether inspired by Mardi Gras or Carnavale, a masquerade theme can be a fun, one-of-a-kind inspiration for your wedding day. Take the plunge with a theatrical palette of vibrant blues and purples, emerald greens and dramatic gold and black. Embrace rich velvets, lace and feathers in everything from floral arrangements to wedding favours. Fantastical bouquets and centrepieces made from masks, feathers, sequins and beads add mystery and intrigue to your table settings. Luxe velvet and silk tablecloths, diamond or harlequin-patterned drapes and colourful Venetian-inspired lanterns enhance the mood. Encourage costumes in your invites, and don’t forget to set up a photo booth with props or cameras for candid captures. Serve Venetian fare or Creole cuisine to bring your masquerade ball to life.

Reception Table Decorating Tips:

• Long tables give more depth to a bare room and keep it from feeling cold
• Add height to long, narrow tables using ceramic vases and candlesticks
• Instead of round, standard plates, use rectangular or square plates that mirror the table’s shape
• Add texture by layering a graphic runner over your solid tablecloth
• Use accent colours in strategic spots like on place settings, menus or place cards

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Reception Hall Tips:

• Review your rental contract and check for access times for decorating and clean up
• Check if candles are allowed: floating candles on water are the safest
• Ensure you have enough candles to accommodate all your guests plus tables for buffets, desserts, wedding cake, guest book, gifts and the DJ
• Allow four hours to set up the hall with a crew of helpers
• Draw up a diagram of your décor to show where everything is supposed to go
• Ensure all your decorations are made, rented or purchased and ready to put in place
• Visit your venue beforehand on the night of an event to get ideas
• Check where your fire doors and fire extinguishers are located and read the instructions
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