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Avoid Actually Doing-It-Yourself Wedding Projects

A few days ago I posted a blog about how to turn paper and string into wedding decorations. I know a lot of modern brides are looking for do-it-yourself, budget-friendly options but let’s be honest, not all brides are crafty. You may love these little do-it-yourself project but don’t have the time, tools or patience to actually do it yourself. Fear not, as always Etsy will come to the rescue.

use these mini garlands indoors or out

use these mini garlands indoors or out

Decorate with paper streamers and garlands without owning your own sewing machine thanks to the kategreiner shop. She makes an assortment of adorable sewn decorations that are just as affordable as a do-it-yourself project. Check out her circus decorations – these little cuties can be used almost everywhere outside the big top.

origami wedding flowers

origami wedding flowers

Marthastewartweddings.com loves to share do-it-yourself paper flower directions. Having wedding flowers that don’t need to be in season and will last forever is tempting, but those directions can be daunting. Box64Studios creates adorable origami paper flowers in your wedding colors for a completely affordable price. I love the bright papers!

Interactive Guest Books

I’ve already shared a number of untraditional guest book ideas with you. But why not try something completely different? Get your guests more involved than a signature in a book to share in your big day. Have your guests write marriage fortunes for the happy couple – you’ll have better luck getting good fortunes than from a standard cookie.

love notes in a bottle

love notes in a bottle

Or have your guests write messages, roll them up, and seal them in a bottle. Open your message in a bottle guest book on your one year anniversary.  Or use it as decor in your home!

design mad lib cards to match your wedding stationary

design mad lib cards to match your wedding stationary

For a really fun activity, create a wedding Mad Libs for your guests to fill out! Write a paragraph and leave blanks for details such as name, how long they’ve known the couple, a word to describe the couple style and other customizable details. The cards would look great on your reception tables and are a unique memory from your wedding day.

Paper and String Decorations

Decorating on a budget? Nothing comes cheaper than paper and string. It’s what you do with those materials that can transform a room into a wedding venue any bride would be jealous of, regardless of her budget.

looks much fancier than wax paper to me

looks much fancier than wax paper to me

Grab a couple of extra rolls of wax paper at the grocery store for this project. Wax paper ironed together (3 layers on a dry heat setting) looks very similar to shells, like in this lamp. Stick with the original DIY decorations for hanging chandelier-style decorations, just skip the light bulbs. Or string the wax disks together with plenty of spacing and hang layers from the ceiling for curtain decorations.

streamers add an element of fun

streamers add an element of fun

Make a quick trip to the local party store for streamers to extend the paper and string theme to your wedding stationary. Fanfold the streamers and stitch them together then cut into pieces a few inches long. Glue these pieces onto cardstock to decorate table numbers, buffet food labels or escort cards.

bright vellum mobiles

bright vellum mobiles

Or splurge on some fancy paper and string and pick up colored sheets of vellum. Cut them into strips and use a sewing machine to run a line down the middle for an easy garland that will brighten up any table.

Wedding Reception Table Glasses

For wedding receptions, couples usually buy or rent matching glassware. While that looks great in pictures, how are guests supposed to know which glass is theirs? Wedding guests rarely stay seated at their reception tables, making it easy to mix up glasses while greeting friends or abandoning your glass to hit the dance floor. I am the largest offender – I can never remember where I leave my glass, even in my own apartment. Here are a few adorable ideas I found for solving that problem that also add great details to your wedding reception décor.

do-it-yourself chalkboard wine glasses

do-it-yourself chalkboard wine glasses

I love adding a chalkboard element to weddings so I was instantly drawn to these stem less wine glasses. If you pick up a pint of chalkboard paint at Michael’s Crafts or Wal-Mart and a few dozen wine glasses this becomes a very simple, inexpensive do-it-yourself project. Just be sure to put pieces of chalk on reception tables or at the bar. Keep a few dozen to recycle at your next dinner party too!

mason jars are another inexpensive reception glass option

mason jars are another inexpensive reception glass option

I’m also a huge fan of mason jars. Like chalkboards, they add an element of rustic simplicity to your big fancy day that helps create a great balance in your décor. If you choose to use mason jars as glasses, tie tags around the lid or make nametag straws. These will add a splash of color to your reception tables and can easily be removed so you can reuse these jars for storage later.

Or you could just trust your guests to keep track of their drinks like the responsible people they are. In that case, I just get a new cup every time I misplace mine – so make sure to order extras!