10 DIY Wedding Ideas That Are Worth Your Time

Guest blogger: Ms. Herringbone, polkadotbride.com. Ms. Herringbone writes for Polka Dot Bride, Australia’s premier wedding blog dedicated to anything and everything wedding related that may be useful to today’s bride  style, unique finds, fabulous suppliers, real wedding inspiration  and a little bit of fun thrown in!

We've gathered some of our favorite DIY tutorials for the bride who wants to incorporate a handmade element in her wedding, but isn’t prepared (or able) to spend hours and hundreds of dollars sourcing all of the items required. These projects range from basic to more advanced and suit different wedding styles. Best of all, they can be prepared well in advance of your wedding to ensure that there aren't any last-minute panic attacks or dramas before the big day!

1. Glitter Table Numbers
Why we love them: This is such an easy way to add a little sparkle to your wedding tables! Not only is glitter festive, but the metallic functions as a neutral, making this a great addition to any color palette. 

Bonus tip: These numbers are very lightweight, so consider leaning them against vases or wedging them between stacks of books or beautiful boxes so that they don't tip over.

Skill level: Basic.

Best for: A classic or glamorous wedding.

glitter table numbers
Photography by Polka Dot Bride

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2. Forever & Ever Garland 
Why we love it: Spell out your love with this sweet glittered letter garland. It would make a fun addition to your engagement party, bridal shower, or wedding. You can also use it as a fun prop for an engagement shoot or photo booth.

Skill level: Basic.

Best for: A modern or glamorous bash.

forever and ever banner
Photography by Love Joy Faith | Concept & styling by Alanna Lock for White Room Events

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3. Flag Cake Toppers
Why we love them: These flags are simple, but they add so much character and color to any wedding. You can put them on your wedding cake, in individual cupcakes, use them as table décor, or even attach guests' names and table numbers to them.

Skill level: Basic.

Best for: A whimsical and laidback wedding.

cake topper flags
Photography by Your Cloud Parade

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4. DIY Wedding Envelope Seals  
Why we love them: If you’re feeling adventurous, you could include these labels on other elements of your wedding stationery such as menus, reply cards and save the dates to tie all of your stationery together — the sky’s the limit!

Skill level: Basic.

Best for: A relaxed or rustic affair.

personalized envelope seals
Photography by Stelloberry Designs

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5. Skeleton Key Escort Tags
Why we love them: They'll make a big impact at your reception entrance. Pin these adorable escort cards onto a fabric-covered board for a refined look or nail them onto an old door for a more rustic approach. Choose a twine or ribbon that suits your wedding style.

Bonus tip: If you leave off the table numbers to start with, you can even use the tags themselves to plan your seating arrangements. Simply add the table numbers when your seating has been finalized after your RSVPs have all come in.

Skill level: Basic.

Best for: A vintage- or rustic-themed wedding.

skeleton key escort cards
Photography by Alicia Parsons

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6. Rope and Flag Succulent Centerpieces
Why we love them: These centerpieces are perfectly suited to a couple that wants something a little nautical or beachy. They incorporate interesting patterns, textures and objects to create an idyllic atmosphere.

Skill level: Basic.

Best for: A rustic or seaside celebration.

rope vase centerpiece
Photo by Luke Simon Photography

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7. Ribbon Wands
Why we love it: Ribbon wands are a fun touch for a wedding exit, and they're easy to make on your own. For a touch of glam, add a little rhinestone to the top of each wand.

Skill level: Basic.

Best for: A boho or garden gathering.

diy wand project
Photography by Polka Dot Bride

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8. Dip-Dye Tissue Paper Pom Poms
Why we love them: Tissue paper pom poms are seriously pretty with their soft petal layers and flower shapes. Did you know that you can easily make them yourself? We made some dip-dye versions just to add a little variety, but the method is the same. 

Skill level: Medium.

Best for: A colorful or artistic wedding.

dip-dyed pom pom
Images by Twiggy Nest

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9. Majestic Pearl Wedding Invites
Why we love them: For the traditionally inclined bride, there is nothing more elegant than white on white. Feel like a true princess on your wedding day with this classic, yet sophisticated invitation. With subtle layers of shimmering pearl paper, exquisite flock and sparkling silver accessories, this invitation promises a dreamy, opulent and irresistibly romantic affair.

Bonus tip: After you're familiar with the process of making a buckle bow, experiment with different ribbon layers and positioning to achieve some exciting and unique looks. Try making the ribbon element for two double buckle bows and join them together to form a small cross. These embellishments look great on favor boxes and candy bags, too.

Skill level: Medium.

Best for: A classic and elegant wedding.

wedding invitations
Photo Credit: Cristina Re

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10. DIY Floral Letters
Why we love them: There’s something so beautiful about letters covered in flowers or greenery! For the best effect, choose fluffy flowers with large petals. We chose daisies but you could also use carnations, hydrangeas, or even moss.

Skill level: Medium.

Best for: A boho garden wedding or country-chic celebration.

Here's the floral version:

Photography by Polka Dot Bride

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Or you can try the moss version:

moss initials
Photography by Polka Dot Bride

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Ms. Herringbone


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