Creating unique DIY wedding table decorations is a great way to cut down costs, and really show the guests you care. It’s no surprise that weddings cost money. A lot of money, usually. But they don’t necessarily have to.
By taking a more rustic approach, you’ll be saving yourself a lot of money (money you could be spending on an incredible honeymoon…), and the best news is that there are plenty of ways to do just that.
Here at Kettering Conference Centre, we love a good wedding! We especially love hosting them at our beautiful lakeside wedding venue based in Northamptonshire. We understand that your wedding day is incredibly important, and we want nothing more than to make sure your day runs as smoothly as possible. With room for up to 200 guests, Kettering Conference Centre can tailor a wedding package to suit you, your friends and your family members.
When it comes to deciding exactly what DIY wedding table decorations to wow your guests with, there are plenty of great routes to take. However, choosing the right one to fit the theme of the wedding you’ve already planned is where things get a little more tricky. To help you figure it out, here are three things to consider to help you reach a consensus:
1) Know Your Guests
Of course, this is your wedding, and at the end of the day, it really is all about you. That being said, however, when it comes to DIY wedding table decorations and wedding favours you’ll want to provide your guests with memories they’ll cherish forever. Knowing your guests well is crucial for a fantastic wedding day experience; after all, you don’t want your guests leaving their wedding favours on the table at the end of the night.
2) Stick To Your Budget
We’ve all been astoundingly close to the budget line before; some might even say dangerously close at times. And yes, sometimes daring to walk that very fine line can be thrilling and have minimal consequences (if any!). When it comes to your wedding, however, trying your best to steer clear of financial temptation can make all of the difference between your perfect big day and an absolute disaster.
3) Enlist Help If Needed
If you’re the kind of bride or groom who likes to have everything under control and planned to the last second, then planning a wedding and creating plenty of DIY wedding table decorations might be your idea of heaven. However, it could also be the definition of hell for you if you’re running short on time, or you’re even the tiniest bit stressed. Remember: asking for help isn’t a weakness, and doing so can only make your life easier.
5 DIY Wedding Table Decorations Your Guests Will Love
1) Incorporate Nature
No matter the time of year, nature has the potential to bring us the most beautiful gifts that are guaranteed to make your wedding day feel special. In the summer months, try using fresh flowers or paper flowers to frame your table numbers or decorate your reception tables. If you’re planning on celebrating your big day in the chillier months, using pinecones or sprigs of holly can bring a little bit of the outside to your setup.
Potted plants (real or otherwise!) also make for fantastic wedding centrepieces, and they often look really incredible paired with simple candles or hurricane lanterns. A perfect wedding idea for when those nights begin to draw in.
Pinecones make fantastic place settings, of course, but did you know that there are plenty of other things that you can do with pinecones to really set your DIY wedding table decorations apart! Channel a little bit of Christmas into your celebrations with these Pine Cone Pom-Pom Ornaments, or these Felt Pine Cone Foxes! These cost-effective DIY decorations are bound to bring a smile to the faces of your guests.
2) Something Tasty To Sip
We’re strong believers in the idea that every celebratory event needs to be commemorated by a somewhat fancy tipple. Now whether or not this drink contains copious amounts of alcohol or is totally teetotal, creating a special cocktail/mocktail that represents the story behind your big day is a lovely personal touch that’ll really go a long way.
And what’s better is that pitchers of colourful concoctions look absolutely stunning on a wedding table, and can serve as a fantastic table decoration!
We recommend either sticking with the classics such as a Mojito or a Long Island Iced Tea, or choosing something that’s personal to you. If you want to be really out there, we suggest choosing a drink to compliment the season, such as a Watermelon Margarita in the summer or a Spiced Holly Highball in the winter.
3) Sweeties Galore
At a wedding, it’s almost rude to say no to a sweetie. Give your guests old fashioned sweets, like bonbons or hard-boiled treats, in gorgeous little mason jars as wedding favours, or simply use your favourite candies amongst your regular decorations to bring a little bit of sweetness to your table.
Continuing this sweetie theme throughout your big day, including the wedding ceremony and the wedding reception, will be key to your wedding day standing out from the crowd. After all, if there’s one thing that a traditional wedding should be, it’s sickly sweet! For that extra little touch, perhaps consider hiring your very own Sweet Cart for your guests!
4) A New Furry Friend
You can never have too many friends; human, animal, or stuffed bear alike. And whether you’re a fully-fledged grown-up or an absolute child at heart, you can’t deny the happiness you feel at the sight of a brand new cuddly toy (whether it’s yours or not!).
So, perhaps consider naming each table after an animal, and ensuring that each guest gets a corresponding creature to call their own. For example, for a woodland-inspired wedding day, this pack of wildlife buddies will fit in so perfectly! Personally, here at Kettering Conference Centre, we’d like to be sat at the “Owl” or “Duck” table. However, we’ll leave those big, scary, seating-chart decisions well and truly up to you!
5) A Splash of Gold
A whole huge pot of Craig & Rose Artisan Gold Effect Paint from Homebase comes in at £25.00 for 750ml. That’s enough paint to cover practically anything you could possibly want! Metallic gold paint has the incredible ability to make absolutely everything look expensive, even if it really wasn’t.
By painting a few things on your table, you can elevate your DIY wedding table decorations to an entirely new level. Also, have you tried using spray paint? From tea light holders to glass vases and empty milk bottles, spray paint is your new and very fun best friend when it comes to any DIY project.
For example, if you buy your wedding party decorations relatively cheaply like these charger plates from Dunelm, you’ll be able to design them exactly how you’d like to, and also be able to spend your money on other more expensive things for your wedding that you wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise.
DIY Wedding Table Decorations Concluded
Whether you’re a DIY master and always have been, or you’re an absolute novice to the world of crafting, we hope that some of our ideas and suggestions for DIY wedding table decorations have given you a little bit of inspiration to try doing some of your own wedding preparations by hand. Just as a reminder, here are our very best DIY wedding decoration ideas that your guests are guaranteed to love:
- Incorporate Nature
- Something Tasty To Sip
- Sweeties Galore
- A New Furry Friend
- A Splash of Gold
- A Personal Sentiment
- Cosy Candles and Blankets
- Minimalistic Florals
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