30 Fun & Unique DIY Wedding Project Ideas


It’s time for the annual roundup of fun and creative DIY wedding details from wedding showcased here on the blog in 2013! Do remember that these are just a few of the loads of ideas shared by our featured couples so if you want to see more, here is the link to the DIY weddings archive.

* In case you missed it, here’s last year’s roundup: 25 Creative & Unique DIY Wedding Project Ideas

fun and unique diy wedding projects

Handmade Ceremony Decor

wedding with 1001 cranes

1. Fan fold paper circles / medallions / rosettes

The bride made fun and colorful ornamental paper circles to hang in the ceremony space (and if you click on to the link to their wedding below, you’ll see that she also folded 1001 paper cranes and hung them as if floating on the tree where they said their vows).

* From Carissa & Austin’s Hot Pink and Cobalt Blue DIY Wedding with 1001 Paper Cranes, photos by Studio Sequoia

DIY wedding ceremony backdrop

2. Crepe or tissue paper flowers

For their wedding ceremony backdrop, the couple and their friends made tons of tissue paper flowers and hung them from an arch.

* From Jasmine & Alistair’s Posh and Pretty Art Gallery Wedding, photos by Lakshal Perera

Fun DIY Ceremony Program Ideas

chalkboard programs

3. Chalkboard Window as Ceremony Program

The bride found some old windows in a warehouse, painted the panes with chalkboard paint and wrote out the entire ceremony on one. On the other two they drew their bridal party as stick figures.

* From Kathy & Andrew’s Cool and Casual Stockroom Raleigh Wedding, photos by Carolyn Scott Photography

cootie catcher ceremony program

4. Cootie Catcher Ceremony Program

* From Emily & Andy’s Chic, Modern and Bright-hued Chicago Wedding, photos by Rebecca Marie Photography & Design

travel themed ceremony programs

5. Airplane Safety Card Ceremony Program

This couple had a travel theme so designing their programs as airline safety cards suited their wedding to a T!

* From Rita & Jeff’s Fun and Festive DIY Travel-themed Winter Wedding, photos by Zac Wolf Photography

DIY Centerpiece Ideas

eco friendly wedding centerpieces

6. Potted flower centerpieces

The bride and her mom painted flower pots and planted flowers on them. You can also choose smaller pots so they can be taken home as favors.

* From Heather & Steve’s Epic Eco-Friendly DIY Wedding (with a Bowling Party!), photos by Kristen Schueler Photography

diy wedding centerpiece idea

7. Juice bottles as flower vases

Don’t throw away those juice bottles! Bind them together with brown string, as the bride did, to create table decor with a charming handmade look.

* From Ashley & Luke’s Charming and Easygoing DIY Farm Wedding in Melbourne, photos by Lakshal Perera

books as centerpieces

8. Old books as centerpiece

The bride bought old books on eBay and arranged them neatly on the table along with succulent terrariums her mom made.

* From Becca & Jesse’s Cozy and Fancy Mid-Century Dinner Party Wedding, photos by Yaritza Colon Photography

* More old books as centerpiece examples

eclectic wedding centerpieces

* From Laura & Dan’s Fun & Funky Willowdale Estate Wedding, photos by Kristin Chalmers Photography

books as centerpieces

* From Erika & Hayward’s Artistic and Eclectic Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO Loft Wedding, photos by De Nueva Photography

centerpiece ideas

9. Mason jars filled with sand and tealights

In this backyard wedding, burlap table runners were held down in the breezy weather with a row of mason jars filled with sand and tea lights. Simple!

* From Dagny & Andrew’s Cute, Colorful and Cozy DIY Eco-Friendly Wedding, photos by OhKarina Photography

Non-flower bouquets and boutonnieres

fabric bouquet and boutonierre

10. Fabric bouquet & boutonniere

* From Diana & Steve’s Crafty and Artistic Eclectic Vintage DIY Wedding, photos by Carly Valentine Photography

fabric bouquet and boutonierres

* From Apple & Ryan’s Sweet Red and Green Apple-themed Beach Wedding, photos by Benjie Tiongco Photography

felt bouquet and boutonierre

11. Felt fabric bouquet and boutonniere

* From Steph & Sanj’s Fun and Whimsical Hand-Crafted Wedding with an 80s Kick, photos by Devic Fotos

paper cut out boutonierres

12. Cut-out paper boutonnieres

The bride meticulously cut and put together paper flower boutonnieres for her groom and the groomsmen. See the rest of the paper elements in the link below.

* From Sara & Wallace’s 1920s-inspired Silent Film-themed Wedding, photos by Kickstand Studio

ringbearer shell instead of pillow

13. Shell ringbearer pillow

In this beach wedding, the ringbearer’s “pillow” was a large clamshell adorned with seashells and straw ribbons.

* From Meredith & Brian’s Beautiful Bright Green & Turquoise Beach Wedding, photos by Concept Photography

Crafty Reception Decor

mason jar chandelier

14. A mason jar chandelier

The bride placed string lights inside mason jars, strung wire around them and hung it from the ceiling.

* From Audrey & Brian’s Elegant and Rustic DIY Estatoah Falls Wedding, photos by Cariad Photography

papel picado centerpiece ideas

15. Papel Picado Banners with little bells

The bride hand cut and assembled about 300 banderitas (tissue paper flags on a stick) and topped them with silver and gold jingle bells.  They were taped to each chair so when the couple exited back down the aisle, everyone waved and shook their flags instead of throwing rice.

* From Tana & Tom’s Festive and Colorful DIY Mexican Wedding in Montana, photos by Fran Ze Photography

banners made of old maps

16. Bunting made from favorite prints

The vintage map bunting was perfect for the couple’s travel-themed wedding but you can use other vintage designs to suit your own wedding’s theme.

* From Valerie & David’s Magical Map and Atlas-themed Wedding, photos by Richard Bell Photography

leopard print bunting

For instance, this couple used leopard print paper for their bunting!

* From Kirstie & Liam’s DIY Leopard Print Sweet Shop Music Themed Lochside Wedding, photos by Borja Prada Garcia

Dessert Buffet Alternative

sweets bar wedding

17. An Old Fashioned Sweets Shoppe Candy Buffet 

The bride and her friends made gift jars with aged labels to look like Victorian apothecary themed jars and even created names for the candy to suit their rock and roll theme (examples:  ‘Amy Winegums’, ’Block Rockin Treats’, ‘Gum DMC’, and ‘Ferrero de la Rocha’)

* From Kirstie & Liam’s DIY Leopard Print Sweet Shop Music Themed Lochside Wedding, this photo by bridesmaid Morven Donald

DIY Favor Ideas

honey stick favors

18. Honey stick favors

The couple wanted to support their local apiary by buying and using local honey as favors. They bundled 3 honey sticks tied together with bakers twine and attached cute handmade tags.

* From Diana & Steve’s Crafty and Artistic Eclectic Vintage DIY Wedding, photos by Carly Valentine Photography

eco friendly favors

19. Live spruce and pine trees in bird feeder tubes

This couple’s favors were live spruce and pine trees in recyclable bird feeder tubes with customized labels from the Arbor Day Foundation. The tube container can be reused as bird feeders.

* From Elizabeth & Chris’ Beautifully Blinged-up Purple and Orange DIY Wedding, photos by Maria Angela Photography

Fun DIY Escort Card, Guest Book, and Table Number Alternatives

polaroid escort cards

20. Polaroid escort cards

The couple created Polaroid style escort cards by sourcing photos of each one of their guests on Facebook or in their personal collection. The escort cards were strung up on twine with clothespins on an old barn window frame.

21. Mad Lib Guestbook

Rather than a traditional guest book, the couple had their guests fill out Mad Lib type cards for them.

* From Steph & Sanj’s Fun and Whimsical Hand-Crafted Wedding with an 80s Kick, photos by Devic Fotos

rock guest cards

22. Escort Card Rocks

Aren’t these cute? The artistic couple specially designed a rock for each of their guests. Can double as keepsake paperweights.

* From Laura & Dan’s Fun & Funky Willowdale Estate Wedding, photos by Kristin Chalmers Photography

apple escort cards

23. Fruity escort cards

They don’t have to be apples, any small fruit in season would be a treat for your guests.

* From Jessica & Jay’s Bright, Colorful and Eclectic “No Theme” Wedding, photos by Kristin Chalmers Photography

funky DIY escort cards

24. Shrinky-dink Escort Cards (or Wine Charms)

The couple had a camera / photography theme so they shrinky-dinked photos of vintage cameras and attached them on paper tags to serve as wine charms. I think they’ll make great escort cards too. Just shrinky dink elements to match your wedding’s theme.

* From Sarah & Kevin’s Creative Crafts-filled Corks and Cameras Wedding, photos by Paige Winn Photo 

comic book guestbook

25. Vintage Comic Guest Poster

The groom loves comic books so their friends created a vintage comic book poster for guests to sign. They removed the text from the speech bubbles so guests could write their own messages. You can also draw the comic yourself for a more personal touch.

* From Dara & Jeremy’s Fun, Sweet and Kid-Friendly DIY Rustic Farm Wedding, photos by Justine Bursoni Photography

thumbprint balloon guestbook

26. Fingerprint balloon guest poster

* From Ashley & Luke’s Charming and Easygoing DIY Farm Wedding in Melbourne, photos by Lakshal Perera

chalkboard thank you message board

27. Chalkboard Message Board and Escort Card Holder

The couple wrote their thank you message on the chalkboard side and pinned escort cards on the cork side of their message board.

* From Sherry & David’s Chic and Cozy Brooklyn Restaurant Wedding, photos by Photo Philosophies

globe guestbook

28. Globe as Guest Book

This was for a travel-themed wedding but I thought it was a pretty unique guestbook alternative.

* From Valerie & David’s Magical Map and Atlas-themed Wedding, photos by Richard Bell Photography

alternative guestbook idea

29. Notebook Table Numbers and Guestbook

This couple propped mini noteooks on little easels. These served as their table numbers and guests could also write messages for them in the pages. Such a neat idea huh?

* From Chrissy & Tom’s Chic and Cozy New York Bookstore Wedding, photos by Sarah Tew Photography

street sign table numbers

30. Street Sign Table Numbers

This couple wanted to incorporate elements from their home city of Chicago into their Florida wedding so they named guest tables after streets and designed them like street signage.

* From Jackie & Tim’s Chic, Casual, and Chicago-cool Florida Beach Wedding, photos by  Concept Photography

Did this roundup inspire you to come up with a personalized DIY project for your wedding? Feel free to share this list with your fellow brides!

*  Don’t forget to check out last year’s roundup: 25 Creative & Unique DIY Wedding Project Ideas
*  For further inspiration, here are tons more funky wedding ideas

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One Comment

  1. Number #9 on the list is very popular. There is no shortage of things that you can do with mason jars for your wedding decor. From tea lights to LED lights, decorative stones, plants, and even candy, you and use them as a decorative piece in so many diverse ways.

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