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Although wedding decorations may seem like something you need to buy, you can actually make beautiful decorations yourself for a fraction of the cost that are a perfect fit for your wedding.
Floral letters are a simple way to decorate the walls of your wedding or reception venues. You could spell out the names of you and your spouse-to-be, your initials, 'xoxo', or any number of other words. All you need are paper mache letters from the craft store, florist's foam, a glue gun, fake flowers, and a pair of scissors.
First you cut off the front of each letter. You then cut pieces of the florist's foam to fit the empty space inside each letter and fasten it securely with the glue gun. After this you cut the stems off of your flowers, leaving a couple inches. Insert your flowers into the foam close enough together to hide it and reinforce with more glue if needed.
You're then free to hang them in any formation you'd like, and because they're made with artificial flowers you could save them to use in your home after the wedding.
Rustic decorating is incredibly popular right now, especially for outdoor weddings. Barns have become a popular wedding venue as a result, but not everyone has access to one or wants to use a whole barn, as they can become uncomfortably hot during the warmer months. Barn doors are a great way to incorporate that rustic look without the discomfort.
One of the best ways to do this is to build an entrance to the area outdoors you'll be holding your wedding. Not only can guests enter through it, but it can be closed shortly before the ceremony and opened to reveal the bride as she heads down the aisle. The closed barn door entrance could also be used as a backdrop for photos afterwards.
You can either use old barn doors if you're lucky enough to find them, or build your own (out of reclaimed wood to keep them rustic). Your frame should be built of wood, which you can easily do yourself. But be careful to make sure you properly reinforce it so it remains stable. To keep the doors in line with the rustic style, you'll need to buy barn door hardware which can be purchased in many styles from old-fashioned to modern at nearly any large hardware store as well as online. The hardware is simple to install; just follow the included directions.
Barn doors have become popular for use in houses, so you can easily re-purpose them after the wedding where they will double as a unique souvenir from your special day.
Another simple wedding DIY decoration is hanging floral displays; a wedding can never have enough flowers, and because you're making these yourself, you can save a ton of money on your florist bill.
All you need to make these is styrofoam balls of various sizes, silk flowers, scissors, and ribbon. If you make the floral monograms, you could use any leftover flowers for these (and they'd match!).
Like with the floral monograms, you trim the stems of your flowers down to an inch or two then insert them into the styrofoam balls, reinforcing with hot glue if necessary. You then attach your ribbon and hang them from where ever you please! You could also forego the ribbon and place these on top of vases or grouped together as table centerpieces.
Washi tape can be used to decorate a plain table runner, giving it a splash of color. You could incorporate colors from your centerpieces or your wedding colors. Washi tape can also be used to decorate chairs, walls, backdrops, vases, glasses, and nearly anything else. Washi tape can be found in nearly any color and also comes in countless patterns as well, making it an easy and inexpensive way to decorate many different things for your wedding.