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DIY Wedding Ideas on a Budget Guest Blogger Poppies Sunshine ...

By Diana

Hello everyone! This is Shawna from Poppies and Sunshine and I am so excited to be guest posting here thanks to Diana! What a wonderful lady you are! :) Here are some of my favorite DIY wedding reception ideas. They not only look fantastic, but are also inexpensive, so you are saving yourself money, which is always an important factor when planning a wedding!

17 Mix & Match...

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I love creating a mix-matched look, which can give a wedding reception a real vintage charm. One of the ways to achieve this look is to use vintage plates. Borrow some from a grandparent, parent, friends, or buy some at a thrift store very inexpensively.

16 Burlap...


Use burlap for an inexpensive table runner that is simple and rustic, yet elegant.


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15 Teacups

Teacups make great centerpieces. And, of course, they don't have to be matching, so borrow some or buy them at a thrift store.

14 Candle Holders...

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Use candle holders of different sizes and colors for centerpieces. Again, these could be borrowed or found at a thrift store inexpensively.

13 Old Bottles & Jars...

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Old Bottles & Jars...image
Old bottles and jars can be saved from your kitchen with the labels peeled off and used for pretty and simple vases.

12 Potted Plants...

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Potted plants can be used as centerpieces and can double as favors to give out to guests. Plants can range from houseplants, flowers, or herbs.

11 Chairs...


Create the mix-matched look again by collecting and borrowing different looking chairs.

10 Hanging Vases...

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Using jars as hanging vases is great for an outdoor reception. Just tie raffia or twine securely around the jar and hang.

9 Photographs...

Filling jars with old photographs of loved ones adds a sentimental and vintage touch to any area of your reception. One great location for these is placing them near the guest book.

8 Hearts...


Let guests know where they are sitting with some love. Cut hearts out, write the name of the guest and what table they are sitting at, and attach to twine with a clothespin.

7 Napkin Bows...

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Make bows out of napkins by attaching a strip of paper around the center of a folded napkin.

6 Picture Frames...

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Hang empty picture frames from trees for a unique setting for guests to take photos at. Empty frames can be found very inexpensively at thrift stores.

5 Tissue Paper...

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Make tissue paper pom poms and hang from trees for a magical look. Learn how to make these pom poms here! They are very easy and fast to make.

4 Dessert Table...

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Have a dessert table as an alternative to putting a lot of money into a big cake or have a dessert table instead of a meal for an earlier daytime wedding reception. Apothecary jars are great for displaying different kinds of candies in coordinating colors to match your wedding. And these jars can be used as décor in your home after.

3 Drink Table...

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Have a table just for drinks. For example, a summertime wedding could have lemonade, iced tea, punches, and water. A great background to a table like this is to hang a tapestry for that added vintage look.

2 Down the Aisle...

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Use lemons to line the chairs at an outdoor wedding.

1 Bowls...


A bowl filled with lemons tied with ribbons can be an elegant decoration as a centerpiece for guest tables or food table.

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