DIY Paper Decorations for Your Wedding and Reception

Ribbon inserted into wedding stationary

Whether you want to save money or just inject a little homemade charm into your wedding, there are so many types of DIY paper decorations you can make for your ceremony and reception. Paper is so versatile and can be used for anything from transforming paper into garlands, lanterns, and other decor for the ceremony. Paper can be used for labels with pretty lettering for table assignments, dessert tray signs, or to party favors decor for guests.

As with any other DIY projects for your wedding, you want to make certain that you love the way they turn out, which means that you should allow for plenty of time to do some trial runs. The last thing you want to happen is to find yourself sprawled out on the floor with all your crafting supplies two days before the wedding in a panic. You also want to make sure that you’re purchasing good, sturdy paper that won’t tear too easily, such as cardstock or scrapbooking paper.

Here are our seven favorite paper DIY projects to try out in preparation for your big day:


You want to have save-the-dates, but you don’t want to pay for the high cost of printing? Try creating your own. By using some cardstock, creative lettering, and a cute photo of the two of you, you can make something that’s just as adorable as the cards you can find online. Best of all, you won’t have the same old save-the-dates that everyone else has—you’ll have something totally unique.

A diamond engagement ring sits on top of a DIY invitation

Paper Garlands

Paper garlands are popular right now. You can make these pretty, delicate strings of paper as fancy or as rustic-looking as you’d like. Use them in front of the cake table, attached to the guest table, as a backdrop to your selfie station, and anywhere that needs a little bit of extra decorative flair. You can create them in shapes of flowers or as a way to display the letters of your last name. Just remember to be as original and creative as you can!

Paper Poufs

Paper poufs, or tissue pom-poms, are really simple to make. They are an attractive way to spruce up the entrance of a reception area or pretty homemade accents to hang up in trees at an outdoor wedding. They can also be used as the focal part of your alter. Best of all, it’s inexpensive to make a whole bunch of these pom-poms. All you need are sheets of tissue paper, scissors, and a bag of pipe cleaners. They can be made fairly quickly if one or two friends help you.

Labels for the Reception

Labels are great for your reception to have located near items like beverages in large dispensers, special desserts at the cake table, and appetizers that are set out before the buffet is open. Labels are a great way to add a bit of extra style to something that would otherwise look ordinary; the options to personalize them are endless.

Table Assignment Numbers

If you decide to use table numbers to seat your guests at the reception, don’t use just any old table numbers that you can buy at a craft store—use this as an opportunity to show off your DIY skills! Create consistency throughout your wedding by using the same type font as your wedding invitations or sticking with the same color scheme. Display your table numbers in photo frames or do something fun like attaching them to a bottle of wine for the table.

Paper Lanterns

Is there anything more romantic than a paper lantern? Lanterns add a sense of romance as well as a fun party ambiance at your wedding reception. When choosing paper lanterns, stick with classic bridal white or go crazy with color to brighten up your reception for the after-party. You can use these lanterns again for a future outdoor event with proper storage and care.

A ceiling decorated using DIY paper lanterns

Confetti Cones

Every couple wants a proper send-off at the end of the reception, but sparklers can be expensive and potentially dangerous with paper decor. Bubbles can make the floor sticky and create a big cleanup later. Instead, craft some confetti cones out of paper and fill them with dried flowers, rice, and confetti. At the send-off for the newlyweds, you can spring them on the lucky couple.

When it comes to DIY paper decorations for your wedding ceremony and reception, these are some of the best choices to try DIY. Most paper decorations can be easily made in a couple hours or less with the help of friends or family.

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