9 Unique DIY Wedding Garland Ideas
by Lindsey Delgado

Over the past decade we have seen the trend of DIY weddings give couples a special chance to express their creativity. From DIY wedding invitations, dessert tables, photo booths, and general reception décor, these personal touches give weddings a special and authentic twist. We can’t think of a better way for you to show off your own originality than by taking one of the most traditional aspects of wedding décor, the wedding garland, and giving it a 2015 spin.

Wedding garlands are the perfect ornament for any type of reception. They can adorn anything from cake toppers to bouquets, pose beautiful backdrops, and accessorize table centerpieces. Unique DIY wedding garlands are the perfect opportunity to showcase your imagination and individuality. Do you want to know the best part? They can be made on any budget!

Here are some of our favorite ideas to get you started:


Balloons are back on the rise, both figuratively and literally. We are seeing them as bouquet replacements, photo props, and now wedding garlands! Space them out around the dessert table and the dance floor to create a carefree and light-hearted atmosphere, which your guests will thoroughly enjoy. The ladies over at Apartment 34 created an easy tutorial on how to make these lovely DIY floral garland balloons.


Talk about symbolism. Nothing captures marriage like literal knotted rope! This tie-the-knot garland is simply sweet and can double as a creative photo backdrop. It is the perfect fit for rustic, barn, and backyard weddings.


Take your flowers to new heights by suspending them from branches, ceilings, chairs you name it! This inspiration shot perfectly captures the dream-like quality hanging flowers can posses. They are just the right touch for a whimsical and romantic themed wedding.


Going organic seems like a fitting complement to the DIY trend. This apple garland inspiration is not only delightful and creative, but also beautifully tasteful. Try incorporating some seasonal fruit into your wedding garlands to add your unique DIY touch.


On a tight budget? Ditch the flowers and grab the scissors! DIY paper wedding garlands are affordable, chic, and innovative. Whether you’re into fun and colorful flags, quirky and vibrant diamonds, or stunning origami, the possibilities for paper wedding garlands are endless! Up for a challenge? Check out All Free DIY Wedding’s tutorial  on how to make elegant paper cranes.

Photo by  Izzy Hudgins  via  Ruffled

Photo by Izzy Hudgins via Ruffled


The photo DIY wedding garland is a great way to incorporate your guests into the celebration! This photo from the Carter & Cook Event Company shows just one of the many ways you can display photo garlands in your wedding décor. Photo garlands can be used to share the couple’s story, act as a premium wedding guest book, or even represent a physical slideshow of the event. Digital, disposable or Polaroid, photo wedding garlands are inexpensive, entertaining, and capture the memories you will be happy you saved.


These au natural chandeliers are the perfect wedding garlands for the trendy, green bride. Project Wedding provides a great step-by-step tutorial on how to make these gorgeous DIY flower chandeliers. Tip: try matching them with your bridal parties’ flower crowns to create an earthy and bohemian atmosphere.


Mix up your suspended wedding garlands by adding any types of jars, bottles or glasses. Use them with twinkling lights to create the perfect combination of classic simplicity, joined by DIY creativity. Mason jars and similar glasses create the ideal mood for a mid-summers night dream wedding.

Photo by  Mod Wedding

Photo by Mod Wedding


Still soaking up the patriotic spirit from the holiday weekend, this ribbon wedding garland from Knot and Pop is a charming accessory to the quintessential southern wedding. Ribbons are the ultimate DIY resource and have so much to offer. Try incorporating them into your wedding garlands, or use them as a stand-alone piece!

Can't get enough DIY? Check out our feature on DIY photo booth backdrops to find your ultimate wedding reception inspiration!

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