9 Unique DIY Wedding Garland Ideas

couple's reception chairs
Brosnan Photographic

Over the past decade we have seen the trend of DIY weddings give couples a special chance to express their creativity. From DIY 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.

white and green balloon garlands

Emily Scott via Apartment 34


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.

knotted rope garland

Michelle Boyd Photography via Wedding Bells


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.

hanging cream flowers

Brides of Adelaide


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.

ribbons and apples garland

Meg Smith via Snippet & Ink


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.

pink paper cranes

All Free DIY Weddings

gold flag decor

With Love and Embers via Green Wedding Shoes

mult-colored diamond backdrop

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 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.

polaroid guest book

Carter & Cook Event Company


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.

DIY floral chandeleirs

Project Wedding


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.

suspended mason jars

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!

red white and blue ribbons

Knot and Pop via Style Me Pretty

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