These IKEA Wedding Hacks Will Save You Some Serious Dough
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These IKEA Wedding Hacks Will Save You Some Serious Dough

Whether you’re a total DIY bride or just craving some personalized decor that won’t break the bank, IKEA is a seriously smart starting point for crafting some unique decor elements for your nuptials. While IKEA hacks typically bring to mind bedside tables and dining spaces, the world of our fave box store extends way beyond just furniture. Wedding signage? Check. Mood lighting? Double check! Centerpiece decor? Yup. So instead of forking out hundreds of dollars for candlesticks and linens, scroll on to get inspired and get ready to save tons of cash.

1. Seamless Signage: The award for most versatile goes to this nifty Tolsby Frame ($1) that can be used for every element of signage, from the gift table to table numbers. Find pretty paper to line the backdrop, insert a classic table number or leave the paper out altogether and use a chalk marker to write directly on the glass. Not feeling the color? Spray paint this little frame to your heart’s desire. The gold pictured above is a perfectly glam option that really upgrades the frame. (via Honey Honey Photography / RuffledMindy Lipcavage PhotographyThe Wedding Chicks and Rebecca Arthurs Photography / Ruffled)

2. Glass Bottles: These vintage-inspired Korken Glass Bottles ($3) are ubiquitous on European dining tables and lend an element of effortless sophistication to tablescapes. Group them with objects of varying heights on trays for your centerpieces, or infuse them with a watercolor look with pastel spray paint and vinyl stickers for your table numbers. (via Kristyn Harder PhotographyRustic Wedding Chic and Almost Makes Perfect)

3. Lacey Vessels: These Skurar Candle Holders ($2) and Pots ($4) feel like they were made for weddings with their delicate lace-inspired details and easy-to-paint finish. The intricate cutouts were designed to give off gorgeous light, and they work equally well for flower arrangements too. (via Kayla Adams Photography / Wedding Chicks and The House That Lars Built)

4. Easel Signage: In love with welcome signage but not feeling so welcomed by the price? Grab a MÅLA Easel ($15) (or three) and craft the signage of your dreams. You can stain the outside for a rustic look or paint it white for a classic approach. If you’re not in love with your handwriting, download pretty fonts and have them printed to the scale you desire, then go over them with chalk to create outlines to trace with a chalk marker. Voila, you’re a calligrapher! (via Leigh Elizabeth PhotographyStyle Me Pretty)

5. Paper Lanterns: Going for a more ethereal or whimsical vibe? These round Solvinden Paper Lanterns ($5+) give off a soft glow and can be strung across the entire space for a striking effect. Tie ribbons along the edge for a more playful look, or add greenery to create an organic vibe. (via The Knot Shop and Bridal Guide)

6. Ornate Frames: For larger signage or for a super cute photo prop, this ornate Baroque-inspired Ung Drill Frame ($25) strays from IKEA’s streamlined aesthetic in the best way possible. Spray paint it any color you’d like and leave it open and suspended from a tree for photos, or line it with a chalkboard (or printed chalkboard paper) or a mirror for welcome and direction signage. (via Emmaline Bride, Kayla Adams PhotographyFab Mood and Lauren Scotti Photography / Wedding Chicks)

7. Styled Bar Cart: Perch signature cocktails on a gold-painted Bygel Utility Cart ($30) with simple signage or display family pictures or other decor elements on the two shelves. This piece will fit fabulously into your married home when the wedding’s over to serve as a sweet reminder of the day. (via Ruth Eileen PhotographyStyle Me Pretty)

8. Pitchers: Using everyday objects in unexpected ways is a simple way to cultivate a laid-back aesthetic. This Sockerärt Pitcher ($10) looks picture-perfect perched on a farm table with lots of flowers. Simply tie on some ribbon and position the number on the front. Take it one step further and put flowers in the pitcher for a simple centerpiece/table number combination. (via Martha Stewart Weddings)

9. Classic Lanterns: These Borrby Lanterns ($8) do everything from illuminate the way to the bar at outdoor receptions to serve as organic centerpieces with flowers literally blooming out of them. These angular lanterns come in black and white and two different sizes, plus they’re easy to spray paint for a customized look that will light up the night. (via Sposto PhotographyWedding Chicks, Meredith Moran PhotographyMon Cheri Bridals and Awake PhotographyRuffled)

10. Tulle Backdrop: Use Lill Curtains ($5) to craft a stunning ceremony backdrop, hide a wall you don’t love or create soft light through windows. We love this look where tulle was knotted across a rope for an epic ceremony site. Consider hanging string lights behind the tulle for a softly lit effect at the head table. (via Eventures)

11. Tea Light Holders: Tea lights are typically placed in low votives, but these Blomster Candle Holders ($16) take them to a whole new level (literally). The stems mimic glassware, giving a festive look, while the raised tea light is an unexpected way to cover surfaces with a candlelit glow. (via Katie Slater PhotographyApartment Therapy)

12. Napkins: Is your linen quote giving you nightmares? These Elly Dish Towels ($4, 4-pack) work in a variety of settings — from a relaxed outdoor garden party to a boho-chic space. Tie them with twine and tuck in a menu to make the tablescape your own. Mix and match from the set of four coordinating patterns for a tied-together yet eclectic look. (via Katrina Louise PhotographyRuffled)

13. Runners: The Alvine Spets Lace Curtains ($13) double as sweet runners on farm tables and other display tables. Trim them to fit or drape them and let the sweet scalloped edges make an appearance. Try alternating runners with tables covered in tablecloths or linen-free tables to keep them looking airy and elegant. (via Christie Graham PhotographyWedding Chicks)

14. Sheepskin Accents: Perfect for putting on your chairs for the reception, these Rens Sheepskin Throws ($30) add a softer element and would fit in well at a winter wedding. Plus, they’ll look super cute in your house after the wedding’s over. (via B & G PhotographyStyle Me Pretty)

15. Vases: IKEA has a ton of options for floral vessels, and we’re loving these milk jug-inspired Ensidig Vases ($2). They’re a sweet way to incorporate ceremony flowers when hung on the chairs along the aisle and would also work well clustered together as centerpieces, in lieu of bud vases. (via IKEA)

16. Personalized Glassware: Create customized glassware by etching your new last name, initials or guests’ names on Svalka Wine ($1) and Champagne ($1) glasses. Talk about adding a personal touch! (via Swooned Magazine)

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