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Do It Yourself Wedding Receptions

Ahhh, do it yourself wedding this is where the fun begins! Whether you want to save money in your wedding planning or want to be sure it is extra special and personalized, a reception is the focal point. While your ceremony will be short and whir by, your reception is where guests will let loose and celebrate. A do it yourself wedding reception is a party to be remembered!

Sure, you can do all the elements of a wedding reception yourself: food, entertainment, music, favors, drinks, centerpieces, other decorations and the dreaded clean-up afterwards...but it might be safer for you to look over the following ideas and pick which things excite you the most. This is a key place where it is best to find a good balance between doing it yourself and getting help from others - whether hiring professionals or enlisting friends and family. So much to do! Check out the many articles below to get you started!

Do it yourself wedding reception ideas and related articles:

Reception Table Decorations

Do It Yourself Wedding Reception Centerpieces
An entire section of this site is devoted to do it yourself reception centerpieces! Many great centerpiece ideas that are easy to do and don't cost a bundle! Links to several centerpiece projects with complete instructions and photos. Don't miss browsing these great ideas!

reception plate charger
Wedding Napkin Rings Instructions
Easy, no-sew fabric napkin ring instructions to jazz up your wedding reception tables. Fast, fun project using a glue gun.

Reception Table Decorations: Plate Chargers
Dress up your tables beautifully by creating plate chargers. Instructions and photos for leaf chargers, marble and wine themed chargers.

DIY Reception Table Place Card Holders
Nothing fancy, just easy as pie do it yourself reception table place card holders. It doesn't get any easier than this! Crafty not necessary. Includes instructions and photo examples.

Other Reception Decorations

Easy Cardboard & Tulle Wedding Wreath
Super easy and stunning wedding wreath instructions for making a tulle & cardboard wedding wreath. Many variations for this simple and affordable do it yourself decoration!

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"No Nails" Wall Wedding Reception Decorations
Here is a fabulous solution for cheap, do it yourself "no nails" wedding reception decorations! Perfect back drop idea when you can't affix anything to the walls.

Wedding Paper Flower Decorations: How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers
Easily create breathtaking tissue paper flowers to use as cheap decorations at your reception. Centerpieces, getaway car, bathroom decorations, pew or chair back much you can do with tissue paper flowers! Complete instructions and photos!

DIY Monogram Aisle Runner or Wall Hanging
Tutorial for creating your own monogram aisle runner or wall banner using a stencil and some affordable muslin fabric! Submitted by one of our readers!

Wedding Guest Book Alternative Ideas
You don't have to stick with the traditional boring sign-in books! Let your guests be creative with these alternatives and you'll have a keepsake you'll treasure forever.

Wedding Card Box
Create an amazing tiered wedding card box for guests to put their cards in and gifts around.

Do It Yourself Reception Favors
Here are several great ideas with instructions for creating your own wedding favors. Seed favors, edible favors, CD favors and how to decorate packaging articles. Create something really unique and personal without breaking the bank!

Sand Ceremony Shadowbox Frame
Complete instructions to create a sand ceremony container that remains part of your decor as a shadowbox frame!

Themed Reception Ideas

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Fall Themed Wedding Ideas
If you are planning a wedding for autumn you are in luck! Here are several articles just focusing on fall weddings.

Fall Wedding Canopy Instructions
Here are tons of photos and instructions for building your own fall themed wedding canopy to have the ceremony under. Creates a beautiful frame for photographs.

Unique Wedding Reception Idea: Wine Tasting for a Wine Wedding Theme
A wine tasting is the perfect way to add class and sophistication to your wedding reception, especially if you are interested in wine. Complete instructions on what you'll need to pull it off.

Christmas Theme
Ideas for Christmas themed wedding favors, reception decor and more for those of you considering a holiday theme for your wedding!


DIY Wedding Food
A whole section about doing your own wedding food for your reception! Articles on finger foods, making things ahead and even backyard barbeque themed wedding receptions.

Cookie Buffet Table
An alternative to a candy table, a cookie table is great fun for guests and can be done cheaply! Submitted by one of our readers.

More Reception Related Articles

Do It Yourself Wedding Reception Music
Ideas and tips for doing your own wedding reception music. Skip the cheesy DJ, save a bundle and only play songs that you love! Links to related articles on father/daughter and mother/groom songs and more.

Make Your Own Wedding Bubbles
Make your own wedding bubbles for after your ceremony, at the reception and especially for the kids! Includes easy recipe.

Finding a Wedding Planner or Day of Coordinator
Even if you do plan to do most everything yourself you may still find yourself wanting to enlist the help of a planner, or a day of coordinator. Here are a list of questions you'll need to ask when you are trying to find someone to work with - even if it is just cousin Clara.

Funny Wedding Speeches
Guest author, Mark Pommett, writes tips for giving a funny wedding speech. Entertain guests and make everyone happy. Tips for the groom and best man.

After browsing the above options for do it yourself reception ideas decide which things you'd most like to do yourself. Always keep in mind how much time you'll have in the reception location before the wedding and how many helpers you have. You are probably throwing the biggest party of your life and while this may be a little overwhelming, it is also incredibly exciting! You can do it!

Have a fun celebrating at your reception!

It's your wedding, do it the way you want!

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