When planning your entire wedding day, there are so many awesome ways to save money and create decorations and really bring your own personality to the event. Last week, we gave our favorite DIY wedding ceremony ideas and today we want to show you our top 10 favorite DIY wedding reception ideas!

Your wedding reception should reflect the type of wedding you are having. Do you want it to be very traditional or do you want it to be a fun party with fun decorations, games, music and entertainment for the guests? Is your theme rustic or romantic or are you doing an indoor wedding in a ballroom where you really want to bring in your own style to the spruce up the space? What ever your wedding theme, there are DIY wedding reception ideas that you can create that will make your day special and exactly how you want it to be.

It is always good to remember that if you are planning to create many of your own DIY ideas, be sure to plan ahead and start working on your crafts early. A wedding is a stressful and huge task to plan, and you do not want to find yourself waiting until the last minute to create 200 party favors or stringing together decorations and lights.

Check out these great DIY wedding reception ideas below!

If you are having an outdoor wedding, what a cute – and colorful – idea to have a balloon arch! They are so simple to make and can be the focal point of the event. Maybe create a few arches and use them around the space to keep guests in one location, or arch the balloons over the dance floor to create a fun atmosphere and great location for photos.

DIY wedding ceremony ideas

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Everyone at a wedding wants to know the story behind how the bride and groom met or fun stories about the proposal. Instead of having to tell every person the same exact thing, why not list out your “Love Story” on a sign, like the chalkboard love story below. This can be more rustic themed like the photo below, or if you are having a more traditional, sophisticated wedding, try writing in a simple gold or including lace around the frame to create a more fancy affect. DIY wedding reception ideas

If you planning to have an open bar at your wedding, or even if you just want guests to be able to grab their own soft drinks or bottled water, this is a great DIY wedding reception idea to create your own beer garden. This can be done more rustic and outdoorsy like the photo below or if you are having an indoor wedding, you can find a large barrel of some kind to fill with ice and beverages of your choice.

DIY wedding reception ideas

Do you have an empty wall or space that you would like to fill in and decorate but not sure what to do with it? Create a photo wall easily like the one below. Simply purchase yarn of some kind and add clothes pins to the wall. Add photos of the wedding party, fun times from the bride and groom throughout their years of dating, or your favorite quotes. You could even ask guests to bring in an old photo they have of the bride or groom to add to the wall. Everyone loves to see fun college or baby photos!

DIY wedding ceremony ideas

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Let your guests know where to sit in style with these easy DIY wedding reception place settings. Take a piece of chocolate, like these delicious Ferrero Rocher candies, with a stirring stick or toothpick and a label with the name and seat number printed in the color of your choice. So simply and yet so tasty!

DIY wedding reception ideas

Are you inviting many children to your wedding? Many people do, even though some parts of a wedding reception can be boring for children. Why not give them something fun to do during the party? You can create fun coloring books like the ones below easily! Give each child an activity packet and some crayons and they will be set with something fun to do while the wedding party is being introduced and the bride and groom share their first dance together.

DIY wedding reception ideas

There are so many DIY wedding reception ideas for table centerpieces and they are so great to customize based on the theme of your wedding. The photo below is so simple yet stunning for any type of wedding. Just use whichever type of vase you prefer, and add in branches and lights. Planning a beach wedding? Instead of branches in the vase, how about sand and some sea shells? Or if you are having a Christmas-themed wedding, use holiday branches, poinsettias or simply put twinkling lights inside each vase.

DIY wedding reception ideas

You can use lighted lanterns all throughout your reception space. They are especially beautiful with an outdoor evening wedding, helping to light the way for the guests. You can use them to create a walkway or even in a darkened ballroom or indoor space that needs some extra light.

DIY wedding reception ideas

Who doesn’t love candy? How about having a candy buffet table at your reception? With so many different candy choices to choose from, you can find custom colors that match your wedding colors or you can simply have a little bit of every color to brighten up the reception space. It is a fun alternative for desert if some guests do not prefer cake.

DIY wedding reception ideas

For a fun alternative to having all of your wedding attendees sign a regular guest book, have each sign a Jenga piece so that every time and your new spouse play the game together, you can think back to your wonderful wedding day.

DIY wedding reception ideas

Be sure to check back next week for our favorite DIY invitations, save-the-dates and thank you notes. And do not forget to read out post on DIY wedding ceremony ideas.

For other DIY wedding inspiration, be sure to follow our Pinterest page or search on the Get Inspired page.

Do you have any other really great, unique, DIY wedding reception ideas? We would love to hear about them in the comments below!

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