Choosing a theme for your wedding is one of the most important decisions you have to make because it plays a huge role in determining so many other components. Location, decorations, color scheme, maybe even the food you serve are all influenced by the theme you pick. Once you’ve picked that theme, though, some decisions become even more difficult, such as what kind of centerpiece to use or which type of hanging lights. You may find yourself with too many options to choose from or not enough pieces to fill your reception hall. A few themes that remain popular are rustic, woodland, and garden party. These are all themes that rely heavily on wooden decor, but wood pieces can fit into almost any theme. Below are 13 ways to use wood in any wedding, from a backyard BBQ to a black tie affair. Most of these are budget-friendly and many can easily be made yourself at home!
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Who says guestbooks have to be books? You and your guests will love this wood guestbook puzzle! Guests sign a piece when they arrive, and then you can put it together any time you want after the wedding. Make a tradition out of putting it together every year on your anniversary, or make it a permanent decoration by gluing and framing it to hang it on the wall.
One of our absolute favorite ways to incorporate wood into your wedding: forever flowers. These are full bouquets made of painted wooden flowers — so they last forever! Keep them in a vase (with no watering required!) on your mantel for years to come, and always be reminded of your gorgeous wedding day. Not to mention how realistic they look!
Signs are, of course, a great use of wood at your wedding. You may need signs for everything from where the reception is, to bathrooms, to what’s what on the dessert table. Wood is an easy material to work with. It’s also less expensive than other common materials such as chalkboard or metal. These are a fun item to DIY, too. Recruit your bridal party and spend a day brainstorming fun love-related saying and then paint the signs yourselves.
Decorate the backs of the chairs with adorable wood wreaths. These are another great option for decor that can double as a favor. Tie an escort card to the wreath and let guests know they can take it home!
There are a few options for a wooden photo booth backdrop: a fence-like, solid piece, or pallets that have more open areas. If you’re providing props for your photo booth, you may want to go with a more solid background, so the focus is on the props. If you don’t want to use props, consider something more like the pallets so you can more easily decorate the backdrop.
Build a huge frame to use at your reception, for anything from a photo gallery to a guestbook to escort cards. Hang twine or strings of lights across the frame so you can pin up cards or guests can pin up pictures.