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How to Decorate Wedding Favors from A to Z

The difference between a boring wedding favor and a brilliant wedding favor is handmade decoration. Today, we’ll show you how to decorate wedding favors with handmade wedding embellishments and ideas from A to Z. This guide will teach you how to decorate wedding favors that are more fun to make and more memorable for guests, too. Enjoy!

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How to Decorate Wedding Favors: A to Z

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Adhesive

Dress up your favorites with a quirky adhesive embellishment like these hot pink kiss lips or mustaches stickers at 42 Things.

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by 42 things

decorate wedding favors

by 42 things

Burlap

Burlap fabric can be wrapped around any favor to tie in nicely with a rustic wedding. Consider burlap coffee favors or salt water taffy placed in a small burlap drawstring bag. Try BurlapFabric.com which offers tons of crafting supplies with burlap as their specialty! (They are a sponsor but we also whole-heartedly adore their selection, regardless.)

Calligraphy

Favor tags are more decorative with calligraphy! Hire a calligrapher or try your best penmanship with a decorative calligraphy set. Hand-written tags takes more time, but it is more personal.

Doily

A paper doily dresses up any favor and does double duty as a name tag. Place on a box tied with string or attached to a favor with a clothespin; write the guest’s name in the center.

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Envelope

Use an envelope to hold a small, thin favor – like seed packets – embellished with a stamp.

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Flower

Add a small decorative flower to tie in your wedding colors. These poppy flowers are made by Chocolate Bird. Just add an adhesive dot to the bag to stick on your wedding favor.

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Gift box

Buy small paper mache boxes and wrap in decorative paper and wrapping.

Handmade

It takes longer to do, but handmade wedding favors are more memorable. And, they’re fun to make! Call your bridesmaids over for a favor-making party. Make sure you stamp each favor so guests know the love + care added to each one.decorate wedding favors

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Initial

Stamp your initials for added personalization. These favor bags are stamped just for you by Packagery.

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Jar

Create a wedding favor in a jar (think s’mores in a jar or rainbow cake in a jar) for guests to reuse after the wedding. Or, place smaller favors like candy in nostalgic miniature mason jars to make them look even sweeter.

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Kraft tags

Show guests your appreciate with a “thank you” kraft tag or one that tells guests it’s “100% handmade”.

how to decorate wedding favors

by clip and pin

how to decorate wedding favors

by clip and pin

Lace

Add a classic bridal staple to embellish a favor or place card. Use lace tape to decorate in a snap!

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Metal

Use a metal stamping kit + metal stamp blanks to add a personalized tag to each favor, tied with a ribbon.

Nature-friendly

Package your favor in a nature- and eco-friendly bag, like these biodegradable paper bags by From Soul.

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Originality

Do you possess a special talent, like painting, wood-burning, knitting, or illustrations? Use your talent to put a personal print on your wedding favor. Guests will notice!

Pin

Clothespins can be used to hold tags in place for favors. We’re crushing on these colorful clothespins by Clip and Pin:

how to decorate wedding favors

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painted clothespins

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Quote

Instead of a simple, “thank you” on a tag, add a thought-provoking or meaningful quote or song lyric on your tag (with attribution of course).

Ribbon

A decorative ribbon dresses up any package in a cinch!

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how to decorate wedding favors

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Stamp

Add a decorative stamp to a kraft paper bag, box, or hang tag using a thematic wedding element. Better yet, select a stamp with your face right on it! It’s reusable after the wedding on all correspondence. How fun!

custom face stamp

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Twine

Two words: baker’s twine. Need we say more?

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Unexpected Texture

Use an unexpected textured fabric – linen, burlap, or jute – to wrap a favor. For instance, you could wrap the top of a mason jar favor with burlap and secure with a piece of jute twine.

Volume

What makes a great favor? LOTS of it. Be generous with your favor sizes and guests will appreciate the gesture.

Washi tape

Trim cardstock, tags, or boxes with decorative washi tape. We love this stuff!

how to decorate wedding favors

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how to decorate wedding favors

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Xtras

You’d be surprised how many guests want to take an extra favor home or to a guest who couldn’t attend, so make sure you have a few extra favors on hand.

Yum

Gift guests with a delicious edible favor with unexpected personalization such as custom bride and groom cookies.

Zigzag pattern

We love a great pattern – like a zigzag chevron print – used to decorative a simple favor bag.


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We hope you enjoyed these tips on how to decorate wedding favors! And, if you need a helping hand, enlist the help of one of our lovely Featured Artists in The Marketplace.

Happy Planning Crafting!


-E.

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How to Decorate with Billy Balls

Do you love craspedia? Want to learn how to decorate with billy balls for your wedding? These bright yellow flowers can add a poppy punch of color to any space, making them perfect for wedding décor. Billy balls – also known as craspedia or billy buttons – are flowers with long brilliant green stems and sphere-shaped bright yellow head. Use these flowers to decorate your ceremony space, add to your bouquet as a filler, create boutonnieres, display as wedding centerpieces, and more! Today we’re showing you our favorite ways to decorate with billy balls to add an essential whimsical flair to your day. Enjoy!

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left – photo credit: gabriel ryan photographers, designed by jl designs and events via bollea // right – photo credit: james carson photo blog via pretty chicky

Billy Balls

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Place these flowers in decorative vases or mason jars and disperse throughout your ceremony and reception site.

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decorate with billy balls

photo credit: jl photographers via oh lovely day

Wedding Centerpieces

Place vases of billy balls to decorate a reception table. This example shows a clean, simple, and modern tablescape using craspedia in white vases, white taper candles (consider long burning candles to last through the night!), orchids, and a burlap table runner for texture.

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photo credit: kristina lynn photography, styled by: studio fleurette // via elizabeth anne designs

Place Settings

Tuck a billy ball stem into the place setting at each guest’s seat.

decorate with billy ball

photo credit: kristina lynn photography, styled by: studio fleurette // via elizabeth anne designs

Cake

Decorate your wedding cake using either real dried craspedia or faux felt billy balls.

billy ball cake

photo credit: adrienne gunde, styled by: sassy girl weddings, flowers by commerce flowers via wedding chicks

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Decorate your cake with a banner topper (from Ready Go) and add a simple vase with billy balls as décor.

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Or, consider a cake topper with faux billy balls like a monogram letter topper made from faux craspedia or billy ball cake garland.

decorate with billy ball

by cherry time

decorate with billy balls

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Boutonnieres

Select billy ball boutonnieres for the groomsmen…

decorate with billy balls

photo credit: jl photographers via oh lovely day

Bouquets

… and matching billy ball bouquets for the bridesmaids.

decorate with billy balls

photo credit: aaron hoskins photography, floral design: aj’s fine foods via the sweetest occasion

decorate with billy balls

photo credit: focus photography via grey likes weddings

decorate with billy balls

bouquet by sammy doe, photo credit: patro lind

This beautiful bouquet of daisies incorporates billy balls as a cheerful filler, perfect as the bride’s bouquet!

decorate with billy balls

photo credit: focus photography via grey likes weddings

To decorate with billy balls without a full-fledged bouquet, use just a few stems.

decorate with billy balls

floral design by: nicole ha floral design via bouquet bouquet

Accessories

Wear craspedia as a bridal hair accessory, earrings, or around your neck as a necklace. Who knew this tiny flower could inspire so many accessories?

decorate with billy balls

photo credit: aaron hoskins photography, floral design: aj’s fine foods via the sweetest occasion

billy ball earrings

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billy ball necklace

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Escort Cards

Decorate your billy balls tied to your escort cards. This first example features a DIY billy ball escort card box for your wedding.

decorate with billy ball

photo credit: lily red studio, styled by soiree events chicago via elizabeth anne designs

decorate with billy ball

photo credit: adrienne gunde, styled by: sassy girl weddings, flowers by commerce flowers via wedding chicks

Invitations + Place Cards

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by wedding girl, photo credit: kristen steele photography

decorate with billy ball

by wedding girl, photo credit: kristen steele photography

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decorate with billy balls

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DIY Billy Balls

For more DIY billy ball ideas, check out these clever tutorials. Design Sponge shows you how to make your own felt DIY billy balls, like this:

decorate with billy ball

via design sponge

Or, learn how to make pretty table decorations with dried craspedia at Hooray Blog.

decorate with billy ball

photo credit: andrea dozier via hooray blog

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What do you think about billy balls? Like ’em or leave ’em?

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Happy Planning!


-E.

How to Decorate a Simple Wedding Cake

Get ready for a sugar rush! Today, we’re bringing you inspiration on how to decorate a simple wedding cake with ten easy-to-do decoration ideas you’ll love! Your wedding cake doesn’t have to be over the top; it can be as sweet, simple, and elegant as you’d like it to be. We’re showing you how easy it is to decorate a simple wedding cake with color, fruit, flowers, tissue paper, and handmade wedding finds to make it POP, no matter what size it is. Read on for more…

Decorate a Simple Wedding Cake

how to decorate a simple wedding cake

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1. Bunting Cake Decor

This pretty bunting looks great draped around a single tiered wedding cake. Handmade by A Fete Beckons.

2. Cake Jewelry

Unique cake jewelry – like this “True Love” cake banner by Lisa Leonard Designs – will decorate a simple wedding cake in style. Plus, you can reuse it after the wedding!

how to decorate a simple wedding cake

by lisa leonard designs

3. Pink Peony

June brides: utilize the beauty of those blooming pink peonies to decorate a simple tiered white cake with ease as spotted at Call Me Cupcake:

how to decorate a simple wedding cake

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4. Doily Cake Toppers

Sweetly simple doily cake toppers will decorate a simple wedding cake (or even a variety of wedding cakes or pies) with help from Alder Designs.

how to decorate a simple wedding cake

by adler designs

5. Glittery Gold Cake Bunting

Love sparkly? This glittery gold cake bunting is perfect! Handmade by Ready Go Paper Studio.

how to decorate a simple wedding cake

by ready go paper studio

6. Cake Banner

This cake banner, also by Ready Go Paper Studio utilizes a bold banner in yellow with whimsical typography.

how to decorate a simple wedding cake

by ready go paper studio

7. Add Fruit!

Just add fruit! This is one of our favorite fruit topped cakes, perfect for summer weddings. It is raspberry pistachio cake and you can find out more via Camille Styles:

how to decorate a simple wedding cake

photo credit: she-n-he via camille styles

8. Tissue Paper Garland

Tissue paper garland by Alder Designs is airy and utilizes bright POPS of playful color.

how to decorate a simple wedding cake

by alder designs

9. Carnations

Pretty light pink and deep pink carnations are an easy way to decorate a simple wedding cake.

how to decorate a simple wedding cake

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10. Use Icing to Decorate

Why not use ribbon icing to decorate your cake? This one is our favorite:

how to decorate a simple wedding cake

photo credit: pobke photography, cake by sugar and spice cakes, via style me pretty

If you were looking for inspiration on how to bake your own wedding cake, we have a great post here in case you missed it!

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Happy Planning!


-E.

How to Decorate Your Reception with Personal Style

If you’re wondering how to decorate your reception, you’ve come to the right place! At Emmaline Bride, it’s no secret that we love handmade wedding ideas and inspirational twists on standard (read: boring) wedding decor. Each year, as new trends emerge into the wedding world (last year we saw plenty of mason jars, burlap table runners, and cake in a jar just to name a few), make sure you don’t get caught up in too many trends and lose sight of your own unique wedding story. Today, we’re sharing inspiration from an amazing couple named Kris and Heike who, while planning their wedding, made it their mission to skip all the trends and opt instead for decor that emphasized their personal style. The result? A wedding day that told volumes in the form of beautifully hand-selected decor and sweet sentimental details likely to be remembered by guests. Read on to find out how to decorate your reception with personal style with beautiful photographs by the lovely team at We Love Pictures. (Remember: If you’re making the effort to plan a handmade wedding, be sure you have an exceptional photography team on your side to capture every lovely detail! Make sure you choose a photographer who will make you proud.) Enjoy!

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How to Decorate Your Reception with Personal Style

This couple chose a blank canvas for their reception site in order to fill it up with pops of personalization and unbelievable color. Don’t think of a huge white-washed wall as boring; think of it instead as a blank canvas. We love this just married wall decal that brightened up this entire space and provided a killer backdrop for the dance floor.

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This couple didn’t bother with fancy tables and colorful chairs; instead, they opted for pure simplicity and elegance with white tables and clear chairs, which placed emphasis on bold pops of color used throughout.

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photo credit: we love pictures

how to decorate your reception

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Additional notable included these unique love bird toy favors, designed by Kris. Each guest received a pair in a custom designed “thank you” box…/p>

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… “om nom nom nom” place settings for the happy couple…

how to decorate your reception

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… and the bright pops of color from a few brilliantly placed floral arrangements.

how to decorate your reception

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An outdoor sitting area in the sunshine-filled vineyard was a relaxing place to sip wine before the reception and croquet mallets provided entertainment for guests…

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while a vibrant seating chart greeted guest upon arrival to the reception site.

how to decorate your reception

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Who says you can’t have a trampoline? We give this couple bonus points for having a trampoline AND utilizing it as a photo prop. How adorable!

how to decorate your reception

photo credit: we love pictures

how to decorate your reception

photo credit: we love pictures

Don’t forget to get guests involved with a simple photo booth with plenty of props! After all, these moments are priceless.

how to decorate your reception

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Tying in your own personal style when decorating your reception space will result in a more meaningful event for you and your guests. We think this couple did a beautiful job and we wish you all the happiness marriage has to offer! Kudos to the lovely team of We Love Pictures whose work is stunning. These photographs are brilliant!

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Happy Planning!


-E.

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