Wedding decorations don’t have to be expensive or elaborate to be beautiful. Simple strands of paper garlands are a popular choice right now, and they can suit any type of wedding setting, from rustic to black-tie.
A few paper garlands can spruce up a corner of your reception venue, adorn your head table, drape across the backs of guests’ chairs, or simply hang from high ceiling beams. The strings of paper cranes above are both a good luck symbol and a whimsical decorative touch.
Paper garlands are also an easy and economical DIY project. The string of paper pompons in the photo above is actually made of coffee filters that the bride herself dyed and then strung up in the reception canopy.
If this inspires you to make your own DIY paper garland, there are plenty of resources out there to show you how:
Paper Garland Template and How-To from Martha Stewart Weddings
DIY Printed Paper Garlands from Project Wedding
DIY: The Paper Lace Garland from Project Wedding
Use wedding white and shimmery silver, or pick up some craft paper in your wedding colors. Or, find a book of love poems at a used book store and use its pages to make a garland with some wedding sentiment built right in.
If you’d prefer to buy a few yards of handmade paper garland, look no further than Etsy.
Here are a few of our favorites:
Etsy seller Kristina Marie sews together hundreds and hundreds of brightly colored dots or recycled book pages to create her paper garlands.
The Gilded Bee offers traditional pennant-style buntings in every color of the rainbow.
For fun shapes like hearts, stars and raindrops, check out the paper garlands from Etsy seller kategreiner.
There are also plenty of paper garlands for couples who would like to send a sweet message on their wedding day:
Why not spell it out? Etsy seller frenchtoastfriday makes custom paper garlands with 4″ high letters that are printed with eco-friendly soy ink.
Etsy seller ArtfulMstudio prints this ‘love’ banner on acid-free paper so that you can save it as a keepsake from your wedding.
Is there anyone better than Shakespeare himself to express love on your wedding day? Etsy seller bookity creates handmade paper garlands from Shakespeare’s plays and vintage encyclopedia pages. These would be perfect for a pair of book lovers.
And if the Bard is too serious for you, how about this paper garland made from the funny pages?