If you’re planning a wedding, you know that the costs can add up quickly. However, with a little creativity and some IKEA hacks, you can save money without sacrificing style. IKEA has various affordable and versatile products that can be transformed into beautiful wedding decor.
From centerpieces to photo displays, there are many ways to sneak a little Swedish flair into your wedding. For example, you can use the IKEA MÅLA easel to create chalkboard signs or the KORKEN glass bottles as vases or table numbers. You can use IKEA frames to create a unique photo display or backdrop.
Not only is IKEA wedding hacks budget-friendly, but they also allow you to add a personal touch to your wedding. With a little DIY effort, you can create one-of-a-kind decor that reflects your style and personality. So, if you’re looking for creative and affordable ways to decorate your wedding, scroll down for our IKEA hacks and ideas for your big day.
IKEA Wedding Hacks for Table Centerpieces
IKEA glass and candle centerpiece
Kim used tall and short IKEA glasses, candles, and lots of plumerias to make her own centerpiece. And that kept costs low.
The trick is to head to IKEA and get a collection of glasses, both short and tall — similar but with a bit of variety in sizes. Get the same color candles and tealights in different sizes as well. Then place the candles in the glasses, varying them until you get an arrangement you like.
She says it’s not anything super fancy … but we think it’s a perfect example of using IKEA as your craft store and not using everything for its original and intended purpose.
Light up with lanterns
Another idea is to use IKEA lanterns as centerpieces. You can fill them with flowers or candles, or even spray paint them to match your wedding colors. The IKEA BORRBY lantern is a wedding favorite and we can see why.
The REGOLIT paper lampshade is also a good choice. And it’s almost half the price of the BORRBY. Add some flowers to it and it’s just as beautiful a centerpiece as any. For safety, use battery-operated LED tea lights.
A backdrop can add a beautiful and memorable touch to your wedding ceremony or reception. And it doesn’t have to be just the walls. Any large expanse can be dressed up. Consider the walls, ceiling, and floor of your reception area and go big for impact.
On the wall
IKEA curtains are regularly used to create a wedding backdrop. Get a few panels of IKEA LILL curtains and hang them from a rod or string them up with twine for a whimsical backdrop.
Up on the ceiling
Hayley and Ben used IKEA paper lanterns, ribbons, and carnations to create a romantic atmosphere. Simple yet so elegant.
IKEA gives us a few ideas for unusual wedding decor. Interior designer Emma tied and shortened the SOLIG canopy nets and hung them dramatically above the wedding table. I’m thinking the idea can be taken further. Imagine filling them with fairy lights and having them in a cluster like a “UFO chandelier” at the center of the reception hall. It will be out of this world!
IKEA Wedding Table Setting Ideas
Table settings are an important part of wedding decor, and IKEA has plenty of options to choose from.
Shop IKEA fabrics
While it’s usual to use IKEA placemats and napkins to add a pop of color to your tables, you are certainly not limited to standard placemats and napkins. Sheri with the help of her wonderful mother and best friend transformed three sets of twin bed sheets from IKEA into 130 table napkins for the wedding reception. From that they also made jam jar covers (aka a jam jar cozy). So if the pattern and color of IKEA bed linens match your wedding color and theme, go for it.
Wedding favors and gifts are a great way to show appreciation to your guests. However, they can quickly become expensive. Here are some IKEA hacks to help you create unique and personalized wedding favors and gifts that won’t break the bank.
Candles are a classic wedding favor, but you can make them extra special with a personal touch. IKEA has various candle options that you can customize with your own labels or decorations. Here’s how:
Purchase a set of IKEA HEMSJÖ unscented block candle
Print out labels with your names and wedding date or a special message
Stick the labels onto the candles using double-sided tape or glue
Wrap the candles in tissue paper and tie them with a ribbon for a finished look
A two-in-one hack that combines place cards with a little gift. Plant a small plant in a KORKEN jar to welcome your guest and take home.
Tasty wedding favors
GRUNDTAL containers are so useful (and cute) guests wouldn’t mind taking one home. Fill them with tea leaves or seeds or jelly beans — whatever best represents you and your spouse. Print out labels to stick on the clear glass and tie colorful twine around them to match your wedding theme.
The RAJTAN spice jars inspired Natalie to DIY mini terrariums as wedding favors. She arranged an assortment of moss and faux flowers in the jar and finished them with printed labels and ribbons.
Ikea Hacks for the Big Day
The Big Day is here and you’ll want to ensure your guests have a great time. And that your wedding day runs as smoothly as it should.
Seating Chart Idea
When it comes to seating arrangements, you want to make sure that your guests feel comfortable and know where to sit. An easy way to create a seating chart is by using a MULIG clothes rack and hanging a large poster with the table seating arrangement. Write guests’ names or design it using software like Canva and print out the poster at your local printing centers like Office Depot or Staples. Then make holes at the top of the poster and use S-hooks to hang the poster on the frame. This IKEA wedding hack also works as a wedding signage leading to the wedding venue.
You can use small IKEA picture frames like the TOLSBY as table numbers and place them on each table. Unfortunately, the popular IKEA TOLSBY frames seem to be *gasp* discontinued. Here are similar double-sided standing photo frames on Amazon.
Share Your Story
As guests arrive, ease them into the celebration by sharing your wedding photos or key moments in your relationship journey. Display the photos in a unique and creative way by using an IKEA wire memo board like the KORSMON or SÖSDALA. Clip photos and notes on the hooks and add some greenery or flowers to the frame for a touch of elegance.
Set a box for cards and well-wishes
A guestbook is a great way to remember all of the people who attended your wedding. Instead of a traditional book, use an IKEA SOCKER greenhouse for a wedding card box. You can choose to spray paint the greenhouse frame if you wish. Then print out vinyl letterings for the front. If you don’t have a Cricut machine, you can get them designed and printed on Etsy. It’s also a good idea to add a card slot to one of the “roof” panels if you wish to keep the box locked (especially if gifts involve cash). Ask your guests to write a note on pre-prepared cards and drop them into the box. This creates a beautiful and unique memento you can display in your home.
Kids activity station
If you’re expecting a lot of younger ones at the wedding an activity station for kids will be much appreciated by parents. Fill a KNAGGLIG crate with activity bags — which you stuff with coloring books, puzzles, and fun treats for kids.
Wedding planning can be overwhelming, but with the help of IKEA, you can create your own DIY wedding decorations. Incorporating these IKEA hacks into your wedding will not only save you money but also add a personal touch to your special day.
Did you use any IKEA hacks at your own wedding? Share them with us. We’ll love to add yours to this list.
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.