Inspired by #IKEANorfolk: Our Favorite DIY Wedding Finds

"What's IKEA?" said nobody ever, especially here in Hampton Roads. A couple of weeks ago, we were honored to be invited to IKEA Norfolk's private press preview before its highly anticipated April 10th grand opening event. This gave us a sneak peek into all the goods and pristine store displays before the very excited public was let loose amongst its aisles, and it was oh so inspiring when it came to DIY wedding ideas! No matter your wedding budget, we all like to save a bit of money where we can, and that's what has made IKEA a popular favorite for engaged couples over the years. Now that we have one locally, that popularity is only going to surge as more people discover all that it has to offer in life and love. From our press visit, we found and are now sharing some of our very favorites when it comes to putting the handmade touch on the big day.

Draping FEJKA greenery for an IKEA wedding DIY decor

Draping Greenery for Reception Decor

The FEJKA potted plants ($10) are our new personal favorites. They look amazingly realistic compared to other faux draping greenery! The way IKEA Norfolk styled them in their cafeteria gave us inspiration on how perfect it would be for a wedding reception. The best part if that you can upcycle them into your home after the event.

Great unfinished wood crates from IKEA for DIY wedding idea

Unfinished Wooden Crates for Wedding Decor

The wedding possibilities are endless with these KNAGGLIG boxes ($10). Whether you paint them or leave them unfinished, you can use these versatile vessels as gift boxes, containers to hold cozy blankets for the ceremony, flip flops buckets for beach weddings, any kind of stacking arrangement to give height to your decor, and so much more.

Faux silk flowers from IKEA for custom DIY wedding photo booth backdrop

Faux Florals for Photo Backdrop Decor

From silk carnations, peonies, roses, sweet peas, and more, faux SMYCKA blooms ($2 per stem) can make one gorgeous photo backdrop at your wedding reception. Not having a photo booth? Assemble some pretty decor for your sweetheart chairs, napkin rings, or gift table.

Gold geometric candle holders from IKEA for DIY wedding centerpieces

Gold Geometric Tealight Candle Holders for Centerpieces

If you can't get enough of geometric wedding ideas like us, then these PARLBAND tealight candle holders ($6) can enhance the ambiance for your reception centerpieces. If your venue doesn't allow for real candles, you can either get LED tealights or use flowers/succulents instead inside of these.

Simple glass box from IKEA for unique wedding card box DIY

Glass Greenhouse for Wedding Card Box

This was probably our most favorite find at IKEA! Because of its top hinged lid, the SOCKER greenhouse ($20) doubles perfectly as a wedding card box. You can personalize it with custom cut vinyl or spray paint the white metal edging in your color of choice. And after the wedding, it would look beautiful in a living room or kitchen.

Blank wood hangers from IKEA for custom wedding gifts

Wooden Hangers for Personalized Bridesmaid Gifts

Everyone has seen the photo-ready hangers for the wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses, so now we're sharing where you can get some great ones for you to make gifts! The BUMERANG wooden hangers ($4.50 for a pack of 8) come in natural, white, or black. You can either use a wood-burning tool to personalize them or your electronic cutting machine (e.g., Cricut or Silhouette) to create custom designs.

Cool mod 3 tier serving stand from IKEA for wedding cocktail hour

Tiered Mod Appetizer Stand for Cocktail Hour

This fun and moveable FORADLA serving stand ($25) is too cool to ignore! In celebration of the current "grazing" wedding trend, display your cheeses, crackers, and other bite-sized snacks in style for your modern wedding table. It's made of porcelain and steel, so it'll withstand those grabby hands wanting more strawberries and brie.

Handwoven boho baskets from IKEA perfect for a beach or bohemian wedding

Boho Baskets for Ceremony Aisle Decor

With outdoor ceremonies, you have to create your own aisle, so give it a bohemian flair with these handwoven FLADIS seagrass baskets ($13) at every other row and fill them with pampas grass and greenery. These would be stunning for saying I Do at the beach!

Cheap frames from IKEA for elegant wedding table numbers

Vertical Photo Frame for Wedding Table Numbers

You've likely seen these at a wedding before or even on Pinterest if you've seen any sort of IKEA wedding idea. The TOLSBY vertical photo frames ($1) make for the most versatile (and affordable!) reception table numbers. Couples have spray painted them various colors, written their table numbers in calligraphy on the plastic cover, and even pressed flowers in them.

LED bistro lights from IKEA for DIY wedding reception lighting

Bistro Lights for Outdoor Reception Lighting

Sure, you can get these string lights most anywhere, but the price of the BLOTSNO bistro lights ($25) is what makes the IKEA version a steal. Since they are LED, they last a lot long longer than its incandescent cousin and use less energy which helps you have a more eco-friendly wedding celebration.

Beautiful cafeteria sitting area at the IKEA Norfolk in Virginia as wedding inspiration

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