Real Bride DIY: Easy Rustic Wedding Centerpieces

When it comes to wedding decor, why buy it when you can DIY it?As a bride, I took on as many of the do-it-myself-able components of my wedding as possible. It allowed me the opportunity to customize the details of the day, from the decor and the ceremony script (yes!) to the overall theme without chancing that a vendor wouldn't deliver or would miss the mark. And most of all, the DIY strategy saved us a lot of money.

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Rustic centerpieces were a must with our theme, and while inspiration runs abundant (check out this rustic chic wedding gallery, too!), these log vases were something that I was able to put together in a day with a mix of store-bought and organically found components:

Small logs (3-6″ in diameter)
Pine branches
Candles and votives

I used a chop saw to cut logs into assorted lengths (1″ to 7″) and then used a 1/2″ drill bit to create holes in one end of each log. Insta-vase!

After drilling the holes, all you need to do is add your chosen accents. Mine were a mix of real pine branches and a few twigs of faux tallow berry branches. (Note: Don't rely on your log vases to hold water. For instance, wildflowers may not hold up as well as something heartier over the course of the night).

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I accented the wooden logs with an assortment of tea lights and votives, which added a little more layered interest to the centerpiece. Clustered in groups on each of our reception tables, they added a consistent rustic element to our wedding day.

-By Emily Fazio for

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