30 Creative Ways To Use Doilies At Your Wedding

vertical doily garlands as a wedding backdrop

A doily is an ornamental mat, typically made of paper or fabric, and variously used for protecting surfaces or binding flowers, in food service presentation, or as a head covering or clothing ornamentation. It is characterized by openwork, which allows the surface of the underlying object to show through. They are crocheted, tatted or knitted out of cotton or linen thread. The designs could be circular or oval starting from the center and working outward. Of course, today there are also paper doilies available at any shop, which look no less cuter and are sometimes comfier in using.

Doilies can be used in vintage and shabby chic home décor styles, and they will definitely add cuteness wherever you place them. Using doilies for vintage-inspired, rustic, boho chic and just casual weddings is a great idea because it’s very budget-friendly and you can add a personalized touch to the décor. Interested how to use them? Here are some ideas!

Backdrops And Garlands

Doilies are great to make garlands and hang them wherever you want: behind a dessert table, over the dance floor and so on. You can attach your photos, LEDs, flowers and letters to these doilies to make the garlands cooler. Turn your doilies into dreamcatchers! Attach them to embroidery hoops and hang these hoops in clusters as a ceremony backdrop, sweetheart table backdrop or else; these clusters can be vertical or horizontal. Doilies may be also used for making lanterns but be careful as they can burn.

romantic crochet doilies hanging as a backdrop

romantic crochet doilies hanging as a backdrop

a doily garland with LEDs is a cute idea to highlight some area

a doily garland with LEDs is a cute idea to highlight some area

a paper doily garland with letters can be used as a backdrop

a paper doily garland with letters can be used as a backdrop

crochet doilies in embroidery hoops for a rustic or boho wedding

crochet doilies in embroidery hoops for a rustic or boho wedding

doilies garlands will give a sweet and cute touch to the decor

doilies garlands will give a sweet and cute touch to the decor

crochet doilies lanterns will make a cool and eye-catchy decoration

crochet doilies lanterns will make a cool and eye-catchy decoration

paper doilies with fresh blooms hanging from above is a cute decoration

paper doilies with fresh blooms hanging from above is a cute decoration

vintage crocheted doilies for a garland

vintage crocheted doilies for a garland

white boho dreamcatchers of embroidery hoops and doilies

white boho dreamcatchers of embroidery hoops and doilies

paper doilies for attaching your engagement photos

paper doilies for attaching your engagement photos

Table Décor

Doilies are more often used for wedding table décor: make table runners and tablecloths of them and it will be ideal for boho, vintage and rustic weddings. One more idea is to substitute a usual placemat with a doily for a cute look, and attaching doilies to jars and vases is a great idea – if it’s a paper doily you can write the table number on it. Wrap the cutlery with doilies and attach twine for a rustic tablescape.

a tin can wrapped with burlap, a paper doily and twine

a tin can wrapped with burlap, a paper doily and twine

a tablecloth made of doilies for a boho chic fete

a tablecloth made of doilies for a boho chic fete

a place setting with a paper doily instead of a placemat

a place setting with a paper doily instead of a placemat

a paper doily with a table number is an easy DIY idea

a paper doily with a table number is an easy DIY idea

paper doilies and twine for wrapping the cutlery is a great rustic idea

paper doilies and twine for wrapping the cutlery is a great rustic idea

crochet doily instead of a placemat is ideal for a rustic table setting

crochet doily instead of a placemat is ideal for a rustic table setting

cover the whole dessert table with doilies or doily runners for rustic chic

cover the whole dessert table with doilies or doily runners for rustic chic

doily covered mason jars can become cute lanterns

doily covered mason jars can become cute lanterns

milk glass bud vases and doilies for a simple, delicate, and inexpensive centerpiece

milk glass bud vases and doilies for a simple, delicate, and inexpensive centerpiece

coffee bean bags covered with doilies and twine

coffee bean bags covered with doilies and twine

Storing

Paper doilies are great for holding petals, confetti and stuff like that – something small and lightweight. You can also put wedding favors in them or serve popcorn, for example. Cover the favors boxes or bags with doilies for a cute rustic feel. Aisle chair décor can be simple with paper doily cones with fresh blooms and succulents.

colored paper and a paper doily with baby's breath for aisle chair decor

colored paper and a paper doily with baby's breath for aisle chair decor

lace doily confetti cones pegged to a wooden frame

lace doily confetti cones pegged to a wooden frame

lace doily cones with petals on the chairs

lace doily cones with petals on the chairs

caramel corn wrapped in white paper doilies

caramel corn wrapped in white paper doilies

28 a green wedding dress totally covered with crochet doilies

28 a green wedding dress totally covered with crochet doilies

Other Ideas

Doilies may be used anywhere you want – wedding programs, fans, menus and even a wedding dress completely covered with doilies – there are thousands of ways to use them, just turn on your creativity and go ahead!

paper doilies for the seating cards

paper doilies for the seating cards

paper doily envelope for wedding invitations can be DIYed

paper doily envelope for wedding invitations can be DIYed

a doily wedding program fan can be easily DIYed

a doily wedding program fan can be easily DIYed

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