If you’re planning a wedding on a budget, it’s time to get creative. There are plenty of ways to spend less on your wedding whilst still making your day as beautiful as it can be. Here are ten ideas for your DIY wedding:
1. Craft Your Own Stationery
With a little craft initiative and a few crafty friends to help, there’s no reason you can’t make your save the dates, invitations, place names and wedding menu cards yourself. Paint, stencil, draw or head to the computer to create wedding stationery exactly to your own vision.
2. Paper Garlands
Additionally paper garlands can be used to decorate pretty much every inch of your wedding day. Create a striking photo wall backdrop, droop them along chair backs or hang them from the ceiling for beautiful decorations in the colour scheme of your choice.
Create paper flower bouquets or arrange flowers yourself to save some cash. You can get flowers cheaply by heading down to the flower market or even sourcing blooms from your own garden. Take a look at this Guide to DIY flowers.
4. Inexpensive Props
For inexpensive table centrepieces, visit second hand and charity shops in the run up to your wedding. You could find lovely vintage vases, old birdcages, china tea cups and a whole world of quirky knickknacks that will add a sense of individuality to your wedding decoration.
5. Rose Petal Confetti
If someone in your family grows roses, you’re onto a winner. If not, you can sometimes haggle and get a good price at the flower market towards the end of the trading day. Once you have your roses, dry the petals in the oven to create your own rose petal confetti.
6. Crafty Wedding Favours
DIY wedding favours are an increasingly fashionable as well as cost saving option. Make your own jam, cookies or sloe gin to give to your guests. You could even give everybody a packet of seeds to grow or treat them to a little bag of pick and mix sweets.
7. Alternative Bridal Party Gifts
You can spend a ton of money on thank you gifts for the mothers of the bride and groom, best man and bridesmaids. Give alternative presents such as a champagne brunch at home for your girls or homemade, personalised crafty gifts.
8. Home Baked Treats
Ask your guests to bring home baked cakes or biscuits for the dessert table. And before the wedding, shop around in charity stores to find pretty cake stands and plates on which to present them.
9. Jam Jar Candle Holders
Collect old jam jars and use them as candle holders to put on tables during the reception. If you’re feeling extra crafty you could decorate the jars with ribbon or your own painted design.
10. DIY Photo Booth
With some props, an old frame and a camera with a timer setting, you can create your own DIY photo booth. Even easier, find and put up a mirror and encourage people to take their own selfies before uploading them with the wedding hashtag.
A DIY wedding isn’t just a way to save a bit of money. The decorations you make and creative touches you add will personalise your day and make it a truly memorable occasion.