DIY wedding trends for handmade brides

Looking for DIY wedding inspiration? You’ve come to the right place! Today Lou from top UK blog Whimsical Wonderland Weddings is here to reveal what’s hot in the DIY wedding world right now!

Priorities
Ribbons

“Your top priority has to be focusing on you as a couple,” says Lou. “What are your loves, your interests, your clothing choices and home décor? Once you have decided what makes you two you, you can start to work out which DIY wedding décor items will work for your big day.

“The limits are endless with DIYing your day. One of the biggest real wedding trends in the US at the moment is a DIY backdrop,” explains Lou. “This could be the backdrop to your civil ceremony, or to your top table. Think ribbons, streamers, pom poms, garlands, fairy lights, letter lights, you can come up with something new and totally unique, there are no rules. A backdrop can cover up or enhance the wall behind you, or you could create a wall, adding to a sparse location. They make the perfect background to brilliant colour popping photographs, and can really set off the décor on the day.

Make your own food

“Food is another top DIY element. Have a barbeque, or a hog roast, be informal if you wish. There is no need to have a three course meal if it’s not your cup of tea. Of course sweet and dessert tables are going to continue to popular this year, too. Ask your guest to bring a cake or a pie, or perhaps something savoury. It saves money and looks fantastic visually if you perk it up with pretty labels and plates.” We also love the idea of a groom’s cake – just like Prince William! He had a chocolate biscuit cake, but what would your man choose?

“Forget bunting, it’s so 2011, think garlands. Again there are so many ways you can create your own spin on them, you could use paper shapes, fabric poms, popcorn, again look at that list of things you love and come up with new ideas.”

Escort cards

Table planning ideas

“Table plans are out… go down the US trend of using escort cards.,” says Lou. “They are totally fun and there are so many ways to display them. From seed packets packed in crates, to mini flower pots filled with bulbs, think outside the box.”

“Boutonnieres are another great way to add a little personality into your wedding,” adds Lou. “For go traditional buttonholes. Why not try making them from alternative materials rather than flowers? You could replicate flowers using fabric or beads. Or forget the flowers completely and go quirky, how about Lego figures, or felt heart pins? Customise them for your guests and they will be wowed. Plus they can keep them afterwards as a memento. There are so many more ways to create a DIY wedding… keep blog browsing for ideas and get your creative hat on. But be warned it’s addictive!”


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