You might feel a bit scared about DIY-ing your wedding and that’s fine. However maybe your budget is showing you that you should DIY at least a few things yourself and we know that it’s often these small touches that make your wedding really personal to you and aren’t that complicated to put together.
So what things can you DIY successfully that’s not over ambitious? Here are 10 easy items you can DIY yourself. You’ll want to give yourself a pat on the back when you look at the finished results.
Make up baskets of confetti in cones to hand out to guests as they leave the ceremony. This is super simple – you can buy natural petal confetti from suppliers like Shropshire Petals and fill up gorgeous trug baskets from the Wedding Ideas Shop. You can also make up the cones and confetti a few days ahead if you’ve somewhere to store them safely.
Just tie a few flower heads together with raffia and attach to your pew ends. Get the bunches tied up the day before and keep the stems in water and then just add to the pews early on the morning of the wedding.
Homemade wedding cake
If you really want to have a tiered wedding cake but think it will eat up too much of your budget, investigate plain white ready iced wedding cakes from Waitrose or Marks & Spencer. They’re good quality and delicious. You can decorate them yourself with fresh flowers, tie a coloured ribbon around each layer or add a decorative wedding cake topper.
Decorative sprinkles are an easy way to add your own personal touch to your wedding reception. Just arrange coloured glass shapes around your reception venue to reflect your wedding theme colours. We think clear crystal sprinkles would look fabulous at a winter wedding, whereas in the spring, pale green table crystals would work well with daffodils and bright spring shades.
If you’re having a country-style wedding in a marquee, then vintage style bunting would be perfect to drape over the entrance or hang around the interior of the marquee. You could also use it outside in the trees if the weather is good or to form an archway – ideal for photos.
If you’re having a summer wedding, give your place settings a pretty finishing touch by putting some scented sprays of lavender into each folded napkin. This will not only look gorgeous but your guests will be treated to a lovely natural aroma when they enter the venue.
Create your own DIY table flowers by visiting your local garden centre and buying small individual pots of flowers. Slip each pot inside a more decorative holder and place in the centre of each table for an inexpensive but pretty centre.
Remember to theme the ribbon according to your wedding colour theme if you have one or use seasonal colours. Yellows and apple green for spring and summer, rich reds and purples for autumn and winter.
Think about what you’re going to call your tables. Rather than just numbers the names could reflect the interests of you and your spouse. If you love films, maybe each table could be a film title like The Great Gatsby or Notting Hill. These are also a great ice breaker, especially there are guests on each table who don’t know one another.
Guest book alternatives
If you want something a little different from a traditional guest book – then how about a fingerprint tree? Leave coloured paints beside it for your guests to ink their thumbs and then leave a ‘leaf’ on the tree where they write their names. Afterwards you can get the finished piece framed and hang it on your wall to admire. If you really want to pay attention to detail, keep the paints in two or three colours that tie it in with your wedding colour theme.
Bouquet finishing touches
Decorate the stem of your wedding bouquet with a vintage brooch. Have a look at your grandmother’s jewellery box (or maybe your husband’s granny’s) to see what gems they might have. They’d love for it be a part of your day and it can double up as your something old and something borrowed.
Want more inspiration about what you can make for your own big day? Visit our DIY Wedding section now! And then, when you’ve made your details come and share them with the other brides-to-be on the Wedding Ideas forum!