You don’t have to spend a fortune on decorations to get featured in a wedding magazine you know! These real brides made the cut thanks to their dreamy DIY wedding details. Have a go at a project today and give your day a personal touch with handmade creations…

Fabulous fans

Bride Tabitha got craft crazy when she made over 1,000 brightly coloured pinwheels for her marquee reception. They add a real pop of colour to the venue, but if you want a softer, more subtle look, try pastel shaded pom poms.  2013-04-20 00144

Vintage bunting

Real bride Aileen used pastel coloured cloths and vintage-style bunting to pretty up her vintage tea party reception. You can pick up table cloths pretty cheaply on eBay to get a similar look.   Cheshire wedding photography Aileen and Ian Blog 15

Wedding signs

We adore this ‘Love Is Sweet’ banner bought by this couple online from Folksy. It creates a fabulous frame for their photographs and these shots would look wonderful on their thanks you cards.   Cheshire Wedding Photography Julie and Mark Harvest Moon Holidays 264

3D table numbers

This couple made cardboard 3D table numbers and then covered them in pretty, shabby chic style fabric. A simple and effective idea that you can easily make at home with old off-cuts of fabric. Mix up the patterns and colours for an eclectic look.   Becky and Dan-224

Picture this!

Hanging old pictures around your reception venue is a surefire way to get guests talking. Personalise the room with photographs of all your loved ones, then let guests find their faces. You could adapt this for use in your table plan, too.  LP 052

Pretty pom poms

Draw your guests’ eyes upwards with a ceiling full of paper pom poms and lanterns dangling from the rafters. This year’s hottest decorations are to be found on the ceiling. Learn to make yours in our easy DIY project right here. Jenny&James 833

Rustic jars

Ask your friends and family to keep all of their old jam jars as they make cute arrangements for a rustic theme. Mix and match different shapes and sizes and fill them with cheap wedding flowers like gypsophila for a feminine, just-picked-from-the-garden look.  Danielle & Jordan Colour-415

Trend alert!

This potted plant table plan is such a lovely idea, perfect for a country themed wedding. You can pot them up yourself, use them as a table plan, and then hand them out as thank you gifts at the end of the night. Double DIY delight!

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DIY candy buffets

We’ll never tire of seeing well executed sweet buffets at weddings – that’s one trend we want to stick around – yummy! Remember you can buy all of your sweets and candy buffet accessories for less right now in the Wedding Ideas Shop!  CDEF-101

Top table runners

Long trestle-style tables work brilliantly with table runners down the middle – go for gingham if you’re planning a country-style celebration like this couple or hessian if you want a more rustic look. A striking runner will mean you won’t have to go overboard with your flowers, either.  Farm Fete-126

If you want to learn how to make more dreamy DIY details, just follow our simple step-by-step video tutorials right here. Or for more real wedding inspiration, check out the real-life couples here.