07 Apr 2016
DIY Wedding Decor for Your Big Day
Planning your wedding can be the most exciting and daunting experiences of your life. After all, your wedding day is going to be the most memorable day of your life, dedicated to celebrating the love of you and your partner. With so much to consider, the budget can often spiral, leaving you in a fit of panic during what should be an enjoyable time.
Brides on a budget may worry they won’t be able to have the beautiful day they imagined in their childhood without spending excess amount, but this is not the case. Today over 80% of brides plan to craft some of their own wedding showing the days of extravagance are over. DIY and crafting aspects of your own wedding has become hugely popular in the last few years with the launch of Pinterest sending brides-to-be into a creative frenzy. Not only does a DIY wedding give you control of the budget, but also allows you to have complete control over the design.
One aspect of your wedding that is easy to take creative DIY control of is the decorations. A beautifully dressed wedding venue makes your wedding day that little bit more special by creating the perfect ambience to showcase your love of you and your partner. Perfectly placed decorations create a polished look and tie the theme of your big day together creating the romantic feel most couples hope to evoke.
Many couples have recoiled in horror at the prices of décor in bridal magazines, but when planning a wedding on a budget there are genius ways to ensure your chosen venue has that “je ne sais quoi” without breaking the bank. Handcrafting some of the decorations and favours will keep your costs low and add one-of-a-kind personal touches to your big day.
Bunting goes bespoke
Bunting is the perfect detail to add to any wedding and has grown hugely in the last few years, thanks to the Great British Bake Off reminding us how much we love tea-time bygone eras. Bunting instantly adds a quaint feeling to your ceremony and can be used in a multitude of ways to suit your theme . Whether outdoors fluttering in the breeze, or cascading proudly above the bride and grooms chairs at the top table. Making your own bespoke paper bunting will transform your venue into a personalised paradise. It’s advisable to measure the area where you want to hang your bunting to ensure you have enough materials.
- Coloured or patterned card
- Hole punch
- Pens or glitter and any decorating materials your heart desires.
Create a triangle template using your chosen card and ruler so all your bunting lags are the same size. This is important to create a polished, professional look. Cut each flag out carefully and place in a row until you have your desired length.
Now you can add any personalised designs to your bunting, such as detailing with a gold pen, or a scattering of glitter though plain colours or patterned card can look just as striking depending on your theme.
Use the hole punch to create a hole in the top two corners of each flag and thread the ribbon through. If going for a shabby chic theme, you could use twine or brown string to create a rustic feel.
If you’ve mastered this basic bunting technique, you can get even more creative and experiment with other bunting shapes, such as love hearts or letters spelling the bride and grooms names. Why not use doilies or to create the bunting flags, or use the lace pattern as a design placed over plain paper?
Convention is going out the window and more couples are looking for ways to create unique memories and one-of-a-kind personal stamp on their wedding day. A perfect way to do this is to create a thoughtful sign for your flower girls or bridesmaids to carry instead of traditional baskets or bouquets. These signs can also be used at the entrance of the church, or on a larger scale as seating plans.
- Chalk paint
Finding some cast off wood should be relatively easy, especially if your male relatives are partial to storing all sorts in their garages, however if none can be found then you can always purchase some extremely cheaply from your local hardware store. Sand any rough edges off to avoid dreaded splinters and paint with chalk paint. Write whatever message you want on your board, perhaps “here comes the bride” or “and they lived happily ever after..” You can make multiple signs for different locations and times of the day. Not only so these make beautiful decoration during the ceremony but can be kept and hung at home once the day is over as a keepsake to treasure forever.
Say my name, say my name
Place cards are vitally important when planning your wedding, f no one knows where they’re supposed to sit at your big day, you can be assured it will descend into chaos! Unfortunately we can’t guarantee your friend won’t be seated too close to her ex, but we can help you create beautiful place cards to make sure they all know where they need to be.
A beautifully simple way of displaying your guest’s seat is by using corks dipped in pastel paints. Simply create a score in the cork and dip each into the paint colour of your choice. Corks can be bought online and in craft stores for a couple of pounds. This is a modern look and perfect for beach or coastal themed weddings. A beautifully hand written name on a piece of crisp card in a complimentary colour slotted into the score you’ve made finishes the look expertly at almost no cost.
Simple, yet effective, rustic luggage tags are perfect for the couple who love to travel. Place them gently over a crisp white napkin for a chic look. When creating your own place cards make sure you appoint your loved ones with the best penmanship to complete the look. This of course leaves you free to supervise.
For those who maybe don’t have the artistic skill to pull off the hand made place cards of your dreams, why not print polaroids of each of your guests and place them where they’ve to be seated. This is ideal for those of you have multiple friends with the same name, and yes, I’m looking at you John/Steve/David! These throwbrack prints can be bought online for just a few pence per print. Bear in mind many have sharing codes, so why not order your prints in batches making the most of the discounts on offer?
Fantastic favours for all
Wedding favours are a wonderful way to thank your guests for being part of your big day and is a small token of appreciation, but wait, with the average cost of a wedding in the UK costing £30,000 can you really afford to splurge on extras? Getting crafty with hand- made favours isn’t only a great way to save those vital pennies but also gives a thoughtful touch to your day making it more memorable so your guests won’t just throw it away.
Why not infuse your own oil with flavours such rosemary, chili or thyme? This is cheap, effective and quick, what more could you want?! Miniature glass bottles can be bought in bulk online for very little and the infused oils made in advance, giving you more time to relax.
-place herbs or sprigs into your glass bottle
-In a sauce pan, heat olive oil until a few small bubbles start forming.
-Carefully pour warm oil into the bottle over rosemary, chili or thyme sprigs.
-Cork the bottle and store in the refrigerator until the big day.
Place these at each guest’s seat and watch their eyes light up when they notice how much effort you’ve put in to creating these impressive gifts.
Another favour idea that always wows your loved ones is chocolate dipped strawberries. These, of course are a firm favourite any time of year, but during a summer wedding when the juicy fruit is at its peak is the ideal time to share these treats out to say “thank you” to your guests.
- Line baking sheet with waxed paper.
- Melt chocolate chips and over low heat, stirring frequently, once melted remove from heat.
- Dip lower half of each strawberry into chocolate mixture; allow excess to drip back into saucepan.
- Place on baking sheet and allow to dry. Keep in an airtight container until needed.
Though strawberries will not last for more than a few days without spoiling, this is a low cost and quick way to create favours. Of course as it’s so easy you can always encourage your friends and family to help a few days before the wedding. Serve them in miniature cupcake cases in matching colours of your theme. If feeling even more creative, experiment with dark, milk and white chocolate combinations and finish your creation with a dusting of coconut and pistachio flakes.
During your reception, a large part of the night will be spent at your guests tables, enjoying a meal, chatting a drinking. The tables have the power to encompass the theme of your wedding by using beautiful centerpieces that create the atmosphere you’re looking for. By handcrafting your own designs you can take total control of the design process and inject your personality into your creation. You will also save money bypassing expensive design consultations.
Simple lemons stacked in stunning crystal effect vases are ideal for couples with a summer wedding. The pop of yellow contrasting against a white table cloth is so simple, yet beautifully effective.
Vintage tea sets can be purchased at charity shops for just a few pounds, and create a fantasy Alice in Wonderland ideal. Imagine a sprig of spring flowers sprouting from the lit of a teapot.
Vintage photographs make gorgeous nostalgic centerpieces. Raid your loved one’s attics for photos of weddings of past generations and frame in shabby chic frames surrounded by rose petals. Your guests will love guessing who stars in the photos and those who you choose will be touched you look to them for marriage inspiration.
The DIY trend isn’t looking to slow down, and neither is the cost of weddings, Kim and Kanye managed to spend £6million on theirs! Combat the rising cost of weddings by getting stuck in and creating lovingly hand crafted pieces you and your guests will remember for a lifetime. Though some of these may be time consuming, the rewards are great and when you and your guests look around on our wedding day and notice all the individual details you’ll be overjoyed with the results. Your bank balance will be too!