Managing your wedding budget can get incredibly stressful and it can often feel like costs are escalating. There’s so much to think about when it comes to your big day, from the venue to the dress, the catering to the cake! It’s also often the little decorations and details that can add the wow factor, but don’t fret as these are areas you can also get budget-savvy with. If you’re a crafty bride and groom it might be worth getting creative and making your own decorations and details.
We’re huge fans of DIY weddings here at Glitzy Secrets and we love the fact that they add a personal touch to your celebration, as well as being gentle on the purse strings! No matter what your budget may be, there are tonnes of ways to transform your special day into a show-stopping celebration.
So, take a look at our ten favourite DIY wedding ideas and get your guests impressed…
You don’t have to hire a magician or band to keep your guests entertained. Make sure you have a day full of fabulous fun by creating your very own photo-booth along with props. Create a personalised backdrop for your photo-booth and provide your guests with a basket of props and disposable cameras. You can source a variety of props from charity shops, such as hats and hilarious outfits. You could also create fun masks and mini signs – why not have your best girls around for a girly evening of prop-making!
Show your wedding guests to their seats in serious style by creating your own wedding seating plan. Browse through charity shops, supermarkets and boot sales for a mixture of vintage-inspired frames. You can then pin them to the board and adorn it with foliage, flowers or fairy lights. Type your seating arrangements, pop them in the frames and you’ve got yourself an ultra-stylish table plan.
It’s the personal details that make the difference and we love the thought of creating a family tree of your loved ones. Collect photographs of your family on their wedding days and put them in pretty frames that fit in with your wedding theme and colour palette. A mixture of black and white photographs dating years back, along with modern wedding photographs will be a lovely addition to your big day. It’s also a great talking point for your guests and they’ll love looking back at a generation of weddings!
Images: Left Image by Philippa James Photography via Love My Dress (as before) / Centre Image by Lesamis Photography via Magnolia Rouge / Right Image by Anna Hardy Photography via Rock My Wedding (as before)
Transform a simple wooden pallet with a handful of twinkling fairy lights. Write your wedding day timeline on each slat and place it at the entrance of your wedding venue. This is the perfect fit if you’re planning a charming country house or rustic barn wedding venue and it’s a fun way to get your creative juices flowing!
Are you having a marquee wedding with a country garden feel? Then you can effortlessly transform your outdoor space by hanging jam jars from the trees or your marquee using an array of ribbons. Fill them with flowers or tea lights – they’ll look super pretty!
You don’t have to splurge on your wedding centrepieces! Save any wine or gin bottles you’ve used and simply fill them with flowers. A collection of different bottles will add to the charm and you can even use flowers from the supermarket or your own garden!
Images: Left Image by Emily Hannah Photography via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings / Centre Image by Rebecca Douglas Photography via Rock My Wedding (as before) / Right Image by Love Flora Fauna via Wedding Chicks
Bunting is one of the easiest ways to transform any wedding venue and it’s so easy to tie in with your chosen wedding theme or colour scheme. It can also be a fun DIY job for you and your hubby-to-be or bridesmaids to make! Choose your fabric and get sewing – we suggest you start this job early on in the wedding planning as it can be quite time-consuming but it’s certainly worth it. Bunting is a great option if you fancy the thought of a garden fête wedding!
You don’t have to splurge to spoil your guests! A DIY drink station is a fabulous choice for a Summer celebration. You’ll find some great glass drink dispensers that you can fill with cloudy lemonade, fruity cocktails or flavoured water. Offer your guests mason jars and colourful straws to accessorise and you’ve got yourself your very own self-serve drink station.
A bucket list or date jar is a great alternative to a wedding guest book and it’s easy to recreate yourself. It’s also a lovely way of getting your guests involved in your wedding day! Ask them to write a fun wedding bucket list or date suggestion on a slip of paper and simply pop it in a jar.
Get budget-savvy by creating simple yet beautiful wedding chair decorations. For an elegant affair opt for silk ribbon or if you’re having a cosy country barn wedding use twine ribbon. Tie a handful of Gypsophilia or a single bloom to the end of your chairs or pews. You’d be surprised at how beautiful a handful of blooms and ribbon can look and it doesn’t have to cost the earth.
Now you’ve got ten budget-friendly ideas for your big day, it’s time to get planning!
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