The 13 Most Popular DIY Wedding Projects: British Brides DIY Dreams

21 Apr 2015

A survey has revealed that four out of five weddings have DIY features, helping couples budget and add a personal touch.

Less than one fifth of weddings do not feature any do-it-yourself touches, with the majority of newlyweds relying on the method to cut costs, add personal touches and to guarantee perfection.

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The survey found the most likely items to be made or altered by the newlyweds were favours, invites, and the wedding cake. Among the less expected items was the bride’s wedding dress, which one in 10 placed on their DIY tick list.

The survey, conducted by HelloParty, formed part of the company’s wider research into Britons’ approach to celebration decorations, involved 2,113 British newlyweds aged 18 and over, with an even split of male and female respondents.


Couples were asked whether they had any DIY aspects to their wedding; things either entirely made or altered by themselves and/or friends and family. Only 19 per cent of respondents stated that there were no DIY aspects to their wedding at all. The respondents who did feature DIY were then asked to disclose all of the items that they had made or altered themselves, revealing the following top 10 DIY items:

1.  Favours – 41%

2. Invitations – 38%

3. Wedding cake – 24%

4. Venue decorations/styling– 21%

5. Photography – 19%

6. Flowers – 18%

7. Catering – 15%

8. Order of service prints – 14%

9. Guest book – 13%

10. Beverages – 11%

11. Made or Amended Wedding Dress - 9%

12. Entertainment 6%

13. Service or ceremony - 2%


When asked why they had incorporated DIY touches into their wedding, the majority – 78 per cent - of the relevant respondents stated that their main motivation was to “keep costs down”, whilst two thirds – 67 per cent - wanted to add a “personal touch” to the day and 45 percent wanted to “make sure it was perfect”.

Gerry Connolly, founder of Hello Party! commented: “It’s great to see that so many bride and grooms-to-be are drawing on their own talents, and no doubt those around them, to make their big day their own. It is lovely to be able to make your wedding special and unique to you by having real input into it.”

He continued: “DIY is not for everyone, though, and if you’re starting to feel a little overloaded or panicked, you need to make sure you have time to put your feet up too. It can feel like there’s a lot of pressure on you to call the shots, and hearing about Mrs Jones’ son down the road whose wedding only cost a fiver is not going to help you relax. No doubt you won’t hear in the rose-tinted anecdotes about the blood, sweat, tears and sleepless nights the week before the wedding. It’s okay to get some outside help, but be sure you can trust the suppliers and that they can help you make your dreams a reality.”


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