A guide to DIY weddings

21 Jun 2022

Add your own spin to your festivities with this handy DIY wedding guide 

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With the cost of living rising, everybody is feeling the squeeze when it comes to money and weddings can be a costly affair. Adding DIY details to your wedding day is a great cost-saving solution, and it also gives you the ability to show off your talent for arts and craft. You might have honed your lettering or pottery skills during the pandemic, or you have a passion for crafting.  

No matter if you’re looking to save money to put towards your honeymoon or you’d like to add your own personal stamp to the festivities, create your own DIY wedding with these ideas.  

Create a mood board 

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First and foremost, you’ll need to create a mood board to gather all of your wedding day inspiration. This first step of the planning process allows you to visualise your wedding day and decide what you want most, whether that is a beachside reception venue or a particular colour scheme. Maybe you envisage a grand manor house for your ceremony venue with bespoke stationery to complement your formal theme, or a country celebration with boho and festival styling.  

Creating a mood board can also help you narrow down what DIY elements you want for your wedding, no matter if you only want DIY decorations or if you want your wedding day to be full of DIY details. There’s plenty of inspiration out there on Pinterest – you can even follow our Bride DIY board for inspiration to help you get started with your DIY wedding planning.  

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Budget and timing 

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When planning your DIY wedding, consider your top three non-negotiables, and plan and budget accordingly. These are the things that you must have on the day such as a specific venue, wedding dress or number of guests. From this, decide what wedding elements you would like to do yourself and consider the cost and how much time and effort it will take to complete them. If you understand how long it will take to do each DIY task and what materials and/or equipment you will need, this will also lessen your pre-wedding stress in the lead up to the big day.  

Know when to ask for help 

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Creating DIY details for your wedding day can be a big job, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. Enlist the help of your family and friends if you are overwhelmed with the task you have set yourself. 

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Wedding professionals have invaluable knowledge and experience, having been involved in weddings countless times over. When in doubt, leave it to the experts. Not everything in your wedding needs to have a DIY touch. For example, you could have a go at making your own bouquets but decide to have your hair and make-up done professionally. There is a plethora of ways you can seamlessly blend DIY details with professional elements for your perfect wedding day.  

Consider recycled elements

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Look to re-use DIY details from previous weddings to assist you in the lead up to the big day. Sell My Wedding has plenty of pre-loved items from previous brides that may suit your wedding theme. You could also look into using a pre-loved wedding dress, which is also great for the environment as it has not just been made for one use only.  

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Research local companies to see if they provide recycled items as part of their service, such as re-usable wedding décor hire to lessen your environmental impact and save money.  

“If you’re on a budget, work out what’s important to you,” says newlyweds Debbie Pugh and Ben Wellfare, who incorporated DIY details in their wedding in Ipswich (which you can read about in the spring/summer edition of A Suffolk Ceremony). 

“Don’t be afraid to buy second-hand and complete parts of the wedding yourself to save money.” 

Project ideas

Need some more DIY inspiration? Add these wedding décor and centrepiece projects to your list:

Do it yourself wedding backdrop

Put your own stamp on your wedding day with this simple DIY backdrop design. 

Natural wedding table décor

This DIY project is ideal for a rustic, countryside reception venue. 

Wedding arch décor

Create your own ceremony arch using artificial flowers and foliage.

Wedding invitations

Make some sophisticated wedding invitations your guests won't stop talking about – these even come with a handy pocket. 

Simple wedding décor ideas

This video has some great ideas for simple yet elegant centrepieces as well as a wedding table plan. 

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