DIY wedding ideas that won't blow the budget

26 Apr 2016

Put a personal touch on elements of your wedding and save yourself from splurging out in the process with these DIY ideas from Stampin' Up!

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Sticking to a budget can be one of the most stressful aspects of wedding planning. Save yourself some spend by dabbling in DIY - from stationery to decor, Paula Gorry - UK country manager of craft website Stampin' Up! - offers her advice

Wedding invitations

Making your own wedding invitations is a prime example of reigning in the costs. If you are going to embrace this type of project, make sure that you start off by selecting your colour palette; from here you can work out your design.

Depending on the number of invitations you need to make, you may choose to go for a simple project, or if you’re planning a smaller wedding you may want to challenge yourself and try something more elaborate. Whatever you decide, I would encourage you to seek out products that coordinate to achieve a consistent and more professional look. Adding simple embellishments such as ribbon or buttons, for example, will enhance the overall look of your handmade wedding invitations.

Thank you cards

If you have the confidence to make your own wedding invitations, go one step further and choose the handmade approach for thank you cards too. The techniques are largely the same and your guests will appreciate the effort you’ve made.

Why not colour coordinate your thank you cards with your envelopes? Pastel shades are a great theme, especially for a summer wedding.      

Bunting and decorations

If you’re going for a rustic wedding style, why not consider using bunting for decorative purposes? It encompasses all that is simple, light hearted and low-key about wedding decorations. It can also be used for multiple bridal occasions such as a hen party or - a new upcoming trend in the UK - a bridal shower. By recycling items,  you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the savings you can make.  

If bunting’s not your thing, look to table centrepieces to broaden your handmade horizons. Centrepieces are typically seen as a key feature that can enhance your wedding reception. The handmade approach can reflect your wedding style and personality. A paper flower centrepiece, for example, will offer a wilt free option for any spring-themed wedding. 

The handmade wedding experience doesn’t have to stop at these suggestions; there are opportunities to go even further with place names, favour boxes and service sheets. What better excuse for a crafty girly night in with your bridal party? Remember to plan ahead for your DIY creations and of course have fun.

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