If you are planning to have a DIY wedding, there are an endless number of things that you can do yourself that are not only easy, but can help you keep a simple budget as most of the wedding cost will be on crafting supplies. You can make your centerpieces, escort cards, decorations, invitations, and so much more. And while these can be fun projects for you, your bridesmaids, and the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom to do, you can also do these things yourself if you choose to go that route instead.
While some weddings are more traditional with ribbons, lace, and flowers, you can also do a themed wedding where you pick one thing that you and your Groom have in common and build off of that idea. It is probably easier said than done when it comes to finding something you have in common that you can turn into a wedding, you can even use your wedding to tell the story of how you and your husband-to-be met. If you met while skiing on the slopes, you can have a winter wedding and use snowflake cut outs and little figures on skis to tell the story of how you met. Or if you both enjoy gardening, you can choose your favorite flower and base your wedding off the colors of the flower and integrate them into your bouquets and centerpieces. These are just a few simple ideas to get you started, but you can also choose other themes like the carnival, the beach, and many others.
If you choose to have floral arrangements for your centerpieces, you can do many different things to make your arrangement look more unique. You can use a simple glass jar and fill it with pearl beads then arrange your flowers on top. Or you can use crystal glasses and float your flowers in those surrounding a fishbowl over flowing with flowers and surrounded by flower petals. If you are planning a fall wedding, you can take small gourds and cut the tops off, place a candle in the space and finish it off with a few small flowers to help secure the candle in place. These floral arrangements are both unique and can easily be customized to fit the theme of your wedding while staying on or under budget.
When you think of your invitations, you may want to consider how many people you will be inviting to your wedding. If you are looking at over 50 people, you may want to have your invitations printed. That is unless you have already roped in the bridesmaids to help and have all the pieces put together. You can have the printer print your invitation with all the embellishments and information, then use a little glue to decorate your invitation however you wish. You can add ribbons that are tied into tiny bows or even add a little glitter to your invitation that would have cost extra at the printer.
These little place cards can be a lot of fun for you to make on your own as you can use mints, candies, flowers, or crafting supplies that have a little tag tied to them to tell people where they sit. These can even double as party favors, as some people use mini bottles of bubbles. Another grand idea for a winter wedding would be mason jars of hot cocoa mix complete with marshmallows and a cinnamon stick, or tea leaves and a cinnamon stick, topped with a sparkly bow and garnished with a gift-tag containing the name of the person who should sit in that specific place. This also doubles as a warm party favor that will have everyone talking for years to come.
While decorations are rather easy once you have a theme, you may also want something for between the pews in the church, or chairs for an outdoor wedding, and maybe something for the back of your car that people can see as you drive away from your wedding. Many people use extremely wide pieces of ribbon that they zip-tie to the tops of the pews and chairs and garnish with flowers to hide the zip-tie. Or they place fake flowers beneath the rear window of their car with a sign on the bumper that says ‘Just Married!’, but you can use so many other things other than flowers. Some people use leaves in the fall, lace in the spring, pine branches and baby’s breath in the winter, and balloons in the summer. These are fantastic ideas to get your wheels turning while planning your DIY wedding.
That is right, you can DIY your wedding cake. It isn’t as hard as it seems, and if you do many flat cakes and have a cake stacker, it is that much easier. The cake stacker give your wedding cake the appearance of having many tiers and allows you to use cake, brownies, and so many other delicious deserts for your wedding cake. This provides your guests with many options, but it is suggested that the top tier of your cake is done professionally as this will be a special treat for you and your groom years down the road, or at least that is tradition.
While you can always go with the traditional feel, you can also be unique in how it is presented. You can hang twinkle lights from the ceiling and submerge flower in candle holders of water, topping them with floating candles. You can even set balloons free from every table after the toasts have been made. Another fabulous idea would be to take empty Christmas bulbs that you would usually fill with tulle, tinsel, and other beautiful things, and instead create little scenes of your favorite moments with your groom. These little moments would make the perfect centerpieces and little keepsakes that you can hang onto after your wedding day.