5 DIY Tasks For Your Wedding Day
Planning a wedding, especially if you’re on a tight budget, can be difficult. Asking for help from friends and family can take a lot of energy and time, as well as some of your hard-earned money. If you have the time and know-how, here are some DIY tasks you could do yourself to save some cash.
Whether it’s creating your own personalized invitations or designing your own wedding favours, there are many ways you can save money for your big day. Some of these ideas will also make that stress disappear and to leave you to focus on critical things like the wedding rings.
Start by looking at your ultimate wedding planning checklist to see what is better left to the experts. Photography is not worth skimping on, even if you have a mate who takes nice holiday pics, but you may know a great baker for the wedding cake. Some tasks will be worthy of some DIY projects in the build up. So time to rope in the best man and chief bridesmaid and any other creative members of the wedding party or friends and family.
1) Crafting Your Own Invitations
While you could go to a store and purchase your wedding invitations, that can be expensive for something read once. You can make personalized and beautiful invitations to save money instead. All you need are some decorative cardstock, scrapbooking paper, ribbons, a glue stick, and stamps or stickers for embellishments.
The first step is choosing the paper and design for your invitation. You can find many templates online that are free or at a low cost that will help you save some time. Once you do this, you will place the paper in a printer with ink cartridges so that it prints on the front of the paper. The next step is to cut out the shape of your invitation from the newly printed sheet of paper. This can be done by using a knife or scissors, whatever works best for you.
After cutting out all of your invitations, you can use ribbons and glue to attach them onto a cardstock backing that will display information about the ceremony (date and time). When everything is set up just how you want it, all that’s left is adding any decorations or personalization as desired.
This also applies to save the date notifications which can easily be made with some thought or at least on the cheap.
DIY wedding decorations that you can design in sync with your theme, and that can be set up by others in the wedding team would be ideal. Think of things such as chair covers for the bride and groom, floral and non-floral centrepieces, wall stencils, paper lanterns and wall decorations for the wedding ceremony. They should not be too complex to put together and set up by the people who are tasked to get everything ready.
If you’re looking for something more elaborate, try to create a memorable backdrop for the walls, tables, chairs in the reception. Make sure that everything is cohesive and fits the theme of your wedding. For example, if your colours are white, green and blue, try to incorporate the colours around the room but don’t go overboard.
You should also get creative when it comes to your wedding favours. Wedding favours can be expensive, but with a little creativity, you can make them yourselves. Homemade food items like cookies or cakes are great ideas for these small tokens of appreciation. You can also buy small things like personalized mugs or water bottles and arrange these around the reception tables or give them out as guests enter the venue.
If you’re having an outdoor wedding, consider putting together little baskets with snacks in them for guests. Or try filling mason jars with flowers for an inexpensive favour that will look extra sweet on tables. You could also package some of the things you love in a way that’s special for you and your soon-to-be spouse, like favourite candies or different teas.
3) Veils and Headpieces
Veils and headpieces can get pricey, especially if you’re looking for something unique that won’t break the bank. However, there are many DIY options available to save you some cash. If you want a veil without having to spend too much money, try sewing tulle onto a sheer fabric and tying it around your face. For a headpiece, try using flowers or feathers and attaching them to your hair with bobby pins. With plenty of tutorials on YouTube, you can make your own veil or headpiece in no time.
The same applies to wedding shoes for the bridesmaids, you don’t need to go to town, most clothing shops will have affordable and comfortable options in your colour scheme.
4) Creating Your Own Bouquet
One project that you can do yourself is creating your own bouquet. You can buy a lot of flowers for a low price and get creative with them, or you can even go to the store and find some silk flowers to create your own arrangement. Whether it’s just one bouquet for your wedding day or one for each bridesmaid, this is an easy DIY project that you should try. If you don’t have time to make your own bouquet, this could be a fun DIY project for your bridesmaids or friends.
Again, YouTube is a wonderful place if you’re looking to learn something new so if you get stuck with the task at hand, don’t forget to have a look at a few videos to help you put together the bouquets.
5) Putting Together A Playlist For Your Day
Some people may think this is a difficult task, but if you have some of your favourite songs on your computer or smartphone, it should be easy to put together an awesome mix for the day. You can use one of the many free music programs available or simply choose from one of the many existing playlists on YouTube and Spotify.
You can use this as a timeline for the day by choosing songs that correspond with different moments at different points in the event. You can also choose songs that correspond with what you want your guests to feel at any given moment.