A-Z of DIY Wedding Ideas

From DIY wedding decorations to wedding lawn games, do-it-yourself weddings are becoming increasingly popular.  It’s a chance for a couple to show some creativity regardless of whether they are crafting gurus or amateurs.

If like me, you love the idea of taking on some little projects for your big day, then check out my A-Z of DIY Wedding Ideas to suit every skill level and budget.

Arch

Pretty arches are huge this wedding season!  Perfect not only for any outdoor ceremony, but they serve as a lovely photograph backdrop too. With flowers, fabrics, and various builds, arches are easy to make, not to mention a gorgeous way to bring a bold new look to your wedding aisle.

Bunting

Let’s face it, no reception is properly dressed these days without wedding bunting and garlands.  DIY bunting is the ideal way to personalise any wedding area and can really bring a room to life.

Wedding DIY Arch Bunting

Confetti

DIY confetti is sooo simple to make!  I’ve made my own for my upcoming August wedding and am so pleased with the results.  Simply save any petals from flowers that are looking tired, and dry them!  We also make our own confetti cones too with cheap pretty card.

I shared my DIY confetti cones and confetti over on our Instagram page recently 🙂

Decorations

There is no end to DIY wedding decorations.  You could pretty much create anything you like!  Pretty table centrepieces, colourful pom-poms, floral displays, stylish stationery and personalised signage.  Do-it-yourself decorations allow you to get seriously crafty!

‘E’scort Cards

They are the informal alternative to place cards.  They are used to direct guests to their table number, where guests are free to choose their own seats.  Consider folded paper planes, mini potted succulents, playful seed packets or festive fruits.  They can double-up as your wedding favours too!

Wedding DIY Confetti Decor Decoration Cards

Favours

From sweet treats to candles, alcohol miniatures to hangover kits, the possibilities are endless.  Why not consider individual favours for each guests based on anything they like – thoughtful but time-consuming.

Guest Book

Collect photos, signatures and well wishes from your wedding guests, to look back on in years to come!  Also, consider more creative options like finger print pictures, jig-saw or Jenga message pieces, or signed Polaroid photos.

Hangers

Pretty do-it-yourself hangers for your bridal party dresses can look fab in the photos!  Personalise with your names, titles and wedding date.  I recently made some for my favourite girls for the morning of the wedding.

A to Z Wedding DIY Favours Guest Book Hangers

Invitations

The shops are on form this year with amazing crafting supplies for DIY wedding invites.  We made our own invitations, and saved some serious bucks in doing so!

Jars

Cheap and versatile for DIY weddings, mason jars have become the ideal crafting project for rustic and vintage affairs.  It isn’t just a coincidence that there are 14,700,000 search results for ‘DIY wedding jars’.

A to Z Wedding DIY Invite Invitation Jars

Kids table

Keep the children entertained with a kids table, their parents will be very grateful!  Consider activity books, crayons and pencils, fun props, sweet treats, bubbles…. you get the idea.

Lawn Games

Why not entertain the adults too with some fun lawn games.  Save your empty bottles for a game of ring toss, have fun with pineapple bowling, set up a limbo station, or a good old fashioned sack race!

Magazine

Now I’m not going to lie, this is proving to be seriously time consuming, but I am really enjoying making my own wedding magazine right now!  It will make a brilliant wedding favour and keepsake but I’m under a little pressure now with just a month to go until the wedding.  You can see a snippet below.

A to Z Wedding DIY Magazine Lawn Games Kids Table

Numbers

Table numbers are a nice easy do-it-yourself option!  I bought wooden blocks, and have painted mine.  They have been decorated with pretty pearls and real diamonds from The Poundshop!

Origami

Paper folding is cheap, creative and fun!  Create clever place cards, and pretty garlands or backdrops.  Some brides are even walking the aisle with paper bouquets.  Yep seriously, they look incredible!

Photographic Props

Photo booths are ALL the rage recently, although any quotes that I have received have proved expensive!  So, why not just make your own props and take your own photos?  Leave some on the tables or in a central place for people to enjoy!

TOP TIP: Create your own wedding hashtag so people can share their snaps with you!  #TheSmithWedding

A to Z Wedding DIY Numbers Origami Props

Quiz

Give your guests something to do (other than eat) during the breakfast.  Great ice-breaker for those who don’t know each other at the table too.

Record your own song

Now I only recommend that you consider this if you have a pretty voice.  Thankfully, I know that I don’t and will be making no attempt to sing at our wedding!  But just imagine if you could prerecord your first dance song, or sing to your loved one during the proceedings.  Ahhhh….

A - Z DIY Wedding Record Quiz

Signage

You can get really creative and personal with this one!  Welcome signs, aisle signs, direction signs, need I carry on? Personal love messages are seriously cute.

Time Capsule

I definitely want to do this.  Messages from our guests gathered in a time capsule for opening on a special anniversary.  LOVE!

Upcycle

Great budget-saving DIY wedding idea!  Lets face it, you can upcycle anything a little unloved.  Just look how pretty these upcycled bottles look in a floral display?

A to Z Wedding DIY Sign Time Capsule Upcycle

Vows

We have chosen to keep our vows short and sweet.  Simply because I am not a great public speaker and will be a nervous wreck when all eyes are on us!  I do love the idea of personalised vows though and think its probably the loveliest and most effective DIY idea for any wedding!

Wooden Card Box

My dad has made mine, he is quite the craftsman!  I will not be sharing a photo until after the big day though as it is a surprise from dad to me.

X-Stitch

If you love cross stitching, consider creating pretty keepsakes or place cards for your guests.

A to Z Wedding DIY Vows Card Box Wooden Cross X Stitch

Yarn

You can create some gorgeous modern wedding decor with yarn!  After all, flowers aren’t the only centerpiece option. For the couple looking for something a little different, these hanging decorations are a unique focal point.

Zen

Looking for an unexpected wedding theme?  A Zen wedding theme will not only surprise your guests, but it will also make them feel more relaxed.  Zen styles are clean, simple and minimal.  Think paper parasols, bonsai trees, rock gardens, lanterns, orchids and origami.

A - Z Wedding DIY Yarn Zen

I’d love to hear about you wedding DIY projects!  What do-it-yourself idea’s do you have for your big day?

Do let me know.

Lisa x

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9 Comments

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    Kerry norris
    July 26, 2017 at 7:00 am

    What a fab post. Plenty of good ideas here. I just wish I’d had time to do some crafting and diy for our wedding. It was all so time consuming x

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    Emma
    July 25, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    These are such lovely ideas! A few of my friends have saved a lot of money on their weddings by doing a lot of it themselves and the results were amazing.

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    Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...
    July 25, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    These are great ideas! My sister did her own invitations and table decorations for her wedding, but there is so much that could be done to make it more personal and unique!

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    fashionandstylepolice
    July 25, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    What a great A-Z list for wedding ideas. I am sure many wedding planners will find this very useful.

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    Michelle Kellogg
    July 25, 2017 at 2:20 am

    I made some of my own things for my wedding like the party favors and some of the decorations but the rest I had to get because I’m not that crafty. These are good ideas though, thanks for sharing them:)

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    Ana De- Jesus
    July 25, 2017 at 2:15 am

    I used to work in hospitality when I was doing my A-Levels and photo props seemed to be a popular choice for many weddings. DIY bunting and a guest book is a cute idea as well x

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    Rhian Westbury
    July 24, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    I’m no where near getting married but I’d like to think that I would do DIY things and make my own favours and table decortions etc x

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    All about a Mummy
    July 24, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    I love this! I’m currently helping my Mum plan her wedding and this A-Z is really helpful!

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    Ray
    July 24, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    I’ve seen origami flowers before at weddings, they look stunning! There’s so much to consider when planning a wedding, but when the time comes for me, I’ll definitely be doing a lot of it DIY style.

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