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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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’.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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
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….
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.
I definitely want to do this. Messages from our guests gathered in a time capsule for opening on a special anniversary. LOVE!
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?
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.
If you love cross stitching, consider creating pretty keepsakes or place cards for your guests.
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.
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.
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.