Wedding DIY is big news. We’re all a little bit in love with the thought of a super personal DIY wedding and it’s easy to see why. When you craft and create your own wedding details, you get things that no one else has and you can tailor everything to totally suit your style. The Internet is full of amazing DIY wedding ideas and wedding to-do lists are full of things to make. However, before you take the plunge with your own DIY wedding, here are the dos and don’t that you absolutely HAVE to know.
DIY Wedding – Dos
A DIY wedding can be all kinds of idyllic. You get to personalise every last detail, tailor everything so it totally works with your day and it allows you to give full vent to your creativity. If you’re bursting with DIY wedding ideas and can’t wait to get started, here are a few ‘dos’ to help you on your way:
Definitely try to choose projects that include clear instructions, templates and videos. The more help you can get, the more likely you are to enjoy your crafting and finish up with items that look like those images you saw online.
Do spend some time researching ideas and reading all the details before deciding which ones to include in your DIY wedding.
Know your limitations. If you hate baking, choose wedding DIYs that play to your strengths and keep you out of the kitchen. If you’ve never worked with flowers, making all the bouquets might be way too much so stick to simple floral projects.
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Keep things simple and achieve perfection rather than aiming for something so intricate and so amazing and then being a little underwhelmed with the results. Simple CAN be spectacular, especially when you can genuinely say ‘Oh this? It was easy!’
Delegate as much as possible and let people get involved. If you’re loving the excuse to get crafty, you can be sure that some of your friends and family will too and they’ll love the thought of being so involved in your big day.
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Do cheat. Use templates, decorate shop bought items and add a few finishing touches to standard wedding goodies. It’ll still be clear that you’ve had a hand in making everything super pretty and you won’t have had to do absolutely everything from scratch.
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Practice makes perfect so if you’re going to the DIY-ing something that you can only make just before the wedding (anything floral for example), you have to have a practice run. This is when you can hone your skills and make any changes so you’re not stressed when you have to make it ‘for real’.
DIY Wedding – Don’ts
There’s no doubt about it – wedding DIY can be time consuming. It can also be more expensive than you think and it definitely adds more and more to your wedding to-do list. Before you jump right in to the word of wedding craft, here are a few ‘don’ts’ to help you keep it real:
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that everything on Pinterest is super easy. Lots of the items that you see, even in tutorials and DIY searches, have been created and written up by professionals. Check out the reviews to see how simple things REALLY are.
Never start a project without costing it thoroughly. Lots of couples DIY to save money but you need to make sure that you’re actually on budget, especially if your projects end up needing lots of tools or equipment.
Don’t leave your wedding DIY to the last minute. You don’t need to be pulling all-nighters in the days before the wedding to get everything finished. Allow yourself twice as much time as you need.
Absolutely don’t DIY everything! There are wedding professionals out there for a reason and that’s because they’ve got the knowledge, skills and time to get everything absolutely perfect for you. They’ll also have access to wholesales and all manner of suppliers that you don’t at prices you won’t be offered.
Don’t ignore your relationship. It’s easy to get caught up with wedding DIY and before you know it, you’re spending all your time crafting the next thing on the list. However much you love making things for your wedding, you love your partner more so make sure you spend plenty of time with them.
Don’t do it all on the day. Even if you’ve made absolutely everything for your wedding, there comes a time to hand it all over to someone else and that time is most definitely on the morning of your wedding. Let your venue staff set everything up for you so that you can relax, get ready and enjoy your wedding day. Set-up takes much longer than you think so make sure you let go at the right moment.
The Best DIY Wedding Ideas
So, if you’re going to go for a DIY wedding, what are the best things to craft? Here’s our pick of the best DIY wedding ideas:
Confetti cones – we’ve all been making cones since we were tiny so all you need is some pretty paper, double sided tape and confetti.
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Ribbon backdrops – buy the ribbon, cut the ribbon and tie it around a length of doweling. This is even quicker (and better) when you use wrapped wire ties instead of knots.
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Mason jar pew ends – tie twine around the tops of your jars to create a hanging loop, fill them with gypsophilia and hang from your pew ends. Simple!
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Activity books for kids – print lots of games and colouring in sheets, bind them in brown paper and tie with baker’s twine.
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Personalised stationery – use an online provider to buy a monogram or personalised rubber stamp and then use this to create save the date tags, escort cards, place markers and much more. Add ribbons or washi tape for added personality.
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Anything dipped! – dip everything and anything in paint that matches your scheme and you’ve got an instant upgrade. Cutlery, jars and bottles for flowers and even balloons can be given the paint treatment and they’ll look so much more on theme!
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IKEA is a great place to start your DIY wedding journey. Take a look at these must-have IKEA wedding hacks and get inspired!