More and more couples are getting creative and making their own wedding decorations. We love seeing all the wedding DIY that our brilliant couples craft for their weddings and we have no doubt that the trend for wedding DIY is here to stay. If you’re planning an entirely handmade wedding or if you just want to make a few special details for your big day then read on because we’ve rounded up the best DIY wedding ideas for you right here.
Big wedding DIY projects
If you want to cut back on your stationery bill, why not create one unmissable menu that can be displayed as guests enter for dinner?
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Create your table plan with a wooden pallet, some frames and wooden letters. You can paint the frames and letters to match you theme and print the table details yourself too.
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Wedding doughnut walls are so popular and with good reason – guests LOVE them! You can make your own wall with a large sheet of wood or pegboard and some dowelling. Paint and decorate this however you like and don’t forget to decide how you’ll transport it to your venue!
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Now, whilst making a little origami paper crane might not seem like a big wedding project, when you’re making thousands and thousands of them, it really is! Inspired by an ancient Japanese legend, paper cranes are wonderful for everything from huge backdrops to seating cards.
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Pallets really have become a wedding essential of late and we think that they’re great for wedding signage. Whether you’re welcoming guests or setting out the order of the day, pallets are perfect.
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If you’ve got green fingers, there’s no better DIY than to grow your own wedding flowers! Plant up lots of terracotta pots with your favourite blooms and use them to decorate your venue. This is such an environmentally friendly idea as the flowers won’t be thrown away after the big day.
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Ladders are great for creating lots of wedding decorations form ceremony backdrops, drinks stations, photo displays and table plans. You can paint them for added colour, decorate them with flowers, lights, books, frames and other props to create a really personal and very impressive decoration.
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Smaller DIY wedding details
Finish your invitations in style with a luxurious wax seal. You can buy personalised stamps and wax sticks in a whole range of colours so that the finished seal really matches your theme.
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Wedding DIY doesn’t have to be complicated to be brilliant! Instead of putting together expensive entertainment packs for kids, make them an entire table of fun with a roll of brown paper, a black sharpie and some crayons and colouring pens! Draw on games, frames for their own drawing or pictures to colour in.
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As they’re looking to find their seats, your guests will definitely notice your place cards so why not make super cute place card holders? Simple yet effective, these are a perfect wedding DIY.
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Making your own confetti is something you really need to plan in advance so that you can save and dry the petals. You’ll find lots of tutorials online to help you get this right and then you can easily make cones for your confetti too.
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What could be cuter than your flowergirl announcing your arrival with a handmade sign? Buckets, hoops are signs are much easier for little ones to carry than bouquets (and they’re a bit more robust too!)
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As a finishing touch for your wedding cake, nothing’s better than a personalised cake topper and they can be surprising simple to make. You’ll have this bunting topper made within an hour and you can add any message you like!
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Save jars and bottles, add twine and fill them with flowers before hanging them in and around your venue. You can paint the bottles if you like, dip them in glitters or just leave them plain, it’s up to you.
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It couldn’t be easier to bring colour to your wedding breakfast than with ribbon decorations for your chairs. Pre-cut lots of lengths of ribbon to suit your colour scheme and then loop them around the chair backs – simple and so effective!
Image courtesy of Dasha Caffrey
Top tips for wedding craft
If we’ve inspired you to get creative, then there are a few things that you need to keep in mind as you plan your wedding DIY. Here are our top tips for wedding craft:
Always allow yourself much more time than you think you’ll need and start your projects well before the wedding. You don’t want to be finishing things off the night before you take your vows!
Do your research before you buy any materials. Look around online to make sure that you’re getting the best price and the best quality. Pay close attention to the dimensions of items for sale too so you don’t end up with something that’s too big or too small.
Make sure that you’ve got enough materials to cope with any mistakes or mishaps and so you’ve also got a chance to practice.
Before you start to craft, think about how and where you’re going to store the items once they’re made.
If anyone offers help, accept it! Many hands make light work and you can even turn your craft sessions into mini parties!
If you want to get hands-on when it comes to your wedding, there are plenty of things you can get stuck into. Some things however, are best left to the professionals. Take a look at our DIY Wedding Dos and Don’ts for all the tips and tricks!