Don’t be afraid to add some DIY to your wedding!
Personalised weddings with vintage inspired quirks have become very popular over the past few years, especially in the Asian community.
Do-it-yourself (DIY) weddings are a great way to stay in budget while still being on trend.
DESIblitz have a few unique Desi ideas to make your wedding day one to remember.
- Get Funky with Ribbon
Ribbon is a creative girl’s best friend. You can get any colour ribbon cheaply at markets and use them to attach on flowers, baskets and name cards and essentially, everything else to add a cuteness to decoration.
Create personal name cards by printing names on to card and sticking it on a thick piece of ribbon, which you can then wrap into a bow and place on the table. This adorable tip will save you the pennies, but does require a few hours of concentration.
Alternatively, use ribbon to create colourful edges to any baskets you use. Make mini bows to attach all the way around the basket for effect.
- Romantic Lights
Lighting can create a romantic ambience. If you don’t want a candle flame on the table, opt for LED candles that give the same warm glow without the worry.
If you or anyone you know has a steady hand and a creative flare, get them to personalise candles with the couples names and wedding date as a cute accompaniment to the centre pieces.
For added emphasis, strap a table with twinkly bright fairy lights, such as the guest book table, for an extra wow factor.
- Save the Dates
Invitations and save the dates can be a large money grabbing element of the wedding planning, but you can save yourself the printing costs by creating your own heart shaped save the dates.
Gather a template online or use software such as Adobe Photoshop or even Microsoft Publisher and print them as the basis for your save the dates.
Using calligraphy stencils, engrave the names and date onto the template. If you cant do that, then print a smaller slip of paper to glue on. Laminate the heart templates for protection and shine and punch a hole at the top for a ribbon to be tied.
- Sweet Station
Keep your guests sweet by having a candy stall at the wedding. Head to your nearest sweet shop or even shop on-line in bulk for large jars of sweets.
Some places offer personalised wrapping on jars.
Fill small gift baskets with humbugs and mini chocolates; but remember this is only a supplement to wedding food so you don’t need to go overboard.
- Floral Table Pieces
Flowers are an integral part of any wedding but they don’t come cheap. The larger the arrangement the bigger the bill, but creating your own floral centre pieces can add a delicate personalised touch and avoid extra expense.
Source a set of small square printed storage boxes and purchase floral foam to layer the box.
Place your chosen arrangements inside. The bouquet inside can be as extravagant as your wish, but if you’re cutting cost on a small wedding, buy flowers from your nearest supermarket a day or two before. The head table can have a large decorative arrangement if you wish.
Having a guest book is a common trend at weddings, but to make it more interesting, have a ‘memories’ table with photo montages hung on the wall or framed pictures on the desk.
Place a stack of mini coloured card on a table for guests to write their personal messages.
Later use these to create a collage or attach them using pegs or tape to a small artificial tree that can sit in your home.
- Order of the Day
Guests like to know the structure of the day, so hand out personalised schedules highlighting the entrance, food, dancing and the end.
You can create anything using editing software; print the schedules on card and cut to a delicate shape of your choice.
Then stick on a patterned colour piece of card to add dimension. Have fun putting your personality into creating these schedules!
- Candy Bouquets
Not the cheapest DIY idea, and it will require a creative eye but having a bouquet of chocolate looks so effective.
Use posh chocolates with gold covering such as Fererro Rochers and use sharp flower stems to pinch through delicately. Arrange it however you like, adding coloured tissue paper around the chocolate to fill it out.
Tape it however you wish underneath to make it hold, as long as from the front it looks shimmering, everything else can be covered.
- Wedding Favours
More emphasis is being placed on useful wedding favours guests will enjoy.
Personalised candles and mini shot glasses with thank you tags attached are some ideas of gifts guests will adore.
If you want to stick to food, bag up some cookies and seal with a ribbon.
Even add guests names on bags for that final touch!
- Cheerful Cocktails
Serving up some cocktails on arrival can always make a guests experience enjoyable from the start!
With any fruit of your choice, Alcohol or soda (for non-alcoholic) you can create classy cocktails that have a wow factor.
Don’t be afraid to add some DIY in your wedding! With so many ways to be creative and cut costs, you can add your own personal touches to make your big day special without breaking the bank.