How to do wedding DIY and stay sane

Deciding to undertake any form of wedding DIY can be quite a commitment. Whether it’s creating your own centrepieces, table accessories, wedding favours or deciding to go all out and painstakingly hand craft all your decorations and finishing touches, it’s no mean feat.

Though it may be difficult and time consuming, DIY-ing your wedding day is becoming a popular trend, with couples across the nation claiming it has saved them thousands of pounds. However, at what cost? Having to cut out and fold hundreds of paper templates to fold into tiny decorative roses is enough to try the patience of a saint; therefore, I’ve compiled a few ideas on how to do your own wedding DIY, express your creativity and save some cash, whilst avoiding losing your patience and setting fire to a pile of half-finished handmade centrepieces.

If you’re looking for a fun and personal way to express your creative side and save a considerable amount of money, contemplate making your own wedding invitations. Firstly, please bear in mind this may be a better task for the bride with 60 guests rather than the bride with 200 (for your sanities sake). Though if you pride yourself on your persistence and enjoy repetition and precision, this would be perfect for you. This can be done at a fraction of the cost of ordering invitations and you can really personalise them and add your own touches. If you want to handwrite them, consider taking a calligraphy course. The average cost of wedding stationary is around £271.00, and a calligraphy course being available for £30.00, you still save money, and it becomes a fun activity for you and your H2B! Ribbon, card and other assorted decorative stickers all allow you to be creative and let your own flair inspire your invites, whilst also being extremely cheap from places such as hobbycraft for example. To save yourself from invite madness, enlist the help of your trusty bridesmaids to help you glue and stick to their hearts content! As your bridesmaids, they will definitely be more than happy to help you, (also, as your bridesmaids, they have no choice).

If you’re looking for a fun way to accessorise your venue at low cost, makeshift chalk board signs are an adorable and modern way to do so. All you have to do is come up with a catchy slogan and write it in a cute font, with optional doodles, and hang them up in appropriate places. This is a fun way of directing your guests, letting them know what your signature cocktail is or just giving them something funny to read. You can let them know your style as a couple by doing this, and its very low budget and not time consuming. Easy on the wallet and the effort!

If you’re looking to tackle something bigger, like your centrepieces. I would suggest enlisting the advice of a professional if you have no background in arts and crafts. As though it may look great on your Pinterest board, bringing that flower candelabra complete with floating fairy lights to life may not be as easy as it seems. Ensure that whatever your planned homemade centrepieces are, they’re not so difficult that they’ll stress you out and leave you abandoning the project and having to rethink them last minute. Create a mood board of possible colours/props/themes you want to include and start from there. Include things which express you as a couple and take from your lives together, your favourite things and themes which you both love. If you’ve got an artist anywhere in your extended family, now is the time to utilise them (even a self-proclaimed artist will be of some help).