Getting hitched this year? Planning a wedding can be a stressful process and it might be very tempting to turn over the reigns to an expert — but that will cost you a pretty penny.
If you have the time, determination and patience, you can use your creative side to prepare beautiful, one-of-a-kind wedding favors, decorations, accessories and more. Check out the ideas below for the ambitious and cost-conscious bride.
1. Last-a-lifetime paper bouquets
One of the most important accessories for a bride is her bouquet, but real flowers are surprisingly expensive, especially if you’re asking a florist to arrange them into a bouquet. Paper bouquets are a great way to save money and, believe it or not, the results are stunning! Learn how to make your own with this instructional tutorial from handcrafted lifestyle expert Lia Griffith. The best part about these flowers? They’ll never wilt and you can keep them as a memory of your special day forever.
2. Lace doily invitations
Wedding invitations don’t seem like they’d be too pricey, but with postage being doubled to accommodate response cards, the extras can seem costly and exorbitant. It will take some time and patience, but DIY invitations can save you a bundle and add that personal touch you just can’t find with online printing companies. I love the look of burlap and lace for a rustic wedding — these lace doily invitations are just right!
3. Old Mason jar decorations
When it comes to the DIY world, Mason jars are the one-stop shop for a variety of wedding items. Whether you’re looking for vases to display flowers, candle holders, beverage glasses or photo displays, Bridebox.com has a budget-friendly Mason jar solution for you. See all the ways that you can make use of your old jam and Mason jars here.
4. String chandeliers
If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, hanging string chandeliers from tree branches provides magical and elegant décor for your special occasion. What’s more? They are so affordable and simple to make it would be crazy not to try them. Use white string for a traditional look or twine for something a little more natural. Check out the step-by-step tutorial here.
5. Flower crowns
Bohemian brides can never have enough flowers and floral headpieces are the perfect accessory to a gown and bouquet. As we mentioned, real flowers can be expensive, but paper or faux options are surprisingly lifelike. Learn how to make your own Boho-chic flower crown with our “how-to” article here.
6. Wedding favors
Depending on how many guests you are planning to host, finding an affordable and appealing wedding favor for each and every one of them could be a challenge. If you’re going for a rustic theme, wooden coasters are a fitting, useful and economical option. The proof? I’m making these for my own wedding guests and they cost me less than 18 cents each to put together. Add a stamp with the couple’s initials and wedding date, apply a layer of polyurethane to seal and voilà!
7. Photo booth props
Setting up a photo booth station is a great way to keep your guests entertained and capture some silliness on your big day. With these printable photo booth props, most of the work is already done for you. All you need is a printer, some card stock, tape (or glue) and popsicle sticks!
8. Ceremony aisle runner
We just LOVE this sweet handmade ceremony aisle runner idea to show your wedding guests where the romance all began. Not only does it keep things interesting for your wedding guests as they wait for your exchange of vows, but it’s a lovely reminder of the beautiful life journey that you and your husband-to-be are embarking on as you make your way down the aisle. Include milestones like your first date, first kiss, first “I love you” and your engagement story. Order a large paper roll, like this one, from Staples.com.
Summer is a great time to get married and, as long as the weather cooperates, an outdoor wedding provides a beautiful backdrop for photos and general scenery. Depending on how hot the temperature is, however, your guests could be dying for a way to cool off. Pick up some fabric or patterned papers, popsicle sticks and double-sided tape to make these DIY fabric fans for your attendees.
Looking for a way to serve punch without worrying about pests and flies helping themselves? This adorable Watermelon Keg from DIYHomeThings.com is the perfect way to dispense refreshing drinks without dishing out money on a regular keg, glass jug or punch bowl. Just make sure you have a tap and make use of what nature has already provided!
Just because you’re tying the knot doesn’t mean you need to hurl yourself into financial debt. With a little creativity, ingenuity and research, you can plan and prepare for a meaningful wedding day without breaking the bank. Happy planning!
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About the writer:
Always a dreamer, Jill Bentham is a passionate writer and photographer based in Toronto.