Wedding’s can be expensive. But the key word in that sentence is “can”. There are plenty of things that you can do yourself to not only cut your costs down, but to get the wedding of your dreams, exactly the way you want it.
The easiest way to cut down on unnecessary spending is by spending a little time making your own table decorations. Strips of lace can be bought cheaply from a fabric shop and can be used as elegant runners down the centre of a table. Place settings can easily be mustered up with just a bit of card, a good pen, a willing helper to fold the card in place and a handy YouTube tutorial on easy calligraphy.
For a rustic, country feel to your wedding, elegant and simple flower crowns on the bride and bridesmaids are the perfect touch. Instead of handing over much-needed money for them, there just as easy to make yourself. A little wire, some imitation flowers and a little patience create the perfect bonding activity for the bride and her bridesmaids and a beautiful accessory for the wedding day.
Photo booths are the “it” item for your wedding reception. They’re fun, easy to use and will have your guests keeling over with laughter. But they don’t come cheap. Instead, set a corner of your venue aside for your own D.I.Y photo booth. There’s no hiding it, the preparation will take a little more effort. But it’s a fun job that can be done by bridesmaids, groomsmen and grandparents alike. All you need is some coloured paper, long wooden BBQ skewers and some glue. Cut out the props you want (hearts, hats, bowties and moustaches are always a hit), glue them to the skewers and your props are ready. If you’ve got a little more to spend, buy some cheap fancy dress wigs for your guests to fight and laugh over. All you need now is the photos. Invest in one or two polaroid cameras and a couple of packs of film and you’ve got a cheap and easy photo booth for the night of your wedding. And the best part? You can keep the cameras long after your big day and capture all the happy memories to come.
Can’t afford a photographer for the entire day? No problem. Everyone has their phones glued to their hands these days, so make the most of it. Let your guests know that you want them to take as many photos as they possibly can. Encourage selfies, group shots and even the embarrassing videos that will get recorded at the end of the night. Hang signs around your reception with a personalised hashtag (something easy like #Mr&Mrs[YourNameHere] will do just fine); that way any photos that are uploaded to social media with your hashtag will all be stored in one place. It means you get to see your wedding from all of your guest’s points of view without the hassle and the expenditure of a 24-hour photographer.
Incorporating a bit of D.I.Y into your wedding doesn’t have to look slap-dash or cheap. It actually means you can tailor things exactly how you want them so that they meet your vision precisely. And more than anything your wedding should be fun – don’t bombard yourself with tasks that you simply can’t do, but by picking up a few little projects here and there, you’ll be left with a sense of satisfaction and a few more pounds in your pocket.