D.I.Y Wedding Tips & Tricks

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.


A massive thank you for providing an amazing and unique tent for our wedding. We were both so glad we went with the stretch tent for something a bit different and we couldn’t have been more pleased! All of our guests said how fabulous it looked! A big thank you also to everyone at Morton’s for helping and answering all of our questions in the run up to our big day. I definitely feel I know more about luxury toilets and generators! We would recommend Morton’s to anyone planning a wedding and wanting a tent which is a little different.

We were delighted with the marquee supplied by Morton’s Events.

Our guests were bowled over by the interlinking hexagonal “pods” (as we called them) and all commented on how special it made the wedding breakfast seem. We managed to accomodate 170 guests in plentiful space while making it seem intimate and cosy.

Mortons’ staff were incredibly helpful,flexible and obliging and decorated the marquee beautifully,with fairy lights and a fabulous starcloth ceiling over the dance “pod”.

Together with table decorations designed by my daughter,the effect created was magical,or as one guest put it “breathtaking.”

We would unhesitatingly advise any family contemplating a wedding in a marquee to opt for Morton’s.

Morton’s were professional, accurate, knowledgable and nothing seemed a problem.


The pods lend themselves in any situation and function and looked far better than we had both dreamed of.
Thank you Simon for making our day go without a hitch and for all your hard work and for what seemed like ours was the only function that year!

We had Mortons marques for our daughters wedding. With 200 guests we had 5 pods, a 5×5 square for the bar area and another as the entrance.

The seating for the guests wrapped round the dance floor giving a wonderful view to all and creating a great atmosphere. Mortons were so helpful always at the end of the phone and the whole day and all preparations went to plan. We would definitely use them again.