10 DIY wedding ideas to make during the coronavirus lockdown – tips from a wedding photographer
DIY weddings are always popular. Whether you’re looking to make all your decorations yourself, or just add one or two hand-crafted elements to your day, then my top 10 ideas for DIY weddings crafts is worth a read. Everything is up in the air at the moment and you might have had to postpone your wedding due to COVID-19 or be considering it. It must be very disappointing and a lot to take in, but you will get married and your day will be just as special as you’d hoped – maybe even more so as we will all appreciate being able to gather and celebrate!
In the meantime, whilst many of us are spending more time at home, making things for your wedding is a great way to stay positive and look forward to your big day. Many of us will see our earnings drop so a DIY wedding will help save you money too. Also, having all of your own props for the big day means that you won’t have to worry about hiring items or changing dates with the suppliers. All of the DIY projects featured are from real weddings that I’ve photographed in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset so they are realistic and achievable! I hope my little blog post will give you some inspiration and keep you excited about your wedding day.
10 ideas for DIY wedding crafts
- Personalised wedding table names
- Unique wedding table plan
- Home made wedding favours
- Upcycled pallet wedding signs
- Home made confetti
- Our story photo display
- Home made bunting
- Blankets to keep your guests warm
- Wedding cards box
- Crafty wedding place name cards
1. Personalised wedding table names
Choosing a theme for your wedding table names gives you a chance to tell your guests a little more about you. It could be places you’ve visited, your favourite albums or quotes from your favourite books. Spend a day playing old records or going through your bookshelf for inspiration. Go through your travel photos to find places that bring back great memories or even childhood photos that you might not have shared with each other before. Once you’ve decided on a theme, think about how you’d like to display the names on your tables. Mini chalk boards or inexpensive photo frames can look really effective.
2. Unique wedding table plan
Once you’ve decided on your table names and overall theme of your day you can set about creating your seating plan. Guests will look at this as they are finding their seats so why not make it a talking point? Large mirrors and old gilt picture fames are great for an elegant feel, suitcases are ideal for vintage themes and pallets can be upcycled for a rustic look.
3. Home made wedding favours
Making your own wedding favours keeps costs down and your guests will love the personal touch. I’ve seen lots of lovely ideas at the weddings I’ve photographed including home-brewed beer, personalised gin shot bottles and home made jam. You can even make some of these ahead of time as they will keep for a while. If you fancy something other than food and drink, how about pretty flower pots or plants that guests can take home?
4. Upcycled pallet wedding signs
If you want to add a rustic touch to your wedding then a pallet is a great starting point. They can be painted, stained or turned into a chalkboard. You can then add the detail with chalk or paint. If you’re not confident with keeping your writing neat then you can always use a stencil or order some decal lettering. They are a great way to display the order of events so that your guests know what’s coming up or to display your seating plan. And what’s more, they’re often available free!
5. Home made confetti
Spring and summer is the perfect time to collect petals and make your own confetti. Most venues don’t like paper confetti so home made is perfect as it’s biodegradable and eco-friendly. And again, it’s free! I’ve found that mums and grandmothers are happy to help with this too and they often have lovely gardens. After you’ve collected your petals you need to let them dry out. You can lay them our on a sunny windowsill or even pop them in the oven. To complete the look, make some cute little confetti cones from recycled paper. For a personal touch, order a stamp of your initials that can be used on stationery throughout your wedding.
6. ‘Our story’ photo display
Set aside a day to go through all your photos together. If they are still stored on your phone or laptop choose the ones you’d like to print. It will be lovely looking back at all those memories you’ve made so far and choosing the moments that made you laugh or those that marked a special birthday or even your engagement. Include the special people in your life too. Once you’ve had the photos printed it’s time to get creative!
7. Home made bunting
Bunting works with so many styles of wedding – vintage, country, festival, rustic, boho – the list goes on! Choose fabric that matches the colour theme of your wedding. (One of my brides sourced all of her grey and yellow fabric from charity shops!) You can mix up the textures to suit your style too; try mixing cotton prints with some lace or hessian.
8. Blankets to keep your guests warm.
Blankets are essential for autumn and winter weddings but summer evenings can get surprisingly cool too. A cute basket filled with cosy blankets will be very welcome to your guests. If you or any of your friends and family are handy with a knitting needle then why not make some of your own blankets? Alternatively, you can order some inexpensive fleece blankets from the high street and make a cute little display by tying them in ribbon and arranging them in a basket with a hand-written sign.
9. Wedding cards box
When guests arrive at your wedding reception they will be looking for somewhere to leave your card. This is an ideal item to make yourself for your wedding to save you money and add a bit of your own style into your day. Baskets and crates are ideal as they are large enough for even the biggest of envelopes and they look pretty on display. (If you do make something with a little slit for cards make sure it’s wide enough). Craft stores and even the pound shops have hearts, pegs, string and so on that you can use for decoration.
10. Crafty wedding place name cards
The little details at a wedding all add up to create the overall feel and theme of the day. Some guests might want to take their place name home as a little keepsake so why not add some special detail? Name cards can be bought cheaply from craft stores ready for you to customise. You might be able to make use of leftover bits and pieces from the other items you’ve made.
If you’ve enjoyed this post, check out my 10 tips for an eco-friendly wedding!
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