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DIY Wedding: the beginner’s guide

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DIY Wedding: The Beginner’s Guide

Today, we will explain to you how can you how to organize your wedding on a budget. 

Preparing such a big event from scratch can be challenging. There is so much work to do, and you want the result to be perfect. The process can sometimes be stressful.

In this guide, we will give you step-by-step advice. Let’s look at the DIY wedding best practices!

What is a DIY Wedding?

A DIY Wedding is any celebration that the couple organizes themselves. It can be a wedding at the Church, at the beach or even in your house’s garden. 

There is not any wedding planner. Also, as a DIY couple, you will try to avoid hiring most of the suppliers. There are a lot of things you can do for yourself. 

For example, you can design your invitations, so there is no need to hire a designer. You can personalize the chairs yourself with techniques like vinyl cutting. And, if you are good at cardboard crafting, you won’t need any help to decorate the tables.

Now that you understand what a DIY wedding is, it is time for us to explain more about how to get started with it.

With the right decoration, your garden can turn into the best venue.
With the right decoration, your garden can turn into the best venue.

Wedding on a budget

When we use the term “on a budget,” we don’t mean your wedding has to be a simple, tasteless ceremony. The idea is to find a balance between the party you’d like to have and the party you can afford. Here are some tips to help you get structured about this point.
 
  • Decide who will pay. The couple? Your parents? The guests – by giving you money? This point is something you have to take into account before you make any financial decision. If your parents want to pay for the wedding, they might wish to decide on some aspects. If you depend on the guests’ gifts, you won’t have a complete overview of the money you can spend until the end. Be careful with that.

  • Five services will make the most significant part of your budget: venue, photographer, transport, catering, and DJ. Take this into account to rank what do you want to hire and what do you want to do yourself.

  • Look at your crafting supplies before deciding. For example: if you have a cutting machine, you can personalize textiles with vinyl. If you have an embroidery machine, you can customize the table clothes. It’s good to make an inventory to assess your possibilities.

  • Crafting your decorative elements is usually cheaper than buying those items. But it does not always have to be like that. It is useful to make a benchmark comparing purchases before deciding what you will do yourself.

  • Mind every small purchase! Unless you are very careful with your navigation habits, advertisers will target you. And you’ll see a lot of ads with stuff that you could buy just in case. Sure, that set of 2000 led lamps can seem cheap. But if it does not have a purpose, it is a waste.
  • Prioritization is key. Think about the wedding you want to have. What is the most important thing for you? The happy hour? Making the chapel look amazing? To have a band playing live music? The food? Invest in what matters for you.

  • Related to the previous point: you already have furniture, cutlery, and lamps. If you have a garden, you’ll have flowers. And so do your family and friends. Take it into account. Buying and making are not the only options.
Creating every detail will be challenging and funny at the same time.
Creating every detail will be challenging and funny at the same time.

One year to organize your big day.

In the best-case scenario, you will have one whole year to organize your wedding. At least, this is what experts usually recommend. This way, you can decide according to your desire and budget. Otherwise, adjust to prices and availability.

During this year, you should complete some specific tasks. We have structured them according to their urgency.

First steps – 12 months before the wedding

  • Decide (and hire) the venue. It could be a restaurant, a villa, or a garden. Another option is to choose a place that gives you complete freedom about catering and decoration.
  • Select a photographer. The best wedding photographers fit their projects on their schedule one year in advance.
  • Send the Save the Date card to your guests. You can do it yourself with a template like this one.

Nine months before the wedding

  • Start fitting the outfits of the bride and groom. If you do it yourself, you will need approximately this amount of time to get it ready.
  • Plan the decoration. Make an inventory of what you have. Decide what you will buy, and what you will make. It is smart to make all the supplies purchases now. Last-minute purchases will make you spend more money than expected.

Six months before the wedding

  • Send the invitations. You can do your own by picking a template and adding all the details of your wedding.
  • Start the bureaucratic process. The requirements might vary according to the wedding (and the country/ state you live in).

Three months before the wedding

  • Hire transport and hotels if you need them. 
  • Start planning the honeymoon.
  • Celebrate the previous parties: engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party. These are also great occasions to use your DIY talent (and save some money).

The week before the wedding

  • Set up the decoration at the venue.
  • Celebrate a ceremony rehearsal.

 

You can customize the articles you have bought with fonts.
You can customize the articles you have bought with fonts.

How to organize an express DIY wedding

It is also possible to prepare your party within two or three months. As we said, having one year to set it up is the best-case scenario. But you can still organize a fantastic celebration in less time. Here are some tips.

  • Adjust the date to the venue. If there is not a lot of time left, popular venues won’t be available on Saturdays. It will be easier to find a spot on a Friday or during the week.
  • Accept that some people won’t be able to make it. This situation is what we try to avoid when we recommend sending the Save the Date cards one year early. 
  • Avoid excessive outfit fittings. They are time-consuming, and you don’t have a lot of time. Remember that stores will always be faster than ateliers.
  • About the decoration: keep it simple, especially if you have done it yourself. Try to rank and only start the projects that matter to you. 
  • A Wedding Suite is a great design resource. There you will find templates for all the graphics you might need. 
A last-minute wedding can be as great as any other.
A last-minute wedding can be as great as any other.

DIY Decorations

As we said, creating the decorations yourself is a great way to save money from your wedding budget.
Here are some examples of DIY crafts that work. For this beginner’s guide, we have focused on four main topics: invitations, table decorations, flowers, and signs.

Invitations

Invitations are a wedding essential that you can easily do yourself. If you want to print a digital design, you have two options. The easiest way to do it is to download a template and add your details to it. You can also pick a font and some graphics and create your design from scratch. That is what we have done for the examples of this article.

 

You can get the Amira Calm Script font here.
You can get the Amira Calm Script font here.

 

You can get the Austin Hearts font here.
You can get the Austin Hearts font here.

 

You can get the Blessing font here.
You can get the Blessing font here.

 

Table decorations

At a wedding, guests spend a lot of time sitting around a table. If that table looks good, the experience will be more unique. Luckily, it is easy to make a table look beautiful. Look at these examples and get some inspiration.

 

You can assign the seats with small labels attached to natural elements.
You can assign the seats with small labels attached to natural elements.

 

Combining different elements is useful if you don't want to buy whole new sets.
We are in love with this combination of cloth, leaves, and cutlery.

 

Sometimes, less is more.
Sometimes, less is more.

Flowers

This part is easy to arrange. Fresh flowers look fantastic by themselves. All you need to do is to add some little details (like a small glass or a piece of cloth) to hold them properly. If you place them in the right place, they will boost the look of the venue.

 

This glass is attached to the bench. This way, you can add water for the flowers.
This glass is attached to the bench. This way, you can keep the flowers in water.

 

There is no need to add flowers to every chair. Just pick the some strategic ones.
There is no need to add flowers to every chair. Just pick some strategic ones.

 

Little floral bouquets are a cool way to spread color around the venue.
Little floral bouquets are a cool way to spread the color palette around the venue.

Signs

You can create your own signs by hacking some elements like pallets of picture frames. It is an original way to decorate the venue. You can use them to guide your guests through the venue or to write funny and romantic quotes.

 

Combining different fonts is always a good idea.
Combining different fonts is always a good idea.

 

This Ikea frame has been hacked and now it is a cool table sign.
This Ikea frame has been hacked and now it is a cool table sign.

 

A nice way to welcome your hosts at the venue.
A nice way to welcome your hosts at the venue.

 

We hope that you find our tips and advice helpful. Good luck organizing your DIY wedding!

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