DIYing your wedding tasks can save you a ton of money… However, it can also be very time-consuming. For my hands-on, creative brides who want to save money, DIY decor and favors are often a good route to go as long as you’ve done your research. The last thing you want is to overload yourself with a daunting task just days before your wedding. If you decide to make your own decor, favors, etc., be sure you have enough time a couple of weeks or months prior to the wedding to get everything done.
Having stunning wedding decor doesn’t have to cost a fortune, and with the help of your family and friends, you can easily decorate your ceremony and reception yourself. You will also be saving yourself money on a planner/designer for the big day. Creating decor that you can keep post-wedding also provides you with memorable keepsakes. Some DIY projects however are not worth the time and should be left to the pros. Without further ado, here is your bridal guide on when to DIY, and when to buy for your wedding.
1. Ring Bearer + Flower Girl DIY Details
Defining small details can really make a difference, and don’t have to be super fancy! The ring bearer and flower girl accessories are both simple accents that can easily be done yourself. For the rings, you’ll need a small cotton pillow or a wooden box that you can get at any craft store. You can get creative with what you place your rings in (it can really be anything). From there you can decorate it with the colors and theme of your wedding! Tie burlap string or twine around the pillow with dried lavender, eucalyptus, or greenery of your choice, with a small tag that has
your initials. It’s simple, but looks very aesthetically pleasing and shouldn’t cost you much to make.
As for your flower girl, there are many different options for what you’d like her to wear and carry. You won’t need to spend extra money to have her carry a real bouquet when you can create the cutest basket for rose petals. You can find a perfectly good basket or bucket at many thrift stores, often cool vintage-looking ones. Decorate her basket according to your themes, colors, and florals, and she’ll look darling throwing petals down the aisle. You can also make her a matching flower crown to wear!
2. DIY Veil
3. DIY Ceremony Decor + Signage
4. DIY Wedding Favors
5. DIY Invitations & Programs
What to leave to the pros:
Obviously weddings are expensive and require a ton of planning. Hopefully this guide will help you navigate your planning process, as well as save you time and money deciphering which projects are worth the undertaking, and which are better left to the pros. Subscribe to our newsletter for even more wedding tips, tricks, and popular trends. Follow us on Instagram to stay up-to-date on the latest AppleBrides news!