Thinking of DIYing elements of your big day? DIY is a great way to keep costs down, and can personalise your wedding in ways vendors just can’t. To get your creative juices flowing, here’s 7 of our favourite DIY Real Weddings featured on our site!
Danielle and Chris rolled up their sleeves and got DIYing for their barn wedding in Scotland. Every element of the day was locally sourced, and even Chris’ passion was included!
As a tree surgeon, Chris handmade the centrepieces out of trees and logs he’d cut himself. His talents even helped with the creation of 218 wedding favours: tree slices sanded and personalised with each guest’s name.
“We were able to plan the wedding in such a way that allowed us to have everyone we wanted there!” says Danielle.
A lot of Nancy and Steven’s wedding was DIY to keep their budget down. Nancy’s mum helped create table decorations and styles the bride’s ‘eye-grabbing’ hair. The bride’s grandfather created name place holders using a tree branch with added notches, and the groom’s mum was responsible for the wedding cake – a naked creation with buttercream icing!
“We couldn’t have made the day possible without the help of our family members,” says Nancy.
“We took the time to DIY as much as possible to have personal touches and the feeling of pride that a plain hall had been transformed into something special by us – and that we were able to say we did it,” says Tom.
The bare hall was transformed with hessian Liz had collected to make bunting and decorated large 3D letters spelling their names.
“I have to hand it to my beautiful wife – I helped make some decisions, sure, but really it was her vision which she executed with precision from start to finish,” Tom says.
Clare and Steve spent plenty of time before the celebrations to create the DIY day of their dreams.
“We had bunting, fairylights, scrabble (tiles were attached to our bouquets, buttonholes, and corsages), I made our cake topper, and I made scrabble bunting saying bride and groom for the top table,” says Clare.
Though they began with a £2000 budget, that crept up to £5000 to cater for a guest list of 70 at Louisa and John’s backyard wedding.
“It took a bit of work to convince John we could manage a DIY wedding alongside raising our spirited daughter, building a house, and both managing freelance careers,” says Louisa.
“Our wedding only came together thanks to the hard work of family and friends,” says Louisa. “One friend made metres of white and flamingo pink bunting, as well as our wedding cake. Her husband grew herbs, picked wild flowers for the tables, and made chocolate truffles! Another friend built a children’s festival village; and another filled lunch bags for all the children.”
The creative couple took their ‘quintessential English wedding’ and put a homemade, rustic spin on it. Art teacher and jewellery designer Jodie made everything from the rings to the decorations.
“You name it, I made it!” Jodie says.
“We (Stacy) made quite a lot of the things for our wedding – it was a very DIY/shabby chic look which suited us down to the ground,” says Tom. “Decorations were done ourselves the day before, and all sources and ordered by Stacy.”