How To DIY Your Wedding and Survive

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Want to DIY your wedding? Indulge your penchant for the handmade with these sweet crafted details – complete with tips for staying sane!

So you’re getting hitched? HUGE congrats. And you want to DIY your big day… Nice one!

Handcrafted elements can be truly beautiful. They make your special day so much more personal. Plus, they can be kinder on your budget. But they take time. And planning. And a little patience. ❤️

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Lazy laced-up look (DIY your own wedding Converse!) and edible favours. Images L to R from invites weddings.com and simplypeachy.com.

Truth be told, quite a few of us Zanuians have submitted to a sizeable amount of DIY to celebrate saying our vows. We’ve pleated serviettes and PVA’ed vintage lace, put together buttonholes and dried floral bouquets, potted pint-sized succulents for quirky wedding favours and decorated our very own wedding Converse (yes!).

Then after all was said and done, we walked down the aisle, pledged our forevers and partied into the wee hours. Love was declared. Tears were shed. Sure, we had our hairy moments, but we’d do it all again in a heartbeat.

Best day ever.

But… we might do it a little differently given our time again. 😉 Live and learn, if you know what we’re saying. Here are a few of our favourite DIY wedding accents and our tips for celebrating your love with your sanity intact.

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Balloon topiary from weddbook.com.

Allll the things

Getting married can be a mighty huge affair. It’s magical and emotional and a million other things – most of which are associated with purse strings. Maintaining your grip on the real world can be complicated, even for the most grounded of brides!

Create your wishlist for that perfect day. Dream the dream and Pinterest the pip out of it. Place your personal style front and centre. After all, it’s your day.

Then be selective. It’s hard not to fall in love with all the things. But choosing just a few choice pieces may be all you need.

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Oversized paper bridal bouquets from buzzfeed.com.

Research your options

Forget the bridal bouquet. You’ve fallen for these beautiful oversized paper roses – they’re so gorgeous and affordable! Check the fine print. Ask yourself if an easier version will work just as well.

DIY tutes can seem deceptively simple, especially if you’re on your crafting L-plates. And while DIY can create a bridge between out-of-the-question and achievable, it has its own cost – time.

Start small. Have a fallback plan. If all else fails, the interweb is awash with pre-made crafting genius. It’s still homemade, after all – just not in your home. 😉

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Old-school easel with simple eucalyptus decorations. Image from knotsandkisses.co.uk.

The art of the spreadsheet

Scheduling, spreadsheets and to-do lists will help you manage your expenses and time. They’ll keep you on track to achieve brilliance!

Factor in time to hunt down your materials and finesse each technique. Check your crafting bits are not coming on the slow boat from China.

Stage a trial for each DIY goodie and measure your success. Improvise materials to check each task is achievable before you invest. Then time it.

So it didn’t go quite to plan? It might be time to phone a friend.

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Bride and groom biscuit favours from weheartit.com and white sugar cookies from lifestyle.allwomenstalk.com.

Sharing the love

So your fine motor skills are not so fine? Consider a crafternoon, or a few, with friends. It’s much more fun this way.

No one want to be by themselves piping iced tuxedo jackets and bridal corsets onto hundreds of heart-shaped wedding biscuits.

A few of our favourite DIY wedding things

Introduce the personal touch to your big day with handcrafted details, from your table settings to your wedding bouquet, your wedding favours and venue decorations.

Try not to get carried away. (This is hard.) Overkill can be lethal when the date is looming.

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Baby’s-breath in painted mason jars from deerpearlflowers.com and DIY wedding nametags from paperandlace.com.

Atypical wedding bouquets

Wedding flowers are pretty exxy for something you’re going to literally toss over your shoulder at the end of the day. They add some serious zeros to your budget.

But DIY-ing this part of your wedding gets tricky if you’re using fresh-cut flowers. You’ll be a little busy (drinking champagne and eating macaroons and being pampered within an inch of your life) to be shaping posies on the big day itself.

Here are some pretty ways to work around this!

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DIY succulent wedding bouquet from brit.co.

Succulent style

Succulents are seriously on-trend right now. In addition to coming in exotic forms and hues, they’re a resilient choice. Succulents can live out of water for several weeks. Wire together a series of rosettes for earth-friendly inspired style.

Match your table centrepieces to your bridal and bridesmaid bouquets. A living centrepiece is all kinds of lovely.

Also, did you know you can replant your succulent bridal bouquet in a terrarium after your big day and keep it for posterity? Ah, the memories…

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Billy button bouquets from greenweddingshoes.com.

Billy Button wildflower bouquets

This adorable Australian native is almost too sweet to believe. Billy Buttons ooze charisma with their graphic yellow colour and shape. They’re a great choice for a retro-inspired Rockabilly wedding or an uber-modern summery affair.

These colourful clusters lend themselves to simple, bright bouquets, centrepieces and boutonnieres. They keep for ages so you can prep your posy ahead of time.

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Billy Button table decorations from flyawaybride.com and Billy Button boutonniere from insideweddings.com.

Pair them with daisies (their cousins) for sunny style.

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Origami faux-quet from brit.co.

Consider a faux-quet

Are you an origami-artisan? Or keen to give it a whirl? Fashion your own paper floral faux-quet and keep it forever. Learn the how here.

Alternatively opt for silk flowers for soft voluptuous blossoms that will outlast the last of your guests! This is one for outsourcing really… Unless you’re something of a Collette Dinnigan.

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Ranunculus DIY wedding buttonholes from theknot.com.

Unconventional fleurs

Still thinking fresh-cuts are the go for your bouquets? Make your own in 7 “simple” steps here. (See above note about DIY tutes.)

Ranunclus, a relative of the buttercup, makes a more cost-effective option. Delicately fragrant and full-petalled, the ranunculus means, “I’m dazzled by your charms”, according to Victorian floriography.

Sweet peas signify “lasting pleasure” and offer up shapely blooms. This old-world fleur has a sweet perfume and an untamed beauty.

Or consider dried flowers to make time no object. Pair these with your table decorations for a coordinated aesthetic.

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Rustic DIY wedding potpourri instead of rice from deerpearlflowers.com.

Wedding rice cones re-thought

Prep your guests with personalised rice cones crafted from cardboard and lace doilies. These are super-simple to make. No, they actually are. Not keen on getting showered in rice? Opt for potpourri – it’s fragrant and full of colour!

Store your super-cute wedding cones in a rustic basket so folks can help themselves. Make sure you appoint a ringleader to get things started.

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Hot air ballon centerpiece from homeedit.com.

DIY Balloons

Decorating with balloons adds whimsy to your wedding décor. Scope out how to create your own hot air balloon table numbers here. Consider a helium balloon “chandelier”, with each balloon trailing a photo of your favourite memories.

You can dress up balloons with lace doilies or tulle. Add confetti for cute colours. Tie garlands of flowers to their tags for a supremely pretty effect.

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DIY wedding photo wall from pinterest.com.

Set the stage with a photo wall

Save your bucks by having a posh photographer for just part of your event. (Or not at all.) Then create a getting hitched hashtag and capture all the candid snaps from your friends and fam.

Build in a (portable) photo wall with frames like the one above for interactive photos and wedding guest shenanigans.

This is bound to deliver some brilliant shots when the bubbles hit the bloodstream…

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The organic touch – rosemary name tags from bridesmagazine.co.uk and succulent place markers from weddingchicks.com.

Table decorations

Making your own unique place settings, table numbers, nametags and serviettes personalises your wedding.

Add in a sprig of nature – think rosemary, lavender, baby’s-breath – for a fresh look.

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Image from knotsandkisses.co.uk.

Native foliage like eucalyptus has a longer life expectancy.

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Flour hearts add a flourish to your walk up the aisle from apracticalwedding.com and lavender and twine-wrapped candles from deerpearlflowers.com.

Wedding stamps and heart footprints

Create your very own wedding monogram and add it to décor elements like your serviettes, your table numbers and your program.

Add flour heart footprints to guide your guests with this super-easy DIY step-by-step. This one requires the work of one of your wedding angels on the day.

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Edible BBQ rub wedding favour from theknot.com.

Wedding favours

Wedding favours often tend to be palette-treats. If you’re a gourmand, or your spouse-to-be is, this can be a great way to say thank you to your guests.

Think chocolates, decorated biscuits or gingerbread, cupcakes in the shape of mini-wedding cakes, almonds in muslin bags, donuts, spice rubs… the choices are deliciously infinite.

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Make your very own wedding tea blend – cute wedding favours from nouba.com.au.

Living favours are also lovely. Herb seedlings or succulents provide a long-term memory of your big day. Pint-sized candles are also pretty.

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Potpourri cones from rocknrollbride.com and wedding rice cones from stylemepretty.com.

So, there you have it. Food for thought. Which homemade detail is your favourite?

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Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.