One of the key ways to make your wedding stand out is to add your own personal flare to the wedding planning process. A great way to do this is to add DIY touches to the ceremony and/or the reception. This will not only give you a bespoke wedding but it will also help you cut costs if you are on a budget.
The best way to kick off your DIY wedding is with DIY wedding invites. These can be as simple or as elaborate as suits your taste, budget, and time. With all of these factors in mind you may just want to add a simple decoration to pre-ordered invitations or on the other end of the scale you can make them yourself completely from scratch.
Personalised stamps can be a fun addition to invites. Etsy have a huge variation of tailored stamps including stamps of your return address for the envelopes. Ribbons and twine can come in handy as well as bits of lace and other materials. If you know somebody who can do calligraphy why not ask them to give you a lesson to write your own invites. If not YouTube and other sites online have endless amounts of tutorials for beginners.
Flowers at weddings are commonly placed going up the aisle at wedding ceremonies, as centre pieces at the reception and of course in the bridal wedding bouquet. These can all be made at home to cut costs or to add a hint of personalisation to your day.
Don’t be afraid to shop around and use various vendors. This is one of the pros to making your own flower decorations and bouquets. Stick to a colour palette and make sure to check with a florist what flowers are in season. Peonies for example only grow in abundance at certain times of year so the prices will fluctuate depending. Unlike DIY wedding invites flowers need to be made and arranged very close to your wedding date to avoid wilting. Keep this in mind, it will mean extra work at an already super busy time.
Photography and Videography
A photographer and/or a videographer can take a substantial amount away from your wedding budget. If you don’t have the cash to spend on one why not ‘do it yourself’. Nominate a few friends and family members to take photos throughout the day, especially during the important moments – your I do’s, your first kiss, your first dance.
Go old school and put a few disposable cameras around the room at the reception. Your wedding guests can take photos of each other throughout the night. Tell your guests to use a unique hashtag on twitter and Instagram when they are uploading photos of the wedding. This way you can access them easy enough without having to individually scroll through all your guests profiles.
Regarding video if you collect all the videos your friends and family took throughout the night you can send them off to a video editor after the wedding to compile into a wedding video.
DIY music is becoming more and more popular thanks to the modern age of technology. Rather than hiring a live band or DJ you can simply make a playlist on an iPod to be played throughout your wedding. Make sure you put someone in charge of putting on songs that need to be played at certain times, like the song you choose for your first dance. A nice idea is to make all your guests a CD of all the songs that you played and give it to them on their way out.
Here at Marry Me Ireland we have a wide variety of exceptional celebrants who can deliver the wedding ceremony of your dreams – traditional, unique or otherwise. So get in touch today and we can start planning your special day!