If you have any special skills, do-it-yourself (DIY) is the way to go for your wedding. Most people trying DIY projects for their wedding will only try a few at home and leave other projects for the professionals. You can decide how DIY your wedding will be, based on how much time or money you have. DIY projects can save a lot of money and can add a personal touch. This article will give you many creative ideas and make suggestions on where to find direction and more inspiration.
I was married recently and used DIY skills to make a lot of items myself for the wedding. I saved a lot of money and was able to exhibit my crafting and creativity to wedding guests, who appreciated the small touches.
1) Flower Girl Baskets. For my wedding I made flower girl baskets out of gray shimmery yarn that went with my gray and black color scheme, and decorated the outside with ribbon. Other ideas are: buy baskets at the dollar store, spray paint them or leave them natural, and then use ribbons and bows. You also do not have to have a basket. Other options would be to use a box, a bucket, a bag, or even a purse. Other materials to try out are felt, tulle, faux flowers, beads, or fabrics like cotton, satin, silk, lace or organza.
2) Favors. While you do not have to have favors at your wedding, it's fun when you bring home favors from a wedding. For my wedding, I made crocheted dish clothes for all the adults attending. I put them in little boxes that I made. It was less expensive to make my own boxes out of decorative scrapbook paper. There are many free tutorials online to make little boxes, bags, or pouches. Then since our wedding had a literary theme, I made bookmarks with our names and wedding date from decorative paper, using our printer and a pretty font. Other DIY favors could be: bath salts, jam, or candy.
3) Jewelry. I made a necklace, earrings and charm bracelet for myself for the rehearsal dinner. And then for the day of the wedding I made my bridesmaids and mother earrings, necklaces and bracelets that went with my color scheme. You can make jewelry for your wedding party, or this may be an activity you all can participate in together. Some stores have jewelry that is partly made which can be easier for novices. You can find glass beads that look like real jewelry at craft stores, and brooches at thrift shops and estate sales. Broaches can be used for shoe buckles, a choker, as part of a necklace, as part of a bouquet, on a hat, or on a belt.
4) Guestbook. The guestbook is a great place for creativity and a place to show your theme and or color scheme. Our colors were gray and black and our theme was "Vintage Library". I covered a thick cardboard with gray cotton fabric, punched holes in it and put in metal rings to make a book. Then I decorated it with a large vintage ribbon with French script, black and white ribbon and a faux flower. There is a vintage looking sign that says "Guest Book" on it. Inside I have tea dyed library cards that look old and vintage that our guests took out of the book and signed. Other themes that can be expressed in a guest book are: rustic, using elements like burlap and jute, beach, using images of water or shells, or travel, using images of maps or suitcases. There are also many ideas using other items instead of books. Some of these ideas can include: a large poster, sometimes with a picture of the couple or shaped as the initial of the couple's last name, an item of furniture, a quilt, or even small pieces of paper that the guests put into a beautiful or decorative container. Ideas for the container could be a vintage suitcase for a travel themed wedding or a birdcage for a bird or nature themed wedding.
5) Centerpieces- I wanted to make centerpieces, but that would have taken a lot of time. So I made part of our centerpieces. To go with our literary themed wedding I made stacks of classic books. Our flowers in their containers were then laid on top of the books by the florist. Our flowers were composed of mostly real flowers mixed with paper flowers made from a book I chose. It was a DIY project, but it was done by the florist instead of me. Homemade flowers are a great way to go. You can mix them with real flowers or only have homemade flowers. Flowers can be made of fabric, ribbon, burlap, silk or even recycled nylon stockings. Other centerpieces you can make can be: globs sitting on top of small vintage suitcases for a travel wedding, pictures of the couple in decorative frames, candles in burlap trimmed mason jars for a rustic wedding, or elegant table numbers. I made all of my table numbers easily and cheaply with two colors of scrapbook paper and glue.
Places that inspired me online were Pintrest, Etsy, Ravelry, and Google images. Places I found materials at were Michaels, Hobby Lobby, JoAnn Fabric, Meijer and Knit Picks.