This post is part of a recurring series here on BSB – we share a wedding budget tip every Tuesday to help you save money on your wedding! You can also see all our top tips on the wedding budget tips page for your convenience and future reference.
Wedding Budget Tip #5:
DIY projects can save you big money.
One of my favorite ways to personalize your wedding AND save money is by doing DIY projects.
It's not a guaranteed way to save money… I think we all know it can be easy to go overboard or not plan your projects effectively, which can lead to overspending. But if you're smart about it, take on only the projects that you realistically can accomplish yourself (and not drive yourself absolutely batty in the process) – you can definitely save some cash *and* add more personality and flair to your big day.
Many of the gorgeous and opulent looks you've seen in your Pinterest feed or around the wedding blogosphere are totally re-create-able yourself if you have the skills and the tools. I definitely suggest making any items that you think you could create for less than the price of purchasing something specifically for the wedding.
What about the tools you'll need? Don't worry, we've got suggestions for that, too! We did a whole post on the best craft tools that are worth investing in if you want to do lots of DIY projects for your big day! And of course, make sure to shop savvy when it comes to supplies and tools you need to craft your DIY items. Be sure to never visit your local Michael's without a coupon in hand (or on your smartphone!) Be sure to check out our favorite craft tools in the post below:
What to DIY for your wedding
Anything from wedding decor items or wedding invitations is fair game when it comes to DIY. You could create DIY wedding centerpieces, signage, table numbers, aisle markers, ceremony accents, reception details, and so much more. You can even DIY your wedding flowers, favors, gifts, etc!
How to avoid DIY overwhelm
Just be sure you don't bite off more than you can chew! Plan ahead, set a schedule for yourself to ensure your projects are done well in advance of your big day so you don't lose sleep or your mind the week of your wedding.