Every wedding is different, but if you want to have a budget wedding with unique and beautiful elements, you will have to do a certain level of DIY. When you buy decor and beauty items pre-made, you are paying for the time that the person or merchant put into each thing, versus just the supplies when you do-it-yourself. Granted, your time is valuable too, but if you have a good amount of time to plan your wedding, the more DIY you accomplish, the better
My team and I have made a large variety of DIY projects over the years. With a decade of wedding projects under my belt, it is hard to narrow down my top ten favorites. But, after examining which posts have been shared the most by you all on social media, I have put together our top ten DIY wedding projects.
Of course, as mentioned, this list is far from extensive, so be sure to pop on over to our DIY page to find more inspiration and downloadable options to help you make your wedding epic.
Our Top Ten DIY Wedding Projects
One of the biggest trends in weddings right now is the use of alternative desserts in lieu of a standard wedding cake. From creating a huge dessert table spread to making a tower of sweets into a donut wedding cake, I just love seeing all the creative options for weddings these days! I especially love when the dessert display becomes a focal point and doubles as unique wedding decor. One of the more creative options I've seen is making a donut wall – such a stunning way to displays your sweets on your big day!
This self-contained tabletop marshmallow roaster would make a fabulous addition to any wedding treat table.! I used a sterno burner (the kind caterers use to keep food warm) and a terra cotta pot that I glammed up with some gold paint. And, let me tell you, it really is simple to recreate. So easy, in fact, that there's no excuse to not line a table with these at your shindig.
If you are looking for a wedding favor idea that lasts longer than Jordan almonds, is more useful than a heart shaped bottle opener, and won’t break the bank, then this wedding favor idea is for you! Give a gift that comes back every year and makes the world a little brighter – the gift of wildflowers!
There's nothing hard about this DIY Tissue Paper Letter project. Grab a cardboard letter, tissue paper, then punch, fold, glue, repeat. It's seriously that simple! And what an amazing statement.
I came up with a fun, simple and inexpensive DIY to make to welcome your best gals to your bachelorette party! Take a gander at our Bachelorette Party Survival Kit!
Since I recently turned the big 3-0, I've been more invested than ever in taking care of my body, skin and hair in order to keep myself feeling and looking good. One trick that I recently picked up was to do regular hair masks to treat your hair to an extra dose of moisture and care. Of course you could go to a salon and pay big bucks for a moisturizing treatment, but the budget savvy thing to do is try a DIY hair mask using ingredients you'll likely already have on hand in your kitchen! This particular treatment is a personal favorite of mine and it's SUPER simple!
I dunno about you, but I love the look of an envelope liner — it just adds an extra special touch to your wedding invitation suite. I dig the added flair of an envelope liner so much, I've actually been adding them to everything — stuff like Christmas cards, too! I've seen expensive pre-made liners sold just about everywhere from Paper Source to Etsy to Minted, and getting some custom made is even more outrageous! The great thing is they are fairly easy to do yourself if you have the time and energy to do them, so here's a tutorial!
When helping my mom plan my bridal shower, I knew I wanted our favors to be something simple that people could actually use. I scoured Pinterest in search of a simple, yet budget-friendly favor to make for our guests. That's how I came up with the idea for the DIY Coconut Sugar Scrub.
How gorgeous are these faux flowers? And believe it or not, they're made from nothing but paper napkins and pipe cleaners!
To help yourself destress with some crafts—and save a little cash—consider taking some time to make a photo booth backdrop! These photo backdrops are a great way for your guests to snap photos at your reception and they are SUPER easy to create. Using this tutorial from Gifts.com, you can make your own photo backdrop for your wedding. Together, you and your guests can take photos that you’ll keep forever and fun goofing off while you do it too!
I hope you found one or two (or ten!) free DIY wedding projects to help make your wedding beautiful on a budget.
Editor's note: Due to the pandemic, some of the general wedding planning advice we share may not be applicable or possible due to restrictions on events. Please adhere to all current regulations and stay safe and healthy! Get more resources for planning a pandemic wedding here.