Saturday, November 14, 2009

DIY Wedding Projects for the Couple on a Budget

DIY Projects are a great way to cut back on wedding costs and stretch your budget to the fullest.  Possible DIY Wedding Projects include decorative flowers, wedding favors, invitation, save-the-date cards, hair ornaments, wedding purses and other accessories.

However, the biggest challenge about do-it-yourself projects is managing time.  If you have less than 6 months to go before the big day, then perhaps your best option is to find a wedding supplier that offers that most affordable deal.

On the other hand, if you still have 6 months or more time to go before the wedding date, then you may consider DIY.  Below are some DIY wedding tips to help you get started:

Focus on the Theme.  You will be confronted with a lot of different choices.  Use your theme as a guide in choosing and making decisions. 

Be inspired.  Browse through bridal magazines and wedding sites for inspiration.

Get in touch with your own style.
  Gather ideas but don’t be afraid to add your personal touch because after all, it is your wedding.

Ask for help!  Sure, it’s a DIY project but don’t attempt to take on the project without back-up.  You can assign tasks to your maid-of-honor, best man, bridesmaids, family members and friends.  Surely, all of them would be willing to lend a hand to make the wedding special.

Embellish.  Instead of creating from scratch, you can purchase plain ready-made items at a cheap price and add embellishments to recreate a unique design to match your theme.  For example, you can buy organza pouches or plain gift boxes, tie them up with ribbons and fill them up with your choice of goodies.

Be realistic.  Before getting involved in a big project, try creating just a small batch to see if you can get the desired results.  It will also give you a better idea as to the actual cost and time you can consume. 

Enjoy it Aside from saving money, this is the perfect time for you to spend bonding moments with your friends and family so enjoy the process. 

1 comment:

Mels said...

Hi Rachel -

There are all different flavors of DIY: your advice is good. We've specialized in DIY for 15 years, and in the beginning, we witnessed way too many poorly thought out projects. Organizing large projects like weddings require the same kind of tasking as shooting low budget movies: always have plan B + C, and build in contingency costs. (Usually about 20%) . You may not use it, but you'll arrive at a more realistic budget.
10 years ago, we came up with wedding stationery kits that couples can print themselves -- all made from eco materials. Handmade papers, 100% post consumer recycled papers. Since we've been artisan letterpress printers for a long time, we add letterpress printed elements to our designs, to make a budget design look expensive.
Low budget can look cheap, and I just hate that!
Some samples here:

Thanks for giving good advice. I've seen some really bad suggestions over the years!

Helen Driscoll