1. Scented soy candles - a couple of months before I got married, a good friend and I devoted one afternoon to making these little candles as wedding favours. They were a big hit!
Lemon and mint bath salts - a thoughtful and easy wedding favour that can be made months in advance.
Ring bearer's bowl - Used in place of the traditional ring bearer's pillow, this can be used daily as a jewellery dish and a special reminder of your wedding day.
4. Fresh flower napkin rings - Use fresh flowers with woody (not but brittle) stems to create your very own statement napkin rings.
5. Doily table runner - A simple but elegant project that can be put together in merely minutes using sticky tape and paper doilies.
6. Flower garland - You can make fresh flower garlands a day in advance; just spritz with water, keep in ziploc bag and store in fridge. Silk flowers work a treat for this DIY and can be made months ahead and re-used at future events.
Lace cuff - All you need is some lace trim, pearls (or rhinestones, if you like) and clasps to make this beautiful lace cuff.
* Start early. Even though the above ideas are all fairly easy, it is still a good idea not to leave everything to the last minute in case of any crisis or meltdown.
* Enlist help. Got a friend who is a graphic designer? Ask him or her to help with the design of your wedding invites, thank you notes and place cards so they all tie in. Do you know someone with a flair for hair and makeup? Ask if he or she will do your makeup in lieu of a wedding gift.
* One thing I would absolutely NOT do myself is food. Too much is at stake and it is much better to leave that to the professionals. A great way to cut down on food cost is to go with canapes instead of a formal three course meal. One of the best wedding I attended was one where only finger food was served as it created a lot of opportunities to mingle and party. A company like Noosh Catering can help you with your wedding catering needs.
Do you have any DIY wedding ideas of your own to share?