DIY wedding ideas

Remember the embellished hair combs I made last year? I ended up sending them to my friend, Laura in Scotland who wore one of them on her wedding day. I warms my heart knowing that something I made became a part of her special day. And don't you agree that she looks absolutely stunning?
Having some DIY elements at your wedding not only makes economic sense, it also shows off your creativity and adds a special touch to your big day. Today, I've compiled a list of my simple and easy DIY ideas for the crafty bride.

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!
 Tip: add labels with your guests' names and they will double as a placecard as well.
2. Lemon and mint bath salts - a thoughtful and easy wedding favour that can be made months in advance.
3. 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.
7. Embellished hair comb - put those old brooches, earrings, loose rhinestones, beads and buttons to good use and create your very own hair comb to wear on your wedding day.
8. Lace cuff - All you need is some lace trim, pearls (or rhinestones, if you like) and clasps to make this beautiful lace cuff.
Some DIY wedding tips:

*  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?

26 Responses to DIY wedding ideas

Catherine said...

These are all lovely ideas. Catherine

kidgranny said...

Wow, Trishie! Awesome post. Loved reading about all your DIY posts. & your friend looks gorgeous with the hair piece you gifted her :)

My Garden Diaries said...

What a wonderful post full of such awesome ideas to personalize your special day!!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Wonderful ideas! The embellished hair combs are beautiful!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

How wonderful that your friend wore the embellished hair combs you made! She looks lovely!

lisacng @ expandng.com said...

That's awesome your friend wore your gorgeous hair pin! And what beautiful DIY ideas you shared!! I think the candle is such a sweet touch, as well as the doilies table runner. I DIYED my table number cards/menu and programs. It was an arduous task but well worth it.

Ananka said...

Good ideas. I do really like the hair combs :-)

Anouk said...

So nice that your friend in Scotland wore your creation! Very lovely ideas; I remember seeing all of them since I have been following you.

Rose said...

It is an honor to be part of your friend's special day although she is far away. Lovely diy, Trishie. You are very creative.

Sonia De Macedo said...

There are some great ideas here. I love the flower garland idea, not for a wedding since I don't have anything major coming up for myself lol nor my friends right now but it would make a cool backdrop for a dinner party or just gathering in general

Sxx
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sal ♥ said...

such great ideas! :) i like the candles-- that's pretty neat!

Michelle {Jarrah Jungle} said...

So many gorgeous ideas, you crafty minx you!

azurachan said...

These are all so inspiring ideas! Love all of them. Stay creative! 😉

Elly @ Caribbean Living said...

Such cute ideas!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Lovely ideas - your friend looks beautiful! I borrowed your idea of the flower garland for my daughter-in-law's bridal shower last summer. Everyone loved them! Hugs xo Karen

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Sharon D said...

Trishie, you are amazing. I love all your pretty creations. It inspires me to pick something up! :)

Louise said...

Ohh, I love that your friend (all over) in Scotland wore something you made during her wedding. That's such a nice thought. And I absolutely like the looks of all these, and I might actually try those candles. Neato!

Jane said...

seriously these are all amazing and wonderful ideas!

Poppy said...

All such sweet and charming ideas, Trishie! How amazing you must have felt knowing that your hair comb was chosen for a bride's most special day!

Poppy

burntfeather said...

So sweet she wore your clip and it looked lovely in her hair. When I photograph weddings I especially love seeing all the DIY details, they definitely help to make the wedding extra special and beautiful :)

Rigel Barry said...

I love your DIY ideas! Always so creative. X Rigel

RaeAbigael said...

this ideas are wonderful!<3

xoxo, rae
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Brandi said...

All such beautiful ideas! Congratulations to your friend on her wedding day.

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Trishie, what an amazing post - I truly enjoyed all the beautiful pistures of all your wonderful ideas - especially the fresh flower garland and the comb are absolutely fabulous crafts - you make everythhing look so very pretty!

Kelsea Echo said...

These are all such awesome ideas! And yeah, totally. I definitely would avoid doing anything food-related!