Getting married is always an extremely exciting time, but planning the actual day can be an expensive and very stressful experience. However, making and crafting certain elements of your wedding is a great way to keep costs low, and also help give the day, and the venue, a personal touch. Lots of wedding items can be hand crafted.You can find many helpful tips and advice on how to get crafting, have fun, and make your day even more special or you can just use your imagination.
Paper bunting is a cost-effective, quick and easy way to create an attractive, relaxed and feminine feel to a wedding venue. You can use paper bunting to drape from lighting fixtures in a marquee or to highlight a particular area like the bar, cake display or the table plan or in a place wherever you want to put it.
Simple steps for creating your own bunting
Template – the most important thing to do is to make a template to ensure all of your paper decorations are the same. You can make the tradition triangle bunting, or flowers, stars and letters.
Cut – once you have drawn your template, cut it out place it on top of two or three layers of your chosen paper or card. Draw round the template and cut the card to create a series of pennant.
Decorate – get creative and decorate each piece of card with paint, glitter or jewels. You can even create a ‘lace effect’ by creating white doilies and sticking them over the top of the card.
Attach – punch two holes along the top of each piece of card and thread your chosen ribbon through.
Signage at an event is important to help direct guests, but it can also become a fun decorative addition to the venue. Don’t buy your signs, get creative and make them yourself, you can make them far in advance of the big day, so it is one less thing to think about!
Tips for making your own signage
Keep it rustic – wooden signs look really smart, simple and attractive and you can pick up pieces of wood easily from a hard-ware or gardening store.
Stamp it or wright it– pick up a pack of stamps, you can get letters and numbers or just wright it with color so you can easily mark the words and pictures you want on the sign.
Hang it – drill or cut two holes through the top corners of the sign and thread a ribbon through to be able to hang the sign.
Flowers add a touch of beauty and glamour to a wedding, but can come at a high price. Buying and arranging your bouquets and displays is a great way to save money and also have creative control over the look of your wedding venue.
Keep it seasonal – the most important thing to remember is to use flowers that are in season, they will be much cheaper and readily available for you to try out different designs
Understand your flowers – once you have picked the flowers you would like in your displays, make sure you do some research to find out how best to store the flowers ahead of your big day so they stay fresh
Simplicity is key – your flower displays should be in line with the overall ‘theme’ of your wedding, but it is really important to think about the displays once combined with the rest of your décor, and not go too overboard. When it comes to flowers, simplistic tones and displays look stunning and very classy.
Learn the right ratio – practice makes perfect. If you are doing a smaller display, go for three big flowers, six small and bulk it up with foliage.
Favours are lovely gifts for your guests and can make great decorative additions to your tables. But with everything else to organize and buy, why not have some fun at creating the favours yourself with a little help from your bridesmaids? There are many different favours you could make yourself but a simple and decorative idea is to make cake pops, which can double up as your guests name settings.
Floating candles, add a warm, romantic and soft ambiance to a venue, and are perfect for events as the flame immediately extinguishes if knocked over. With floating candles you can also softly color the water to compliment you color theme and they can act as wonderful table centerpieces. Instead shelling out on expensive candles, making your own is extremely easy and cost effective and can be done on the day.