We all have very different ideas on what a perfect wedding is. Some of us like bold and over the top where others prefer a smaller and more subtle affair. There is no right or wrong way that makes planning a wedding, even more, fantastic. Regardless of what kind of wedding you want, the best way to put your personal stamp on your big day is by hosting a DIY wedding. This involves making many elements from scratch and requires a great deal of time, patience and creativity. This additional effort will not only highlight your unique style, but it could also save you money. The photos in this post are from my beautiful friends DIY Halloween wedding, which I photographed a few months ago!

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Get Inspiration

Look through wedding magazines and websites to determine what kind of wedding you want to create. Keep the images of anything that you find inspiring and create a mood board. This will be something you can refer to throughout your wedding planning and help keep you focused and on track. Now you know the look and theme you want for your big day you need to determine which elements you can DIY. Popular choices are wedding favours, invitations, table centerpieces and bouquets. If you really want to go all out, you could also make the dresses for you and your bridesmaids and bake your own wedding cake. Consider your skill set and available time when you are choosing which aspects you want to make yourself.

Create a Time plan

It’s always best to start sooner rather than later when you’re making things from scratch. You need to establish a list of elements and work out which need to be a priority. Now you know which things need to be completed first you can start organising a time plan. This will allow you to complete your tasks in an orderly fashion. Think about when you will have time to sit down and get creative and set yourself realistic goals and deadlines. If you have never done anything like this before, give yourself time to practice and experiment with your ideas and designs. Keep your time plan up to date and versatile to make it as efficient as possible and check items off as you complete them.

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Make it easy

Sometimes the ideas we have are just too difficult to create and go beyond our skill set. Creating a wedding element that is confusing and takes a long time to make can waste money and eat away at your time plan. So try to make things as easy as you can. Try to figure out the easiest and quickest way of creating your pieces. This will help you find solutions and make the whole process more effective. Also, don’t be afraid to outsource. So instead of making your wedding invites, you could buy bespoke wedding invitations by Pure Invitation. These can be fully personalised and can be made for you. Or you could ask a local cake shop to make some cupcakes that could be used as wedding favours. This outsourcing will help your wedding remain DIY and allows you to focus on other important aspects that need to be made.

Ask for help

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Just because it’s called ‘do it yourself’ does not mean you have to do everything by yourself. So think about friends, neighbours or family members who have a creative flair that might be able to help. You might want to create an efficient assembly line or hold a weekly craft night that can spread the workload and take some pressure off you. You’ll be surprised how many people will be willing to help you make your big day a success. If your close friends and family want to get involved why not assign them small tasks to complete. Just be wary that you give them plenty of time and keep track of who is doing what. It might be beneficial to show your friends and family exactly how to make each piece you have assigned to them. This will ensure they know exactly what they are doing.

The handmade touches to your big day will emphasise your personality and give it a unique quality. The key is having fun and not focusing on making everything too perfect.

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