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Weddings: How to have a successful DIY Wedding

A ‘do-it-yourself’ wedding is one sure fire way to personalise your big day and potentially save a bundle of money - and you don’t even have to be crafty!

A ‘do-it-yourself’ wedding is one sure fire way to personalise your big day and potentially save a bundle of money - and you don’t even have to be crafty!

Get stuck into making everything from invitations to table plans, and you could save yourself hundreds of pounds. Rally the support of friends and family and you’ll have plenty of fun too!

Here are some ideas to help you create your perfect wedding and make some big savings from HobbyCraft.

Make it special

Invitations are a good starting point and a great example of where you can make some big savings.There are lots of ways to create gorgeous and unique invitations at a fraction of what it costs to buy them ready-made.

You don’t even have to be creative. Modern materials like ready made card blanks and embellishments mean it’s never been so easy to make cards.

For design ideas just look around you - in card shops, magazines and books.

There are lots of different techniques you can use too, from traditional paper and card with embellishments to decoupage, rubber stamping and many more.

Just bear in mind that if you are making lots then keep the technique and the design simple.

If in doubt stick to the golden rule: ‘less is more’.

If you’ve lots of cards to make my tip is to set up a mini production line and enlist friends and family to help.

Above all, remember that there is no right or wrong way to make a card and whatever you make is sure to be appreciated. So experiment and have fun!

Here comes the bride!

Creating gorgeous accessories for you and your guests is another way to save money and add some personal finishing touches to your big day.

And it’s surprising how easy it is to cut some costs without losing the effect (because, let’s be honest, handcrafted is chic so long as it doesn’t look like something made on Blue Peter!).

For example, buy a simple tiara or headband and embellish it yourself with delicate petite flowers, feathers, pre-wired diamantes and faux pearl picks. It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s truly original and won’t cost a fortune.

The same applies to hats and fascinators, which is great news for guests who don’t want to risk wearing the same as someone else.

And there’s plenty more you can do to get a designer look on a budget, like decorating plain shoes with diamantes (they look particularly good on the heels), ribbons and buckles, to make footwear sparkle.

Today, there’s a huge choice of faux flowers too, from exotic blooms to seasonal favourites, which are ideal for making bouquets, posies, button holes and corsages as well as pew ends and table centrepieces.

They can look as good as the real thing and what’s more there’s no risk of them wilting by the end of the day.

Make your reception perfect

Your reception is likely to be the biggest single expenditure of your wedding! Good news then that with a little imagination and effort, there’s plenty you can do to make your reception memorable while making some big savings too. Whether you want to decorate your own cake, make table plans and place names, create stunning table centrepieces, chair back decorations for the bride and groom, or favours for your guests, there’s a huge choice of creative materials and equipment available.

For example, if you don’t want your cake to eat into your budget too much, buy a ready iced cake in different sizes and then tier with cake columns and decorate with a cake topper, ribbon and faux flowers!

Artificial flowers are perfect for making table centrepieces too. Even low cost ones can look as good as the real thing and will obligingly bend into just the right shape without breaking. Spray with a mist of water fragranced with oil for a beautiful scent.

And with favours now available in everything from glass and tin to organza and novelty boxes, this is one area where you can really splash out on your guests without diving too deep into your budget.

Remember, when it comes to your reception, the only limit to what you can create yourself is the limit of your own imagination.

Just be sure to celebrate your marriage in a style that suits you, and don’t feel forced into a conventional sit-down meal in a marquee or hotel if you’d rather have a bar-b-q in the garden!

Memories of your special day

Back from your honeymoon and wistfully looking through photographs? While everything is still fresh, now is the time to make sure you make the most of your memories for the future!The photo album aside, there’s plenty you can do to make more of your favourite photographs, like capturing the sequence of events in a Wedding Day Scrapbook.

And if you think scrapbooks have anything to do with torn scraps of paper crammed into an oversized drawing book, think again!

Popular in America for the past decade, scrapbooking involves the preservation of photographs and mementoes, carefully designed on scrapbook pages, that build into albums for the enjoyment of generations to come.

Turning photographs into stories and keepsakes is easy, especially when you have thousands of papers and embellishments.

Just remember that it’s really important to use acid free papers, card and adhesives to minimise the risk of scrapbook pages becoming discoloured, cracked or damaged over time.

As a beginner, it’s a good idea to use a kit or follow a design that can be found in one of the many magazines or books dedicated to scrapbooking.

And if there’s anything too bulky for your scrapbook page, keep it safe in a Memory Box decorated to coordinate with your Scrapbook.

For more information, visit www.hobbycraft.co.uk

 

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