Planning a DIY wedding can be a great way to create a day that’s truly yours – personalised to you in every way! But planning a DIY wedding can be a lot of extra work – so it pays to consider a few things in advance.

Firstly, decide on the level of DIY you’re after. Are you keen to have a completely DIY wedding, from food to dress to decorations? Or will your venue sort food and drink and you’re just going to make your own decorations? Some things are really easy to DIY, while others are best left to the professionals, so think about what you and your family or friends are able to do easily and consider bringing in the experts for everything else.

Secondly, think about the cost of DIY. It can be an awesome way to save money, but only if you don’t go over the top. Consider the things that are most important to you and put your budget towards those. If you’re desperate to create DIY favours, go for it! But if you couldn’t care less about favours, then put your time, efforts, and dollars into what matters.

So once you know what you’ll be DIYing, how can you do it as easily and cost effectively as possible? Check out our top tips from real DIY weddings below:

  • Start early: For my wedding, I wanted to use jars as vases and for fairy lights. By starting to collect them over a year out, I had plenty saved up by the wedding and didn’t have to stress about them at the end. Likewise, if you’re making decorations or favours, these are really easy to do while you watch TV or listen to a podcast – so you could easily incorporate it into your everyday life months out!
  • Source from others: Just because you’re going DIY doesn’t mean you need to make everything yourself! Join wedding buy/sell groups on Facebook and see what you can source from others – for example, after the wedding season ends, lots of people sell their glasses so you can get them for a bargain for your wedding the following year.
  • Utilise free tools: There are some awesome free design tools out there, such as Canva, which has some cool templates for invitations and can be used to design everything from signage to menus. By utilising free templates, you can save on costs and just put your budget towards the printing.
  • Use your village: They say that it takes a village – and that’s particularly true when it comes to weddings! Ask your close friends and family to pitch in where they can – whether it’s bringing a plate for the dessert table or helping set up decorations beforehand. Most people are happy to help out – just don’t forget to thank them effusively afterwards!
  • Set up in advance: Your wedding day will be hectic enough without needing to decorate, so try to find a venue where you can set everything up the night before, or ask people to do it for you if you can’t get in a day earlier. Be sure to assign everyone jobs for the day in advance though – make sure everyone knows exactly what they need to do and choose one person to be the coordinator on the day to make sure that everyone else is doing what they’re meant to be doing.
  • Sell what you’ve made afterwards: Weddings are expensive, so why not make a little back afterwards? Use those buy/sell groups to sell your decorations, glassware, or anything else you’ve bought or made afterwards and get a little bit back for the honeymoon (you know, to add to the contributions your guests have made through Honeypot…)

A DIY wedding can be amazingly fun and really personal, but it’s totally up to you how far you go with it. Whatever level of DIY you’re doing, be sure to plan early, source what you can from others, and don’t try to do it all yourself. Most importantly, whatever happens – enjoy yourself!