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DIY bride Holly shares her top ten tips and advice for a handmade wedding

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Handmade wedding

You might remember that back in the late spring I featured Holly and Laurie’s beautiful picnic wedding that was full of creative handmade details, well today we’re lucky enough to have Holly back with us.  

Holly’s sharing her top ten tips and advice for a DIY wedding and I’m sure that her advice will provide invaluable to any of you brides- and grooms-to-be who are in the stages of planning a handmade wedding.

Over to Holly…

Brown card menus

1. Firstly (and probably most importantly) make sure you have a small army of friends and family who are willing and kind enough to help out and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

In his speech my husband Laurie described our friends as the ‘games makers’ of our wedding and they really were- we couldn’t have done it without them!

2. Make sure you have a willing fiancé.

Creating a handmade wedding isn’t a one person task, it will take up lots of your free time so make sure you work together.  My husband Laurie helped me out so much with all the handmade elements of our wedding – he put up with me spending hours reading wedding blogs and chugging away at my sewing machine, he also spent a whole weekend printing out and tying up invitations and made dozens of gorgeous paper flowers.

Seasonal wedding flowers

3. Spend some time gathering inspiration before you start.

There are so many ideas out there that it can feel a little overwhelming sometimes.  Spend some time gathering inspiration so you know the kind of wedding you want and you have an idea of how it will all tie together.  Pinterest is such a useful tool and it  is full of beautiful images and ideas.

There are also a few blogs I would recommend; The Natural Wedding Company for ideas and wonderful suppliers, Junkaholique for gorgeous vintage styling (and their wedding is one of the loveliest I’ve ever seen!), and Green Wedding Shoes for a dose of eco-friendly wedding loveliness from the USA.

Vintage picture frame wedding table plan

4. Once you gathered all your ideas, work out what is really important to you and know what you’re willing to let go.

However hard you work you won’t have time to do everything.  I had all sorts of projects and plans for our wedding that I simply didn’t have time to do at first these stressed me out but looking back on the day now I wouldn’t change a thing.

DIY wedding flowers

5. Invest time in budgeting and sourcing.

Handmade doesn’t always mean saving money but it will if you do your research and source materials and suppliers wisely.  Get quotes from everyone, shop around and asks for discounts if you’re buying in bulk.

6. Set goals for what you need to achieve each month.

This will help to keep you focussed and hopefully save lots of last minute panic.  I kept a spreadsheet of goals with things like ‘make 20 metres of bunting’ in each month and it really helped to keep things on track.

Jam jars tied with lace

7. Scour ebay, charity shops and car boot sales.

You can pick up lots of pretty things for a fraction of the price they are in shops  – especially in charities shops and at car boot sales outside of big cities.

8. If you see something you like give it a go.

I didn’t really follow instructions with my craft projects – I just looked at photos of how things were made and tried out ideas.  Sometimes projects didn’t work out quite as I’d hoped but more often than not they did – so just have the confidence to give it a try.

DIY picnic wedding

9. Jam jars are your best friends.

You can use them for everything from flowers to tea lights to containers for straws and they’re free and eco-friendly!  You’ll be amazed how many you can collect in the months running up to your wedding.

10. My final piece of advice is to enjoy it all!

You’re creating a day that is uniquely yours, a day when all the people you love will be in one place and a day that you’ll remember forever.  DIY weddings are definitely not an easy option but can make a limited budget go much further and creating something with the help of your friends and family is lots and lots of fun!

Handmade wedding details

Do you have any top tips for planning a DIY/handmade wedding?

Kindly reproduced from an original blog post by Holly Swan.

Images: Chamonix Thurston-Rattue

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