Add a personal touch to your big day
Weddings can be nightmare to organise, but with the right preparation and planning, it can be a lot of fun. DIY weddings allow you the freedom of creativity and let you add your own personal touch and flair. You may be pulling your hair out from time to time, but it will all be worth it once the big day arrives and everyone has a fantastic time. So get planning and have a day to remember!
Start your preparations with a helpful wedding planner so you can stay organised every step of the way. There are many aspects that will need to be arranged such as guest lists, decorations, venue and the honeymoon so it's best to keep all your plans in one easy place.
If you want to register for gifts, set-up a John Lewis Gift List where you will be spoilt for choice. Or if you're lucky enough to have everything you need already, why not ask for holiday vouchers for your honeymoon instead? It will be one less thing you'll need to save for!
Next, think about your guest list and invitations.To keep the day individual to you, use blank invitations and print your own message. There are lots of fun things you can do with your invitations to get your friends and family involved. A great idea is to ask your guests for song requests, so you know there'll always be someone on the dance floor. Or add some humour by asking for funny stories about the bride and groom ( if you dare!). Send the invites out in plenty of time to make sure your guests will be there on your big day.
Decide on how you want to style your venue, but be careful not to over complicate as it could look messy. If you want a classic feel then these single white roses or this white rose wreath are perfect for the table or back of chairs. Candles will also add a romantic touch - try these rose tea lights or LED candles. If sparkle is more your style, then sprinkle these glitzy table scatters on any surface you can find.
If you plan to have a sit-down dinner, then use these number cards so your guests know where to sit. Add amusing Fortune Tellers and Trivia Games on each table to keep your guests entertained. They're great icebreakers and will keep the banter flowing while you're off mingling with other people.
You could also take inspiration from Prince William and Kate's wedding in the Abbey by bringing a bit of the outside in. This Seasonal Tree can be decorated many ways - my favourite is with wedding wish cards which allow your guests to write special messages and hang them on the branches. If part of your wedding's happening outdoors, then add a little colour with bright bunting or cute paper chains.
Save money on a big wedding cake by making your own cupcakes and display on a wedding cake stand. Your guests will definitely be impressed by your skills! Wedding favours are a nice touch to thank your guests, with almonds being the most traditional offering. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy these tasty lollies and Love Hearts or you could even use these favour bags to make your own.
Once the day is over, keep memories of your wedding in this keepsake box - something you can treasure for years to come. Store your photos in this beautiful album and display your cards in this lovely card hard holder.
And one last thing to remember….have a great day!