How to DIY Wedding Decorations the Right Way

29 May 2024 | Decorations

To DIY or not to DIY? That is the question that many couples find themselves asking as soon as they start to approach their overall budget while planning their wedding. The good news is that, by taking care of some of your details yourself, such as DIY wedding decorations, you can add a personal touch to your big day. Many couples enjoy playing a more active role in the preparations, as this allows them to make as many tweaks as they need when fine tuning the details of their wedding. On the other hand, taking on more than you can handle can end up leaving you feeling more stressed than before, which is not what you want ahead of the big day! Some tasks are best left to the professionals.

So, what can you afford to do yourself, and when should you call in a pro? 

Wedding decorations are a good place to start when it comes to DIY. There are many different types of wedding decor options that anyone can master, no matter their artistic skill level. If you’re unsure whether you’re going to be happy with the results, however, it might be best to outsource the project to someone you trust. We suggest getting started as early as possible, or testing out your favourite wedding decor DIY ideas before committing. In this way, you’ll have plenty of time to find replacements if your DIY doesn’t go according to plan!

DIY Wedding Decorations to Try Out

Chalkboard Signs

One of the simplest places to start with DIY wedding decorations is signage. Using chalkboards, you can design and write a special message for guests to read as they arrive at the venue and find their way around. You can also use chalkboards for seating plans, table numbers and menus. These can be easily personalised to match the style of your wedding. 

chic chalkboard wedding seating chart sign with olive foliage
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Lighting Decorations

While your venue will likely have its own lighting set up, you can always add some additional lighting decor yourself. Whether you opt for twinkling fairy lights or charming tea light lantern designs, you can get creative by incorporating common items like mason jars, lace and twine for a romantic feel.

Lanterns hanging from tree for wedding decor.
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Potted Plants

Floral bouquets can take up a significant portion of your wedding budget. So why not opt for potted plants for your tables instead? You can choose your favourite plants, source pots that match your theme and create a selection of beautiful centrepieces for your wedding!

Potted plant wedding centrepieces
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Place Cards and Invitations

A handwritten note is a simple yet underrated way to personalise your wedding. From writing and designing your wedding invitations, to penning your place cards for your guests, a meaningful message can make your guests feel the magic on your big day.

Handwritten wedding invitations
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Wedding Favours

Not every couple gives their guests a gift to take home. But if you do want to give wedding favours as a thank you, creating something yourself could be a great option. This is where you can really get creative. From taking a Polaroid shot of every guest to give them on their way out, to planting little succulents and signing them with your names, there are plenty of DIY options that can hold a lot of meaning for your guests. 

Polaroid pictures for wedding favours
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The DIY route may feel daunting for some couples. But if you decide to give it a go, you may surprise yourself! You might even uncover your artistic talents to creating an ambience that’s as unique as your love. If not, you’re still guaranteed a magical time from start to finish, while also cutting down costs along the way!

Whether DIY is your thing or not, getting guidance from an experienced wedding planner can help you with every part of your wedding, from venue sourcing, to invitation design and managing last-minute changes. 

Ready to get started? Our team at MyWeddingPlanner is here to help you plan your wedding from start to finish!

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