Update: 10th August 2021 – Weddings are finally back on! To celebrate, I’m re-sharing some of the posts from my Wedding Series, where I shared memories and tips I learned in the run up to my own wedding day. Largely because after over a year of planning, I couldn’t quite accept that it was over. Whether you’re in the early stages of planning or you’re resuming plans you previously put on hold, hopefully this series will inspire you and give you a few tips.
I’m not artistic. Ask my GCSE art teacher, who once flicked through my sketchbook and told me that my work wasn’t even worth an E grade. Well, the joke’s on her, I got a C. Anyway, DIY wedding projects were not at the top of my list of priorities when I was planning my wedding. Mainly because I knew exactly how it would pan out – I’d have an idea in my head, and it would turn out looking HORRIFIC (I briefly touched upon this in an earlier post – ala my Mum’s 50th birthday cake) and then I’d spend more money trying to put it right, and eventually I’d give up and buy the stuff ready made.
In reality though, it’s difficult not to get caught up in the idea of DIY wedding decorations and stuff, which is exactly what I did in the end. I got caught up and decided to make a few things myself. Considering my poor artistic abilities, I’m fairly confident that things turned out pretty well. I didn’t go crazy and do my own flower arrangements and what not, but I turned my attention to the smaller details to make a few finishing touches. So, as part of yet another addition to my Wedding Series, I’m going to take you through a few wedding crafts to make yourself, even if you’re like me and your most beautiful ideas turn out looking like you’ve made them while severely hammered.
Decorative Letters & Numbers
This is one of my favourite wedding craft ideas. They’re a nice touch to your present table or your top table, and they’re so easy to make. If we’re being pedantic, we’re not actually making them, but you can literally do whatever you like to them to give that personal touch and to match your theme. The letters we used on the entrance table to our reception, where guests could leave cards and sign the guestbook, and the numbers we used on the tables for the wedding breakfast. You can buy the letters and numbers at most craft shops and then you’re basically good to go! Hobbycraft and Amazon were my go to stores. I chose to use decoupage paper because they had a pattern that was the exact colour to match our scheme, but you can pretty much do whatever you fancy, as the material is pretty versatile. It’s a nice easy process, you just need a paint brush and some PVA glue. Most craft shops recommend you use a special decoupage glue to make them look extra glossy, but I found just going over them with an extra coat of PVA when they were finished did the job just fine.
I don’t have many talents, but one thing I’m often praised for is my handwriting, so I knew that I wanted to write out my own place cards. To be honest, that sort of stuff is like crack to me. Seriously, if you need someone to do it for you, I will happily volunteer. Anyway, DIY wedding place cards are a nice way to add a personal touch to your day. Even if you’re not the biggest fan of your own handwriting, there’s plenty of calligraphy tutorials on Pinterest, or plenty of pretty looking fonts out there for you to make your own. I just bought a few packs of blank cards on Amazon and a pack of craft gems, along with the most glorious set of Sharpies, and that was it. I spent many a happy evening smashing these out. My top tips? Write all names in pencil first and buy an extra pack of cards just in case you make a mistake or ten!
It’s always nice to make a little something for your guests to pop cards into, and you can’t go wrong with a good old fashioned post box. Don’t worry, you don’t have to get crazy with some cardboard and a glue gun, there’s plenty of places you can buy a ready made box! I bought ours from Home Bargains for about £2.99, probably about 2 weeks before the big day. Admittedly, I had no idea what I was going to do with it when I bought it, but thankfully, I had a load of decoupage paper leftover, so with a little glue and some more gems, it basically took care of itself. If you’re feeling really crafty, you can get creative with your lettering and such, but there’s nothing wrong with smashing out your text on a word document and printing it off.
The Seating Chart
I mentioned in my last wedding post that the seating plan will be the bain of your life for many months, so make sure you get it looking amazing. I considered getting our seating chart done professionally by the same company that did our invitations, but I wanted to make something a little more personal. So, I bought a huge A1 piece of coloured cardboard from Hobbycraft and went crazy. I had planned to write out each table individually but the stress I experienced in trying to make sure every name was the same size and the same spacing is something I never want to go through again. In the end, I just typed the names out and printed them on some card, and of course, stuck on a few trusty gems. My husband was quite concerned about my obsession with those tiny blue gems. I made the mistake of buying a piece of card that was ultimately a little too big, so to bulk it out, I stuck on a few photos and a few cut outs of Tilly, our cat, just to make it that little bit more quirky. I mean, I wasn’t allowed a cardboard cut out of Tilly at our wedding, so I damn sure wanted to get her involved in something.
I hope this selection of DIY wedding ideas has given you a little inspiration if you’re currently planning your wedding, or any other big event for that matter. Admittedly, these little touches definitely weren’t perfect, but they added just that extra bit of personality to things. I especially like how so many people were like “OMG it’s TILLY!” when trying to find their names on the seating chart. If you want to catch up on the rest of The Wedding Series, you can read my last post here. Until next time – happy crafting folks!