It’s wedding season right now, and my friend is getting married. The happy couple is on a pretty strict budget. Her parents are helping her and her fiancé out a little bit, but weddings are expensive, even with help. They also don’t want to push it with her parents so are trying to control costs where possible. To do this, they are trying to do a lot of things themselves, and as a bridesmaid, she’s enlisted me to help.
I’m pretty crafty so I come up with a lot of ideas of things to do to save money that we can easily (or, as easily as possible) do ourselves. We make it fun by getting together, having some wine, and making it a craft night.
It’s exhausting but worth it, and if you have a good wedding party and a helpful group of friends, you can cut costs by doing some things yourself.
Here’s what we’ve made so far:
After having looked for invitations online for a wedding, they were coming up as $200-$300 (about $2-3/invitation). That’s a lot of money for a piece of paper that is going to end up in the garbage in most households, so we got together to make invitations.
We went to Michaels and bought blank invitations, ribbon, glue, and some other things. We also found a really cute stamp that said “Handmade with Love”. The total for all of the supplies (including some wine) was $150. We had them all done in one evening, and while it took a long time, it was worth it.
Homemade invitations are more personal and they can look very professional, as well. I’d recommend making a couple of dummy invitations prior to starting on the rest, and definitely look up how to do things online; tutorials are your friend!
Especially if you are not looking for anything extravagant, making your own centerpieces can save a lot of money. I would recommend looking at Pinterest for ideas, because that’s where we found our ideas for my friend’s wedding.
There are all sorts of pretty things that you can do with mason jars, wine bottles, and things like that.
There are a lot of tutorials that you can look up and if you can enlist some friends to help with the creation, making your own centerpieces can be a big cost cutter.
Depending on whether you are planning on serving dessert other than the wedding cake, this can be a viable DIY project for weddings.
Many of the weddings I’ve been to have some smaller desserts as well as the cake. There are a lot of things that freeze quite well, such as cupcakes and truffles, so they can be made a little bit ahead of time so there’s not a lot of stress on the big day.
Hair and Makeup
Most brides want their hair and makeup professionally done for their big day, however, this can be pretty expensive and very time consuming. Hair might be harder to do depending on the style you want for your wedding, but makeup can be done yourself, which would save a lot of money.
There are many tutorials on Youtube for wedding makeup, so it’s just a matter of picking the style you want and finding a tutorial or how-to.
It is recommended that you do a couple of trial runs a couple of days prior to the wedding, and look at the makeup job in natural light as well as indoor light.
Having a band or a DJ at your reception isn’t necessary anymore. Prior to the wedding, make a playlist of all the songs you want to play at the reception.
This will save the unnecessary expense of having a band or a DJ, and ensure that you have only the music you want at your reception.
If you need somebody to manage the music all evening, enlist a close friend.
Have you ever been to a DIY wedding? Or did you DIY your own wedding?