Creative wedding ideas?

by DIY wedding planner on December 9, 2011


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Do you have any creative/do it yourself wedding ideas? Any you have done or seen or simply think would be a cool idea? My fiance and I are having a relatively low budget (about 5,000) wedding, and we would like as much of it to be hands on as possible while it still being nice. By creative/diy ideas, I mean anything from centerpieces to bouquets to favors, etc. :] Thank you!
-Shelby
I’m not really looking for a theme (thank you for the suggestion though), more like things I can add to it to give it more of a personal touch :]
You guys have some really great ideas! As it is, I actually already have my dress :] I got it at David’s Bridal on their $99 sale! The alterations are going to be a bit pricey (I’m getting a corset back added to it for $150). My mom and I are going to look into making my veil :] as for the flowers, we’re ordering the flowers (gerbera daisies) and making the bouquets ourselves the night before the wedding :] I’ll be getting different ribbons, beads, sequins, etc. for the girls to add to their bouquet to make it their own :] for catering, we’re thinking Panda Express (sounds silly, but we’re crazy about it lol). My uncle does great photography and he’s doing our pictures as our wedding present :] I was wondering more for decorations or favors (I like the cupcake idea). Instead of buying favors, we are making a donation to Leukemia research because I just lost my grandpa a few weeks ago to the disease “/.
Thank you again guys :]
You guys have some really great ideas! As it is, I actually already have my dress :] I got it at David’s Bridal on their $99 sale! The alterations are going to be a bit pricey (I’m getting a corset back added to it for $150). My mom and I are going to look into making my veil :] as for the flowers, we’re ordering the flowers (gerbera daisies) and making the bouquets ourselves the night before the wedding :] I’ll be getting different ribbons, beads, sequins, etc. for the girls to add to their bouquet to make it their own :] for catering, we’re thinking Panda Express (sounds silly, but we’re crazy about it lol). My uncle does great photography and he’s doing our pictures as our wedding present :] I was wondering more for decorations or favors (I like the cupcake idea). Instead of buying favors, we are making a donation to Leukemia research because I just lost my grandpa a few weeks ago to the disease “/.
Thank you again guys :]

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?*~$h@Rp!E~*? December 9, 2011 at 2:22 am

You could have a Mexican themed wedding.mariachis, pinatas, just research about it. my mexican culture is vivid and color full and who doesn’t like a fiesta?

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Daisy December 9, 2011 at 3:22 am

Hello, Shelby.

The most expensive item on your wedding list would be food and a wedding gown. I have seen people making inexpensive wedding gowns from piecing laces together. For this, you need to get a really good seamstress and a roll (dunno what you call that whole thingy) of pretty laces. I know of this guy in New York who used to sell laces in bulk. But, I don’t know if he is still in business.

I have also seen a wedding dress made from scrapbook cut outs! From what I can see from that particular dress, the floral design that was cut out from a scrapbook die pattern was pieced together by stitching it from an already finished dress. The dress inside is a simple summer dress with wide straps on the shoulder. The daisy flowers were cut off and pieced together to form daisy rings all over the dress. It is a very unique gown that I think your friends and family will talk about for the rest of your life. The veil choices you can actually hunt online for ideas or get a book on how to do your own veils. The items you would need is of course, tulle.

Food wise, catering, tent, chairs, venue etc you can try to save by having it done at your own place and brainstorm with your close friends and relatives for cheap food ideas that you can make yourself. Again there are a lot of resources online for great food ideas. You can try recipes out first from reliable chefs.

DJ if you are not overly particular, you can get a computer/laptop that plays mp3 files on loud speakers.

For photography, you can either get disposable cameras and let your guests take snapshot moments. Or get your family to take shots from a digicam. Either way, you could then develop these pictures and make lasting scrapbook pages out of them later.

Don’t spend so much on flowers and expensive cake. You can make try making your own cake actually. Youtube has many cake ideas from buttercream and icing choices. Favours again, you could do yourself.

I am a big scrapbook nut! You could try getting ideas from scrapbook pages online. They are a great source for wedding cards, thank you cars, favours, boxes, you name it.

The other big chunk of your budget would go towards spending for accommodations for guests/relatives who are coming to the wedding. So, you should try to keep your guest list small. Intimate weddings are better than lavish ones.

Good luck! ~ Daisy

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Sarah December 9, 2011 at 3:42 am

I think personal touches make a wedding really special and are usually relatively cheap to do. It depends on your personality, try to think of things that represent you and your partner or your relationship. Some personal touches might include displaying photographs from various points throughout your relationship around your wedding reception. These could be in frames on a table or pegged to string hanging across the walls. If you can cook you could make the wedding favors yourself, perhaps jams in cute little jars or iced shortbread wrapped in cellophane and tied with ribbon. You could bake cupcakes and present in clear favor boxes.

You could express your personality by naming the tables based on cities you’ve visited or after songs you love.

This article has some tips on personalising your wedding day http://www.bridetobe.com.au/Themes-and-styling/view-article.asp?articleID=1812

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iloveweddings December 9, 2011 at 4:18 am

Hi Shelby and congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

A few thoughts:

~ If you want things to be personal…then think of things that you and your fiance like and try to incorporate that into your centerpieces. Example: Do you like books? You could stack some books up and use those as centerpieces:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3217/2764270568_295818347a.jpg

~ Or, simply recycle some pickle jars, olive jars (various sizes) and put a floating candle in them. Tie a ribbon around the top:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2433/4056477060_e7fe204ed0.jpg

~ There are lots of other ideas for recycled jars/tins. Simply look on Google.

~ For favors: Favors are not needed especially since you are on a budget. A really inexpensive idea, though, is to take some tulle (very cheap) and put some candy in it and tie it with a ribbon. If you do a donation to the Leukemia Society in lieu of favors, that is nice, but I suggest not to advertise it….just do it. If you advertise it….well, it makes it look like “hey…look how nice we are!” I know that is not your intention, but it could come off as such. Just make your donation in memory of your grandfather and do not do favors…no explanation needed.

Hope these ideas help!

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dee December 9, 2011 at 4:33 am

You could create a DIY photobooth with a personalized photo booth backdrop.

http://www.planningpad.com/phboba.html

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