Did you have a DIY Wedding? Photos, Ideas?

by DIY wedding planner on December 7, 2011

I am wondering if you guys did a “diy” wedding. Do you have photos or any ideas? I really don’t want to spend too much on the wedding and think “diy” would really make it a personal affair.

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sabre_1978_69 December 7, 2011 at 6:51 pm

have you picked a theme, colors, a date? that would be helpful to doing a DIY wedding. i’m doing mine that way (very simple and casual) and i’ve helped a few friends plan theirs. one was a normal ceremony with a Halloween reception, and one was a formal sit down event. so the more details you can give, the more we can help ya out :D


Ashley L December 7, 2011 at 7:40 pm

make friends with theknot.com and Michael’s Arts and Crafts.


SirenSong December 7, 2011 at 8:35 pm

You might want to check out the wedding section at http://www.craftster.org/forum/ for ideas.

As far as craft stores go, Michael’s is incredibly expensive and anything they carry, you can find at Joann’s much cheaper. Walmart’s craft section is also good and they are your best bet for any glassware. Stay away from http://www.save-on-crafts.com because while they may be cheap at first sight, they make up for it with astronomical shipping prices. Also, glass is heavy and fragile, therefore very expensive to ship so buying that locally is a much better idea.


TotalRecipeHound December 7, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Mine was diy. The appetizer reception was at my home. I found that theknot.com was a fairly comprehensive starting point. My neighbors also did not one, but TWO DIY weddings, holding the wedding and reception for one (and reception for another) in their backyard. They hired caterers for the food.

A lot of stuff you will find on that list is totally unnecessary. BTW, I made my own dress (a Tudor knockoff) and my husband just wore a regular suit with a waistcoat that I made that matched my dress. What we didn’t cut corners on was our rings and when my engagement ring turned out to be more expensive, we took the money out of the wedding budget.

Once you have ideas, don’t hesitate to ask about them on this board. I saved oodles of time and money by asking here. KNOW what you can do. I knew I could make a dress and would never have received that support from this board. Mine was a total nonstandard dress anyway, so making it myself was really the only way to get it.


#1 due 16 sep 09 December 7, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I’ve made my own table centrepieces. i brought some vases that cost $4 each, i brought silk flowers from ebay, which were 12 bunches for about $35 or so. ive managed to put the flower heads inside the vases and im gonna fill it up with water. they look so good. the other bunches of flowers i’ve made them into my bridemaids flowers so that cut cost by alot. so centrepieces ended up costing around $60 all up and ppl wanted to charge me over $200 for them.


carla December 7, 2011 at 10:08 pm

look at your friends and see what skills they have:

can you find one to do your hair professionally?
one who can do the flowers?
somebody’s mom’s aunt who might be able to make a creative cake?
somebody who knows somebody who is in a band?

what stays are the memories and the pictures, so you want to look your best, but that does not mean wearing the most expensive dress, just find one that will make YOU look like a million bucks.
Ask your bridesmaids to wear coordinated style dresses and color-coordinate them from what they already have… that way they might be much more willing to chip in with other help, since they save a bunch…

you want a location that feels special for you.
in a place where rain will not destroy your celebration.
how about a local park with roofed-in picknick areas?
the local elk lodge?
somebody’s neighbor who will allow you to put up a party tent?

cater the food, go for affordable stuff, most people come for you, not the food and not everybody likes fancy stuff.

don’t spend too much on the wedding, spend the money on the two of you!


ynra BTB 5-09-09 December 7, 2011 at 10:25 pm

there are some things i’m going the diy route. Like the invitations I just felt like it was ridiculous to spend $250-$300 dollars on pocket invitations. So i bought my kit in this website
and printed them myself and paid a total of about $100 dollars for all invitations. So i save about $150-$200 dollars on that alone.
I have an aunt who has done bouquets for weddings before and she offered to do our bouquets for my wedding. When i went to a florist she told me I would have to pay $125 dollars for my bouquet and $75 dollars for the bridesmaids bouquets (6 bridesmaids) that was a total of about $600 and all we have to do is buy our roses ourselves and my aunt is doing them. that will be about $250-$300 dollars for the flowers we have to buy. so once again saving about $300.
For our centerpieces we are doing these
I am buying the flowers wholesale in this website
Flowers for these centerpieces for 14 of them will be about $600.
When i went to a florist she told me that I would have to pay $120 for each one. (This price is purely for the flowers and labor because i already bought these vases on my own).
that itself would have been over $1600. Our friend who’s going to set the hall for us is going to be doing our centerpieces and she’s charging us $100 for everything that includes the centerpieces and setting the hall.
I won’t be doing anything else by myself. For food we got a caterer which thankfully an aunt of mine owns a catering company, so the price will be great but still a complete catered sit down dinner.
We hired a professional photographer and bartenders and waiters.
So i will still be able to have my wedding the way i want with our personal touches but still very classy and elegant.
I wouldn’t have it any other way.


Kris December 7, 2011 at 11:11 pm

We are doing a lot of stuff ourself because if not we will be spending way more than what things are actually worth.

I don’t have pictures of my wedding yet, because it hasn’t happed, but I do have some ideas that we are using.

I had a cross drawn for our invitation and we are using it for the program. It has our initials. If you have a friend that can draw you could have them do a monogram and kinda use it as a theme. That way you can scan it into the computer and have stuff printed at like a Kinko’s on cardstock. We are also thinking about doing some type of cocoa or coffee as favors. They have these labeling things you can buy off amazon. They are really pretty and give you a lot of different options.

As far as flowers, you can buy foam to put flowers in. Carnations are cheap and you can use a lot to have a full and beautiful arrangement. Go to Michaels or Hobby Lobby.

You might buy diy Bride (it is a book you can find on amazon). Martha Stewart Weddings also has some great ideas. And also, weddingbee.com is a good source.


jen December 7, 2011 at 11:54 pm

i did DIY center pieces and decorations and favors.


Eliot K December 8, 2011 at 12:49 am

I’m a wedding photographer.

I used to have some wealthy friends, and they showed me their wedding photos – done by a friend. It was such a sad wedding – people not very joyful, ugly location. So I assumed the wedding was before they got married.

NOPE – they had a really fancy wedding, but a friend did the photos, and the results were awful. It turns out that it takes a good photographer to make people look good and make a location look special.


future mrs. silac December 8, 2011 at 1:38 am

I am having a VERY DIY wedding. It is beach themed, so i made it easy to coordinate and create things with seashells and starfish. For favors i am filling small beach pails with salt water taffy. You can have a beach wedding even if it’s not at the beach. ;)






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