DIY wedding ideas???

by DIY wedding planner on December 7, 2011

I’m getting married july 2009 and we are on a budget. I am making my invitations-Im a graphic design student. I need some good ideas for decorating our banquet room. Our colors are lavendar, mint green, and cream. Also I need to find linen table covers and chair covers that wont cost a crazy amount. Any other suggestions would be appreciated, thanks!

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kjk2009 December 7, 2011 at 7:18 pm Blogging site with lots of brides with great ideas (DIY and otherwise). Check it out!


B December 7, 2011 at 8:00 pm

I don’t think there are any shortcuts to the linens unless you know someone who can give you a good rate on rentals… your best money saver will be having a small guest list… fewer linens to rent etc..
Some cheap decorations are candles… elegant too.. not all places allow them though so you could do beta fish (make sure they’ll have homes to go to afterward and make sure they are cared for properly so they don’t float during your wedding).

Combine things like the cake and centerpieces… have individual cakes on each table etc…
You can do things like have willow branches in vases too (they sell white ones… you can probably find cream)

Silk flowers are usually cheaper than real.
You can check out places like oriental trading company and see if there is anything there that you can use… shop around online… I found this site that has flower girl baskets for amazing prices!

Check out too… you can’t beat their vase prices… buy some square vases and submerge an orchid that fits your color scheme… stunning… it magnifies the flower too so it seems bigger.


WesternGirl December 7, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Try a party rental place. I got a lot of great stuff for a baby shower. They usually have tables set up in their store to show different place setting and they have many different tables and chairs to choose from, as well as, table clothes, napkins, plates and even champagne fountains. Many wishes for a happy future.


as2633 December 7, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Buy your own flowers and do your own arrangements.

Keep it very simple. If you do an online search for wholesale flowers millions of places come up.. each are unique and have better prices for some flowers than others.

Keep your flowers simple and elegant. The site for the cheapest roses and calla lilies is


You can purchase 200 roses for 167 dollars, and 150 mini callas for the same price

The best place for mid-sized calla’s is

They also have good deal on cymbidium orchids- but color choices aren’t great has the best prices for rose petals.

For vases visit a few local stores, either craft or decor- you should be able to acquire some vases fairly inexpensively.

Other things you can do yourself are favors.

For my favors my MIL is baking our favorite cookie (almond cookies) we are putting them in a plastic back, we bought 3x3x3 boxes for 8 cents a piece and are tying them with two different types of ribbon. Our favors are costing us 50 bucks for 130 people. You could take this idea and make it your own.

Linen and table covers can be expensive depending on what you like.. it is worth it though. they have places all over the country and you can look at them all. The standards are the cheapest… the lamours are gorgeous in real life- but expensive (I splurged on these).

You can also make your own guest book. We got a book, bought some polaroid camera’s off of ebay, and some pens. Guests will snap their pictures, attach them in the book, and write whatever they like. We can remember everyone and have pictures :)

this site has a ton of great tips to save you money- and it’s based on do it yourself things. Great ideas.



You can buy a huge amount of lavender on here REALLY cheap.

It would also be cool if you made some “mint iced tea” and put it in a harge jar with a ladle.

Hope this helps.


charisma December 7, 2011 at 9:59 pm

as for flowers, my sister did a single long stemmed rose for the bridesmaids with a long taled ribbon. (you can do that with many flowers)
You can go to the dollar store and find votives/ holders. Also at the craft stores you can get fake rose petals.. or the little flattened out marbles.. those are pretty for centerpieces. .. Or what about a few baloons at each table? You can also have M&M’s make custom candies in whatever colors you want with anything you want written on them.. (You+him 7/09)
to save on a dj, you can play soft music during dinner time, and have him/her come afterwards just for a few hrs.

I reccomend having a mary kay person do your makeup and your bridesmaids.. its free and most of them are well trained. (I do a wedding almost each weekend)
What about having someone you know is good at hair do your hair that day to save? Or have the hair lady teach you how to style your hair in fun updo’s….
Do a serve yourself style dinner to save too…


Lisa R. December 7, 2011 at 10:16 pm

I would try to find scrap kits with a wedding motiff. Buy plain table cloths and decorate them yourself using the embelishments you find in the kits. You can also find the invitation kits to use as well.
You can do the same thing with your chair covers. or maybe decorate the chair backs with hand made flowers and ribbon.
that may be less expensive if you make the flowers yourself using tissue or lace.
We had a balloon launch outdoors after our service, each person invited was given a helium balloon and a blank card with a pen. They were to write their wishes for us on the card and attach it to the balloon. Our addresses were on the back of the card with the date. We did get several responses from people who had found our balloons weeks later! it was neat to see where they had traveled to. One response came from over 50 miles away!
We also bought polished stones and I wrote our names and the date on them with a paint pen. Then I wrapped them in a lace sack, with a votive candle and several tiny sea shells, and tied it with inexpensive curling ribbon.
These were a big hit with the guests.
Our entire wedding excluding the dress cost us about $900.00! We wanted a special day, and it was, and we didn’t spend an arm and a leg to do it.
Congratulations and may your day be perfect!


alias0110 December 7, 2011 at 10:44 pm

This site has cute ideas for invitations the designs look super nice.
Then there’s

Hope those help… at the very least for inspiration!


Sarah December 7, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Linens and chair covers are hard to come by cheap… you usually have to rent them. See if you can get a discount for picking them up yourself, rather than having them delivered.

Look at creating your own centerpieces and favors with items you can find at a craft store (Michael’s, Kirkland’s) or wholesale store (we have something called Flower Factory – if you know someone with a vendor’s license you can get in and get things cheap!). Think outside the box a little – use cheap votive candle holders to put colorful small candies in as favors.

Buy when items are on sale – think in advance. Since you’re getting married next summer, wait for clear Christmas lights to go on clearance after the holidays. Heart-shaped items, pastel candies, etc., are on sale after Valentine’s Day.

Also check out Craiglist ( and eBay to see if anyone is selling decorations secondhand. A lot of people resell their wedding decor (really, what do you do with it?!). If you have any friends or family members who have gotten married, see if they have items you can use. I am borrowing table overlays that my best friend used in her wedding because I am using one of the same colors.


MissSavage22 December 7, 2011 at 11:27 pm

hi i am also getting married in July of 09. we’re also on a tight budget about 10 thousand. Which is small these days. I am doing my own invites also. All of my flowers will be fake except the bridal party. I plan on buying silk flowers at Hobby Lobby for all my centerpieces and such. I also plan on making my chair sashes with organza fabric from a local store. I don’t think your going to get much of a discount on linens. i’m also doing a candy buffet for my favors. me and my FH are buying about 8lbs of candy each month until our wedding. Well goodluck on your wedding.


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