Those of us who have been in the wedding business for a long time have seen plenty of trends come and go. Couples preparing to tie the knot are always looking for that special something that will result in a truly unique and memorable experience. The thing with trends is that sometimes they succeed, other times they do not. One trend we are seeing right now for creating a memorable wedding without spending a ton of money is that of embracing the DIY wedding philosophy.
Putting together a wedding ceremony and reception based primarily on the DIY philosophy allows for the maximum amount of creativity. Couples are not locked into what service providers’ offer, giving them plenty of room to spread their creative wings. From engagement rings to wedding receptions, the DIY way is a great way to go.
DIY Engagement and Wedding Rings
There are two ways to approach DIY engagement and wedding rings. The first is to create something unique on your own. For example, we know of some people who have created rings out of used guitar strings. We have seen others made from plumbing parts. Such ideas usually do not work well with diamonds and other gemstones, but you can still be fairly creative.
The other option is to work with a custom jewellery designer such as Engage Diamond Studio. The jewellery designer will actually create the rings for you, but you get to design them to your unique specifications. You can create engagement and wedding rings no one else has.
DIY Dresses and Suits
Dresses and suits for the couple and their party are prohibitively expensive in a very competitive wedding industry not afraid to charge exorbitant prices. With a few sewing machines and several months to work on it, a group of ladies with even modest sewing skills can make all the dresses and suits at a fraction of the cost. What’s more, DIY clothing is intensely personal. Everyone in the wedding party will appreciate it that much more.
DIY Wedding Cakes
Seriously, do you know anyone who cannot bake a basic cake from a box? If you can make a single cake, you can bake multiple cakes and stack them together using a few pieces of strategically placed dowelling. Then ice it with your favourite supermarket icing or create your own with some milk, confectioners’ sugar and butter. It really is very easy. You can create a lovely and personal cake at a fraction of the cost.
DIY Wedding Receptions
One of the best ways to save money on the wedding and reception is to handle as much of the reception as you can yourself. A great place to start is to go with a potluck instead of a catered meal. Wedding guests are actually very receptive to potlucks because it gives them an opportunity to be active participants rather than just observers. What’s more, you never have to worry about running out of food.
Your DIY reception can include crazy Uncle Louie spinning the tunes to keep the dance floor busy. You can ask each guest to give you a special wedding gift by contributing 10 or 12 pictures they take using their cameras. Throw the kids a bone and set up a candy table where each guest can create his or her selection of sweets for dessert. And of course, do not forget the party favours. With a visit to your local dollar store, you can find all the supplies you need to make fantastic favours.
A DIY wedding is an awesome experience that comes highly recommended. You might want to consider it if you are planning a wedding that you want to be highly individualized yet still affordable.