The Do-It-Yourself crafting trend started long before brides completely embraced it — but with the help of Pinterest, Instagram, Lover-ly and millions of other wedding-idea websites, more brides and grooms are finding ways to take over parts of the wedding that would have previously been farmed out to vendors. This puts a personal stamp of so many elements of the wedding and helps reflect the couples’ taste and style. Looking for the ultimate Wedding Reception Venue in Melbourne? Look no further, Vogue Ballroom is here.
While sometimes your DIY project might cost you more to complete on your own than to order pre-assembled, the satisfaction gained by many of my wedding clients (especially the crafters in the bunch), far outweighs the cost of materials — and in some cases shipping to your wedding destination — than the actual dollar amount.
If you’re at all the type of rah-rah planner that falls into the challenge-accepting, penny-pinching, empowered-by-internet category (oh, it me), your wedding DIY list probably started with good intentions. But even the best plans (save money! Make something personal and unique!) can snowball into a time-sucking mental and emotional pressure hole, fast. Before you know it, you’re covered in red dye in your backyard the week before the wedding, hand-dying three hundred ombre dinner napkins, sobbing about how half of them aren’t coming out properly; running on barely any sleep after flower-arranging, food-making, and favour-packing; and wondering why you’re a masochist.
Fortunately, several DIY wedding projects can be cost-effective and fun, although they’re all a little bit time-consuming. But that’s exactly what the motivated bride and groom want — something that costs them more time than money.
Table of Contents
- 1 Invitations
- 2 Place Cards
- 3 Welcome bags and the goodies inside them
- 4 Wedding party gifts
- 5 Non-traditional bouquets
- 6 Special Signage
- 7 Favours
- 8 The DIY wedding theme
- 9 Décor
- 9.1 Confetti Party Poppers
- 9.2 Wedding Day Emergency Kit
- 9.3 Gilded Table Numbers
- 9.4 Brooch Bouquet
- 9.5 Wedding Vow Notebooks
- 9.6 Birch Bark Wedding Vases
- 9.7 Bridesmaid Ask Gift
- 9.8 Glitter Soles
- 9.9 Wedding Invitations
- 9.10 Candlestick Centerpieces
- 9.11 Wedding Guest Book
- 9.12 “Lighted” Hearts Picture Prop
- 9.13 Wedding Card Box
- 9.14 Photo Backdrop
- 10 Photo Albums
It is EASY to design and make high-quality wedding invitations yourself. There are six zillion ideas online, and you can take what you like from each of them, make your shopping list and head to the craft store. You may need to seek out an actual art supply store for some of the quality paper and ink you need to make them look professionally done, but that’s a small price to pay if you can find everything you want and get started quickly and easily. There are no limits on space or rules about colour, and you’re not stuck with an option in a stationary store or online invitation site. You can be as creative — or elegantly simple — as you wish. Vogue Ballroom has proven itself to be an iconic wedding venue and function centre in Melbourne. Book today so you don’t miss out.
Whether you’re just having place cards, or doing escort cards too, handmade displays can be lovely. For my wedding, we created beach-themed place cards and nestled them in a bed of sand, supported by pretty coloured natural sea glass. Brides and grooms on our island love to send messages in bottle place cards that we bury in the sand on a turquoise tablecloth, so it looks like they’re sitting on a beach. We’ve even put up little umbrellas around them! Whatever your wedding theme, you can be as creative as you like. If your guests have pre-ordered their entrees, you can indicate their dinner selection on the card in a variety of fun ways from unusual stamps to a colour pattern. Looking for someone to help decorate on your special day? Check out our list of Wedding Decorators in Melbourne
Welcome bags and the goodies inside them
Every out-of-town wedding guest should be greeted with a fabulous welcome bag. Whether you buy something commercially available and fill it with creative things, or buy blank canvas bags and decorate them yourself, it’s a much-appreciated gift when it’s also filled with useful information and yummy treats. You can even print out personalized labels to apply to water bottles or wine bottles you’re including in the bag. This is the place for welcome edibles — just keep in mind where you’re getting married. Chocolate, chapstick, candles and a lot of other things that don’t begin with the letter “C” will melt if not kept in temperature-controlled environments. If you’re getting married someplace warm, choose sweets that won’t melt, like cookies or gummy worms or something else fun. Looking for the best Melbourne Wedding Decorators to help make your day as magical as possible. Vogue Ballroom, have you covered.
Wedding party gifts
It takes more than just a casual crafter to make genuine gifts that will serve to thank the men and women who stand up for you on your wedding day, but I’ve seen some amazing stuff: personalized hats and other outerwear embroidered by the bride herself. Grill brands mounted on special wood-burned holders constructed by the room. Handmade jewellery (not what you expect them to wear in your wedding — something they can wear anytime) can be a huge hit now that Swarovski and real pearls are readily accessible to the at-home crafter. One of my brides took a class on making gold pendants — and she made one for me too! Beautiful 18 karat gold orchid pendants that will forever remind us all of her weddings and be truly appreciated. Our list of Melbourne Wedding Decorators have you covered for all your wedding day decoration needs.
In the past two years, DIY brides have embraced making their bouquets. For some, it’s a budget matter. For others, Pinterest strikes again! Button bouquets, broach bouquets, seashells and everything else the glitters, sparkles or pops can be pulled together in a pretty arrangement that looks amazing with certain wedding gowns. Just remember, you can’t throw that at anyone unless you’re trying to knock them out. Ask your florist to create a small tossing bouquet for you. Looking for a Wedding Flower Shop? Look no further, Vogue Ballroom has you covered.
Instead of having your flower girls carry traditional baskets, you can create fun signage with a huge crazy variety of different sayings from “Here Comes the Bride” to “Guess What Happens Next?” to precede you down the ceremony aisle. For beach weddings, signs that say “barefoot only beyond this point!” can be fun for guests and pop in pictures on the catwalk to the beach. Looking for the best Melbourne Wedding Decorators to help make your day as magical as possible. Vogue Ballroom, have you covered.
We’ve had clients who represented their home states with little bottles of maple syrup from a family farm, and we have a bride right now who is doing little jars of honey from her family’s bee colony. When I got married, I hand-painted Christmas ornaments for each and every guest — a multi-month project that revealed I got better with practice (the first ten were reserved for my tree) — and packaged them up in sweet boxes tied with wedding-themed ribbons. One early set of clients set out to make 1,000 paper cranes (in following a Chinese tradition), and although they didn’t hit the quantity mark, they had plenty. I still have two hanging on hooks in my guest room (thanks Jen and Mike Phelan). But also don’t forget that wedding cookie and cake pops can hit the spot as your guests depart after a long night of dancing! Looking for someone to help decorate on your special day? Check out our list of Wedding Decorators in Melbourne.
The DIY wedding theme
A DIY wedding focuses on the marrying couple’s skills, talents, and creativity to bring their wedding vision to life – without the price tag! It’s all about bringing together elements created themselves or by family and friends, and pulling off a wedding without going overboard with spending.
While a DIY wedding is not among the ten most popular wedding themes (rustic, elegant, traditional, romantic, garden/outdoors, vintage, contemporary and glamorous, beach, vineyard, and boho-chic), most weddings include one or two DIY elements regardless of their theme. That’s why you often see the word DIY before the couple’s overall theme: DIY rustic wedding; DIY bohemian wedding etc. Our list of Melbourne Wedding Decorators have you covered for all your wedding day decoration needs.
How much décor you do yourself is going to be relative to where you’re getting married. For example, in your hometown, you can make the centrepieces and another such décor ahead of time (as long as you’re not doing flowers) and your planner can put it out on the big day. If you’re having a destination wedding, you have to consider the cost of shipping 100 miniature neon pots (a recent example from one of our weddings) and how many will make it to your wedding in once piece. A few creative couples over the years have done lightweight origami projects that could be hung from trees. We’ve seen handmade, colour-coordinated dream catchers floating in the trees above the ceremony too. But it’s not cost-effective to ship hand-punched tin lanterns to use as luminaries, for example. That stuff should only be made for at-home weddings. Lacking imagination a little? Check out our list of Wedding Decorators in Melbourne here.
Confetti Party Poppers
Now that tossing rice at newlyweds is considered passe, and couples are faced with several send-off choices. Honestly, Yum suggests making this tradition even more fun for your guests by handing out these handmade party poppers. Just a quick pull, and it’ll be raining confetti.
Wedding Day Emergency Kit
Prepare for every possible wedding day disaster with this emergency kit by The Knot Blog. Fight stains, rips, tears, and every other unpredictable fiasco with the necessities in this jar. Also pairs nicely with our wedding kit for bridesmaids.
Gilded Table Numbers
The Wedding Chicks put some serious thought and design into these gilded table numbers. The gold accent truly gives these numbers a unique flair and makes them look far more expensive than they are.
Go out and find all of the brooches you can find to build one of these brooch bouquets like this one featured in Life in Velvet. Use colours strictly with your theme, or go crazy.
Wedding Vow Notebooks
Don’t worry about having to memorize your personalized vows. You’ll be too nervous about that anyway! Something Turquoise will walk you through creating these wedding vow notebooks for the bride and groom to read from during the ceremony.
Birch Bark Wedding Vases
Perfect for an outdoor wedding, these birch bark vases are a charming detail for floral arrangements. Jennifer Rizzo makes these rustic vases look fairly easy, so we’re sure you can do it too.
Bridesmaid Ask Gift
Style Me Pretty gives us a closer look at the ideal contents for a bridesmaid “ask” gift. Invite your bridesmaids to your wedding party in style with Champagne, earrings and a cute reusable tote.
Take a note from Once Over Lightly and give your shoes a little extra sparkle for the most memorable day of your life. These glitter soles are a tiny detail but can make for fun photos.
DIY wedding invitations can be tricky, but Metal and Mud have you covered. You don’t have to be an expert in design to make quality invitations, and this example is solid proof.
Brittany Makes had a vision of tall flower centrepieces for her wedding and found them in these table legs that could pass as candlesticks. Gold spray paint paired with the perfect floral arrangement makes for a stunning wedding decoration.
Wedding Guest Book
Capture your guests’ well-wishes with this DIY wedding guestbook courtesy of Pretty Thrifty. This project is proof that you don’t have to spend a fortune to record the most important part of your wedding—the people you celebrate with.
“Lighted” Hearts Picture Prop
Even if you’re not working with a photo booth, photo props are still a clever way to jazz up reception pictures. This “lighted” heart prop made by Hostess with the Mostess is simple to make, and easy to pass from guest to guest for posing.
Wedding Card Box
Your theme doesn’t have to touch every single element of your wedding. Take the simple route when creating a wedding card box like the one featured by Kelley Marie.
Make your photo backdrop following this tutorial from The Glitter Guide. No one will notice if the construction is imperfect as long as the pictures turn out fantastic.
There is no reason to pay a photographer an exorbitant fee to create formal albums for you anymore. Almost all photography packages offer an option where you can get all your picture files on CD and then create to your heart’s delight. I know one bride who printed out all the high-quality pictures she wanted on the system at Walgreens and created beautiful albums from supplies she had collected for her stamping hobby. Nothing has to be traditional about it — you can create an album for each bridesmaid that’s personalized to reflect your shared relationship. Or you can simply create something online and order as many as you like. The options are limitless, and if you’re not sure what to do, you’ll find an idea from somebody else’s Pinterest page.
Every couple wants a wedding that reflects their style and values. That’s where DIY projects come in—to give your wedding unique handmade touches that set your ceremony apart from the crowd. Give yourself enough time and solicit some help from your wedding party; you’ll be able to pull off these exquisite details without a hitch. These DIY wedding projects are easy to do while offering maximum impact in the style department.
One warning to all you DIY brides – and I know because I WAS a DIY destination bride — don’t take on more than you can realistically handle. I did a lot of my wedding myself, but the one thing I regret not having done professionally was the wedding album. I made a few and printed out some pictures — and now because of what I do for a living, most of my wedding photos can even be found online. But I don’t have the kind of REAL wedding album that I’ve seen my photographers create for some of my clients and I wish I did. Maybe that’s a good rainy day project for me to take on when I have some free time.
Don’t be intimidated by DIY projects, but also be realistic about what you can accomplish and how effectively you can deliver it to our destination. There’s nothing worse than having a bride spend weeks creating individual picture frame place cards only to have them arrive in crumbles because she didn’t package them properly or the box was mistreated en route. It is usually too late for replacements to be constructed in the same loving manner as the originals. Saying “I do” at Vogue Ballroom is an elegant and luxurious affair.