When you’re planning a wedding, it’s easy to get carried away with all of the fun DIY projects that present themselves. But, if you’ve seen Nailed It, you know how risky DIY projects can be. And, let’s face it, some of us are craftier than others, so it’s important to be realistic with your abilities and your free time. If done right, you can save a ton of money by doing some of the less visible decor and favors yourself, but when it comes down to the big stuff, it is definitely best to leave that to the professionals. For your safety and the overall aesthetics of your wedding, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to outline a few DIY projects that are simple, look great, and are super affordable…happy crafting! This Maryland wedding is the perfect example of how to DIY in style and for the super crafty this wedding in Hawaii is #goals! For even more inspiration check out our Pinterest where we have an entire board dedicated to fun wedding DIY projects.
At every wedding, it’s important to have a display set up to help guests find their seats. Depending on how epic it is, it may or may not end up in a ton of photos, so escort card displays are fairly low stakes and therefore a safe DIY in our book. Here are some easy projects to inspire you.
Photo: Raymond Hom
We love this bright take on the classic key escort card. The tassels and the hotel-themed key chain add a pop of color and make this escort card wall a real focal point.
Photo: Liz Fogarty
Potted succulents are a super easy DIY, all you need is some cute pots, soil, and the succulents themselves. You can order them online or pick them up at your local hardware store or nursery.
Photo/Template: Minty Paperie Shop
There are a ton of printable templates available on Etsy like these ones. You simply download the template, enter your guests' names, and hit print...it's that easy. You can top it off with a ribbon, like the ones above, for an elegant touch.
Photo: Kimi Domino
That's right, these adorable pressed flower place cards are a DIY project and Lauren Saylor breaks it all down for you right here.
Photo: Carrie King Photography
An envelope wall is a super easy and visually striking way to help your guests find their seats. All you have to do is buy envelopes in your wedding color palette, print your guests' names on the flap, and get some hot glue or double-stick tape and fix them to a board! Feel free to get creative with the colors and the shape of the board.
This is a great place to start when you’re dipping your toes into the murky waters of DIY. Wedding favors can be hit or miss, but you can’t go wrong with something your guests can use in their everyday lives or, better yet, eat then and there. Here are a few easy DIY favors that are sure to be a hit.
Photo/Candles: Paperwhite Candles
This may seem difficult, but making your own candles isn't as scary as it sounds and there are plenty of tutorials available online. You can pick up candle-making supplies at your local craft store and get cute printable label templates online.
Photo/Cake Pops: Oh Sweet Day
If you're a baker, then an edible favor is a great DIY project for you! Try this cake pop tutorial from Oh Sweet Day and play with the colors to coordinate with your wedding design. Your guests will love this tasty treat!
Photo/Olive Oil Favors: The Greek Pantry
For this DIY project, all you need is your favorite olive oil, some cute containers, and your favorite herbs. How easy is that? And you know your guests will use them!
Talk to your wedding planner about helping with the table decor. Instead of spending a ton on costly rentals, ask what types of items they were going to use and try to find them yourself at your local thrift stores or try your hand at DIYing them.
Photo: Tierney Riggs Photography
Items like vases, candlesticks, and vintage china can easily be found at your local thrift stores. They may require a little TLC and it will definitely have that mix-and-match vibe, but as long as that fits with your aesthetic, thrifting your table decor can help you save big.
Photo/Table Numbers: Mscriptedstudio
Whether you paint them or use your Cricut machine (if you're extra crafty), making beautiful table numbers is a DIY no-brainer!
If you have some spare time on your hands, learning calligraphy can really come in handy. Check out a few tutorials on youtube and invest in a calligraphy kit to DIY your handwritten wedding vows. They’ll look great and make for a great keepsake after the wedding!
Now, we’re not telling you to make the bag itself (although if you’re feeling bold you totally could), but assembling your own welcome bag can be fun and will definitely save you a lot of money in the long run. Buy snacks and favors in bulk online and from local vendors to show your guests how happy you are to have them in town for your big day.