How's everyone doing in lockdown? It's been a strange state of affairs and I've being doing all the odd jobs I'd put off when "busy" was still a thing, power hosing the patio, organising the loft, that sort of thing. A thought popped into my brain yesterday and I found myself wishing I had all this uninterrupted time when I was planning my wedding.
When we got engaged, I didnt want to spend a crazy amount of money on one day but I also wanted a dream, instagram - worthy wedding. So, basically I wanted my cake and to eat it too. Weddings are expensive. Like, really pricey. They’re brilliant, beautiful occasions but can seriously cost the earth if you let them. I DIY'ed as much as I could, but looking back, I wish I had dedicated more time to it.
And with that thought in mind, I thought it would be fun to share some DIY's I created for our wedding for my brides who suddenly have nothing but time on their hands. (and I guess, my nosey friends)
I microwaved every bunch of wilting flowers I could get my hands on for over a year. Luckily for me I work in a jewelers so I had a healthy supply of roses to dry (much to the amusement of my colleagues). Microwaving them was far easier than other drying methods, 1 minute per rose head was enough to remove all the moisture but retain their colour.
My mum and I also made the confetti cones from paper doileys I had left over from a previous craft project. All in all, boxes of colourful confetti in pretty lace cones cost me zero. Not a single penny. I must apologise for my smugness!
Kids activity books
Another DIY that cost me nil was the kid's activity books. I used free quiz generators online to make word searches and cross words and searched for free colouring in pages. My favourite page is this colouring in picture of Prince Charming and Cinderella that I doctored in Photoshop to look more like Karl and I.
I printed these on regular pinter paper, the covers were printed on grey paper I had left over from a work project and they were bound with twine I use to bundle prints for my clients. A really cute touch that only requires a printer, hole punch and ribbon or twine.
Personalised Leather Jacket
Beach Photos taken by Natalie Holt
This one looks seriously impressive and is surprisingly easy. I typed up the design and traced it on old school tracing paper with a soft lead pencil (just remember to flip your text backwards to make your life easier). It transferred no problem onto this blush faux leather jacket. I then simply painted it with acrylic paint.
(just don't forget all about it like I did and leave it in your bridal suite all night)
Another really easy DIY was our photo booth frame. I borrowed this frame, removed what was inside it and the lovely Colin at Errol park helped me suspend it from the ceiling.
Table Plan & Signs
Ok, so I wrote our table plan on a mirror, that's hardly original but we had this mirror on the fireplace in our old flat. It didn't really fit in our new house so it was just languishing around until I realised it could be utilised. A £2 white acrylic paint marker and bob's your uncle.
For our welcome sign I purchased a vinyl on Etsy. I ordered it rather large thinking wood would be easy enough to cut to fit. B&Q would not cut wood to size for me as planned, forcing me to source nice looking offcuts from their £1 bin. Yup, these 2 floorboard off cuts cost £2. I would have preferred it to be larger but overall I was very happy with how it turned out.
We had various other signs dotted about, most of them I typed up in a nice font, printed and reused frames we already had in the house.
Cake and Dessert Table
Ok, I can't take credit for any of this really. This triumph belongs to my awesome bridesmaids! Abbie made our incredible cake, a two tier master piece in carrot cake and orange and white chocolate. We decorated it the morning of the wedding with pink roses, peonies and gypsophila. Yardley made 110 macarons in 4 flavours: chocolate, white chocolate, lemon and gin and tonic which were unbelievably tasty. She also made these pretty cupcakes with edible pearls. The adorable heart shaped iced biscuits were the work of Courtney. I'm so proud of my creative, thoughtful ladies! My dear Nana and Papa also created 2 batches of Scottish tablet.
I have photographed a couple of weddings with personal snapchat filters and I think they're really fun. You can select premed ones on snapchat, but I didn't really like what was available. (You can also buy pretty custom ones on Etsy). Snapchat allows you to upload a filter of your own design so I typed up my own. In hindsight the font was too thin but, hey.
I've mentioned Etsy a few times already and it really is a treasure trove, not least for personalised vinyls. Apply them to champagne flutes, coathangers, gift boxes, whatever you like. Easy peasy.