My dream wedding was a beautiful, vintage affair. A winter wedding in a stunning country house, lot’s of lace, meal by candle light. It was an expensive dream, a very expensive dream and unless we took out a loan or saved for years it was going to stay just a dream, unless I found a way to reduce our costs and create a luxury wedding on a DIY budget.
I decided I needed to take control and create as many DIY touches as I could in order to spend the money in the areas that we really wanted. We found our perfect venue and fell in love instantly but just the venue was over our overall wedding budget before we’d even factored in any other costs but I just couldn’t let the dream go.
Instead of going for the pre designed package I got out my notebook and calculator and came up with my own package and sat down with the hubby to be to work out exactly how we could afford it. We opted for a winter wedding instead of a summer one, on a Friday instead of a Saturday which saved us almost £2000. Plus we worked out that if we were to marry on Friday 30th December all the Christmas decorations would still be up in the venue so we incredible venue dressing which fitted our vintage theme for free. The coal fires were lit throughout the 17th Century Jacobean Manor House and looked so romantic with the real Christmas trees and holly.
The hubby has extreme hayfever so instead of hiring a florist I made hundreds of paper roses by hand to decorate our centre pieces and to use as decoration through the main room. These looked stunning on the birdcage & candelabras I bought, plus as it was a December wedding and got dark around 3pm we were able to dim the lights a little and have our meal by candlelight. It was incredibly romantic and fitted our vintage theme perfectly, plus we saved a small fortune!
I made all our wedding stationery, table plan and table settings. The crystal snowflake holders were bought in the Next sale for only £1 each! They were meant to be Christmas table decorations but were stunning for our wedding.
I researched some beautiful love quotes and printed them onto the back of each table number which ended up being a talking point with our guests, so many people said how pretty they were. The table plan was simply stuck onto our bedroom mirror which I’d painted cream.
I even decided to make my own wedding cake & cupcakes with the help of my Mother in Law. This was the first cake I’d ever worked on and is what actually started my cake business Handmade Queen. I then decided to go the whole hog and make our wedding favours too, which to save a little extra money doubled up as the place settings. I don’t have any photo’s of the favours but they were so personal to us. I made little gingerbread men & women which were perfect for winter wedding. I tied their hands together with ribbon so they looked like they were holding hands, so cute.
All my handmade touches went down a storm with our guests and made our wedding perfect. It was so much hard work but worth it for us to enable us to get the wedding of our dreams. When planning your wedding and budget think of the little things you can do to save a bit of money, the small things all add up and allow you to spend money in other areas to create the wedding you want.
Did you add any DIY touches to your wedding?