Brilliant Budget-friendly Wedding

By Julia Price

February 1, 2016 4 min read

Weddings can be quite expensive, even if you're already consciously cutting expenditures wherever you can. However, take matters into your own hands and cut costs even further with do-it-yourself projects. DIY invitations, decorations, gifts for guests and other little items will not only save you money but also will make your guests feel extra special with the unique touches that can only come with DIY operations.

If you haven't already, you'll first want to pick a location and theme so you can navigate around that. Even the location itself can be a do-it-yourself experience. For example, if you want to get married in the desert, you can contact the parks and recreation department of your dream location to see if you are able to tie the knot for free.

Once you have your location and theme in mind, you can check out BRIT+CO, a DIY blogger, who has tips and suggestions about everything from snacks to the dress. You'll also discover many DIY tips for creating the wedding of your dreams on Pinterest as well. You can start a Pinterest board to help keep everything organized with easy links for sharing with friends and family. Visit the Pinterest website or download the mobile app to start a board today. Separate your boards into different categories to help you find things easily: invitations, decor, guest book, thank-you gifts, veil designs, table pieces (tablecloths, silverware, centerpieces, chairs etc.), food, drinks, cake and gift display.

You can have a lot of fun personalizing gifts for guests. One idea is to spray-paint a large quantity of plastic wine glasses with your favorite color. You can also buy small cloth bags at the dollar store and fill them with tiny goodies. One bride filled her bags with mini hangover kits including aspirin and eyedrops.

You can create a clever guest book for cheap that also prompts your guests to share creative answers. One couple used a three-hole punch and wove hemp yarn through the holes of the paper, tying each with a knot, to fasten the book. They asked guests to share their best relationship advice in the pages. For the cover, they simply printed out a couple's photo and used a glue stick to paste it, surrounding the photo with glitter pen squiggles to make it look bright and fun.

To minimize invitation costs, send evites instead of paper invites. This will also make it easier to keep track of RSVPs and allow guests to add the date and information to their phone calendar, which will help them stay organized.

When it comes to the cake, there are countless food blogs that post recipes for you to make your own cake. There are simple recipes as well as ones to create multitier masterpieces, all of which you can practice at home Hey, who doesn't love an excuse to eat cake?!

Paper lanterns are a fun and inexpensive way to create ambiance and add a romantic glow, especially to an outdoor wedding. For an indoor wedding, you can frame chalkboards and write different messages: The tale of your love story, a guide to dinner table numbers or any other directions for guests. You can also print and hang silly, playful photos of you and your honey in the middle of the table as the centerpiece.

Here's hoping these suggestions will get your creative juices flowing and kick your planning into high gear. Doing your research will help you see the DIY magic that others have made and inspire you to create the wedding of your dreams. Plus, it's fun! Make it a collaborative effort by involving friends and family in the creative process.

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