Top 3 popular themes for DIY weddings
DIY weddings are a great way of getting hitched on a budget. The other main benefit of hosting a DIY wedding is the freedom it gives you to craft an extremely personal day that is a great reflection of you and your partner’s personalities. DIY weddings are often among the most memorable because of the time, effort, love and attention to detail that the couple put into hand making and arranging every aspect of the day themselves. DIY weddings are often themed and the theme can be as imaginative, wacky or classic as you want. We’ve come up with our top 3 popular themes for a DIY wedding and ways that they can be created using low budget materials.
Rustic themed DIY weddings often fuse together aspects of both country and shabby chic styles with lots of wood, twine, bark, pinecones, plants, mason jars, raffia, lace and burlap featuring heavily. A rustic theme works well for a DIY wedding because lots of the materials can be bought cheaply to make handmade decorations. Ideal locations for a rustic wedding include a barn, farm, camp or wooded area, although with a bit of imagination you could host it anywhere. Rough wood often features heavily in the decor with wooden signposts written on with white paint, wooden table numbers and cake stands and wooden photo frames. Green plants, twigs, leaves and wild flowers look great at rustic themed weddings, particularly lush greens and white flowers. Mason jars wrapped in lace, twine or burlap with a plain white tea light lit inside make simple, delicate table decorations.
Often the location of your wedding can be one of your biggest expenses to consider, well not with a DIY backyard wedding! Whether it’s your own backyard or a willing friend or relative’s, hosting your wedding in a garden is the ultimate DIY money-saving venue option. Many people who host their wedding in the backyard turn it into a full on outdoorsy garden theme. If you have a pretty vintage chest of drawers or dressing table, bring it out into the back garden and decorate it with wooden picture frames and flowers. Use an abundance of flowers, twigs, greenery and candles for table decorations and string fairy lights in the trees, bushes or shrubs for when the sun starts to sink down. An old fashioned bicycle proper up, old wellington boots used as plant pots and some pretty lanterns in the grass will all add to the backyard theme. Instead of hiring a wedding bar to keep your drinks cool, get an old bath tub from a scrap yard and fill it with ice and bottles and cans of drink for your guests to help themselves. Serve bottles of homemade lemonade on the tables for the guests too to give a summer, garden party feel. Pots of homemade preserve or pickle make great wedding favours too!
One of the most popular DIY themes by a long way is the vintage theme. Ask your guests to dress in pale, summery pastel colours, floral prints and lace and decorate your venue in the same style. Use vintage or vintage style furniture to display wooden photo frames painted in pastels, use vintage items like typewriters, telephones, suitcases or sewing machines as vintage props for your themed wedding. Mismatching vintage floral and patterned plates, serving platters, jugs, cake stands, cups and saucers make a charming addition to any vintage wedding and can either be rented out by companies or collected before the date from car boot sales, flea markets and charity shops very cheaply. Display jars of vintage and retro sweets on the tables and string fairy lights and bunting made of vintage and floral prints around your venue.