GE­NIUS DIY WED­DING IDEAS FROM REAL BRIDES

Fancy get­ting cre­ative for your big day? Be in­spired by th­ese clever ideas from real brides...

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1 “In the run-up to the wed­ding, I taught my­self the art of faux cal­lig­ra­phy which be­came a sta­ple in all our wed­ding sig­nage, in­clud­ing our seat­ing plan. I sprayed some wire boards gold, then at­tached ar­ti­fi­cial ba­nana leaves, cute lit­tle cacti pots, a printed list of names for the ta­bles, hy­drangeas and flamin­gos us­ing a glue gun.” Cathy Sum­mers

“My hus­band’s mum is a keen gar­dener and of­fered to grow all of our wed­ding flow­ers, which we styled with crates and wa­ter­ing cans to cre­ate a real fo­cal point. The plants added a per­sonal touch and the re­ac­tion of our guests when they en­tered the room was over­whelm­ing. It was amaz­ing how fo­liage trans­formed the venue.” Claire Wheeler

3 “Our re­cep­tion was at a rus­tic barn, which hadn’t held wed­dings be­fore, so it was very much a project. With the help of my fa­ther-in-law, we built a bar area from scratch and named it af­ter our Golden Retriever, Tewkes­bury. We used old bits of wood and pal­ettes to make the frame, then styled it up with DIY pom poms, light-up letters and wooden signs say­ing ‘Tewkes­bury’s Tav­ern’. We even brewed our own beer to serve to guests!” Bri­anne Fletcher

“Get­ting mar­ried in Oc­to­ber meant sourc­ing lots of colour­ful flow­ers would be chal­leng­ing and out of our bud­get, so I started re­search­ing and came across in­cred­i­ble pa­per flow­ers on Pin­ter­est. I found tu­to­ri­als on YouTube, then or­dered loads of dou­blette crepe pa­per in beau­ti­ful colours, along with sta­men, fab­rics, wires and floristry tape. It be­came clear that this was go­ing to be a labour of love and would take a lot of man hours (a large rose took over an hour to make!), so I en­listed help from my brides­maid and my won­der­ful mum. It was such fun sit­ting around the kitchen ta­ble chat­ting while we de­cided what colours, pat­terns and tex­tures would go to­gether.” Julie Mar­shall

5 “When it came to our wed­ding, I knew ex­actly the style of cake I wanted, but I didn’t want to buy it from a baker I didn’t know. I did a two-day ‘Mod­ern Cake Mak­ing’ class at Blue Door Bak­ery (blue­door­bak­ery.

co.uk) and baked the cakes in ad­vance. I then cov­ered them in choco­late ganache, ready for dec­o­rat­ing. Mak­ing my ac­tual wed­ding cake was a joy­ful ex­pe­ri­ence. I proudly told our guests I made it my­self, but I must admit I was a bit tear­ful when we cut into it!” Kerri Wil­liams

6 “A cou­ple of years ago, I read an ar­ti­cle in Sim­ply Cro­chet magazine about an Amer­i­can ar­chi­tect called Chi Kr­neta who de­signed and made her own wed­ding dress on her daily com­mute to work! She looked ab­so­lutely stun­ning in it, so I pur­chased Chi’s cro­chet pat­tern for the same dress from her store on Ravelry (ravelry.

com). The gown took me sev­eral months to com­plete but was ac­tu­ally quite sim­ple. When peo­ple saw the fi­nal re­sults I had so many com­pli­ments – it felt so spe­cial be­cause it was hand­made.” Anna Speed

7 “We love the sig­nage at Glastonbury, so James im­i­tated the font and free­hand-sketched the letters onto some pal­lets do­nated by his dad. We sourced paint tester pots from Wickes in the colours we liked, so over­all they were re­ally low cost! For the pom poms, we bought some wool from St Nick’s mar­ket in Bris­tol, some pom pom mak­ers in dif­fer­ent sizes from Ama­zon and sat for quite a few evenings mak­ing pom poms in front of the TV!” Leiha Parry

8 “I loved our pretty chair signs. To make them, I cut MDF to size and threaded twine through drilled holes. I then fol­lowed a faux cal­lig­ra­phy work­sheet to cre­ate the let­ter­ing, be­fore dec­o­rat­ing them with sign­writ­ing pens. They were so easy to make and are a great keep­sake!” Clair Carter “I have been mak­ing home­made greet­ing cards since I left col­lege, but used my en­gage­ment as an ex­cuse to be a bit more ad­ven­tur­ous. Us­ing my love of blush pink and rose gold as my start­ing point, I bought pat­terned pa­per, em­bossed pa­per and rib­bon from Imag­ine DIY

(imag­inediy.co.uk) and made our save the dates, day and evening in­vi­ta­tions, ta­ble names, place cards, ta­ble plan and ac­tiv­ity books! I felt very proud of what I achieved and hon­oured to hear all of the amaz­ing com­ments peo­ple made.” Ann-Marie Watson 10 “I love the look of macramé, so I did an evening class at a lit­tle gift shop in Ex­eter called No Guts No Glory

(ngngde­sign.com). I then sourced all my macramé cord from them, and hired all the plants from them too! The hang­ers looked ab­so­lutely stun­ning trail­ing down above our ta­bles.” PW Har­riet de Win­ton

FUN FLAMIN­GOS AND LIT­TLE POTS OF CACTI ADDED SE­RI­OUS PER­SON­AL­ITY TO CATHY’S TA­BLE PLAN

A HAND-BUILT BAR AND HOME-BREWED BEER? THAT'S OUR KIND OF RE­CEP­TION!

A CAKE-MAK­ING CLASS TAUGHT KERRI THE SKILLS NEEDED TO MAKE THIS BEAUTY!

HAR­RIET’S MACRAMÉ HANGINGS CRE­ATED A BEAU­TI­FUL, BOHO VIBE

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