GENIUS DIY WEDDING IDEAS FROM REAL BRIDES
Fancy getting creative for your big day? Be inspired by these clever ideas from real brides...
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