If you want to keep costs down and throw a wedding that no one will forget, have a handmade wedding! Handmade weddings are very fashionable at the moment, and they allow you to bring a bit of personality to your marriage proceedings. Of course, you do need to be a bit more organized if you’re going to be making a lot of things yourself, so here are some tips for having a stress-free handmade wedding:
As soon as the question has been popped and you set a date, start making anything you can. Handmade wedding invitations should be a priority as you will have to send them out far in advance of the big day, but you should also start to think about making wedding favors, decorations and even your dress if it is something you feel you can pull off!
Make Only What You Can
Throwing a handmade wedding doesn’t mean that you have to make every single item on your list; make only what you are confident you can do a good job of and enlist the help of friends and family or buy ready-made handcrafted items from places like Etsy for the rest. If you try to do too much or tackle things beyond your skill level, you’ll just end up stressed, and that’s the last thing you need as a busy bride-to-be.
Decide on a Theme
When you’re having a handmade wedding, it can be very helpful to decide on a theme. That way, everything you make will in some way match or complement each other for a beautiful wedding day. If you have no theme, you could end up with a hodge-podge of stuff that makes your wedding look more like a jumble sale than the beautiful coming together of two people that it should be.
If you don’t want to present your guests with the usual boring box of sugared almonds or scratchcards that never win, you need to think outside the box. Some good ideas for handmade wedding favors include:
If you have a theme (and you should) try and match up your offerings with your theme if you can.
You have to be a skilled sewer if you want to create your own wedding dress, but it is doable. Just ensure that you get a friend or family member to accurately take your measurements; you buy the best quality fabrics available to you; and that you start as early as possible and take as much time and care as you can. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration for DIY wedding dress makers.
It is perfectly possible to cook your wedding breakfast from scratch the night before if you wish to do so. Just stick to a buffet style meal, big sharing platters or a candy table to make the process simpler. If you want to make your own cake, be sure to do so at least a few days in advance so that you have time to start again should anything go wrong.
The best thing about throwing a handmade wedding is that you can make everything from the bridesmaid’s gifts to the wedding breakfast personal, and you should take the opportunity to do so. Tailor every element of the wedding to you, your fiancé and your guests for a wedding you will never forget.