Whoever made up those vows knew what they were doing to include for richer, for poorer. Weddings cost a lot of money. Flowers, invitations, programs, favors, food, photographers...it all adds up. Big time. But there is a new trend that I have a feeling will be sticking around. When many brides and grooms (and those helping them) plan their big day, they're opting for a do-it-yourself mentality that saves money and results in some pretty awesome creations. Scouring wedding blogs and, of course, Pinterest, I found some great tips on some of these DIY wedding ideas.
-- Invest in a good printer. This is key to many of the DIY ideas I saw. The cost of the printer is still vastly cheaper than shelling out moolah for programs, placecards, menus, and so on (and you can use that printer after the wedding too...for birth announcements!). Grab some free wedding fonts online, get some good card stock and create some of these fabulous printed items for your wedding.
-- Think bulk. Many online places you can buy bulk items like frames of various sizes. Perfect for displaying the menu or table numbers or what have you (that you printed yourself, natch). Buy gobs of bowls and vases for centerpieces and other items to have around for tables and decor. Or check out sites where you can snag things for your welcome bags or favors. Totes, boxes, water bottles, anything can be purchased a pretty steep discount when you buy a certain number or more.
-- Head to the flower market. Flowers are often a huge chunk of the wedding budget, but you can cut that by half (if not more) if you do it yourself. Pick flowers that will be in season and keep it simple with all of the same color or category. With a piece of satin, create easy, yet chic bouquets for you or your bridesmaids.
Do you love DIY stuff? What did you make for your wedding?