Ten Thrifty Ways To Make Your Wedding Day Extra Special

17 12 2012

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Everyone knows weddings aren’t the cheapest of events to plan and there are many things that need to be considered when it comes to arranging the big day. Unfortunately, because of the current economic downturn many couples are being forced to rein in their spending and reconsider how much they can realistically afford to spend on their big day.

However, the ‘make do and mend’ trend that seems to be sweeping the UK at the moment means a growing number of people are trying their hand at arts and crafts in a bid to save money. Programmes such as Kirstie’s Homemade Home have encouraged the trend and up and down the country and it is something people can try when it comes to arranging their wedding. Here are 10 ideas for simple and cheap ways to make a wedding very special.

Buy your own crockery

Instead of hiring crockery and serving dishes from the venue, collect your own from second-hand shops. You will find entire sets of china tea cups, plates and saucers for just a few pounds. Use one set per table or mix them up for a vintage, higgledy-piggledy look.

Make your own bunting

Bunting is so easy to make and it’s a very easy way to decorate your venue. Collect offcuts of various fabrics, cut them into triangles and hem the edges – you don’t need to be a genius on the sewing machine to do this. Attach the triangles to some slim rope and you’re done.

Make edible wedding favours

Buying favours for all of your guests can be expensive. Instead, try making delicious chocolate truffles, before wrapping them in a large square of cellophane and some tissue paper. Tie with ribbon and you’re done.

Use your own photography skills for the invites

Making wedding invitations can be difficult and if you’re inviting a lot of people printing services are your best bet. However, you can personalise them and save on costs by sending over an image you wish to use. Perhaps a beautiful picture of some flowers you have taken, or the landscape of one of your favourite holiday destinations?

Make your own place settings and table cards

When planning your wedding come up with a theme for the tables. If you have done a lot of travelling, why not name each table after a country you have been to? Buy tall picture clips and print off a picture of the landscape of that particular country to stand in the middle of each table. You can make very quick and easy place cards and simply folding over a rectangle of card and writing the name of the guest on it.

Create memories with a wedding book

At the end of a spare table place a guest book and pen. People can then use this to sign their names and leave a short message you will treasure forever.

Experiment with cupcakes

Instead of a big fancy wedding cake, make your own cupcakes. These are easy to bake in several batches and icing them is as simple as purchasing an icing bag with a large nozzle to pipe out a decorative effect. You can buy ready-made icing decorations to add to the top. Colour your icing with food dye and stick to a theme so the cupcakes look pretty when arranged on a stand.

Try something different with flowers

If you want to make your wedding special, creating your own flower arrangements can be fun and satisfying. But it’s also very difficult. Instead of a flower arrangement for each table, buy large blooms such as hydrangeas and place a single bloom in a tall vase in the centre of each table.

A memory cabinet

Purchase a cheap bookcase or freestanding shelving unit. Bring it to the reception venue and fill it with ornaments, pictures and little things that sum up you as a couple. Not only will these be a beautiful decoration for the room, but it will give your guests something to look at.

Decorate the chairs yourself

Often when you hire a wedding venue they’ll decorate the chairs for you. Do this yourself by purchasing a collection of cheap and colourful cushions – or make your own. Tie strips of coloured ribbon around the backs of the chairs as well.

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17 12 2012
weddingsnowandthen

Great ideas

Agnes

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