Social Distancing has turned all of our lives upside down over the last few weeks. However, depending on your work or family situation, social distancing might actually have given you the gift of time. If you are in the middle of planning your wedding and looking for something to take your mind off any worries you’re having at the moment, we have put together some wedding DIY ideas for you to do at home while on lockdown.
Join Pinterest: One of the first things we recommend is to create a Pinterest account. Pinterest is a social media platform that allows users to share their creative ideas. It gives great inspiration for any decoration ideas, recipes, home/interior design, hair and make-up looks and so much more. Whatever you have in mind, Pinterest will help you find what you’re looking for and is a great place to start. Even if you’re not the most creative person, Pinterest has tips and steps to make it that extra bit easier.
Save the Dates/Invitations: There is a high chance that due to the Covid-19 outbreak your wedding may have been postponed to a later date. With this in mind you may need to reprint your save the dates and/or your invitations with the new date on. Why not save yourself the additional printing costs and try making the invitations yourself? We have had a look and there are so many different ideas for all types of skill level. Here are a few that we love:
a). Using a patterned stamp along the edges of your invitation is a really simple way of brightening up the design. If you have a printer, you could type up your invitations and print them at home or write them yourself and the patterned stamp will add that professional touch without the professional cost.
b). Wrapping up your invitation and tying it with enclosed lavender will add a lovely floral touch to your invitation or save the date. You could also use different types of flowers to match your wedding theme.
c). Using your fingerprint and your partner’s fingerprint to make a love heart with your date on is a really simple idea for a Save the Date
d). To add a personal touch, use a copy of a photo of the two of you together and attach it to a label with your wedding date on.
For more Invitation/Save the Date ideas follow this link here.
Wedding Fonts:If you still want your invitations, wedding signs, table plan etc to look even more professional at a cheap cost you could teach yourself how to write in different fonts. There are many different websites online and on YouTube that give you an easy step by step guide how to write in different styles. You could even discover a hobby in Calligraphy to come out of all of this!.
Buttonhole/Flowers: By the time we come out of lockdown, hopefully we will find that things return to normal. However, in the current situation we’re in, you may find that florists are unable to get hold of all their usual flowers if they buy them in from wholesalers who are currently closed due to Covid-19. To help get around this possible issue, we have found a couple of ways to make your own buttonholes at home if this is the case. You can still buy succulents online so they can be used as an alternative to flowers for a buttonhole. These examples show how easily they can be made at home.
Confetti: Make up or hair trials might not be possible if you are in isolation. Try following different make-up artist’s or hair dresser’s social media pages or their websites to see if they do tutorial videos to help you figure out what hair or make up style you would like on your day Many wedding venues nowadays are asking their couples to use only biodegradable or natural confetti for their photos. This can also be made easily at home.
a). Gather your petals either from flowers in your garden or even flowers from your local supermarket, whichever is more easily accessible to you. Lay them out on a tray or flat surface in front of a window and let the sun naturally dry them out. This may take a week or so for the petals to fully dry out.
b). For a faster method you could also dry out your petals by oven baking them. For full instructions to this method follow this link here.
c). For an alternative to flowers you could also dry out leaves. Take a hole punch and chop into the leaves as the picture shown.
d). For storing your confetti, you could also make some paper cones to hand out to your guests or to hang on the end of the chairs during your wedding ceremony. Link here.
Centrepieces Centrepieces can add that last finishing touch to your wedding no matter whether they are big and flamboyant to the small and simple. Whatever your style is, centrepieces can easily be handmade by you such as these examples we have found.
a). This glittered candle holder is really easy to make and all you need is a glass, candle or tealight if your venue doesn’t allow real candles, and glitter or non-flammable glitter spray. For more instructions follow the link here. You could even use multiple glasses per centrepiece to make a bigger centrepiece.
b). If you like floral displays, you could use this time to get your green fingers out and grow your own flowers. Or for an easier option, you could find flowers at your local supermarket and put together your own flowers displays and simply place them in empty vases, glasses or mason jars.
c). You could also combine a floral and candle centrepiece like this step by step example here.
For other centrepiece ideas, follow this link.
Favours Wedding favours are an optional gift to give to your guests and there are so many different options to choose from. You can choose them to fit your theme or what you believe your guests will most enjoy. Either way there are many favours that can be made at home.
a). Do you and your partner have a favourite drink? You could give each guest a sample or shot of your favourite drink that they can toast you with during the speeches.
b). Maybe during lockdown, you discover an enjoyment for making jams or chutneys? You could give each guests a jar to sample, the homemade touch sometimes goes down the best. You could also bake for your guests, a personalised biscuit or cookie is also a popular favour with guests.
c). Another edible favour which could go down well if you are having a winter wedding is this hot chocolate mix in a jar. This one is also child friendly if you have any younger guests attending.
d). Or for any green fingered couples, providing a succulent plant or pack of seeds for your guests so they always have something to remember your day by.
For other Favour ideas click here.
Empty Bottles: Need to find a use for those extra wine or gin bottles you’ve been using up during lockdown? There are so many ways to recycle glass bottles for wedding decoration ideas such as these. They can then be used as centrepieces or just as general decoration.
a). If you have any spare fairy lights, empty and clean out your bottle and place the fairy lights inside the bottle. This works best with battery operated fairy lights so that the battery pack can be hidden inside the bottle or placed behind it.
b). Take any empty beer or wine bottles and they can be used as a vase for flowers. You could also use lace or ribbon to decorate them like the picture shown.
c). You could paint your spare bottles to match your theme and use them as table number holders.
d). You could also use them as your table plan like the picture shown. You could use paint or pen whichever works best for you to design your own table plan.
Photobooth/Photo wall: Photobooths have a popular feature at weddings for a while now. There are so many ways you can make your own photo backdrop to add to the photo booth such as these.
a). A balloon arch is a cheap and easy way to make a decorative wall. There are so many kits available online which teach you the step by step how to make them and what materials are best to use.
b). Hanging fairy lights and using pegs to clip the polaroid photos on is a cheap and easy way to make a fun DIY photo wall. It creates a decoration for the wedding and also keepsakes for you and your guests after the wedding.
c). Macrame is proving to be a very popular wedding decoration and is actually fairly easy to make despite its complicated looking design. Again, there are plenty of kits and how to guides online for you to try and make at home and they make amazing backdrops for a photo wall!
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