5 DIY wedding ideas

For creative couples

If you’re a creative couple then these 5 DIY wedding ideas will hopefully inspire you for your big day. I love a DIY wedding, they’re always so unique and often the most personal. Depending on the time you have available you can make almost anything for your big day, big or small, from hand made signs, center pieces, stationary and even wedding dresses. With many couples planning a wedding up to 2 years in advance there is plenty of time to get making if you start early enough.

Today I’m sharing 5 of my favourite DIY ideas that anyone could try. Sit back, take a look and see if any of these ideas inspire creations for your own big day.

1. Decorations

When it comes to wedding decorations the world is your oyster. You can do as much or as little as you like, it all depends on the time you have and the venue you choose. You could create decorations to hang from ceilings or beams, table decorations like center pieces & table numbers or keep it simple with a garland or two.

My favourite DIY decor idea is origami! When I saw it for the first time at a wedding I was so blown away by the impact it had and how unique it looked.  Anyone can make this beautiful paper art that can be turned into a variety of decorative treats for your wedding day and you can use any colour palette to suit your theme.

Why not try your hand at folding paper and create a hanging piece that will wow your guests.

Kings Chapel Old Amersham


Favours are the best item from a wedding to create yourself, it’s the one thing your guests get to take with them so something hand made and personal will always be a winner! There are so many DIY wedding favour ideas out there and I want to share a couple with you.

My absolute favourite is plants, you can pack up individual sachets of seeds or even pot up little plants for each guest. For my wedding we potted up little succulents into old glass jars and used them to decorate the tables as well as a long term gift for our guests.
Try your hand at cross stitch, crochet or sewing and make something pretty for your guests to enjoy. Once wedding I photographed cross stitch individual pieces for every guest. The piece were little images of the guest so super personal and also a great conversation starter when everyone sat down for dinner.

If you enjoy working with textiles then you could think about using embroidery. Stitch your guests names or initials onto napkins for a really personal touch. Or simply tie dye / dip dye each napkin to add colour to your table.

3.Photo backdrops

This is where you can get really creative. Creating a statement backdrop is great for group photos and selfies, especially if you your venue lacks space or you has a few spaces you want to cover up.

Incorporating your colour palette and wedding style into a backdrop or installation will add so much fun and colour into you wedding photos. Just look at the incredible examples below, one bride created her own balloon installation which really brightened up the wedding speech photos. The garland of ribbons was another great addition that made the group photos really stand out.

If you want wow your guests then a DIY backdrop is a great way to do it!

4. Doughnut tower

A wedding cake is a beautiful thing to have on your wedding day and a very firm tradition but if you want to do something a little different or have a tight budget why not make your own doughnut tower instead?

Buy a few boxes of doughnuts and get building. If your good at jenga this wont be a problem, alternatively you can create the same effect using a tiered cake stand.


This is one for the most creative couples out there. If you want to go all out with your DIY wedding then creating your signage & stationary is the ultimate challenge. From the invites & rsvps to the table plan and menu cards, there is a lot you can do but don’t feel you have to do it all. Something as simple as a personalised wax seal stamp can turn something basic into a really personal piece. Looking at the images below you can see how one couple used their wax seal stamp to decorate not only their invites but their table plan & name places too, tying in the theme and style across all of their stationary.

It’s great to do a bit of DIY for your wedding and personalise things where you can but be realistic, work out what free time you have and are happy to dedicate to the DIY projects before starting anything. Any kind of DIY project should be fun so give yourself plenty of time and try not to put too much pressure on yourselves, enjoy it!

If you would like to outsource something I would always recommend getting a stationery designer to take on some of the work load. Check out a couple of great companies here – Clare Gray Designs / Letters from Emily / Pen & Fold

If you have some creative projects planned for your big day I’d love to hear all about them. Share your ideas and experiences with me so we can pass them on to other couples who fancy a go at some wedding DIY. Get in touch and tell me all about your DIY wedding xx