DIY wedding inspiration from 8 real newlyweds

Thinking of DIYing elements of your big day? DIY is a great way to keep costs down, and can personalise your wedding in ways vendors just can’t. To get your creative juices flowing, here’s 8 of our favourite DIY Real Weddings featured on our site!

Jenna and Jacob

“We have a lot of talented friends and some creative skills ourselves, so we figured we could do a lot of stuff on our own,” says Jenna. With the help of her mum, Jenna made her own gown and headpiece, and styled the bridesmaids with their choice of dress from various stores!

“I remembered I had bought some applique for a sewing project years ago, so I pulled it out and used it as a headpiece.”

Nattiesa and Nathaniel

As Nathaniel is an arborist, and already had a lot of timber, it made sense for Nattiesa and Nathaniel to DIY certain elements of their decor. “We did what we could to cut costs, but also make it easy and least stressful as possible,” says Nattiesa. “We really tried to make the most of what we had and, for a little family with only one income, I think we pulled off something pretty special.”

Amba and Robbie

Amba and Robbie, their bridal party, and their families got DIYing on the eve of their garden wedding. “We set out lawn games, hung the photo booth between the trees, set the tables (including all the handmade linen), hung the homemade decorations, and filled the venue with country garden-style flowers,” says Amba.

Andrea and Andy

Andrea and Andy didn’t use any vendors or suppliers for decorating their wedding reception. Andrea says, “The entire place was a DIY project!”

Ashlea and Simon

“Simon and I planned and designed every intricate detail of the reception from head to toe,” says Ashlea. “We collected and up cycled all of the furniture and made pallet benches, a seating chart, Polaroid guest book, the bar, and table centrepieces.”

Groom Simon even brewed all the beverages for the wedding – 17 boutique beers and five fruity ciders! “Our day was abound with intricate personalised details and a whole lot of love,” adds Ashlea.

Abbey and Chris

“All my DIYing paid off as the venue and ceremony looked fantastic and exactly as I pictured it,” says Abbey. “We wanted to plan a simple wedding and not too costly, so we chose to DIY almost everything.”

Kirra and Russell

DIY and online finds were the secret to success for Kirra and Russell’s garden wedding. “I was a DIY and budget-conscious bride and I loved finding online deals,” says Kirra.

With artificial flowers and affordable internet finds, Kirra could rein in her budget in some places and splurge in others – like her wedding dress!

Anna and Darren

Using DIY was a great way to keep everything simple and personal for Anna and Darren. “I wanted something that felt casual and fun, and we didn’t want to go overboard with our budget – the honeymoon was way more exciting!” says Anna.

Instead of a standard bomboniere, Anna and Darren made each guest a ceramic Christmas ornament with their wedding date.

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