Naomi and Glen spent just £4000 on their amazing boho wedding in a yurt in September. They saved money everywhere – from the bride having her dress made by a friend, the food being made by friend and family, DIY stationery, the flowers being arranged by Glen’s mum and the cake being made by Naomi’s sister in law!
“We really wanted to make our stamp on this thing”, began Naomi. “We made the invites, signs and props (my favourites signs were made from wooden plaques found in Glen’s late grandad’s house), the drinks dispensers, the cake stands and a room screen for the photo booth. We made our own rings using a blowtorch at home for mine and some heavier duty machinery for Glen’s! The hog roast was a gift, and all the food was done by family and friends. We really and truly poured our heart and souls in to getting the day off the ground and we really did do everything ourselves.”
“We got so many great deals by just asking around so if you’re stuck for an affordable venue check local farms and country b&b’s with land or camp sites”, she advises. “And don’t underestimate how much work it is putting it all together. I’m not sure the wedding would’ve happened without our AMAZING groomsmen and bridesmaids. We love them. SO MUCH. Keep your goals in perspective too. Some homemade things ended up just as expensive as if we’d bought them and can take a whole lot of time and work, but there are lots of things that can be made thriftily”
They met online and with a mutual love of all things nerdy (their first date was eating cheese toasties and watching Dark Crystal) they connected instantly. They were married in August at Sole Street House in Kent. “Our theme evolved into a relaxed, geeky garden party”, wrote Kirsty. “Vintage touches and having the full day to relax into the venue meant that it felt very natural and laid-back. We picked a colour theme of teal and asked all of our guests to wear something to match. As time went on, it became green and blue in all of the shades but it meant that we could relax about a ‘theme’ and still have everything come together.”
“Our dress code was ‘relaxed but smart’ and everyone looked fab. There were small geeky touches throughout the day, we served Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters and the ‘table’ plan featured Team Zissou, the Scumm bar and number of other geeky gatherings.”
The ceremony was held up a tree house on the grounds with their guests watching from below. “One of our favourite moments was our ‘first look’ which is where we saw each other before the ceremony”, she continued. “We had the time to just relax with each other and enjoy the moment. Stepping out onto the balcony of the tree house was pretty special too. We were hiding inside with the registrars whilst all of our friends and family gathered below us. We could hear them laughing and chatting and then when we stepped out together, in full regalia, there was an audible gasp. Pretty good for the ego. It was wonderful to look down and see everybody smiling back at us.”
Gala and I often joke that we should start a blog series called ‘DIY for the ham-fisted’ as both of us are just terrible at all things crafty! While I still haven’t quite got round to that one, I decided it was high time that I posted some new DIYs for you creative babes to get your mitts on, it’s been a while after all!
So I called upon the expertise of the amazing Jen from Head Full of Feathers who has created four amazing and exclusive DIYs for you guys! I’ll be posting one every two weeks for the next eight weeks.
♥ Feather trim x 3 colours (length of trim depends on your measurements. You will want the rooster feathers at around 7-8 inches length).
♥ Bodycon stretch miniskirt
♥ Tape measure
♥ Chalk pencil
♥ Needle and thread
♥ Dressmakers pins
Step One: Measure 8 cm from the top of your skirt and mark with your chalk pencil, measure 10 cm down and mark again, and then another 10 cm down. The top 8 cm will be left without feathers and gives the skirt some shape with a waistband.
María and Jóse were hitched in Calera de Tango, Chile. Both families pitched in to make the wedding happen – from helping with the planning, doing the hair and make up, taking the photos, growing the flowers and making all the food.
“I think that the most special thing about our wedding was that we did everything ourselves with our friends and family”, wrote the bride. “We saved money on nearly everything – the food, flowers and decoration – because we made it all.”
Megan and Tom had a chilled out, backyard BBQ wedding held at a friend’s house. “We wanted the whole experience to be a representation of ourselves and our relationship”, Megan wrote. “While we wanted everything to look beautiful, we didn’t want it to be perfect or overdone. I went shopping in thrift stores for all kinds of mismatched vases that would compliment each other. At the end of the night. guests were allowed to take all of the assortments home with them.”
“I also decided to make the cake toppers myself, as well as the wedding favors because I enjoy being creative and it’s a great keepsake to remember the day by. I also think our choice of clothing added to the overall feeling. My bridesmaids picked out their entire look for the day, from dresses to hair styles because I wanted them to look and feel great, which I don’t think would have been accomplished with matching dresses and accessories. As for the guys, they had certain unique touches to their outfits. All of them practice mixed martial arts and the twine on their boutonnière matched the color of their MMA belt.”
With just £3000, a mountain of ideas and a hell of a lot of hard work, Abby and Liam planned their DIY village hall wedding for August this year. The day was held at Eccleston Village Hall, with the ceremony in the garden. They saved a lot of money by not going for traditional wedding stuff. Abby’s amazing dress was vintage, bought at Pillbox Vintage Wedding Fair, which she then had reworked by Carla at Mon Ami. Liam’s outfit was from River Island. The flowers were all grown in the bride’s mother’s garden and their transport for the day was their own vintage yellow Beetle!
“We were very, very keen on not having any kind of concrete theme”, Abby began. “Simply because it was too much hassle. I couldn’t be bothered matching a napkin to someone’s shoes and other silly things. I knew we could obsess over this and see costs soar. Our life and general belongings are quite random – and that’s why it all works! We literally chose something if we liked it, and hoped it wouldn’t look like a jumble sale on the day.”