17 DIY Ideas to Save Money on Your Wedding

Randy + Ashley Studios

Weddings very quickly become expensive occasions, but if you're happy to muck in and make some things yourself, you'll save a lot of cash. Not only that, but a DIY approach will also help make your special day even more unique and personal to you. From ideas for homemade guest books, hair accessories, and decorations to DIY cakes, flowers, and photos, take a look at our suggestions here, and check out lots more ideas on how to save money on your big day.

Hair Accessories
Clint Bargen Photography

Hair Accessories

Almost everything at this festival-inspired barn wedding was DIYed, including the bride's flower crown. If you make your own, using artificial blooms and florist's wire, you will also be able to save on expensive hairstylist's fees, as the attention will be on your accessory.

Venue Decorations
Randy + Ashley Studios

Venue Decorations

The bride at this boho wedding handmade all of the macramé to decorate the venue. You don't have to be an expert at this particular craft to make the decor for your wedding — paper pom poms or fabric bunting make a big statement too and are good choices for beginners.

Flowers
Melissa Mercado Photography

Flowers

Florist's bills can add up, but you can make your own bouquet. As the bride at this Cancun elopement proves, it can be as simple as some beautiful, bright fresh blooms held together in a really easy wrap.

Photos
Sarah Babcock Studio

Photos

Hiring a photo booth costs several hundreds of pounds, so why not get the guests are your wedding to turn photographer and capture the fun themselves? All you need are a few props, an out-of-the-way corner, and a stash of disposable cameras.

Welcome Table
Victoria Sprung Photography

Welcome Table

You can make your own welcome table at your reception really easily. Take inspiration from this Harry Potter-inspired wedding, and leave inexpensive pads of paper and rubber bands out for guests to write a message and leave it in the glass bottle.

Guest Book
Degrees North Images

Guest Book

Another fun DIY option for a guest book, the postcards at this Disney-themed wedding could be sourced really cheaply, and give a unique spin to each guest's message.

Seating Plan
Raelyn Elizabeth Photography

Seating Plan

Your seating plan can be as simple as a list of names on a plain board, but you can also get really creative with your DIY, like the book board at this wedding shoot inspired by the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast.

Favours
Randy + Ashley Studios

Favours

The bride at this boho wedding put together personalised goodie bags that contained baked goods and a small bottle of Bailey's. If you like baking, you're onto a really good cost-cutting angle.

Entertainment
Clint Bargen Photography

Entertainment

Music was a big part of this festival-inspired wedding, and if you're lucky enough to have friends who are talented musicians, have a chat with them about providing some entertainment at the reception.

Games
Meigan Canfield Photography

Games

You can also make some fun and games quite easily if you have a bit of a creative edge, like this simple bean bag game at this outdoor wedding.

Drinks
Clint Bargen Photography

Drinks

If you choose a venue where you can bring your own drinks, like this outdoors wedding, you can make a big savings. Large jars with taps are perfect for homemade non-alcoholic infused waters.

The Bar
Clint Bargen Photography

The Bar

Wedding venues where you can set up shop with your own drinks station will save you a huge bar tab. Bring some kegs and plastic cups — perfect for a rustic, barn wedding.

Flower Girl
Shelly Anderson Photography

Flower Girl

Rather than using actual flower petals, how about cutting up coloured paper for the flower girl to throw, like at this festival-inspired wedding?

Table Decorations
Shelly Anderson Photography

Table Decorations

Table decorations don't have to be expensive and elaborate. Just look at the simplicity yet effectiveness of the Lego packs and lights at this Star Wars wedding.

Cake
Shelly Anderson Photography

Cake

You can save a lot of money on cake by decorating it yourself. If you're not a confident cake decorator, take the really simple and affordable option of placing flowers and succulents on top, like at this festival-inspired wedding.

Cake Topper
Victoria Sprung Photography

Cake Topper

You could have a go at making your own cake topper, using little figurines, peg dolls, or letters spelling out your initials or a meaningful word, like at this Harry Potter-inspired wedding.

Transport
Sarah Babcock Studio

Transport

Fancy cars really add to the cost of a wedding, so if you're not too fussed about your wheels, simply use your own, like at this wedding, or get a non-drinker friend to act as chauffeur.