2024 DIY Wedding Ideas for Low Budgets

Whether you’re engaged or simply gathering inspiration, your dive into the world of wedding planning will quickly show you that turning your vision into a reality can come with a hefty price tag. At the Maple Manor Hotel near Gatwick, we’ve supported hundreds of couples to build their perfect day in a way that suits them.

But fear not! Planning a beautiful wedding on a tight budget is not only possible but can also be incredibly rewarding, giving you a chance to get really creative. In this blog, we’ll explore a myriad of DIY wedding ideas that are not only budget-friendly but also allow you to infuse your personality and style into every aspect of your big day.

Get ready to discover how to create a memorable and magical wedding celebration without breaking the bank. Grab your crafting supplies and let’s dive into the world of DIY wedding inspiration!

DIY Wedding Invitations

Budget Wedding Invitation
DIY Wedding Invitations

Not only is crafting your own DIY wedding invitations a great way to save money, it also adds a personal touch to your big day before it’s even begun. You don’t necessarily need lots of fancy equipment to create the perfect invitations, either – all you need is access to some quality card or paper, pens or a printer, and a little creative flair.

Types of paper for DIY wedding invitations include:

  • White cardstock
  • Construction paper
  • Recycled paper
  • Seeded paper
  • Linen paper
  • Kraft paper

Once you’ve chosen the perfect base for your invitations, you can start on the design. If you have a printer, you may choose to design your wedding invitations on the computer, but it’s important to remember that some types of paper may not be suitable for some or any types of printer. You can also get your invitations printed at a local print shop or online if your budget allows.

In lieu of a suitable printer, you may choose to handwrite your invitations instead. This can be a big undertaking, especially if you’re sending out a lot of invitations, but it can be well worth it for the money you save and the personalisation this provides. A nice pen will go a long way, especially one which is right for the type of paper you’re using.

Design elements you could include on your DIY wedding invitations include:

  • Watercolour motifs or backgrounds
  • Illustrated flowers
  • Pressed flowers
  • Gold or silver leaf
  • Stamped designs
  • Wax seals on the envelopes or to secure dried flowers to the invitation
  • Polaroid photo of the couple
  • Bows made from ribbon or twine

Assemble the invitations and address each envelope by hand for an extra personal touch. With a little creativity and attention to detail, your DIY wedding invitations can set the tone for your special day and leave a lasting impression on your guests.

DIY Wedding Seating Chart

DIY Wedding Seating Chart
Simple DIY Wedding Seating Chart

A seating chart is an essential part to any wedding – it allows your guests to easily locate their seat and their table ready for the reception. Luckily, this is something you can easily DIY – and in many ways you may find it’s even better than a cookie cutter version.

Start by selecting a large, sturdy surface such as a chalkboard, mirror, or framed cork board – whichever fits your theme the most. There are a few ways in which you can organise the seating chart, whether it’s by table number, by listing each guest alphabetically, or by grouping them according to their relationship to the couple.

You can write the table assignments directly onto the base using chalk, chalk pens or paint pens, or you can write on separate cards or labels to add to the surface. You can pin the cards onto the board, or clip them onto a piece of twine strung across the board.

Other ways you can decorate your DIY wedding seating chart include:

  • Incorporate greenery by adding draping garlands or writing table numbers on leaves
  • Add dried or even fresh flowers to the board
  • Paint the frame and/or back of the board to fit your theme
  • Use gold or silver pegs, or wax seals, to stick the cards to the board
  • Write the guests on a separate, smaller frame for each table, joining them together to make a collage
  • Place the board on an easel to display
  • Place decorations around the board such as flowers, garlands, lanterns and fairy lights

As you finalise the layout, double-check the accuracy of the seating assignments and ensure that each guest’s name is spelled correctly. Once complete, display the DIY seating chart prominently at the entrance to the reception venue, allowing guests to easily find their assigned tables.

DIY Wedding Place Cards

Affordable Wedding Place Cards
Homemade Wedding Place Cards

As well as a seating chart, it’s important to add individual name cards to the tables to help guests easily find their place. These small cards are simple to handmake to fit your wedding theme.

Select the type of paper you want to use to make the place cards. You may decide to use the same paper you used for the invitations to save money, as this will mean you don’t need to place a second order, and also to create cohesion between the invitations and the wedding itself.

Cut the paper into small rectangles using scissors or a paper cutter – you can buy paper cutters for less than £10, and this can be well worth it to lessen your workload. Next, use calligraphy pens or markers to write each guest’s name. To make things easier for you when placing the name tags, consider adding the table number to the back.

For the wedding party’s place tags, you could add extra elements like dried flowers or ribbon. It’s also simple to add gold foil accents to the paper using a paintbrush and glue. If you’re feeling particularly crafty, you can also create handmade tags using materials like wood, acrylic, or clay. These can also serve as a wedding favour – a long-lasting ornament for your guests to immortalise your wedding.

DIY Wedding Table Numbers

Budget Friendly Wedding Table Numbers
Homemade Wedding Table Numbers

After all that work making sure your guests know which table they’re sitting at, you should probably make sure to clearly number each table, right? Your table numbers don’t have to simply be practical – you can make them part of the table’s centrepiece. 

Select a base for your table numbers, such as wooden blocks, picture frames, or wine bottles. You may also opt for a classic table number holder to hold the cards, using other elements to dress it up. If you do choose a card, think about the type of paper you’ll use, and how you’ll write the table number on it. 

If you choose to write the table numbers directly onto an object, like a mirror or frame, you could use chalk pens, paint pens, or even acrylics with a brush. 

Ways to style your DIY wedding table numbers include:

  • Intricate picture frames with the backs taken out or with a design behind the glass
  • Carved wood table numbers
  • Table numbers painted onto candles or plant pots
  • Incorporate elements personal to you
  • Handwrite the numbers as words – table one instead of 1
  • Display the table numbers on mini easels
  • Make the table numbers out of clay, or create a clay slab with the number carved into it

Once complete, display the DIY table numbers prominently on each reception table, ensuring they are easily visible to guests.

DIY Wedding Centrepieces

Cheap Wedding Centrepieces
DIY Wedding Centrepieces

Creating DIY wedding centrepieces allows you to showcase your creativity and personalise your reception decor to match your wedding theme to a T. Combine entirely handmade elements with small shop-bought features to minimise your workload whilst still saving money.

All good centrepieces start with a focal point. You may choose a unique object that reflects your style as a couple or the overall theme of your wedding – something like paper cranes, vintage books, personal photographs, or records. You may also choose simple bouquets or garlands of flowers or plants, candles, fairy lights or other ornaments.

Floral centrepieces are a beautiful, traditional choice: to build one yourself, gather an assortment of flowers in your chosen colour scheme and arrange them in vases, jars, or containers of varying shapes and sizes. Consider incorporating non-floral elements such as branches, greenery, or succulents for a more modern or rustic look. 

Create a base for your centrepiece that further enhances its aesthetic, such as table runners or wooden or slate mats. This helps to give your centrepiece more dimension, especially if you choose something with an interesting texture, such as a chiffon table runner. 

Other DIY wedding centrepiece ideas include:

  • Painted wine bottles with flowers
  • Jars filled with sliced fruit, such as oranges, lemons and limes
  • Plant pots wrapped in burlap and twine
  • Handmade terrariums with succulents and pebbles
  • Bouquets or garlands of dried flowers, herbs, foliage and other plants
  • Vases with twigs and branches
  • Painted glasses and glass vases
  • Tissue paper flower arrangements

DIY Wedding Menus

Low Budget Wedding Menu

Whilst your guests will have given you their meal choices months before your wedding, it’s still a good idea to display the menu to remind them of what’s coming their way. There are a few ways in which you may decide to display your menu; either with one large display at the entrance, a smaller menu for each table, one menu for each individual, or a mix.

Unless you’re having a very intimate wedding, chances are your guests will be enjoying different meals based on their preferences or requirements, so make sure you account for this when creating the menus.

If you decide to include a large menu display with all the options, you can handwrite the menu with a chalk or paint pen on a mirror, chalkboard, wooden board or something similar. Individual menus can also be handwritten onto a type of card of your choice, but you may choose to get these printed to make sure there are no mistakes.

Menus are often best displayed with a simple, clear design, but you can also embellish them with dried flowers, gold foil, or ribbons if you choose. Once complete, display the DIY wedding menus on each guest’s place setting or in a designated area at the reception venue. 

Planning a DIY wedding on a budget is not only feasible but can also be a deeply fulfilling endeavour. Throughout this guide, we’ve explored a plethora of creative ideas that not only help you save money but also infuse your wedding with personalised touches and unique charm. From crafting your own invitations to designing stunning centrepieces, every aspect of your special day can be tailored to reflect your individuality and style.

By embracing the DIY approach, you have the opportunity to create a wedding that is truly one-of-a-kind, filled with handmade details that speak to your love story. Whether it’s handwritten invitations adorned with pressed flowers, seating charts decorated with garlands, or elegant table numbers crafted from vintage frames, each element adds a personal touch that resonates with you and your partner.

Find Out More About a Wedding Venue Near Gatwick Airport

To find out more about our stunning Sussex wedding venue visit our weddings page and download our Venue Hire Charge brochure. Alternatively, our in-house wedding coordinator is always on hand to answer any questions and provide you with anything you may need.

Our wedding co-ordinator can be contacted on 01934 732444 or by emailing events@maplemanorhotel.co.uk.

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