9 Things You Need to Know to Plan a Simple but Gorgeous DIY Wedding

January 20, 2022

Planning a wedding can be really stressful and overwhelming with the seating arrangements, guest lists, booking vendors and venues, as well as buying a wedding dress and squeezing in deadlines, it seems like the to-do list never ends. I see more and more that couples are choosing to go the DIY route instead of dealing with all the stress wedding planning comes with. And why not? Especially if you are a sewist, crafter, or maker of any and all things you can make the best of it and save money while doing so! 

Don’t get me wrong DIY isn’t just for anybody and it isn’t an easy thing to do but if you are up for the task and are a crafty person then this might be for you! I’ve written this blog on 9 things you need to know to plan a simple but gorgeous DIY wedding to help guide you through this fun process while keeping it simple. 

  1. Mood Boards 

First thing you should do before anything else is create a wedding mood board! Mood boards are one of my favorite things to do. I do it all the time for personal use and client shoots. Mood boards help you envision the day that you want, give you fresh new ideas and describe your vision to your wedding team! 

​​Pinterest is the perfect place to create mood boards, especially for DIY. Pinterest is a huge platform for inspiration and will get your creative juices flowing. Maybe a gorgeous wooden arch has caught your eye and you’re curious about how to make it, Pinterest is there to help. By having pictures to refer to, things become a lot easier. 

Photo of bride and groom at the beaach
  1. Reuse and recycle!

Have you ever hosted a party and noticed they are piles and piles of leftover decorations or plastic wear that was never used? Well, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle! Think about how these can be used for your wedding or elopement. This helps both you and your wallet as well as our beautiful planet! 

Not only that, but you can find so many unique and beautiful items at thrift stores, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, OfferUp, and more! It’s such a great and easy way to be more sustainable as well as budget-friendly. Check out my blog on How to have a sustainable wedding!

  1. Do things that you are good at! 

Don’t try to DIY everything. Play at your strengths. You don’t want to try to DIY every single thing for your wedding, it can get overwhelming that way. Instead, have money well spent on a wedding vendor who knows what they are doing and continue doing the things that you are good at. This is your wedding and you want it to be as stress-free as possible! 

Make sure to focus on your strengths as Stephanie did for her wedding. She made her wedding dress with the help of her friend and it was all DIY! Whether you are good at sewing, baking, floral design, or carpentry, do what you enjoy and are good at. 

Photo of bride in her lace DIY elopement dress
  1. Skip Save the Dates

Save the date cards are basically pre-invitation cards that announce your wedding date. They can be time-consuming and costly. This will also require design, print, and mailing all these cards and it can be tiring if you are inviting a lot of people to your wedding. So why not just skip them and do other things that are more important to you on your wedding day!? You can now focus your extra time and energy on your wedding invitations. Also by skipping out on Save The Dates, not only do you save money and time you also save paper! Another way to add sustainability to your wedding! 

If you really want to have save-the-date invitations for your wedding, you can also consider sending them digitally this saves time and paper also! 

Photo of bride and groom after their beach elopement ceremony
  1. DIY Wedding Signs

Wedding signs at your wedding are super beneficial since they guide your guests to parking/seating, as well as provide your guests with your ceremony schedule. Plus if you are making it yourself it adds personality to your wedding! DIY Wedding signs are actually not as hard to make as you think. You can make them from wood, glass, chalkboard, and much more. 

If you decide to use wood, which many of my clients do. All you need is a piece of wood and paint to create something simple but beautiful! Just keep in mind the type of vibe you are going for. If you don’t like your handwriting and think it won’t turn out the way you want it to, think about buying some stencils or decals instead. Also, think about the color palette that your wedding is following, signage is a great way to add in your color palette and it provides that extra bit of personality. 

Photo of bride and groom at the beaach
  1. DIY Wedding Centerpieces

In my opinion, centerpieces are one of the most challenging parts of the wedding to make because there are so many of them and if you aren’t a florist, you may find yourself getting overwhelmed by all of the different options and techniques. But keep in mind that this is your wedding and you can do whatever you want! 

Wedding centerpieces don’t have to be floral arrangements; they can be something that both you and your partner love such as books, thrifted glassware that you thought was quirky, or lamps and/or lanterns. It really doesn’t matter as long as you love it and it brings you joy! 

  1. DIY Wedding Flowers

As mentioned before, creating floral arrangements can be very tricky but if you’ve got the florist eye and talent as well as creativity then creating floral arrangements won’t be as hard for you as it could be for others! 

Here’s just a couple of tips to keep in mind when creating floral arrangements;

  • Consider the season. Florists know flowers inside and out. They know which ones are good for what season and which ones are in bloom. So think about what flowers are in bloom during the month you are getting married because if the certain flowers you want aren’t in bloom you may have to get them delivered. 
  • Don’t overdo it! Keep things simple. Remember that your wedding may need dozens of centerpieces or bouquets which can be very time-consuming and overwhelming so instead keep it simple and think about just sticking with a couple of flowers to make it easier on you. 
Photo of bride and grooms ceremony location on the beach
  1. DIY Wedding backdrop & DIY Wedding Arches

Backdrops and Arches are the focal points of your wedding day. So you’ll want this to be something you will love forever. Luckily backdrops are pretty easy to do yourself! A few of my favorite DIY wedding backdrops and DIY wedding Arches are: 

  • Sheer curtain panels
  • Drapery
  • Floral grid
  • Wooden Arch 
  • Pipe Arch
  • Curtain String Lights 
  • Hoops
  • Tapestry
  • Macrame 
  1. DIY Wedding Favors 

DIY Wedding favors are by far the easiest thing to do yourself for your wedding. As I see it,  it can be pointless to buy wedding favors for your guests for them to be forgotten or never used. Instead make it yourself, by doing this it becomes sentimental which may encourage your friends and family to take them home. Here are a few DIY wedding favors ideas: 

  • Succulents
  • Baked goodies
  • Homemade candles 
  • Thank you notes
  • Hot chocolate kits
  • Seeds to grow your own flowers 
Photo of bride and groom holding their Pomeranian puppy

DIY Weddings can be really fun as long as you keep things simple. Simple is still gorgeous! Just make sure to stay true to who you are as a couple and do what you want. Whether that’s going with a boho vibe and using a tapestry as your backdrop or having your favorite couples book as your wedding centerpiece. There are an infinite number of possibilities when it comes to DIYing. I hope this blog has helped you get inspired to start on your DIY wedding! If you’re looking for a photographer with a love for custom details to capture your wedding, get in touch with me ​​here!

Photo of bride and groom at the beach
Photo of bride walking on beach rocks during sunset