This month, I spoke to a talented pal and an all round handy gal to know, Hollie Freeland, from Daisy Says I do Wedding Styling. We had just collaborated on an awesome project together and I was intrigued to find out if the DIY minded bride could create these effects herself!
Choosing the décor and style of your wedding can be a difficult decision, especially in a DIY venue. It’s very easy to feel overwhelmed by beautiful blogs, magazines and Pinterest boards! Whilst it’s great to get ideas and see what others have created, it’s more important to consider what you want the tone of your wedding to be and how you can reflect all of the differing personalities. Of course, your budget will affect a lot of the decisions that you make but there is still a lot that you can do when rearranging to make savings without sacrificing on style.
Planning ahead affords you the time to source items at a much lower cost – whatever the style that you are trying to achieve. Prioritising your spending is paramount. Consider your venue and which of its areas are going to be the key backdrops: behind your cake, top table or the dance floor. Try to focus on creating an impact in those areas rather than attempting to decorate the whole room.
Creating DIY décor does reduce the cost significantly – but only when you shop around for the raw materials. Tissue paper may look cheap at first but to create an impact with your DIY pom-poms you will need a lot of it and, believe me, it can soon add up.
Ask around to see if the candelabra that you like can be bought at wholesale prices. Don’t be afraid to ask for discounts and also keep an eye on online bridal groups. Sometimes, people are selling on their wedding items – however, only buy the things that you really need as it’s so easy to purchase purely for the price instead of collecting together those items that will have the most impact.
Before buying all your wedding items yourself, it is often worth asking wedding stylists for a quote as well. It may not cost as much as you think and they often have an abundance of different styled items and also large quantities available to hire. With a stylist on hand, they will also be able to advise you on how to create a cohesive theme and effectively incorporate your DIY projects into it. Wedding stylists and venue decorators often provide different levels of service – so whether you love creating your own items or find DIY décor frightening, you can work the available advice and service round to receive the level of help and education that is required. Everything from full venue styling to just having help dressing your venue on the morning of the wedding, with all the items you’ve lovingly made, can be easily gained with a little forethought and planning.
If you have decided to completely go for it and fully create your vision with a little help from friends and family, then there a few tips that will allow this accommodation more easily. Try not to buy items one at a time – if you have 10 tables and a very large room, then one item won’t have much impact and you will be gambling on finding similar items to suit. The same principle applies to your DIY items – make more than you think you will need; your boxes of decorations might look like a lot in your hallway but it can be very disheartening to get to the venue and see that your paper flowers look tiny inside that vast, cavernous space. Buy a couple of cans of good quality spray paints in several different shades of your chosen colour scheme. There are lots of items that will look just perfect when sprayed with your theme colour – but don’t get carried away! Focus on your three key backdrops and create high impact, large-scale ideas in those areas and consider how you can use those same areas well. Can the speeches take place in front of one? Could your Guestbook be better off in another?
By simply carrying out these afore-mentioned tips and pointers, your hard work will be amply rewarded and afford you those stunning backdrops to your all-important photos.
Flowers by Charlotte Elizabeth Bespoke Floristry
Jewellery designed and supplied by Sarie Joynes Bespoke Jewellery
Cakes by The Cheltenham Cakery and Cakes by Kit
Models: Missy Malone and Kristi Flower
Venue: Priors Tithe Barn, Glos