We all know wedding planning can be expensive, especially when you add up catering costs, the price of your wedding dress and corkage fees, so it’ll be music to your ears that there are lots of special touches you can add that won’t use your budget at all.
From making hand made
confetti to finding a use for unloved flip flops, here are some amazing touches you can add to your wedding day without touching your budget.
Check out our article on
clever ways to save money on your wedding to make your savings go even further.
And speaking of finishing touches, don’t forget
to start your wedding gift list!
If you’re having a winter wedding, place a basket of blankets in any outdoor areas; your guests will be grateful for a warm blanket to snuggle under. Round up all you have from yours and your parents’ houses, and pop them in a basket – it’s as easy as that.
No wedding is complete without confetti, but it needn’t cost the earth – making it is super easy. Settle down in front of the TV one evening with a stack of old newspapers or books, and cut out your own confetti. If you’ve got a stamper cutter, it will save you lots of time, if not, scissors work just as well. You’ll have your own confetti in no time, and not a penny will have been spent! This is one of the wedding crafts you can ask your guests to help with
Everyone has glitter lurking at the back of a cupboard somewhere, and now is the perfect time to finally make use of it. Glasses covered with glue and sprinkled with glitter take on a whole new lease of life as glitzy candleholders – you could even use glittery nail varnish. READ MORE 23 chic and subtle glitter wedding ideas
Classic family photographs can both entertain your guests and muster up a few tears. Dig out your favourites and display them creatively – we love this idea where a selection of photos have been tied around a tree. Photos of family and friends also work really well as personalised place settings when used instead of name cards. READ MORE 33 unique name card ideas for your wedding
Just when you thought the mini members of your bridal party couldn’t get any more adorable… pageboys and flowergirls carrying hand-drawn signs will definitely warm your guests’ hearts.
Planning a festival-style celebration or a garden party-esque do? Then take note of this genius spray paint version of Twister. Finally an end to the annoying scrunching of the mat! READ MORE The best summer wedding lawn games
No wedding car is complete without rattling cans trailing behind it, and we love these homemade ones. Collect old paint tins and baked bean cans, cover with whatever paper you have to hand, and scribble on cute messages.
Don’t let uncomfortable shoes keep your guests from throwing some serious shapes on the dance floor. Round up flip flops and spa slippers you’ve collected over the years, place them by the DJ, and wait for your guests to start thanking you. Things like this are a great way make your wedding extra special for guests
Photo booths are always guaranteed to go down a storm, but there’s no need to fork out for a professional one. Hand-make some props, and ask your guests to upload their snaps to Instagram using a special hashtag.
Start collecting jam jars now – they’ll be your best friend when it comes to decorating your wedding venue. Tie with ribbons or fabric ends, then pop in wild flowers from your own garden.
Cult board game Guess Who just got a whole lot cooler. Cover up the faces with funny snaps of your wedding guests, and wait for the moment when someone tries to describe your groom aged 15.
Everyone knows someone with a wheelbarrow, but we bet you never thought it would make a big day appearance. Fill it with wine, beer and ice at an al fresco summer reception.
If your budget doesn’t stretch to a florist, head to your (or your parents’ or friends’) garden for all the flowers you’ll need for DIY table toppers. Read our article on how many flowers you’ll need for your wedding to know how many to pick!
Reusing things you already use to decorate your own home is not only a brilliant way to add a personal touch, but can seriously cut your budget, too. Those lanterns that sit on your windowsill are perfect for lighting the path to your reception venue.
Unleash your competitive side – Old-school sports day games will keep your guests busy all afternoon – perfect for filling the tricky gap between the ceremony and reception. Sack races, egg and spoon races, and even an obstacle course all cost next to nothing.
If you’d rate your craft skills as ‘advanced’, this DIY gold leaf place name is one for you. Start by collecting leaves, cover the backs with gold leaf, peel it off when dry and ta da! You have a place name that no-one would guess you made yourself.
There’s something very classic about handwritten notices on a blackboard; especially fun ones like this. Rope in the blackboard you use to write your shopping list – easy peasy.
This is a great guestbook alternative – head down to the beach, pick up some pebbles, and ask your friends and family to sign messages on them. When you’re back from your honeymoon, display them at home in a glass jar. READ MORE 13 of the best unusual wedding guestbook ideas