These 10 wedding DIY ideas will save you cold, hard cash

Turns out weddings don't have to leave you bankrupt.

Ah, the sweet, sweet world of DIY.

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of using your own two hands to make something spectacular. Not only do you have a new skill to break out and impress your friends, you also have a newfound attachment to that something special you made.

When it comes to weddings, we want every facet of that day to feel as special as possible. But forking over thousands of dollars for certain items just feels like a waste of money. I mean, this may be an important day, but it is only one day.

The world of DIY has so much to offer us in terms of frugal wedding ideas. Photobooths, centerpieces, lights, table numbers, music… the internet is vast and the list is endless.

We’ve rounded up 10 DIY wedding ideas that are inexpensive yet beautiful. Trust us; your wedding will thank you for it.

1. Rustic rose wedding centerpieces.


This centerpiece caught my eye for its simple design. By reusing old, clean bottles, three roses, twigs, and twine, you’ve created the perfect minimalist, rustic centerpiece. Incorporating different sized bottles over a long table would also add a lot to the rustic aesthetic. This DIY helps you save big on flowers, one of the most expensive features of any wedding.

2. Hilarious DIY wedding favors.

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Listen: this wedding favor is so real. If you’re having a smaller wedding with close friends and family, this gift is going to leave everyone in stitches. Of course, grandma might not take too kindly to it, but you’ll know whether or not this move will go over well. Advil, especially generic brands are inexpensive, and buying bulk bottled water won’t set you back. Print your own label and you’re ready to go!

4. Religious DIY wedding guestbook.

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For Christian couples, this wedding guestbook idea is an incredibly sentimental gesture to your guests. Imagine flipping through your bible and seeing people’s names next to certain verses. You’ll be reminded of that person, and even get a chance to understand them a little better. Buying a Bible, as well as pens and highlighters won’t set you back a jaw-dropping amount, and will leave your guests feeling valued for the rest of the day.

5. Romantic DIY wedding arch.

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This simple wedding arch adds a soft, romantic, backyard wedding feel. It’s a statement piece of most weddings, and the particular style of this one is both inexpensive and breathtaking. Wood for the arch can be salvaged from a variety of places around your community, and can even be found in some secondhand stores. The curtains won’t be expensive either, and two bouquets equal huge savings on fresh flowers. This kind of arch shows that you don’t need to spend big for elegance.

6. DIY henna stones for the mehndi ceremony.

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Henna from your local spice shop? Done. Stones from the craft or garden store? Done. That’s it. That’s all you need to add a fun, creative, and unexpected activity at your mehndi ceremony. While the bride is getting her mehndi, everyone can sit and chat while creating their own unique designs. I incorporated this idea into my mehndi ceremony and everyone loved it: WIN!

7. Fun DIY wedding photobooth.

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I’ve come across many different iterations of the photobooth on my DIY adventures, and it can be difficult to pin down which one is best. The truth is, it depends on what you want. Some weddings set up a camera on a tripod, others use Polaroid cameras, and some, like above, simply provide a station with selfie sticks, props, a cute backdrop, and a hashtag. Whatever you prefer for capturing these memories, and whatever is in your budget, the photobooth is an amazing idea that never fails on fun.

8. Pretty DIY wedding chair back.

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Tulle and lavender. That is literally all you need to create this pretty chair back for a laid back, beautiful wedding. Need I say more?

9. Elegant DIY wedding makeup.

Paying for a makeup artist can be ridiculously expensive, especially considering the trust you have to put in someone else to make you look and feel beautiful for your wedding day. Doing makeup yourself can be daunting, but there are so many YouTube videos out there to help you out. The videos will regularly include a list of the products used, as well as step by step directions on how to achieve the look. It’s so widespread that we even have a whole article on it. I’m doing my makeup for my wedding and trust me, it’s worth it!

10. Fun DIY wedding chalkboards.

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Wedding chalkboards are cropping up on everyone’s Instagram feeds because they are so ridiculously easy to do. Chalkboards and chalk can be found at dollar stores pretty much anywhere, and you can even get extra crafty with chalkboard paint or spray and a frame. These signs add a little bit of personality to any wedding and make for a fun atmosphere for your guests.

So there you have it, folks. DIY + weddings = beautiful aesthetics and fun-filled activities with a less exorbitant price tag! SOLD.