Unfortunately for most people on average incomes, those weddings are a little too costly – and so we turn to creating some of the wedding favors to hand-made crafts.
Once you’ve decided to make your own wedding decorations and favors, you can make a night of it, with the girls or even with the entire wedding party. Get together around the dining table with all the items you’ll need and start crafting together. You’ll have ample time to talk about wedding day details and likely grow closer to each other as a result.
Here are a few ideas to get your creativity started in ways to add sparkle to the big day.
Wedding day favors are particularly appropriate wedding crafts. Refrigerator magnets of your special day are always loved by the attendees and are super simple to make. You can even make them where your couple photo is removable and the ‘frame’ can be used for other loved ones by the guests. Create your frames (of cardboard, foam sheets, cardstock, and decorations), then place sticky sided magnetic tape on the back of the frame. You can decorate the front with foil stickers, glitter pens, scrapbook embellishments, dangles and anything else your heart desires (just don’t make macaroni art).
Here is another way you can save money by crafting for the wedding…decorative pew ends. These are usually flower sprays, bows, ribbons, or any item that matches your theme. Wide satin ribbons tie beautifully around silk flowers as do velvet ribbons with thin strips of raffia or lace tied directly into the bow. Silk flowers and beads (or any other item) are easily affixed with a hot glue gun and will last long after the wedding is over.
Don’t forget your tables at the reception. You can save a pile of cash by picking up inexpensive votives and candles at a discount store, then decorating them as well as creating your own place cards right out of your home printer. Most printers are now capable of many lettering styles, colors, and printing directly onto card stock. Card stock is available in a wide range of colors, finishes and treatments.
I’m sure there are a few hundred other ways to save money by hand crafting your own wedding decorations and favors. At our wedding we had thin white birch trees ‘planted’ around the hall, simply decorated with clear Christmas light strands. Over the preacher was a make-shift arbor, also of birch, with twinkling lights. It was simple, elegant, and non-distracting.
Plan your hand made wedding crafts early and remember to solicit help from friends and attendees. Almost everyone is thrilled to help be a part of your special day. At any rate, this a way to have a personal, beautiful, economical, and unique wedding.