I have lost count of the amount of times I have written and rewritten this post but never actually published it. I’ve had a real rocky road when it comes to mental health and this was especially prevalent when I was planning our wedding. This past week has seen lots of people taking to social media to talk about mental health and break the taboo that surrounds public admissions of mental illness in honour to World Mental Health Day. It is this taboo that has prevented me publishing this post for too long and finally I have found the confidence to share my experience.
Category: Real Life Weddings
As Julia Childs once said, ‘A party without cake is just a meeting’ so what’s a wedding without a wedding cake?! When you start thinking about your wedding cake and contact suppliers for quotes the most common reaction is ‘How much?! For a cake?!’ If you don’t have a single baking bone in your body or have your heart set on the a certain designer then a price of £500+ can be justified but for the budget savvy bride, a DIY wedding cake can save you mega bucks if you’re willing to put in the time. There are lots of options for a DIY wedding cake ranging from buying budget cakes from COSTCO and glamming them up to making your entire cake from the hand carved topper to the red velvet bottom layer. What’s important is to go with the option that best suits your ability and time frame. Here I have shared some of my top tips I have learnt first hand from DIYing wedding cakes.
If there is one thing the majority of wedding bloggers can agree on it’s a professional wedding photographer is worth their weight in gold. Wedding photographers might be expensive but, in my experience, you get what you pay for. Of course you have to consider budget, we’re not made of money, and sometimes just because a photographer is expensive doesn’t necessarily mean they are any good. However, to get the level of experience and expertise needed to take photos you will cherish forever you are looking at £1000 plus. For a lot of couples this is at least 10% of their wedding budget, if not more, so it can be tempting to DIY your photos instead. Here’s my 2 cents on why I think a professional is worth the investment.
From the moment I got engaged I always knew I wanted a DIY wedding. For me it, a DIY wedding meant we could create a wedding completely personal to us. Doing it DIY though is no easy feat. There is so much I learnt along the way and some things I wish someone had told me when I started. Having said that, I’m so stubborn that I doubt I would have listened! But anyway, here goes…
Paper is by far one of the cheapest materials you can use to create decorations for your wedding. I saw so many circle garlands on Pinterest and immediately fell in love with them but refused to pay an average of £3 a meter. The process could not be simpler and is adaptable to any design you like. For our wedding we made about 3km of these bad boys and it was so easy even my husband could do it. The only tricky bit is preventing the garlands from tangling when storing them – I have never been more frustrated than when trying to untangle 5m of garland!
So let’s get to it….
Consider this my DIY resume. I wanted to show you what qualifies me as a “DIY Bride” by sharing some of the details we DIYed for our wedding. There was no way I could possibly fit everything into one post so here’s the highlights. I will be posting tutorials for some of these very soon but if anyone has any questions feel free to ask!
Search wedding on any search engine and I guarantee you sooner or later you will see chalkboard signs! With their adaptability, nostalgic aesthetic and beautiful simplicity it’s not hard to understand why they are so popular in weddings at the moment. Signs are a great way of letting guests know what’s going on without barraging them with information in your invites. We used chalkboard signs at our wedding to let guests know about our unplugged ceremony, where to sit, how our bar worked, instructions for garden games and some just for decoration.
Paper circle fans, or pinwheels as they are sometimes called, are massively popular in weddings at the moment. En mass they are a great way of filling a space with colour for not much money. On average you can buy these fans for £1-£2 each but you can make them for much less! I made about 60 paper pinwheels and it didn’t cost more than £10 for the lot. They’re super easy to make (and quite addictive too!) – you can even make them while watching TV which is a win for me.