Tips for Making Your Own DIY Wedding Projects

DIY-Wedding-Ceremony-Chair-Reserved-Signs_0012-300x300Making your own wedding projects can be a great way of adding your own personality into your wedding and some say it also cut’s costs. This is true, but for the inexperienced crafter something’s are harder than they appear and take more time to make them then a crafty person. As a crafty person a would like to share with you some of my top tips when you endeavor to start making your own wedding projects so you know what to think about before you start racing out to the shops buying all those materials. It is great when you make something yourself you get that sense of pride and satisfaction but if you are not crafty trust me pay a professional and do something else that you a better suited to.

Here’s my DIY Wedding Tips:


Make sure you have a time line of what projects you want done and the date they need to be accomplished by and stick to it.

Time to devote:

How much time are you willing to devote to making wedding projects. If you are not the crafty type then limit the amount of projects you are going to make. Its all great thinking I’m going to make this and that but you don’t want to be on the eve of your wedding sitting up making things for your wedding day when you should be getting some rest.

The test run of a project:

Before you even make your final decision on making something for your wedding and run out and buy all the materials try a test run making session and see how much time it takes to make one project and then times this by how many more ever you need. This is especially important if you have never made this project before, the seasoned crafter will probably make this in half the time compared to someone that is not that crafty.

This is particularly important when making wedding stationery. Wedding stationery can be tricky, cuts need to be straight, wording needs to be spelled correctly etc, etc.


Know what you need before you go to the shops. Make sure that you have sat down and written exactly how many of each item you need. If you have a photo of the project take it with you just in case the shop assistant can tell you of something you have missed. Also if you’re wanting something out of the ordinary for centerpieces like different bottles to use as vases you will need to scour through many different second hand shops to find these items make sure you give yourself ample amount of time to drive around the countryside looking for these items.

Costs of items:

If you are wanting to do everything on the cheap remember the saying you pay for what you get. So expect things not to be as great quality. You can get really cheap vases at chain stores but remember the quality in the glass is very thin, this is why I say buy more than you need they chip so easily and guaranteed its around the lip of the vase where everyone will see. If you can afford to buy the better quality try to it looks better, feels better and presents better.

Ask for advice:

If you are buying your supplies from a specialty store. No matter how good you are at craft just quickly run it by the shop assistant and explain to them how you anticipate making this project. You never know they may be able to offer you some advice on how to make it better, quicker or even see something that could arise as a problem.

Buy more than you need and make more than you need:

Contrary to the top where I have said buy exactly what you need, always buy a few extra bits to allow for mistakes and breakage. What happens if you cut wrong and have no more paper it means another trip to that shop for more material and also what happens if they have run out of stock and can’t get anymore of that paper? Breakage what happens if you break a vase that you were going to make your table centerpieces with always have an extra to replace.

Transporting your items:

How will you get your items to their destination especially vase style wedding centerpieces you can’t just stack in the car these will need to go in a box with cardboard or towel to separate each vase so they don’t move around and break another vase. Take consideration on how you are going to transport your wedding items to your wedding venue and the size of the car to get these all in. Also make sure you have a helper, more hands make less work.


Where are you going to store all of these extra items while making them and where will you store them after the wedding. We are all criminal of starting it on the kitchen table and then leaving it there for months pushing it from one side of the table to the other side. Make sure you have a room to make your projects away from everyone, if you don’t have this then at least a shelf or a good storage box with a lid. Once the items are made where will they go in the spare room on the bed, think again we have guests coming means they have to be moved. Find a space in the house where they can be stored for the next 6 months without getting in everyone’s way and being tossed from one section of the house to the other.

Wedding is over what will you be doing with those twelve vases, one hundred tea light holders extra, well I am about to save you with some suggestions.

1. Sell them on a wedding forum.

2. Keep them for special occasions and if you’re having a summer barbecue spread them around the garden and light them up they will look fantastic.

3. You want to keep them store them properly where they wont be in the way. Conceal them properly so the dust doesn’t coat them and spiders don’t make new homes out of them.

I personally have a craft storage cupboard which I re-hash the bits and pieces in there for other occasions.

Have a system in place for constructing:

When the day comes to make your wedding projects make sure you put all the materials you need to make the project together ready and waiting in one bag.

E.g. making wedding invitations get all the paper, ribbon cut to size etc, get your self a pack of plastic lunch bags you can buy at the supermarket and place all the base materials in the bag and seal. Why – nothing worse finishing one project and then starting the next project having to look for the three different types of paper, mum have you seen the envelope box, Susie can you pass the parched paper. By doing all the prep work first it will eliminate all the mess. If you don’t finish the project on the day you started doesn’t matter. Each day you can go to your project box and pull out one bag to complete the project.

Relying on others to make your wedding related items:

It is great to have Aunty make the cake and your sister to do the bouquets, when you rely on other people to do something for you is it going to be at the standard you want. Make sure you get an example first don’t just go off peoples word that they will do something how you want it done. Also remember you are relying on them to do this if they don’t who will pick up and finish a week out of the wedding. This is were I have to say paying professionals has its advantage’s. When you pay a pro its their responsibility to research, make, deliver and take away. When you make or your delegate a person its your’s and theres.

Finally have fun, invite a few friends get some snacks and drinks and have a making session. This is a great way for family and friends to feel as though they have made a contribution to your wedding day and something that you and they will remember forever.

Tips for Choosing a Qualified Wedding Consultant

Many women choose to alleviate some of the wedding planning stress by hiring a wedding consultant. If you are thinking about hiring a wedding consultant, no doubt you want to make sure that you hire someone that is qualified in this field. It can be a bit difficult to know what to look for in a wedding consultant, so below are six tips that will help you pick out a qualified wedding consultant that will make your wedding go smoothly.

Tip #1 – Check for a Business License – One thing that you need to do when you are picking a wedding consultant is to be sure that they have a business license or a DBA registration. You do not want to just pick out anyone to do this for your wedding, so be sure that they are truly in the consulting business before you give them any money. If they have no business license, you may want to consider looking elsewhere.

Tip #2 – Check Referrals – Make sure that you get referrals from the prospective wedding consultant and check them. You may also want to ask your friends and family members if they are familiar with the services that this consultant provides. If the consultant cannot produce any referrals for you to look at, then this may be a clue you do not want them helping you with your wedding.

Tip #3 – Is the Consultant Organized? – Organization is a key factor when you are trying to find a qualified wedding consultant. The consultant is going to be in charge of organizing one of the most important days of your life, so you want to be sure that they are actually organized. If they seem scattered and disorganized, choose another consultant.

Tip #4 – Consider the Prices – No doubt you will want to take a look at prices before you make your final decision. After getting a price quote, you may also want to check around with other consultants to see if their rates are similar.

Tip #5 – What is Covered in the Fees? – Before you take a deal because the price seems lower, you may want to check and see what the fees actually cover. Are the fees all inclusive, or are you going to have to pay more later for other services. Some deals may look great at first, until you find what else you will be paying for as well.

Tip #6 – Personality – One of the most important things you need to remember when picking out a consultant is their personality. You are going to be working quite closely with this person, and you need to be sure that your personalities mesh. If they seem overbearing, or you just feel uncomfortable, then you need to make another choice.

Having the right wedding consultant can make your big day much easier and less stressful. On the other hand, a bad consultant can make everything a disaster. Use these tips to help you make the right choice so you can enjoy your wedding day with peace of mind.

Tips For Choosing Wedding Favors

Wedding favors are small, but lovely wedding gifts that the wedding couple leaves for each guest at the wedding reception. These trinkets are usually set at each place setting and may be incorporated into the place setting as the name holder.

When deciding on what type of wedding favor it is important to remember these 7 tips.

Tip #1 – Know your budget. If you will be inviting 100 guests to your sit down dinner reception and you only want to spend $100 on wedding favors you know that you need to look for wedding favors costing about $1 apiece. While most favors tend to run in the $3-$5 range each, don’t be discouraged. One dollar per wedding favor can be done! There are tons of ideas out there. Purchase small gift bags that have been decorated and personalized as a place card. (You or a friend can do these by hand.) Then, large containers of items – beautiful pebbles, shells, candies or potpourri can be used as centerpieces for the guests to take home a memento of your wedding day.

Tip #2 – Use the wedding favors as a way to represent your wedding theme or colors. Small snowflake picture frames, ornaments, or coasters would be an elegant way to enhance a winter wedding.

Tip #3 – Whenever possible, incorporate the wedding favor as a cardholder for the place setting. If you have chosen assigned seating for your reception save yourself the time and expense of purchasing and arranging dozens of place cards and wedding favors. There are many wonderful favors that will serve double duty.

Tip #4 – Think outside of the box. A wedding favor is a gift, but there is no rule that says it has to be in a box all wrapped up and topped with a ribbon and a bow. You can save so much time, energy and worry. (Your worry, but mostly your bridesmaids time and energy, as they would probably be assigned the daunting task of wrapping those hundreds of gifts!)

Tip #5 – Be aware of the current trends and fashions. Wrapping candies in a circle of netting material and tying it with a personalized ribbon with your names and wedding date on them is so 1990s. There is no reason to despair even if you are completely lost for ideas. There are so many resources. You can search the Internet for ideas, join an online community of other people who are planning weddings and share ideas, or thumb through wedding magazines. If you can’t afford to buy them, go to your local library and browse through the current and past issues for ideas.

Tip #6 – Use the newest technology to really make an impression on your guests. You have probably been to a wedding where disposable 35mm cameras are left on the table for guests to use, but are you aware that they make disposable camcorders now? Each guest could record their wedding wishes to you and take about 20 minutes of footage. The cameras are returned to the store where you purchased them and a DVD is made of each camera’s contents.

Tip #7 – Enjoy the entire experience. If the idea of finding wedding favors puts you over the edge then you are taking on more than you can handle. The secret to staying sane while planning a wedding is to enjoy every stage – even the difficult ones. Planning and pulling off a large ceremony and party does take quite a bit of organization and a huge sense of humor. If you are acting as your own wedding planner try to make each decision and task as joyful and fun as possible. Yes, there will be stumbling blocks, but there is also a lot of festivity and amusement that goes along with planning a wedding. So, savor every moment.

Tips For Planning A Wedding Budget

Let’s face it, some of us are born budget geniuses that could plan a wedding without raising a sweat. Some of us struggle to spell budget let alone make one. Most of us are somewhere in-between, and these wedding tips are for those of you in the last two categories.

Whether you are getting married in one of the beautiful wedding venues in Auckland New Zealand, or somewhere else equally charming, you need a budget for your wedding.

For many this will be the biggest event they ever plan and also the most expensive. Without a wedding budget, a couple can begin their life together in more debt than they can handle.

Top 3 Wedding Budget Tips

Here are 3 hot tips when preparing your wedding budget

1) Decide what is most important to the both of you and make an ordered list. Food, venue, cake, invitations, alcohol, photography – it all costs money and you need to know what you cannot skimp on and what does not need to be fancy.

Note that with the recent global financial crisis and the new tax system in place in NZ, the cost of goods and services in NZ has increased quite a lot in the past year. If you have not reviewed prices in Auckland for some time and you are planning to get married there, I suggest checking with suppliers to make sure you are still within your budget.

2) You need to have two numbers in mind. The budgeted amount of money you are planning to spend and the “no-go” number which you will under no circumstances spend more than. Having these two numbers will help keep you focused in your spending.

As per the above, you will get less for your money in Auckland in 2010 than you would have in previous years. Be aware of this when setting your budget limits if you are getting married in Auckland.

3) Get married in the off-season. It’s kind of a no brainer but seriously, some people are way too attached to the idea of a summer or spring wedding. I got married in winter and it was great – nobody got too hot and everyone had sufficient attire to stay warm. Of course it helps if you are getting married in a place that has a moderate climate like the wedding venues in Auckland, New Zealand.

In closing

Newly wed’s want to look forward to a lifetime of love, opportunity, optimism and fulfillment. These concepts are a lot harder to focus on when the first few critical years are spent paying off an overly expensive wedding (along with all the interest). So be sure to use the above wedding budget tips and move confidently towards the happy ever after.