Now that DIY is such a big part of every girl’s life, let me tell you, DIYing will or should become an even bigger part when you’re engaged! Why? Because it’ll save you the LOADS of money. Promise!
If you’re a follower of my other Wedding Wednesday posts, you’d know that Kai and I are paying for our wedding ourselves. Therefore, I’m constantly finding ways to save money. (i.e., scrounging up items I have, sticking pennies into a piggy bank, coupons galore, etc.) And of course, saving money comes hand in hand with doing things yourself!
One way brides have cut wedding costs is when it comes to their bouquets. A lot of brides will order the flowers for themselves and then have their bridal party/family put the bouquets together prior to the wedding. I actually did this for both my best friend and my sister’s wedding. And while I’m very happy to do that, I’d rather NOT. For my sister’s wedding, we were highly stressed and literally worked on the bouquets the entire day before the wedding. Not fun!
My Sister’s Bouquet // PC: Raini Kirra Photography
When receiving pricing quotes and rates from florists on Kaua‘i, I asked for the price of a toss bouquet and they priced it at $40! IS THAT NUTS OR WHAT?! Maybe not for those of you who don’t have a limit, but for me… $40 is tons for a bouquet. Especially considering I have eight bridesmaids PLUS reception decor, etc.
While trolling Pinterest (like I always do), I came upon these crazy, ridiculous, adorable, gigantic, crepe paper flowers that a bride DIYed for her wedding! I fell in love INSTANTLY! And knew that’s what I wanted to do for my wedding. Although I haven’t tallied the final cost of our bouquets (since I’ve yet to get all of the supplies), I can tell you that the cost for our eight paper flowers will be 1/3rd of the cost of getting bouquets made through a florist!
While this is the biggest DIY project I will be undertaking, let me tell you, there are definitely a lot more in store for me. :) Another super time consuming one, but one that’s easy to do mindlessly and while watching TV is creating kraft paper confetti for wedding decor.
If you’re familiar with my previous Wedding Wednesday post about my DIY Will You Be My Bridesmaids Cards (click here to read), then you’ll see the kraft paper confetti I make mention of. I already had the kraft paper from Christmas ($7 at WalMart) and I bought the hole puncher for $6. Essentially, I’ll be able to make an unlimited supply of kraft paper confetti for cheap! :)
After all that’s said I think my Wedding Wednesday advice is pretty clear. :) DIY to save money brides!