Instead of spending unnecessary amounts of money on decorations, guest books, and favours, get out the craft box and make them yourself. It will add several personal touches to your wedding, and you can make an afternoon of it by getting your wedding party to help you. Here are some ways you can save a few pennies and still keep your day special.

Paper bouquets

Fresh flowers won’t keep for long, but paper flowers seem so stiff and impersonal. The solution is to have something meaningful printed on the bouquet to make them special to you. If you don’t like the idea of ripping pages out of your favourite book, then type your favourite poems, paragraphs, or speeches and then print them out on coloured paper of your choice. Your bridesmaids can have their favourite passages printed on their bouquets, so they know which one belongs to them when the big day comes along.

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Wedding invitations

You’ve already had the great idea to create your own wedding invitations, but how exactly will you make them unique to you and your partner? You could print the lyrics to the song that will play on your first dance, or make it a short booklet detailing the story of your relationship. If your wedding has a specific theme, then continue it on your invitations. If your budget allows and you’re planning on delivering your invitations in person, then why not combine it with a box of chocolates?

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Photographs

You will want to remember your wedding for the rest of your life. Everyone has a camera on their phone these days, and they will all be posted on social media, so it seems like a bit of a waste to pay for a professional photographer. That said, you do want to have some official photographs of the day that you can print out and frame. You could hire a professional camera just for the day – or maybe a few days so you know how it works and so you have time to get the film developed after the wedding. All your guests can take turns posing for photos, maybe in a designated area or against a backdrop, and you will have wonderful memories of your friends and family having fun on your big day.

Decorations

No matter what your theme is, you can usually find a way to add a personal touch to your decorations. If you have a travel theme because you and your partner have gone abroad a lot, ask if people kept the postcards and souvenirs you sent them so they can be used as centerpieces. If your ceremony is taking place outdoors, use elements from the site to decorate the dining tables or the cake table. Ask any older relatives if they have any photographs from their weddings and use those to decorate your venue somehow. It will combine your family history with your partner’s and suggest how the two families are coming together.

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