Are you trying to decide whether or not to make your wedding decorations? Hopefully, I may be able to help you.

Last week, we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary. I’m really not sure where that time has gone as our wedding doesn’t feel like it was that long ago! I made all of our wedding decorations, invitations, and even the cake – and loved it. I loved having a big project to work on, keeping organised, and having a personalised wedding. 

With the end of lockdown in sight and many people planning their weddings, I thought now is a good time to post this blog. But, there are some things to keep in mind if you choose to do this.

Time

Now, if you’re reading this, you’re already a crafter, so that is step one ticked. You will know that anything handmade is not a quick option, so you need to be willing to commit the time to making and continue making, as with most wedding decorations, you need more than one. And often, you need to experiment to get it right. With many things going on in the build-up to a wedding, time can be a factor and add to your stress levels. If you think this will add to the stress, consider using the venue suppliers or buying your decorations. I personally found it gave me something to focus on and something I love doing, so it never felt like a chore.

Customisation

I think this is why many people want to make their decorations – to have bespoke and one of a kind, and that was definitely me. I didn’t want the same decorations used by the same people who used the venue, not that there is anything wrong with that; it’s just not me. But to have that, you either have to pay someone else to do it or do it yourself. There are lots of people out there that offer this service if you’re not sure you can do it or even parts of it.

Cost

Many people think that making things is the cheaper option. That’s where they are wrong, often it can be more expensive, and they also don’t factor in the time to make things. It is worth doing your research and comparing the prices of the supplies you will need. I’m a sucker for a spreadsheet, so I put in all of the supplies I needed, then where I could buy it and priced it all out in there to work out where was the best to get each piece. I did mine by phases of buying supplies, focus on one decoration at a time and completing it and paying for it. Using the spreadsheet also helped me work out costs and when I would need to buy supplies. 

What to do with all of the decorations after?

This is the one we didn’t hugely consider. At our wedding, we told our guests they were welcome to take any of the decorations home with them at the end of the night. I think most people took the mini chocolate eggs we had on the tables! That being said, a lot of people took some decorations for keepsakes, but we still have, I think, 12 spare wine glasses in our spare bedroom (plus the four in our cupboard). I don’t want to get rid of them, but I’m also not sure what to do with them! 

As a side note, here is everything I made for our wedding:

  • Invitations – I also like to dabble and have some intermediate skills in graphic design/publishing software
  • Etched wine glasses with our names and date of the wedding – these were then filled with mini chocolate eggs as we got married on Good Friday
  • A custom rubber stamp which was then used for many things, again with our names and the date of our wedding
  • Custom stamped napkins using the stamp above
  • Balloon weights using the same stamp, so again, we had our names and the date on them
  • Order of service
  • Card box
  • Cake 
  • Cake topper
  • Thank you cards

I hope that helps you decide on whether or not to make your wedding decorations. Any questions though, pop them in the comments, and I’ll get back to you.