D I Y Weddings
I’ve photographed all sorts of weddings, on all sorts of scales from grand castles to registry offices. This blog post is all about the latter mentioned weddings the low-key or the DIY weddings, which I have to say are some of my favourite weddings. There is always so much homemade, second hand, pre-loved and unique elements to these weddings that they have a special quality. I’ve known several brides make their own dress. Some have customized a pre-loved dress or kept it simple with a gorgeous high street cream lace dress!
Obviously it’s a fair bit of hard work from the couples to arrange this sort of weddings (with help from bridal party & family). But if you are wanting something unique, are on a budget or want to spend all you cash on your home or dream honeymoon, then maybe a DIY wedding could be for you.
Where will I host it?
There are lots of venues that you can just hire as a blank canvas. You pay for function room or hall and you bring in your own catering, decorations, booze & entertainment. Try Civic Centre & Halls – Large spaces – Budget prices . Marquees – Family with land?. Hire a Marquee and make it work for you. There are also lots of venues that offer the marquee & Tippee set up. So all you have to do is add your details.
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Movie themes are always popular and a great expression of your personality. I’ve had Harry Potter & Star Wars at past wedding, and not a movie but I did have coronation Street which a LOOOVVVEDD; as I’m a mega corrie fan. Wanderlust themes are popular, using all the places you have traveled as table names, adding little travel photos to dress the venue. Seasonal themed are beautiful too. Daffodils for spring, Sunflowers for a Summer theme, pumpkins an autumn leaves in the Autumn and Holly & pine cones in the winter. Music is another way of expressing who you both are as people. Adding that personal feel to your DIY wedding. Using vinyl singles, concert tickets, and even record players decorations.
Decorating your DIY Wedding Venue.
Decorating your DIY wedding is a creative free for all. Go bold or keep it simple? Everyone wants some sort of WOW factor, but remember your guests are with you because they want to celebrate your happiness. Not to be impressed with your expensive centerpieces!
Candles/ tealights/ wire fairy lighting/ Jars with small flower displays/ Collections Gin bottles/ Mirrors/ Childhood photos
There are some fantastic balloons company that offer a super range of balloons, either as a display or individual unique balloons. They can provide you with Mr & Mrs ( Mr & Mr / Mrs & Mrs😊). They can be a room decoration and then used as a photo prop so Double whammy. Go crazy with the lighting and make the place feel light a cosy den. Ideal for when day turns to night. Party lighting is already done. This can be used in your own home or garden after the wedding too! Making your DIY Wedding décor useful & reusable!
Its safe to say that catering for 50 people is a difficult task to do yourself on a wedding day….but i have photographed some weddings where the couple have been creative.
Afternoon Teas – Caterers may need to be brought in for the sandwiches, sausage rolls, hot drinks and the like…BUT all the cakes, scones, buns have been made by selected guests and brought on the day to complete the spread. Just think up to 20 to 30 plus bakes!
Barbecues – Who doesn’t like a barbecue!. Again caterers can be drafted on to take the stress out of it. Professionals will have a rainy day – outdoor cooking plan too. Option 2 – Get all the boys – grooms men, brothers to cook up dinner?/ Risky but I’ve seen an organized team of 5 guys cook over three barbecues to produce a delicious spread.
Hire a Food Van – Chippy vans, Thai food, vegan food – you name it it can be brought to your venue. Dessert it brought by you! – either via guests baking for you OR you buy from your local bakery. 10 fresh cakes should do it!
Music is essential to any party so unless you decide to do your own with an iPad and hire a good sound system you will need to hire a professional musician. A DJ, a band or a solo singer for your celebrations? There are musicians that will provide all three elements for you for an all in one package. Providing music throughout your day. Magicians are good to keep everyone entertained after dinner if you think there will be a bit of a lull. They can keep the guests buzzing until the main party and all the magician that I’ve worked with bring the WOW factor.