I've made no secrets about it, and couples that I've worked with before will know that I'm a huge advocate of the website Pinterest.
If you don't know what Pinterest is already, the best way to describe it would be almost like an online digital scrapbook of things on the internet that you like the look of. Be it, decorating ideas, things to help structure your day, or even... Weddings.
See, this is where I think Pinterest comes into its own and is an invaluable tool for planning your wedding. Learning from other people's ideas, and little crafts you can do from the comfort of your own home to add that ever so slight personalised magic touch to your big day.
I've seen couples learn so much from Pinterest, and even have one or two couples that have formed little cottage businesses straight off the back of the crafts they've learnt in the run-up to their weddings.
And the best thing about it? It's cheaper than paying someone else to do it!
So this week, I wanted to highlight a few different ideas that I've seen, that you can implement into your own wedding, and ways you can dip your toes into the idea of crafting those personal touches, that will make your day even more memorable to your guests!
Glue guns at the ready!
These are proving to be a massive trend with couples, with most brides opting to lose their heels in the evening for a comfy pair of trainers, that still have a bit of wedding sparkle. Companies on Etsy, charge a fortune, and after a quick look, I can see average prices are well over £100 for a pair of customised trainers!!
Primark sell converse style trainers for around a tenner, a bit of ribbon to use for the laces, a pack of plastic diamonte's, a glue gun to stick everything down, and some patience, and all of a sudden you've created the exact same thing for a fraction of the price!
You'd be surprised how easy this one is... you can either look for the biggest photo frame you can find and put a printed out version of your table plan inside, which will look unique on its own, or you can go that little extra mile, and lay your hands on some old wooden pallets!
We've all got a partner, dad, or brother who'd get a kick out of making something for the wedding, and I reckon there's about an afternoon's work just in making something as simple as the example I've shown!
Loads of businesses have pallets that they'll happily give away, just because they're taking up so much space!
Who actually likes sugared almonds these days?! We've not all got silly money to throw at expensive favors, but you can still create something just as professional, as personal, and something people will actually remember!
I've seen couples do all sorts! Candles are always a win and can be made at a surprisingly low cost, and with relative ease. Just by buying £20s worth of supplies, you can customise them to your heart's content, with your own scents, and containers from charity shops.
I've even seen one couple splash out on a tiny laser engraver from China for as little as £60, and they used it to individually laser engrave a personalised wooden coaster for each guest!
Scratch cards are also an incredibly cheap idea too and one of my personal favourites!
Invites & Save the dates
This is one of those things that can easily run away with you in terms of cost, and prices for anything customised on the internet, are hugely inflated, and more often than not look a bit... kind of impersonal?
Honestly, some posh card, and a home printer, and I firmly believe this is something that you can have a go at yourself! You can get some really high-quality ink pads and stamps that still look just as rustic and shabby as the ones you purchase online!
Use Pinterest to find some inspiration, then jump on youtube for some handy tutorials, then all of a sudden you've got an invite which people won't just chuck in the big round filing cabinet on the floor!
Photo's from your engagement shoot with yours truly, cut down to size, also look pretty amazing too! 😉
Just a handful of ideas and inspiration you can use for your own wedding day! Definitely get yourself on Pinterest, create a board, and feel free to share it with me! I'd love to see some of the more creative things people are coming up with!
That's all for this week!
Peace, Love and Photo's.