Recently one of our little elves got married – naw… Ok, it was me, I’m writing this. I just wanted to share one of the best things about my wedding that might save you from the pitfalls of over-priced wedding favours and decorations. I’ve written about this sort of thing before and you will see that I am all for frugal weddings. But not letting anyone know how. I love getting a great look for less and now I’m going to share my secrets. Just, you know, keep it to yourself 😉
DIY Wedding Favours – Slate Hearts
One of things I really loved at my wedding were the DIY wedding favours. Being a massive fan of The Works (and not just someone who works for them) I couldn’t go anywhere else to get these. I jumped on the chalkboard trend and grabbed myself a couple of the 24 packs of the slate hearts that have proven so popular this year. I was actually surprised by the size of them – for some reason I just assumed they’d be smaller (even though it quite clearly states the size on the product page). Don’t judge me. I was a frantic DIY bride, I wasn’t really concentrating.
I created a stencil by choosing a nice font, writing out our initials and the year; printed it out on card that would fit into our printer. I cut the stencil out using a scalpel and, using a chalkboard pen, set to work! I found that the more fiddly bits were easier to dot through the stencil and then go over with the pen again after. Then I dotted around the edges to finish them off.
The lovely thing about these is that the slate is wipe clean – we know that not everyone wants our initials and wedding year hanging in their house – so these were cute and then they’ll be useful to people too.
How To Make Balloon Tissue Tassel Tails
I also took several evenings out to make tissue tassel tails for giant balloons. This was labour-intensive but pretty easy. I’d seen certain ‘handmade’ websites offering packs of these for £20-40! I grabbed some tissue paper and started folding. It’s not origami, it doesn’t have to be an exact science and you can easily make a tail in one night’s work in front of the TV. Grab some really pretty assorted tissue paper for just £1 here.
I made over 100 tassels – I made the strips quite thick. I used two colours – gold and cream. By the end I was folding and cutting about 4 sheets simultaneously to save time. I knew that I didn’t have to be massively precise as they would all be jumbled together on a balloon and not being inspected for straight lines or symmetry!
Basically, I learnt that there is no right or wrong way of doing this – experiment to achieve the look you want.”
Here’s a quick video on making the balloon tassels. This lady uses confetti in the balloon too, which is a nice twist!
DIY Wedding Decorations
When it came to wedding decorations – I knew exactly what I wanted as we had a loose Midsummer Night’s Dream theme. So things like foliage, metal keys, log slices, little glass bottles… And all of it (apart from the foliage!) can be bought at The Works. And I defy anyone to know how frugal the wedding was when you look at the photos!
Some of the little decorations were placed on the little wooden plaques (mini log slices). These were great to use to highlight decor elements and also be able to stand the decorations on the moss that we placed on the table, which was a bit wobbly!
None of these projects is particularly difficult, and they take less time than you might think – just grab yourself a box set of your favourite TV programme and work in front of that – it helps stave off any boredom from these sometimes monotonous tasks! The results are well worth it, as you can see.
For more wedding inspiration, head over to our Pinterest board…
Special thanks to my wonderful photographer Joanna Cleeve, for allowing me to share these photos.
Next time: How to make a brooch bouquet (and save £oos!)