One of the most painful wedding mistakes is going over budget. To prevent that headache at your upcoming spring wedding, DIY whatever you can. Whether it’s favors, decor or flower arrangements, there are ways to save on almost any aspect of your day. It may take some extra time, but knowing that you saved (plus added a bonus personal touch) will have you thanking yourself later. Check out these 14 DIY ideas for your spring nuptials, and start crafting your heart out.
Modern Industrial Decor
These pieces make such a statement, and the colors are perfect for spring. This DIY may be a little tricky because it requires some welding (for the decor above, the bride’s father was a welder), but we give the idea two thumbs up! (via Sarah Eubanks Photography / Bespoke Bride)
Calligraphy is having a major moment right now and so are overly leafy floral arrangements, so this welcome sign is 110 percent on trend. Pull together something similar for your own big day with wood, paint and flowers. You got this. (via Jillian Bowes / 100 Layer Cake)
Get creative with your favors by thinking outside the usual boxes. Not only will guests have a memory from your wedding they can actually use again, but they’ll also get a pretty sweet playlist. (via Catherine Rhodes Photography / Wedding Chicks)
Skip the predictable and add your own touch. This boutonniere is unique with its leather-wrapped stem and dotted feather, but you can opt for any elements found in the rest of your decor. (via Stephanie Sorenson / The Knot)
You could buy these for $8 a pop, but we think this would be a super fun project to do for your bridesmaids. It keeps things affordable and very crafty — and you know we love a good craft sesh. (via Collectively Kate)
Simple and Elegant Centerpieces
These little beauties make it super easy to have beautiful centerpieces. All you need is a simple gold charger, candles, loose flowers and greenery from any grocery store floral shop. (via R. Love Floral)
: If calligraphy isn’t your thing, maybe gold sparkly hangers are. These versions are incredibly simple and make for some beautiful pre-wedding photography. (via Stephanie A Smith / Glamour and Grace)
Potpourri Toss Cones
Toss cones are one of the easiest details to do yourself. You can wrap your paper and fill it with anything from potpourri to lavender to bird seed. Pro tip: Using something with a scent always makes for a more pleasant ceremony exit. (via Deer Pearl Flowers)
Homemade Naked Cake
Whether it’s in person or on Pinterest, you can’t help but swoon over the wedding cake. Well, now you can make one of your own, thanks to this great step-by-step tutorial for naked cakes. (via Brit + Co)
Calligraphy Card Box
Calligraphy can’t be stopped, whether you DIY or buy. This BitsOfImperfection Card Box ($130) would take a pretty big chunk of your decor budget to buy — or you could hack your own version with a little varnish and white paint. Just picture it at your spring wedding.
Felt flowers may not be obvious for a spring wedding, when gardens are in full bloom. That said, the colors add a kind of whimsy that will last forever. (via Jen Carreiro / Something Turquoise)
Felt Flower Boutonnieres
If you thought the felt bridal bouquet was fabulous, the felt boutonnière is a must. The colors really pop and prove that you don’t have to use real flowers to achieve an elegant look. (via Elyse Hall / Style Me Pretty)
Save the Dates
Invites and save the dates are where brides tend to spend a lot of money they weren’t prepared to spend. If you do enough searching, you can find free printable designs that will wow guests. (via Bells and Whistles / The Pretty)
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