In these difficult economic times a handmade wedding can be a great way of cutting costs whilst truly showcasing your own distinct style. When you take the handmade route you can either make everything by following online tutorials or you can buy unique handmade items from local craft fairs or online marketplaces such as Etsy or ArtFire.
Here are four areas to give you inspiration:
1 Wedding Invitations and Stationery
A perfect start to your handmade wedding can be with your wedding stationery including: save the date cards, wedding invitations and RSVP cards, place names for the wedding banquet and of course thank you notes for all those lovely gifts you are going to receive. The beauty of handmade stationeryis that you can personalize it as much as you wish and have something bespoke which speaks of you as a couple and which will be a lasting reminder of your wedding day, for both you and your guests.
2. Decorations and Flowers
Handmade decorations for the wedding venue itself or for the tables at the reception cantruly make your day unique. There is a multitude of tutorials available online and in wedding magazines to show you how to make bunting, wedding favours, table centrepieces, guest books and wedding cake decorations. You might also want to try your hand at creating the floral decorations and even your wedding bouquet, however it’s a good idea to have some help on hand for this, so that you aren’t too busy on the wedding day itself.
3. Bride and Bridesmaids’ Dresses
Deciding to make your own wedding dress, or even those of your bridesmaids, should only be attempted if you are an accomplished seamstress. Otherwise you will simply put yourself under too much pressure. However, you could work with a talented family member or friend who loves to sew, and design the dress between you. Alternatively you can buy something vintage and wear it as is, or make some modifications to it so that it is unique. Sometimes wedding dresses are handed down through generations in this way, each bride bringing the look up to date.
4. Wedding Jewellery
There are so many pieces of beautiful handmade wedding jewellery available that you are going to struggle to choose between them all. A perfect solution is to go bespoke and have something designed for you at a fraction of the cost you would pay in a mainstream store.
It’s a nice idea to also have your bridesmaids’ gifts handmade as well, as not only will they fit the theme of the wedding, but they will be a lasting memory of the day.
If you are planning a handmade wedding a great idea is to use Pinterest and to create a board for each area of the wedding that you need to plan. Pinterest is a great place to find ideas, tutorials, handmade products of all descriptions and even items that you might want to add to your wedding gift list.
Once you have decided on the theme of your wedding, what better place to celebrate your marriage thanagainst the backdrop of the beautiful English countryside. Close to Bath Spa and set in four acres of gardens and orchards,why not head to one of the most picturesque wedding venues Wiltshire has to offer,Old Manor Hotel in Bradford on Avon.Your wedding will sit perfectly amongst the rural idyll and you will have a stunning location for your wedding photographs,so that you can capture every moment of your handmade day.