Whether you’re a bride on a budget or a happy couple who just love handmade, there are plenty of ways that you can put your own touch to your wedding – from the invitations to the accessories and reception décor. Here are just a few ideas that may inspire you.
Many people love handmade wedding invitations, and they can be very easy to make. You can buy cardmaking supplies and make them completely from scratch, or if you’re not sure of your calligraphy or stamping skills you could design and print them from your computer and add handmade details to them – ribbons, gems and flowers, for example. This not only makes sure that your guests will remember receiving their invitation, but also means that they can treasure it as a personal keepsake for years to come!
The traditional wedding favour is a gift of sugared almonds – the almond representing the bitterness of life and the sugar representing the sweetness of love – in groups of five representing happiness, health, longevity, wealth, and fertility. For a beautiful way to present wedding favours for your guests, you can make lovely origami boxes using the instructional video below. Unlike a lot of origami patterns, this actually works better with rectangular paper, so you can simply use A4 paper with a pretty print on, which you can get from just about any craft or stationery shop.
A wonderful way to thank all your bridesmaids is to make sure that they have something from the big day that they can keep and make use of. We’re not talking about the dresses here – they’re often too over the top for most other occasions – but of accessories. You could make them each a lovely beaded bracelet, using gemstones or glass beads from Charming Beads, co-ordinated to your wedding colours, and they’ll have something that they can wear on the day and any time afterwards.
If you’re looking for more inspiration for your handmade wedding, you’ll also find plenty of ideas on Pinterest which you can adapt to your own theme. Regardless of why you choose handmade for your wedding, you’ll find that it’s a fantastic way to enjoy the preparations and create a day that is absolutely unique and one hundred percent yours.