How to: Host a Wedding on the Cheap

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If you’re a FaveCrafts blog reader, you’ve probably seen my “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” cards that I made with the Cricut Expression 2. That was just the beginning of my wedding crafting! I’ve got 14 long months until my wedding, and in that time I hope to make more wedding related crafts (and write more wedding craft blog posts) than you’d care to see. I’m a craft enthusiast to begin with (which is why I write about crafts for a living), so I am crafting for fun. But one major benefit to crafting for your wedding is the amount of money you can save! Here are some ways I’ve found to host the wedding of your dreams on a tight budget with crafting.

  1. Make your own veil, hair accessories, and jewelry. If you’ve never planned a wedding, you’d be absolutely shocked to see how much veils can cost. Why are they so expensive? It beats me–they’re just a piece of tulle or lace! Here’s a video tutorial that will teach you how to make your own veil (and you don’t even need to know how to sew!):

    For jewelry ideas, check out our free eBook, 25 Easy to Make Homemade Jewelry Ideas. These Vintage Inspired Dangle Earrings are my favorite, and they’re perfect for a bride’s “something old.” If you’re not the veil-wearing type (or if you’d like to channel the Royal Wedding), try your hand at a homemade fascinator:
  2. DIY the flowers. Another price shocker that comes with wedding planning is the floral budget. I used the budget tool on to see what percentage of my (meager) budget I should allocate to flowers, and it spit out $1,600! The good news is that I don’t have to spend nearly this much if I make my own faux flowers! Handmade flowers are super trendy right now, and they can be made of paper or fabric. I’m definitely planning on making these adorable kissing balls from The Idea Room:

    They’re made out of crepe paper! You can also use silk flowers to make your bouquets and decorations. We’ve got a beautiful DIY pomander project on FaveCrafts made of silk flowers, the Rose Bouquet Ball:

    I also love the idea of using vintage brooches instead of flowers for your bouquets. I found this one on Ruffled:

  3. Use handmade centerpieces. For my centerpieces, I’m planning on making these pretty yarn balls from Make and Takes:

    and these gorgeous paper globes from Sweet and Lovely Crafts:

    I’ll fill tall cylinder vases with these inexpensive decorations and top it all off with something else homemade–possibly one of the pomanders from above!

I haven’t gotten all of my wedding craft ideas down yet, but these are the ones I’ll be tackling first.

Do you guys have any other ideas for me? What did you DIY for your own wedding?

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