If you’re struggling with all your wedding planning to-do’s, or even if you aren’t, it’s time to call in favours – crafty friends’ DIY favours that is!
Chances are you’re inviting around 75-150 guests to your wedding: people who love you and can’t wait to celebrate the beginning of the next chapter of your lives. Chances are also that of all those people, many of them will have (possibly hidden) talents they’d love to share to help out and get involved.
Traditionally, the bridesmaids will already be helping out by organising parties and going dress shopping or to wedding shows with the bride, but this doesn’t mean you can’t ask your other friends for help too! In my experience, people love weddings, and no-one will resent you asking them to provide their skills, services or time.
– Great Aunt does calligraphy? Perfect for invitations!
– Mum has a beautiful garden? With a few months notice, she could grow some of your reception flowers!
– Passionate bakers are a dime-a-dozen these days, so if it’s not a priority to have a 3-tiered fondant masterpiece, why not ask a friend to pitch in!
– Lots of my friends are fantastic at make-up and hair, so I won’t need to hire a HMUA if the budget gets tight.
At a recent wedding, various guests brought DIY cakes for the dessert table and it was perfect – and delicious.Just because the saying goes “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue” doesn’t mean you can’t have lots of old and borrowed elements: vintage jewels, a friend’s beautiful party shoes, the family’s mismatched collection of vases…There’s also jobs which can be done by those who don’t have a particular skill. You provide the wine and DVDs, and a Sunday afternoon turns into a crafting session to craft your favours and make your invitations or place-cards.
Get Etsy! Head to the online hive of creativity that is Etsy for these crafty DIY supplies and get the girls together to get productive.
Hand Stained Vintage Look Tags for place cards at weddings, save the date cards, gift tags, labels on mason jars, or in a project life scrapbook! They create a beautiful vintage rustic look to anything.
Unprinted drawstring bags made in USA from all natural, unbleached mill cloth muslin – for your wedding or shower DIY – add your own personalized stamp, screenprint, or use as-is.
Wedding place cards template – perfect for printing at home or through a professional printer.
Date Stamper for Weddings: Save the Date, DIY Wedding Invite, Vintage Typography, Roller Date Stamp – a 10 year stamper and has dates up to the year 2026.
Pearl garland: wrap it around vases, candles, napkin rings, wine glasses, favor boxes, flower bouquets and more — and the wire is reusable! The ivory pearl beads will nicely accent any vintage, rustic or beach themed decorations.
Mini jam jars just waiting to be filled with candy or homemade preserves for a country wedding.
Honeycomb balls are the perfect way to decorate your bridal shower or wedding.
White Paper Gift Bags with Twisted Handles – perfect for wedding guest’s welcome bags, favor bags, gift bags, bridesmaid bags and more.
100 gift boxes for party or wedding favors, small gifts, cupcakes, candied apples and more. Classic and versatile. Easy to personalise.
Modern geometric box in gold linen that perfectly fits a variety of special treats, favors or gifts. Great for weddings, showers & bachelorette party favors. Creatively package your mixed drink kits, candied apples, cupcakes, a candle, soap, jewelry, scarf, belt or watch.
Adorable custom stamp for your wedding decorations, invites or wedding favors. 1″x1″ rustic heart stamp with your initials. Perfect the DIY bride or bridal shower.
Personalised return address stamp – add a unique handmade touch to your office mail, pen pal letters, save the dates, RSVP’s, and more!
A word of warning, don’t ask for too much on the day. Of course, you don’t want to burden your guests with doing everything for you at the wedding. Even the keenest amateur photographer among your friends would probably prefer to enjoy the celebrations than get snap-happy for 8 hours, and you don’t want your Aunts stuck in the kitchen putting together canapes all afternoon (though both might be able to help with the next-day event). I suggest leaving the big day to the professionals, but asking friends to help you as much as they can in the lead up.