Finances: DIY your way to a debt-free marriage
Shocking statistics by UK loan broker Freedom Finance show the number of people applying for wedding loans is on the rise. Between 2013 and 2015, UK couples applied for £151m in loans! In the first two months of this year, the company recorded £8.6m applications alone.
I realise weddings generally cost a fortune, but starting married life with a stressful debt hanging over your heads cannot be conducive to a happy home. We only spent seven months planning our big day, but we both worked super hard in that time to earn the money we needed as we went along, ensuring we started our new chapter with zero wedding debt. These days, it’s also commonplace to ask guests to gift money towards a honeymoon and that’s how we paid for our luxury trip to Turkey.
But, there are other ways to cut the cost of your dream wedding.
Paula Gorry of Stampin’Up! demonstrates how there’s money to be saved by getting creative, making your own invitations, thank you cards, bunting and table centre pieces.
Making your own wedding invitations is a prime example of reigning in the costs. If you are going to embrace this type of project, one great tip is to make sure you start off by selecting your colour pallet. From here, you can work out your design. Depending on the number of invitations you need to make, you may choose to go for a simple project, or if you’re planning a smaller wedding you may want to challenge yourself and try something more elaborate. Whatever you decide, I would encourage you to seek out products which co-ordinate to achieve a consistent and more professional look. Adding simple embellishments such as ribbon or buttons, for example, will enhance the overall look of your handmade wedding invitation.
Thank you cards
If you have the confidence to make your own wedding invitations, go one step further and choose the handmade approach for thank you cards, too. The techniques are largely the same and your guests will appreciate the effort you’ve made. Why not colour co-ordinate your thank you cards with your envelopes? Pastel shades are a great theme, especially for a summer wedding.
Bunting & decorations
If you’re going for a rustic wedding style, why not consider using bunting for decorative purposes. It encompasses all that is simple, light-hearted and low-key about wedding decorations! It can also be used for multiple bridal occasions such as a hen party or – a new upcoming trend in the UK – a bridal shower. By recycling items, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the savings you can make.
If bunting’s not your thing, look to table centrepieces to broaden your handmade horizons. Centrepieces are typically seen as a key feature that can enhance your wedding reception. The handmade approach can reflect your wedding style and personality. A paper flower centrepiece, for example, will offer a wilt-free option for any eye-grabbing spring-themed wedding.
The handmade wedding experience doesn’t have to stop at these suggestions; there are opportunities to go even further with place names, favour boxes and service sheets. What better excuse for a crafty girly night in with your bridal party?! Remember to plan ahead for your DIY creations and of course have fun!
I would love to hear about your DIY wedding crafts. Leave your comments below…