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Wedding Planning Tips: Borrow and Make

9 January 2015

Honey jar favours,Seed packets favours, DIY paper cones, Locket on bouquet, Origami favours, Envelope project, Olive oil favours.

Borrow and make:

Following on from our wedding planning tips on planning the food and flowers, today we talk about how you can be creative to save costs and why you should ask to borrow things from special people in your life to add that extra personal touch. 

If you are sticking to a tight budget and you can’t afford to spend excessive money on the small details, why not try making things like your favours, name cards and stationery.

Try designing your own save the date cards with an elegant font and a nice photo of you both, surround with a pretty border and print them post card size for a personal, cost effective idea.

It can definately make your wedding more personal to you if you decide to make things yourself, and it can also be a lot of fun too! So, if you are making your save the dates, why not think about the invitations as well. If you keep the design simple, get some good quality card and print out a typed layer of paper for the inside, this will save writing time and leave more time for decorating the front. There are so many websites out there that can help inspire ideas for invitations and some where you can even download free templates and fonts.

There are also a number of things you can try with paper folding techniques to create name cards and favours, you can also buy making packs in various craft shops. Rockliffe House has a wide selection of diamantes and crystals if you wanted to add a touch of sparkle to your DIY wedding projects.

When deciding on what to do for your favours, remember to think about your theme. Most favours traditionally include something edible, so if you are using sweets or chocolates but need an interesting way to contain them, you could try collecting and recycling miniture glass jars, filling them with treats and decorating them with ribbon and add each persons name in a different way, or making a decorative paper cone to fill with wrapped sweets. Another idea for an edible gift is to fill your jars with some homemade honey or jam.

If you are not so into making things, why not think of a unique favour idea that your guests can take home and keep. We love the idea of giving out packets of seeds for a garden wedding, or personalised bottles of olive oil and rosmary is a nice idea too! Some other fun ideas include, miniture bars of soap, small plants like cactii,or hot chocolate mix in a tube!

Useful links for DIY favours and decorations:

10 Fab Wedding Favour Ideas

37 Things To DIY Instead Of Buy For Your Wedding

Things to DIY For Your Wedding & Things Best Left to the Professionals

39 Ways To Save - One Fab Day Wedding Budget Tips

Tips on Designing Your Own Wedding Invitations

For some more fun favour ideas see our Pinterest board here.

It is also a good tip to see if you can borrow any meaningful items from family or friends to add a personal touch to your day. It may be a garter or item of jewellery for you to wear, or even some ornamental items to feature within the table displays perhaps.

One particular idea we love is borrowing a relatives locket or a pretty pendant and hanging it from your bouquet for your 'something borrowed'. It's great to have certain elements of your wedding that just mean something extra special to you!

See our board on Pinterest for some ‘something borrowed & something blue’ ideas.

For more wedding planning tips and ideas take a look at our blog page.

Alisha Oakey

Alisha Oakey

Alisha has a design degree and has been working with Richard Designs since 2011, specialising in veil design.

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