As any soon-to-be-married couple knows, there's a lot that goes into planning a wedding. It’s a stressful venture that includes the preparation of countless details before saying "I do," from figuring out the guest list to finding the perfect dress to creating beautiful décor. When it comes to the latter, many design-savvy and frugal couples opt for the handcrafted decoration route to add a personal touch to the occasion and save a few bucks along the way.

But for most of us who haven't picked up a glue gun or a paintbrush after our school years, this adventure can swiftly turn from satisfying to daunting. So in a bid to settle your nerves, we introduce you to one enlightening corner of Reddit known as 'DIY Weddings'. The moderator invites community members to share their tips and tricks with the whole group, no matter if "you are on a budget or are just a craftaholic." And boy, do they deliver!

We at Bored Panda have gathered some of our favorite posts from the group to give you a dose of inspiring ideas to easily and elegantly pursue for the big day. So continue scrolling to admire the handiwork, be sure to upvote your favorite creations, and then let us know your own suggestions for the perfect handmade decorations in the comments!

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I Made Myself Embroidered Bridal Sneakers That Match My Bouquet!

I Made Myself Embroidered Bridal Sneakers That Match My Bouquet!

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#2

"Green Confetti" In More Ways Than One

"Green Confetti" In More Ways Than One

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#3

I Started Making Crepe Paper Flowers A Few Weeks Ago And I Think I Might Be Making All The Flowers For My Wedding Next August!

I Started Making Crepe Paper Flowers A Few Weeks Ago And I Think I Might Be Making All The Flowers For My Wedding Next August!

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Zara (she/they)
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Those flowers definitely give off an August mood. Love it!

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Ever since the 'DIY Weddings' online group graced Reddit in 2013, it has grown into a refreshing outlet. It's the perfect place for craft aficionados and beginners hoping to save some expenses from their budget to find inspiration, share tips, and be let in on some tricks that ensure decorations look stunning. Maybe it's not the biggest subreddit, but its nearly 25k members provide a steady stream of content that’s, more often than not, created with their own effort.

The community members mainly focus on easy-to-do projects that can be quickly achieved and look visually appealing. From beautiful accessories to beautiful elements that make the celebration look put together, the forum has something for every taste.

#4

My Sister Folded 1000 Paper Cranes For Our Arbour

My Sister Folded 1000 Paper Cranes For Our Arbour

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#5

My Dad Passed Away In 2015. He Was Able To “Walk” Me Down The Aisle Because I Used His Favorite Shirt As A Cover For Our Ring Cushion

My Dad Passed Away In 2015. He Was Able To “Walk” Me Down The Aisle Because I Used His Favorite Shirt As A Cover For Our Ring Cushion

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NoBadDays
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I didn’t expect the tears to start this early 🥺

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#6

Hair Trial Finished- My DIY Hairpiece Was A Success

Hair Trial Finished- My DIY Hairpiece Was A Success

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We've heard a million times that weddings can be incredibly special, but planning them is a stressful venture for any soon-to-be-married couple. In this equally exciting and chaotic journey, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But allow me to let you in on one little secret: there’s no such thing as a perfect wedding! All nuptials encounter plenty of ups and downs, twists and turns, and inevitable disasters, both big and small. Whether it’s a mistake in planning or an unexpected situation caused by a guest who simply had one drink too many, there’s bound to be some drama.

#7

We Did It! Officially Married Today! Made My Dress And Had A Friends Cousin Do My Hair. It Was Perfect

We Did It! Officially Married Today! Made My Dress And Had A Friends Cousin Do My Hair. It Was Perfect

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DJ
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love your style, Dress turned out really cute.

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#8

Really Proud Of My Self-Made Wedding Dress For Our Legal Wedding!

Really Proud Of My Self-Made Wedding Dress For Our Legal Wedding!

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Giovanna
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful, I really love the pattern

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#9

Can't Get Over How Lovely My Crown Turned Out. And Yes, It Is Made Of Zip Ties

Can't Get Over How Lovely My Crown Turned Out. And Yes, It Is Made Of Zip Ties

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However, the reality is that weddings aren’t cheap. According to online wedding publication The Knot, the average cost for a wedding in 2021 was about $28,000 ($34,000 including the engagement ring), roughly the same as in 2019. But in 2020, the cost was around $19,000 because the pandemic caused weddings to downsize.

"At the beginning of the pandemic, weddings came to a sudden halt (as did everything else!) and couples were forced to postpone, and some cancel, due to not being able to host their original guest count," Erica Estrada, San Francisco-based wedding planner, and designer, told Brides.

"It was an extremely sad and, quite frankly, stressful time for so many with many losing large amounts of money that had already been paid toward executing their wedding day."

#10

My Sister Wanted Lit LED Table Numbers So I Put These Together For Her! The Bases As 3D Printed To Hide The Wires. My Daughter (Their Niece) Sketched The Bridge Where They Got Engaged And I Then Laser Engraved The Sketch Into Clear Acrylic So It Would Glow. Really Happy With How These Turned Out!

My Sister Wanted Lit LED Table Numbers So I Put These Together For Her! The Bases As 3D Printed To Hide The Wires. My Daughter (Their Niece) Sketched The Bridge Where They Got Engaged And I Then Laser Engraved The Sketch Into Clear Acrylic So It Would Glow. Really Happy With How These Turned Out!

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Lauren S
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These are beautiful and so meaningful.

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#11

My DIY Wedding Dress! I Barely Know How To Work My Sewing Machine So I'm Pretty Happy It Actually Fits. Just Don't Look At The Seams Or Hem..or On The Inside

My DIY Wedding Dress! I Barely Know How To Work My Sewing Machine So I'm Pretty Happy It Actually Fits. Just Don't Look At The Seams Or Hem..or On The Inside

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NoBadDays
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh my your dress is gorgeous 😍😍😍

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#12

I Finished Crocheting My Bouquet!! I Am Over The Moon About It

I Finished Crocheting My Bouquet!! I Am Over The Moon About It

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NoBadDays
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I couldn’t even tell it was crochet until I read and zoomed in

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As a result of those uncertain times, some vendors are raising their costs. "Flower farms lost acres and acres of product for the weddings that were not allowed, then causing an increase in florals to pay farmers and an increased demand of flowers once weddings began to resume," Estrada explained.

"Just like any other profession, most wedding vendors work in this industry full-time and having months with no weddings and the turn of the industry for the foreseeable future, price increases to make a living may be the only way many will be able to sustain during this time."

#13

I Started Practicing For My DIY Wedding Cake :)

I Started Practicing For My DIY Wedding Cake :)

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Minath
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love the flamingos especially the one with a top hat.

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#14

My Mom Wanted Her Dream Californian Rustic Beach Wedding On A $100 Budget

My Mom Wanted Her Dream Californian Rustic Beach Wedding On A $100 Budget

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#15

My Fiancé And I Made This Cape Together! Please Excuse The Dirty Ass Kitchen

My Fiancé And I Made This Cape Together! Please Excuse The Dirty Ass Kitchen

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No wonder so many brides and grooms are seeking smarter and cheaper alternatives when it comes to their looks and decorations. But while these couples are taking matters into their own hands, there’s a lot to know about hosting the DIY wedding of your dreams.

Tackling the planning for your big day on your own takes a lot of work, time, and effort. Of course, all of this will be worthwhile when you walk down the aisle, but entering this chaotic arena will be easier if you’re aware of a few tips and tricks that can make the whole process much more manageable.

#16

Photographed My Dogs For My DIY Table Numbers

Photographed My Dogs For My DIY Table Numbers

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#17

Can’t Wait To ‘Tie The Knot’ Under This Macrame I Finished Tonight!!

Can’t Wait To ‘Tie The Knot’ Under This Macrame I Finished Tonight!!

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#18

Our Original Invites vs. Our "Change The Dates" :)

Our Original Invites vs. Our "Change The Dates" :)

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Start by creating a wedding mood board. According to a blog post on Junebug Weddings, "They help guide decisions and keep your holistic vision in mind while also visually describing your desires to your wedding team."

Moreover, they serve as an inspiration and become especially handy when DIYing items yourself. "Have you found a centerpiece that you want to recreate? What about a backdrop that you absolutely have to have? Tackling these items will be much easier when you have images to refer to."

#19

Decided To Be My Own Florist With Mostly Ebay Flowers/Items, Using Thrift Shop Glasses As Vases For My Table Centrepieces

Decided To Be My Own Florist With Mostly Ebay Flowers/Items, Using Thrift Shop Glasses As Vases For My Table Centrepieces

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#20

I Posted A Few Months Ago While I Was Working On It... But Here’s The Finished Product Of My DIY Arch Florals. All Silks, Because We Got Married In Hot Weather. Really Happy With How It Turned Out!

I Posted A Few Months Ago While I Was Working On It... But Here’s The Finished Product Of My DIY Arch Florals. All Silks, Because We Got Married In Hot Weather. Really Happy With How It Turned Out!

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#21

Our DIY Tiny Wedding In The Redwoods

Our DIY Tiny Wedding In The Redwoods

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In a bid to keep your sanity intact, consider asking friends and family for help. "Your wedding party and family members are there to make your special day just that–special! Get together and make DIY projects fun with movies, snacks, and wine. This way, you’re crossing things off of your list quicker and making them more enjoyable for yourself."

#22

Finally Married The Love Of My Life On 08.29.20! I Loved All The Compliments I Received On My DIY Veil, And Our Photographer Captured This Incredible Shot To Highlight It!

Finally Married The Love Of My Life On 08.29.20! I Loved All The Compliments I Received On My DIY Veil, And Our Photographer Captured This Incredible Shot To Highlight It!

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Tarryn Louise
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I adore this out of focus shot <3 It captures a more natural moment and the veil hitting the light is like a artwork of your life with each flower representing special moments you have had together and the adventures and life journeys ahead of you <3

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#23

Wip Centerpiece For A Sunflower/Honey Bee Wedding! One Ring From A 12” Embroidery Hoop, Fake Flowers From Joann’s, And Some Scrap Wood I Had For The Base! Oh And Lots Of Hot Glue!

Wip Centerpiece For A Sunflower/Honey Bee Wedding! One Ring From A 12” Embroidery Hoop, Fake Flowers From Joann’s, And Some Scrap Wood I Had For The Base! Oh And Lots Of Hot Glue!

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#24

My Paper Dahlia Finally Looks Dahlia-Y! (Left: Attempt N-1)

My Paper Dahlia Finally Looks Dahlia-Y! (Left: Attempt N-1)

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When it comes to decorations, handcrafted pieces can save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. And they can be extremely satisfying to make! "Events are all about creating memorable experiences for yourself and your guests," Virginia Frischkorn, founder of Bluebird Productions, told AD It Yourself. "We love DIY’ing a few elements as the level of investment needed when you get your hands dirty creates really rich memories."

"A great DIY project can be the perfect special touch to bring yourself and your partner even more so into the fabric of the celebration," Alicia Fritz, founder of A Day in May Events based in Traverse City, Michigan, agreed with this line of thinking.

#25

Couldn’t Be Happier With How Our DIY Sola Wood Flowers Turned Out For Our Wedding!

Couldn’t Be Happier With How Our DIY Sola Wood Flowers Turned Out For Our Wedding!

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#26

My New Husband And I Under Our Swingset- Turned Wedding Arch!

My New Husband And I Under Our Swingset- Turned Wedding Arch!

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Vae
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

the dapper and gorgeous wedding attire.

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#27

DIY Cheese Wheel Wedding Cake Toppers (Wip)

DIY Cheese Wheel Wedding Cake Toppers (Wip)

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We hope this list will inspire you to pick up a few tools, try out some of the projects featured in the list, and have a blast while you create something beautiful and feel an outpouring of love. We’d love to hear your thoughts about these examples. Which DIY projects were your favorite ones? Did any of them motivate you to craft something for yourself? Feel free to let us know all about it in the comments below!

#28

This Is The Bouquet I Made With Mostly Michael's Flowers For My June 20th Elopement. :)

This Is The Bouquet I Made With Mostly Michael's Flowers For My June 20th Elopement. :)

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#29

I Did It!! My Box Of 250 Hand-Dyed And Painted Sola Flowers

I Did It!! My Box Of 250 Hand-Dyed And Painted Sola Flowers

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#30

Diyed Our Elopement!

Diyed Our Elopement!

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#31

My Favorite Detail From Our 9/28 Wedding: I Made Embroidery Hoops For Favors And All Of Them Say A Variety Of Mean/Rude/Curse Words

My Favorite Detail From Our 9/28 Wedding: I Made Embroidery Hoops For Favors And All Of Them Say A Variety Of Mean/Rude/Curse Words

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Lauren S
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These are beautiful! The curse word part is throwing me off but I’m guessing perfectly fits the couple’s vibe (in a good way). These seem very personal and funny. I like that some of the ‘curse words’ are OK, I GUESS, MAGIC, GOSH, YUCK, NOPE. So it seems like choices for all kinds of family members in there.

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#32

I Crocheted A Garter! I Thought My Eyes Were Going To Fall Out Of My Head 😂

I Crocheted A Garter! I Thought My Eyes Were Going To Fall Out Of My Head 😂

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#33

Tall DIY Floral Arrangements

Tall DIY Floral Arrangements

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#34

In Love With The DIY Invitations My Artist Fiancé Created

In Love With The DIY Invitations My Artist Fiancé Created

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#35

Made Centerpieces For My Wedding With Flowers That I’ve Dried!

Made Centerpieces For My Wedding With Flowers That I’ve Dried!

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Hagen Radcliffe
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful ! So meaningful with all that work 👏🏼

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#36

Knitted My Own Veil, Nearly 3 Months In The Making!

Knitted My Own Veil, Nearly 3 Months In The Making!

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#37

I Crocheted These Cake "Toppers" For My Wedding A Couple Months Ago

I Crocheted These Cake "Toppers" For My Wedding A Couple Months Ago

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#38

This Might Be My Most Successful Wedding DIY To Date!

This Might Be My Most Successful Wedding DIY To Date!

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#39

Hand Embroidering My Table Numbers To Hang In The Centerpieces! 3 Done, 17 To Go

Hand Embroidering My Table Numbers To Hang In The Centerpieces! 3 Done, 17 To Go

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#40

Here Are The Diyed Elements From Our Wedding

Here Are The Diyed Elements From Our Wedding

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#41

I Baked My Own Wedding Cake! (Florist Did The Flowers To Jazz It Up) But Thrilled 😍

I Baked My Own Wedding Cake! (Florist Did The Flowers To Jazz It Up) But Thrilled 😍

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#42

First Attempt At Making A Fresh Floral Bridal Bouquet, Any Suggestions For Improvement?

First Attempt At Making A Fresh Floral Bridal Bouquet, Any Suggestions For Improvement?

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Dominique Na
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes hydrangeas dry out very quickly..try to get those vials for the ends if you haven't already

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#43

Floral Arrangement For My Ceremony Fireplace - And How I Made It!

Floral Arrangement For My Ceremony Fireplace - And How I Made It!

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#44

Hmm...can’t Say That I Was Expecting To Sew Matching Face Masks And Pocket Squares For My Wedding... I Like How They Came Out Though!

Hmm...can’t Say That I Was Expecting To Sew Matching Face Masks And Pocket Squares For My Wedding... I Like How They Came Out Though!

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#45

First Attempt Making Sola Wood Flower Boutonnieres :)

First Attempt Making Sola Wood Flower Boutonnieres :)

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#46

DIY'd The Cover For My Wedding Planner And Could Not Be Happier 😍😍😍

DIY'd The Cover For My Wedding Planner And Could Not Be Happier 😍😍😍

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#47

My Dino Table Number Holders Turned Out Great!

My Dino Table Number Holders Turned Out Great!

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Aunt Riarch
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Jealous. My mother wouldn't even let me have ducks

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#48

Here’s My Finished Bridal Bouquet That I Made Myself For Our 09/26/2020 Wedding

Here’s My Finished Bridal Bouquet That I Made Myself For Our 09/26/2020 Wedding

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#49

Started With Our Centrepieces

Started With Our Centrepieces

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#50

Finished These Bridesmaids' Hoop Boquets!

Finished These Bridesmaids' Hoop Boquets!

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