Wednesday, 12 September 2018

DIY Wedding: What We Did Ourselves

I can't claim to have had a completely 'DIY wedding', but we did do a lot of things ourselves and I thought I'd finally get round to writing about them on here. I'm just going to cover the big things we did ourselves because I'm sure there are so many little things I wouldn't remember (it seems like so ridiculously long ago now).

F L O W E R S  |  Probably my favourite out of all the things we did ourselves; while Nick and his best man put up everyone's tents the day before the wedding, I settled myself down in the chill out area of the venue and arranged my bouquet, my maid of honour's bouquet, four centrepieces and the buttonholes. I had zero experience of flower arranging and I'm glad I got the chance to have a little chat and practice with Jess from Honeybee Flowers beforehand because not only did she give me some invaluable tips, she also reassured me that it's actually not that difficult.

I used gypsophila, white roses and French ruscus; I started with the gypsophila, cut it to the length I wanted and then weaved bits in together to build it up, every now and then adding a rose (also cut to length), making sure the roses sat a little higher than the gypsophila so they stood out. Once I'd got the amount of gypsophila and roses I wanted, I added the French ruscus to the sides. For the centrepieces, that was it; for the bouquets I loosely tied them and left them in water before properly wrapping them with floral tape and hessian the following morning.


T A B L E  D E C O R A T I O N S  |  We actually did all the decorations ourselves, but I won't bore you with details like tying gypsophila to chairs because that's not rocket science (and what I'm about to tell you totally is haha). We bought cheap table runners from eBay, then had wooden discs with jars on that we'd been collecting for about a year, either with gypsophila or a candle in them. I'm going to focus on the wooden discs because that's the fun part.

Essentially Nick was given a fallen tree from his friend's farm, which he cut up (with a chainsaw) then levelled, sanded and varnished. I realise this is a lot of effort for some wooden discs, but they looked great and I've heard of people paying a lot of money for exactly the same thing. 


H A I R  A N D  M A K E U P  |  I knew from the start that I'd do my own makeup because I didn't want to feel unnatural and I knew I would if I was too made up. I was super happy with my makeup on the day; I'd say I was wearing the same amount I would for any special occasion, but I did buy myself an Urban Decay palette so I knew it would last. 

The only thing I wasn't 100% happy with was my hair, which irrationally annoys me when I look back at the pictures. I only practiced it once beforehand and although I was happy with the style in general, the bits that I'd left loose and curled dropped out before we even left the house and simply wouldn't be re-curled. I don't think that problem would have been solved by having it done professionally, I'm pretty sure that's just my stubbornly straight hair so what I would advise if you're doing it yourself, is practice more than once!

What did you/what would you do yourself?

Amy x
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  1. I love the personal touches to your wedding- it makes it even more special! I’m so glad I did my own makeup too, and I actually found it quite relaxing and to have that time to myself in the morning too xx

    www.natalieleanne.com

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    1. Yeah I actually loved getting ready! I was lucky we got married so late in the day as well because I didn't feel rushed! xx

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  2. I did my own make-up too - basically the same as what I wear every day - winged eyeliner, long lashes - but with added red lipstick. When I was a bridesmaid for my friend, the make-up artist CAKED me in foundation and I didn't lo9ok like myself at all x

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    1. That's why I wanted to do my own! I pretty much wore what I wear everyday too, or what I wear for special occassions anyway :) xx

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  3. I'm still not married and won't be in quite some time but I already know that I'm all for diy wedding. I think that it gives a personal touch and it also saves you money for more important things. x

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

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    1. It definitely saved us a lot of money! And it is nice to do some things yourself, I loved making my flowers :) xx

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  4. I’ve always dreamed of a DIY wedding and now that I’m engaged I’ll be getting it all together. Even though I’ve been behind the scenes on 2 weddings I still didn’t think about how I’d have my make up or who would do my hair? I think I’ll deffo do make up myself but hair I really struggle with so I’d have to get someone to do it for me (whatever style that may be!)
    It’s so exciting thinking about all the little touches that will make our wedding represent us on the day!
    We’re thinking tents and hay bales!!!!

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    1. Ooooh tents and hay bales sounds amazing! I love a rustic wedding! xx

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  5. It's so lovely to learn about the DIY touches of your special day babe! You did a fabulous job on the floral bouquets - what a professional! Your hair and makeup looks beautiful by the way; definitely with you on keeping it natural and not wanting to feel uncomfortable on such an important day :) Have a fabulous weekend!

    aglassofice.com x

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    1. Thank you so much lovely, hope you have a fab weekend! xx

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  6. Wow, what beautiful pictures and I really like the look of the wooden disks (and the story behind them too)!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. Thank you! We were so happy with how they looked :) xx

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