Saturday Special: 3 DIY ideas for weddings on a budget

Planning your wedding is an exciting time but, with so many things to consider, it can be hard to fit everything into the budget. Worry no more, as we have some great ways to add unique and personal touches to your celebration and save money for your honeymoon. The shabby chic style is here to stay and more and more couples are trying out upcycling. So why not get creative with paintbrushes and make your DIY bespoke bunting or even center pieces?


Weddings are all about adding personal touches that show off your personalities – think vintage tea parties, rustic country settings and holding the reception in a barn with hay bales for seats. Moreover, you can turn your celebration into a whole weekend event  – like a mini festival – if you wish to. The traditional wedding rule book has long gone and you can now do whatever you want! It’s time to roll up your sleeves and get painting, but which of the following DIY projects will you try?

Painted perfection

With a little bit of planning and some paint brushes you can create quirky matching or mismatched table plans and numbers. Scour charity shops and car boot sales for vintage frames, which you can transform by using textured paint, such as Rust-Oleum Furniture Paint in either Chalky Finish or Gloss. You don’t need to prime them, just paint all the frames in either the same shade or coordinating colours.

Photo by Martin Dabek Photography

Pure gold 

Metallics, glitter and gold are opulent, sparkly and perfect for a wedding. One way to add a touch of gold is through your table decorations. Collect a mix of jam jars, tea pots and tins, and turn them into mini vases that make unique center pieces by using Rust-Oleum Metallic Spray Paint in Pure Gold or Aged Copper. You’ll need a couple of coats of paint, then once dry you can decorate with ribbons, jute, buttons and even wool to tie in with your colour scheme.


Beautiful bunting

Rustic weddings, featuring rows of bunting and eclectic decor pieces are very popular at the moment. To make your own bunting, you can buy hessian by the metre from craft stores or haberdasheries, or even upcycle old coffee sacks. With a cardboard template, cut out the bunting flags then, using a brush, stencil and a pot of Rust-Oleum Satin Furniture Paint, stencil on initials to create your very own monogrammed bunting.

If you’re feeling inspired and crafty, you can make your own wedding decor pieces at a fraction of the price. Find the Rust-Oleum paints at Homebase, B&Q and other leading stockists.