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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tuesday Tips: Planning ideas for autumn weddings

Where did September go? It feels like autumn has well and truly settled with its chilly nights and warm sunny days. Here, at West Weddings, we love the rich colour palettes and the unique photographic opportunities of autumn weddings – see the beautiful photoshoot at Grittleton House in our latest issue here.

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With shades of mauve and blue, and details inspired by nature, it’s now easy to plan an autumn wedding. Take a look at the following gorgeous handmade products from DaWanda for instant planning inspiration:

  • Accessories: Mauve and deep blue accessories add a fashionable touch to your bridal look.

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  • Rustic decorations: Wooden features in a rustic style remain one of the most popular trends in wedding decorations and favours.

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  • Minimalist bride: Choosing a classic clean cut bridal gown works well for a minimalist look. Just add a splash of colour through bold lips or quirky accessories  to let your personality shine through.

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Weddings with rustic charm at Aldwick Court Farm

Are you searching for the dream wedding venue that ticks all the boxes for a relaxed wedding celebration? If the answer is yes, then Aldwick Court Farm & Vineyard, is the perfect choice for your big day. And what better time to see it than on Sunday 9th October, when the team hosts a wedding fair? On the day, you’ll get to meet everyone and discover the venue’s unique features: rustic, relaxed and romance-filled.

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Rustic celebration

Aldwick Court Farm & Vineyard is a charming 17th century farm comprising of two stone barns – both licensed for wedding ceremonies. The Old Barn has a long history, whereas the New Barn features impressive plate glass windows overlooking the unspoiled countryside. After the ceremony, you can enjoy a walk through the vineyard while your guests sample the award-winning wine in the brick-walled Cellar Bar.

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Relaxed options

With wooden beams, clean lines and neutral decor, Aldwick Court Farm & Vineyard provides a blank canvas for you to put your own stamp on. When it comes to choosing the menu for the wedding breakfast, Aldwick’s in-house caterers can offer a selection of bespoke high-quality menus.

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Rural romance

A romance-filled wedding requires an idyllic setting – and Aldwick provides exactly that! Located within a 300-acre Somerset working farm, the venue is set against the Mendip Hills backdrop with so many opportunities for photos. The two barns overlook sweeping gardens and glorious verdant fields while the River Yeo runs at the farm’s southern boundary.

Find out how to book this romantic setting for your wedding, by visiting Aldwick’s wedding fair on Sunday 9th October between 11am and 3pm.