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.


St Peter’s Hospice Wedding Fair

Preparations are really heating up for the Wedding Fair in partnership with Bridal at St Peter’s Hospice. This exciting event will bring together talented wedding suppliers from across the region under one roof – Chipping Sodbury Town Hall. So head over to the medieval market town of Chipping Sodbury on Sunday 2nd October, between 11 am -3 pm.

Photo by Rich McD Photography

Aiming to help you bring your wedding planning to life, here are but a few of the things the wedding fair organisers have in store:

  • Around 50 local exhibitors, including cars, photography, and flowers
  • Live performances
  • A St Peter’s Hospice pop-up shop with preloved wedding dresses and suits
  • A fashion show at 1pm
Photo by Rich McD Photography

A Bristol-based charity caring for adults with life-limiting illnesses, St Peter’s Hospice, have recently opened a couple of wedding related charity shops in the city. The event will be free to attend, though visitors are encouraged to make a charitable donation to the door.

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.


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.


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.


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.


Wedding fairy-tales come true at Clearwell Castle

If you’re looking for a grand venue, where you’ll be treated like king and queen for the day, then look no further than Clearwell Castle. The open day event taking place on Sunday 25th September invites brides and grooms to discover the secrets of this castle rich in historic features.


Winner of the 2016 British Wedding Awards, Clearwell Castle, in Gloucestershire, is one of the region’s most romantic wedding destinations. Following extensive renovations, the venue boasts unique features including the Grand Entrance Hall, a vibrant Cellar Bar and Ballroom.

This fairy-tale castle with tranquil woodland grounds also offers a two-day wedding experience for couples.


Why not take a tour to discuss the details of your wedding with the team? Book an appointment for Sunday 25th September between 12 and 4pm by contacting Emma Foster at 01594 832320 or


Are you turning into a bridezilla?

Whether still deciding on the venue or quite far along with the planning, the pressure to have the perfect wedding can turn even the calmest of brides into a badly-behaved bridezilla in the run up to the big day.

Photo by Stewart McPherson

Once the excitement of the engagement wears off, you’re left with a long list of things to organise, including the wedding venue, outfits for you and your groom and entertainment. There’s so much to consider and plenty of options to choose from, but who takes responsibility for each?

Many couples happily share the list between the bride and groom, and even tag in family and friends to help along the way. For others, it’s the bride who overlooks the planning while the fiancé is happy to go along with her decisions.  Bridezillas, however, are brides who take charge of the wedding planning and are so determined to make their wedding day perfect that they don’t consider the consequences.

Bridal behaviour


As we all know, the term ‘bridezilla’ comes from the famous Godzilla – a terrible monster from Japanese horror movies  – and defines ‘a bride whose behaviour in planning the details of her wedding is regarded as intolerable’. But how far can a bride go in order to qualify as a dress-wearing monster?

A recent survey carried out by interviewed 500 brides-to-be from across the UK and found that 1 in 3 engaged women is a bridezilla. In order to gather the data, brides were asked questions such as: ‘Would you trust your partner to organise the entire wedding?’ or ‘You’ve been cake tasting and you and your groom have opposite opinions. How do you decide on a cake?’

Why not take a look at the flowchart below to discover whether you’re getting close to becoming a bridezilla? If the answer turns out to be yes, it might be time you reconsider your priorities – wedding planning should be fun after all!

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