The dos and Don’ts of DIY Wedding Flowers

If you’re a creative, hands-on kind of a bride, you’re probably considering putting together a lot of your wedding day yourself. Whilst being creative means you can be more thrifty, you may not have the right experience when it comes to flower arrangements. Follow our guide on DIY wedding flowers and all will be fine.

The dos and Don'ts of DIY Wedding Flowers

The dos and Don’ts of DIY Wedding Flowers

Firstly, you need to consider the time of year that you’re getting married. Look around you and think about what’s going to be in bloom. Not only will you be able to source your flowers more easily and inexpensively, you’ll also be keeping your green credentials if you don’t require exotic blooms to be shipped in from overseas out of season. Remember, if you’re getting married around Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day then you’ll pay a premium for your flowers.

So if you’re getting married in the spring, it’s going to be flowers like narcissi, hyacinths and tulips. In the autumn, you’re going to be opting for colourful brights like dahlias, hydrangeas and maybe branches of fruits and berries to decorate your venue too.

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Think about your theme

Give yourself plenty of time to think about your flowers and decide what you want. Have a theme. This could be seasonal, colour-led or a style such as vintage or country garden. Maybe take an evening class in flower arranging, which will also show you how to keep flowers looking their best.

Rustic charm

Country-style wedding lends itself best to a handmade wedding with DIY flowers. You can have simple jam jars crammed with wildflowers, cornflowers and roses as centrepieces on your reception tables. These will look charming and rustic and moreover, they will look handmade, which is a nice touch.

Do know your limits

Don’t decide you’re going to create elaborate formal flower arrangements if you have little to no experience. Use the time in the lead up to your wedding to practice, watch tutorials and understand what flowers go aesthetically but also what smell good together.

Easy pew ends

If you’re getting married in a church, decorate the ends of the pews with a hand-tied garland of blossoms or even just different coloured greenery. If you’re planning a winter wedding, holly and trailing ivy will be very festive too.

Scattering petals

There’s nothing to say your flower girls have to hold a bouquet of flowers. You could give them a simple basket filled with rose petals, which they can scatter as they walk down the aisle behind you. However, if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you could make flower pomanders for them to carry, just make sure you practise first.

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DIY wedding flower don’ts

A professional job

If you’re not overly confident, don’t create your wedding bouquet yourself. It’s a whole lot of pressure for you and your bouquet is going to take centre stage on your big day too. Creating a dazzling posy or bunch of flowers for the bride to carry is a real art form. Give yourself a break and hand that job over to somebody who’s really experienced. We’re sure you won’t regret it.

Last-minute rush

Don’t forget to give yourself plenty of time to source your flowers. If your dad has a beautiful garden of roses, and he’s happy for you to pick them, then, by all means, use them. However, you’ll also need to source some blooms from a flower market. Make sure you visit a few times so you can make friends with the stall holders and find what they’re going to have when. Don’t be afraid to ask that about what they’d recommend for the time of year, after all they’re experts that you can also rely on.

Keep practising

Finally, don’t forget to practise, practise and practise. When it comes to DIY wedding flowers, practice is precious. Time yourself on how long it takes to make a table centrepiece and decorations for the ceremony or venue. Enlist the help of your favourite girls if they’re reasonably artistic! Just don’t leave everything until the last week and then panic because you’ve run out of time. A stressed bride is not a happy one!

From pansies to roses, if you’re looking for more handy floral hints, our Wedding Flowers section[1] has got it covered.


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How to make your own wedding invitations in 10 easy steps

Deciding to make your own wedding invitations can be a little daunting at first. However, with some bit of careful planning, you can end up with beautiful, bespoke stationery at a fraction of the cost. Here, The Wedding Crafter[1] shows you how to do it with their easy 10-step guide.

Choose your design

Your invitations are the first impression guests get about your wedding, so take time to get it right. Also, consider your colour scheme and messaging. Do you want something minimal or detailed?


Set a budget

You must set a budget from the start as you really don’t want to design your perfect invitation only to find you can’t afford it. Think about how many guests you’re inviting (tip – remember you only need one invite per couple or family, not one per person – it may sound obvious but it’s a common mistake).



Start with the basic invitation

There are loads of different styles and types of cards. Flat unfolded cards and traditional card blanks are great if you’re on a budget or don’t have much information to include. Wallets are great for including lots of extra information, inserts and RSVP cards as well. There are also in-between options that give you the freedom of a wallet on the budget of a traditional card.

Use a neutral colour for the cards, then add colour through printing, embellishments or ribbons. Alternatively, you can use coloured card and make a great statement. Card textures can make a big difference to the overall feel of an invitation, from rustic matte textures to contemporary pearlescent effects to vintage tapestry styles. Consider printing or foil stamping the front of the cards, or use peel-off stickers (with a steady hand!).


It’s time to decorate!

This is where you get really creative. Keep things really simple and elegant with ribbon down the spine of the card. Alternatively, you can use ribbon to act as a belt or divider.

You can buy decorative ribbon here.[2]

Decorative papers can be used for panels, strips and wraps to bring an accent of colour or add a bit of glitter. Layer decorative panels with the same card as your base invite printed with your names, initials, dates and so on. You can also use 3D sticky pads to build up depth.[3][4]

Embellishments come in a huge range of colours and styles, and can bring a dash of colour to the invitation. Mount these on to contrasting cards and papers.


Print your inserts

Choose your insert from a huge range of colours and textures. Some styles of inserts can be mounted on decorative papers or contrasting card.[5] Take your time to get your insert wording just right.

Try to keep the style of your font in keeping with the rest of the invitation. Also, remember to keep the font clear and easy to read. Accent colours can be introduced by printing in coloured ink, or metallic foil printed inserts can look stunning. However, if you aren’t 100% sure of what you’re doing consider using an insert printing service.

Don’t forget the sticky stuff

Inserts can be stuck into cards really quickly and easily using adhesive tape pens.

Top tip: attach inserts to the left-hand side of the card near the spine, so the insert will fall open when the card is opened.

For sticking embellishments onto cards, PVA craft glue dries quickly and easily and more importantly is clear when dry. For creating raised layering of card and papers then 3D sticky pads give that slight 3D effect. In addition, ribbons can be left loose or secured with a line of adhesive tape pen.

Add the envelopes

Envelopes[6] come in standard sizes, so make sure your invitation will fit in one before you get too far down the line. Also, bear in mind the cost of postage as a letter thicker than 5mm will cost more to send.

The envelope is the first thing people see when receiving your invitation, so consider making it special with pearlescent or textured paper.


Start creating

Set aside some time for a marathon card making session. Gather all your craftiest friends and family together and open a bottle of wine before you get started. Make this a fun and enjoyable event. If you have lots to get through then a mini production line will be the most efficient way to get everything done in a night. However, if you have more time then it might be more interesting to each do a card from start to finish.

The tool of the trade

You can create really professional-looking invitations by buying cards ready folded and inserts ready cut. However, if you have a large number of invitations to go out on a tight budget then it could save money to buy a few card-making tools. This way you can create everything yourself from scratch – if you’ve got the time of course.

A paper trimmer will let you cut your card and paper from larger sheets. Card folding boards help you to put a crease into a flat piece of card and then fold it neatly. Finally, to fold the cards a bone folder is pretty essential.

If all else fails

Finally, if you’ve followed the steps here and still aren’t sure of what to design, or aren’t confident striking out on your own, then why not buy a DIY invitation kit? You will still save loads of money, without the hard work of coming up with the design yourself.


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10 Hilarious Wedding Speeches

Whether you’re the groom, best man or the father of the bride, or if you have just been asked to make a speech at your friend’s big day, don’t fret! These hilarious wedding speeches will give you some much-needed inspiration to make your wedding speech funny…

10 Hilarious Wedding Speeches

10 Hilarious Wedding Speeches

Best Maid of Honour Toast (Eminem rap)

Bridesmaid Jennifer Gabrielli delivers what may be the best surprise toast by any member of the wedding party, ever. How’s this for a hilarious wedding speech?

Funny Best man Speech

Delivering hit after hit of hilarious knockout one-liners, this best man certainly knows how to keep the guests entertained!

Funny Father of the Bride Speech

Father of the bride gives an outstanding speech. Expect lots of humour, and advice that will never be forgotten. This speech is a must-watch and it will have you laughing from the start.

A Pilot’s Wedding Speech

Capt Matthew Krivohlavy was unable to attend the nuptials of his brother Brandon and his fiancée in Texas. So instead, he made a two-and-a-half-minute video from the cockpit of his Harrier using flash cards to express his thoughts. It reduced the wedding party to tears and we think it will get you blubbing too!

Touching Wedding Speech by the Father of the Bride

This father of the bride gives the new husband a few words of advice when he gives his daughter away. Phillip’s definitely got some big shoes to fill!

The Younger Brother Wedding Speech

Don’t ever ask your little brother to be your best man. Clark did this and he got thoroughly embarrassed with some hilarious childhood stories.

Man of Honour Wedding Speech

This musical number was done by Amy’s man of honour. You definitely need to watch this!

The Younger Brother Best man Speech

This is another reason why you shouldn’t ask your younger brother to be the best man. Cringe…

Tom Fletcher’s Groom speech

We couldn’t do a list of amazing wedding speeches without including this musical groom’s speech from McFly’s Tom Fletcher.

Top Tips for Writing a Wedding Speech

Follow this expert advice and make sure guests remember your speech for all the right reasons…

Keep it short

Make sure your speech is no more than 10 minutes long, which on paper is about 1,000 words. Time yourself when you’re rehearsing and make sure you’re speaking slowly.

Managing the nerves

If the big moment has arrived and you’re feeling terrified, ask the people at the back of the room if they can hear you. It’s an old trick, but it allows you to get those first few words out. The result will draw a response from the crowd and should help you settle.

Humour versus sincerity

Too many Best men write their wedding speeches with a bunch of friends over a few beers. This can be fun at the time but often results in a speech high on stories and innuendo but low on sincerity. Strike a balance. The audience will enjoy some jokes at the groom’s expense, but try to demonstrate he is a good friend with some decent qualities.

Avoid a long list of thank yous

Nothing can be more dull or unoriginal than a speech that resembles a school register of thanks. Stick to those who really need a mention.

End with a toast

This is a great opportunity to end on a sincere and touching note. If you’re the father of the bride or best man, toast the couple. If you’re a groom, toast your new wife.

Finally, if you’re looking for more ideas, head on over to our Wedding Readings and Speeches[1] section for more inspiration.


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The Mr and Mrs Quiz: Just how well do you Know Each Other?

Welcome to our favourite hen party game, the Mr & Mrs quiz! Back in the 1970s, there was a TV game show called ‘Mr and Mrs’. On here the contestants were asked challenging and funny questions about their partner. The result was hilarious and cringe-worthy moments in equal measure.

It’s the ultimate couples trivia game and it got us thinking – how well do you know your other half? So just for fun, we’ve made a Mr & Mrs Quiz especially for you.


The Mr and Mrs Quiz: Just how well do you Know Each Other?

We have a range of questions from hilarious to downright awkward so choose them carefully. You can download our printable copies for your hen party. Alternatively, you could challenge your other half on your wedding day in front of all the family.

All we say is, let the games begin.

The Mr and Mrs Quiz: Just how well do you Know Each Other?

  • What’s the one thing, apart from you, that he’d save in a fire?

  • His job, his friends, his hobbies and you – put them in order of priority!

  • What would he say is most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done?

  • What’s the name of his favourite celebrity crush?

  • What’s the most unusual place you’ve had sex?

  • What would he say is your most annoying habit?

  • What would you say is his most annoying habit?

  • What’s his favourite sexual position?

  • Who’s got a higher libido, you or him?

  • Who would play him in a movie of his life?

  • What’s his favourite part of your body?

  • What’s your favourite part of his body?

  • Where does your husband to be want to go on honeymoon?

  • How many children does he want?

  • What year did you get together?

  • After how many dates did you sleep together?

  • How do you like to fall asleep? Cuddling or apart?

  • Would you trust him to choose your wedding dress?

  • How many times did he take his driving test?

  • What’s his favourite meal?

  • What’s his special name for you?

  • Would you rather spend an evening out with his parents or your parents?

  • What’s his favourite song? And what would he say your favourite song is?

  • What’s the first movie you ever saw together?

  • What’s his favourite time of year?

  • What were his exact words when he proposed?

The Mr and Mrs Quiz: Just how well do you Know Each Other?


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A History of Wedding Veils – Styles and Trends Through The Eras

A History of Wedding Veils

They vary in style and length almost as much as the dress, and the history of wedding veils is as long as getting marriage itself. We recap the most popular looks over the last century!

Cloche Headdresses

The 1920s saw brides favouring the lace cloche headdresses, some of which would be encircled with flowers. Veils were usually made of silk materials and decorated with flowers and leaves that would match the blooms in her bouquet.

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Veils started to make a more simple statement in the 1930s and into the 40’s when brides wore shear veils hanging loosely over their heads. The main reason for this style movement was a shortage of fabric during the war!

Birdcage Veil

In the post-wear years of the 1950s an enviable surge in elaborate bridal accessories brought about real style statement pieces including birdcage veils and slender fitting skullcap veils.

This fashion-forward look mellowed in the 60s with veils taking on a more modern, bohemian vibe[1]. Long, floaty styles became popular and took their cue from the ‘flower-power’ look of the time. These were often attached to pillbox hats. The 1970’s continued with a more relaxed style to the trend with floral crowns and shear veils draped over the top.

Cathedral Length

By the 1980s, the bigger the better! We saw Princess Diana’s mammoth veil setting the trend for a whole generation of brides. Her amazing veil was 24 feet long but the perfect length to make a dramatic statement as she entered St Paul’s cathedral. (surely the longest and most recognisable style in the history of wedding veils!)

The Royal Wedding

Flash forward to 2011 and Kate Middleton’s 72-inch ivory silk veil also made for a dramatic entrance at Westminster. “Kate opted for the ‘celestial halo’ effect,” says designer Kelly from Richard Designs[2].

“Unlike most veils, this particular one appeared to be without a comb; instead skilfully pinned behind the halo tiara and resting on her ‘Demi Chignon’ styled hair. The soft veiling was positioned precisely on to the comb to allow the correct amount of blusher to fall when it is worn forward. An ode to Catherine, this veil is timeless and ethereal!”

Modern Day

Today the modern bridal look is less defined but emphasises on shear fabrics and high detail in some cases. Ethereal veil shots of the bride with her groom make for utterly romantic wedding photos.

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