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How To Have A Sustainable Wedding Using DIY Tips And Tricks

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DIY weddings are growing in popularity for more than one reason. Not only do they allow individuals to save money on their big day, but they can also offer some highly sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives to common wedding trends. Working with a wedding planner like JS Events can help you to coordinate everything on the day, so you don’t feel overwhelmed by the DIY aspect of your wedding.

If you’re committed to having a low impact, locally sourced and sustainable wedding day, read on. We recently asked our new addition to the team, Sarah Norris, for her top tips on how to DIY your wedding in a sustainable way.

Forage where possible

If you’re keen on the rustic look, wildflowers offer the perfect alternative to pricey centrepieces. Ahead of your wedding, collect a range of small jars and vases to hold your wedding flowers. Then, enlist the help of family, friends, bridesmaids and groomsmen to collect and arrange the flowers ahead of your wedding. When you’re done with these flowers, you can simply compost them.

Dried flower petals also make excellent sustainable confetti. Some people plan well in advance and start collecting the petals from bouquets their partner buys them throughout their relationship. But if you didn’t think this far ahead, you could also buy a selection of reduced flowers and dry the petals. Artificial flowers are also an excellent choice for a more sustainable wedding. Flora & Daisy can help you to create your dream artificial bouquet.

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Ask for help

For Sarah’s wedding, she has enlisted the help of her mum to create DIY bunting. Her mum and neighbours are creating metres and metres of bunting using offcuts sourced from various places, including bridal shops. They are also using fabric offcuts to create things like table runners and chair bows. Some wedding venues will also offer a selection of props and decor you can use, or you can simply rely on the venue’s natural beauty. That Amazing Place or Piece Of Cake Marquees are perfect example of a venues that needs minimal dressing.

Buy second hand

You don’t have to make everything yourself. Facebook groups and Marketplace are often full of individuals and wedding companies selling off items they no longer need. When a couple is done with their DIY wedding, they will often sell items like vases, cake stands, bunting, picture frames, vintage suitcases and more in bulk.

You can pick up these for a fraction of the cost of collecting everything yourself. And when you’re done with your wedding, you know you’ll be able to sell this on to another couple with similar wedding goals. If there are props you would really like at your wedding that you just can’t find, a supplier like Love Lilly can help you to fill in the gaps.

Reuse, recycle

You might be surrounded by items you can use on your wedding day, you just have to be a little bit creative. Our new addition to the team, Sarah, is collecting gin bottles from her friends and family to repurpose as creative light sources on her wedding day. She plans to add cork lights which will allow her to create a walkway of light on the meadow to guide guests when the sun goes down.

You don’t have to spend a fortune to create something stunning. If you’re feeling creative and handy with a drill, you could try your hand at these amazing DIY cake stands. You can create a gorgeous vintage vibe by collecting mismatched plates and then attaching a cake stand to the bottom. It’s the ideal choice for a dessert bar.

Pallets are another versatile item that can be repurposed throughout your wedding. You can use the wood to create your own signage which will lend a rustic and relaxed aesthetic to your big day. You can often find free pallets on Facebook Marketplace.

Find your green fingers

One of the easiest ways to save money on your wedding is by taking care of your own flowers. A simple bouquet-making course would give you the confidence to create something stunning before your special day. You could also rely on YouTube tutorials to help you achieve something incredible.

You could also create your own floral centrepieces and wedding venue decor. Pair a fence panel with some fake foliage, fairy lights and flowers for the perfect backdrop for your photo booth. And you don’t have to spend a lot on photo booth rental, either. Simply set up a digital camera on a tripod with a timer button and leave some props nearby to let your guests get creative.

Ready to start planning your sustainable wedding? We’re here to help in any way we can. From connecting you with ECO friendly suppliers that will support your dreams, to helping you to define your wedding aesthetic. Get in touch today to learn more.

Oh and for more advice and inspiration, to help make your wedding day a unique and memorable occasion, make sure you’re following the Infinite Wedding Co blog regularly. We share helpful insight and inspiration to help make planning your wedding a breeze.

Ping us an email here:, if you have any other questions, we’d love to help.

Debbie and Becca x

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