This is the next part in a 20-day long series. If you’ve missed any of it, you can find all of the tips in the category: Do it Yourself Wedding Plans.
These are all of the steps you need to schedule your time and budget for when you’re planning a DIY Wedding. The who’s, what’s, where’s as well as the when’s and how’s.


Present the Presents

Budget weddings doesn’t mean skipping all the fun stuff.
Do it yourself to save some money and give back to those who are doing so much to make your day perfect!

diy bridal giftsOf course I’m talking about the bridal party gifts.
The men and women who will be standing at your side while you take your ring and say your vows.
That’s pretty incredible, isn’t it?

While custom bridesmaids gifts can get pricey if you let them, there are some inexpensive choices that they would love!
Just because you look like you spent a fortune doesn’t mean you have a fortune to spend.

Instead of buying each of the bridal party members a $100 pair of Converse All Stars in the color of your wedding, maybe you could try buying them purses or ties that match their wedding dresses and suits?
Take a pair of plain slippers that match the bridesmaid’s dresses and add some rhinestones to them for a little extra bling.
The girls can be comfortable for the reception and they’ll have those slippers for years!

The men are pretty easy to please usually.
Can you buy each of them a bottle of their favorite liquor?
What about sending them all out for a day of golf while you and your bridesmaids go to the spa?

diy bridal party giftsA gift doesn’t necessarily mean a custom engraved treasure.
It can be a great day with friends where you can all make memories that will be far more treasured than a flask or a pair of earrings.

Do some research on paints that will work on glass and is nontoxic.
Spend an evening painting wine glasses for your girls or shot glasses for the guys.

Rather than engraved flasks and mirrors, what about saving a couple dollars and not doing the engraving?
Place a clear decal with your wedding date on them instead.

My favorite idea would be to buy necklace and earring sets for the bridesmaids and cufflinks and tie clips for the groomsmen.
They can all wear them for the wedding, too!
Maybe add a little something extra for the maid-of-honor and best man, but don’t go too over the top.
Try to keep the same price points for both the bridesmaids and the groomsmen, it’s only fair.

If even the bridal jewelry is out of your budget, what about gift cards for a nice restaurant or movie theater?
Who knows, maybe their next date will be the beginning of the next marriage in your social circle!

diy wedding party giftsWhether you have hundreds to spend or just a few dollars, these friends were chosen by you and took up the mantle to help you and your groom prepare for the biggest day of your life.
They deserve an extra special thank you from the two of you.
You also know best what your bridal party likes.
They’re your closest friends, who better to pick out a thoughtful gift that they’ll cherish?

Be sure to check back tomorrow for the last step of many that you’ll need to attend to for planning your Do it Yourself Wedding.