DIY Weddings

Say ‘I do’ to a DIY Wedding

They say a wedding is one of the biggest days of your life but it can often turn out to be one of the most expensive ones too. If recent statistics are anything to go by, the average wedding will cost you a hefty £21,000. All brides-to-be know that it’s important to stick to a wedding budget and identify opportunities for cost savings wherever possible. Making your own items such as invitations, thank you cards, bunting and table centrepieces is a great way to save some cash whilst putting your own personal stamp on your big day.

Transforming a barn into a warm and romantic venue Marshall Meadows night terrace credit pictorial photography


Are you looking to get married in a location that can be made to look and feel just how you want it to?

Barns are perfect as they are often a blank canvas, giving you the scope to have your wedding styled exactly how you always imagined, however their size alone can be daunting.  Lindsey Hunter of Get Knotted gives us her recipe for transforming a barn from blank and chilly to warm and romantic. Marshall Meadows night terrace credit pictorial photography

The English Soap Company Luxury Guest Soaps

The English Soap Company Luxury Guest Soaps

Who are The English Soap Company? And how did we get started? Producers of pretty, sweet smelling soaps, The English Soap Company was founded more than a decade ago by co-founders Bob and Juliet. The pair discovered a large number of vintage soup moulds in a disused machinery workshop in Kent. Inspired by the vintage and classic designs that had seemed to be forgotten, they created a brand to revive the wonderful designs from the past and spent lots of time perfecting the fragrance of each individual scent .

Myweeteepee – Little Spaces for Little People

Myweeteepee – Little Spaces for Little People


When planning a wedding, it is sometimes difficult to find little things for children that not only let them have fun, but which also fits within the whole look of the day. For children the day can feel long and parents want to enjoy themselves too, so it is important to make sure they are entertained and occupied so everyone can have a great time.

Beautiful in design, the Myweeteepees offer children a perfect hideaway to play in, read in or chill out in whilst looking so stunning they look great in any room, garden or wedding setting.

Gala Tent has revolutionised the marquee industry

Gala tent wedding marquee exterior

DIY weddings have increased in popularity over recent years, with growing numbers of brides and grooms opting to turn their backs on traditional wedding venues in a bid to create a unique, truly memorable setting for their perfect day. Marquees provide a flexible, affordable alternative to a traditional wedding setting which can be fully customised to suit your unique needs and tastes.

Whether you are planning a large celebration or an intimate affair, a wedding marquee offers a perfect blank canvas to enjoy your special day. Launched in 1999 Yorkshire-based Gala Tent has revolutionised the marquee industry, helping to make purchasing marquee equipment a more affordable alternative to hiring.


Metallic Glitter 3D letters for your wedding

Whether you’re looking to have a ‘green wedding’, love the shabby chic trend or simply wanting to save the pennies, a lick of paint and some creative thought can go a long way increating the perfect wedding.

Upcycling expert, editor of All Round Creative Junkie and North East Blogger of the Year Cheryl Lumley shares her tips for adding that extra sparkle to a wedding without breaking the bank.

Add a Personal Stamp to your Wedding

TwentyTweny block printing kit, add Personal Stamp to your Wedding

Artistic endeavor has never been greater for the bride to be as more and more personalisation, craft and creativity features in preparations for the big day. Block printing is one of the simplest, but most effective ways of producing your own printed designs and is also a hugely satisfying project to complete.

Twenty Twenty Gallery has worked with renowned artist Angela Harding to produce a beautifully presented block printing kit in a   handmade wooden box, that would make a fabulous gift in itself. Angela’s works of flora and countryside are hugely inspirational and illustrate the striking elegance of block printing.

Light up your wedding for less with stylish LEDs

light up your wedding for less with stylish LEDs

Save 20% on LEDHut’s decorative lighting range with code WEDDING20

With wedding season in full swing, brides and grooms across the country have begun the countdown to their big day – and to help with those all-important finishing touches, LEDHut has launched a limited-time 20% discount on its extensive decorative LED lighting range.

From twinkling fairy lights to rustic branch lights and even flickering real-wax LED candles,’s beautiful selection of LUMiLife decorative LEDs gives you the tools to transform an ordinary wedding venue into a romantic setting to remember.

Using Disposable Tableware For A Wedding

using disposable tableware for a wedding


In the current austerity climate each day we learn about another activity that can be done for less without compromising the experience. Weddings are no different; it may be the biggest day of your life but it no longer has to be the most expensive.

The catering bill is usually the biggest chunk out of the budget and is therefore an easy target for shaving costs if you put your mind to it. Many people plan in advance and opt for self-catering, with a trusted team of loyal friends and family members pitching in. Also, professional caterers will be happy to provide as much or as little of the food as you wish, meaning a hybrid event is equally possible.

Strawberry chiffon cake

Strawberry Chiffon Cake Recipe

A real girly pink, this American style whisked sponge cake is made with pureed strawberries and vegetable oil rather than butter so is light but still moist and moreish. You don’t need any fancy tins to make this, just 2, 20cm (8inch) springform tins that you can easily pick up from the supermarket.

• Serves 10 • Prep: 1 hour • Cook: 25-30 minutes  • Chill: 4 hours

Cook’s tip: As this cake is quite involved, you might prefer to make the cake the day before then wrap in foil or make and fill the cake then chill overnight and just decorate with the frosting an hour or so before you want to serve it and keep it in the fridge.

Seafood salad with strawberries

Seafood Salad with Strawberries Recipe

Seafood salad with strawberries recipe perfect for DIY Weddings. Quick to mix together, light, refreshing and low in calories. Plus this healthy salad is just bursting with health boosting antioxidants, vitamin C and protein to help keep you in tip top shape.

• Serves 4 • Prep: 25 minutes

Cook’s tip:  Rather than adding prawns and mint this salad also tastes great with cubed goats cheese and chopped coriander.

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Raspberry gin sorbet with lavender thins

raspberry gin sorbet with lavender thins recipe

Cool and refreshing, a cocktail in a dessert glass, or for a bit of fun why not freeze in ice lolly moulds for an adult only version.

• Serves 6 • Prep: 20 minutes • Cook: 30-35 minutes • Freeze: 6-8 hours or overnight

Cook’s tip

If the sorbet has been in the freezer overnight then take the container out of the freezer and allow to soften for 10 minutes before scooping.

Not a fan of lavender then leave it out and add the grated rind of ½ a lemon or leave the biscuit mix plain.

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