Why DIY?

Why You Should Create Your Own Wedding Decor & Favors

Staying on budget for your wedding day isn’t easy. Picking the perfect dress, venue, and meal are some of the most important, yet pricier, elements of weddings. Amongst these, there are also countless little details to incorporate. Commonly, couples will create their decorations and favors to add personality to the event, as well as, cut down on costs without having to sacrifice the overall wedding bliss. Read below for why you should be adding a little DIY to the celebration.


Personal Touch

Weddings are a way to celebrate love and watch two people devote their entire life to each other. An easy way to highlight the couple is by creating personal decorations. Every wedding has a different theme and atmosphere and how you plan to achieve it is up to you. Of course, you can buy everything already done. However, taking the time to create things from scratch will help to accomplish exactly what you are looking for, and show your character and charm. Weddings are a time to reflect who both of you are, and share it with family and friends.


Having simple hand-crafted decorations can go a long way in presenting your theme. One item you can incorporate into the decor are tabletop frames. They are convenient to use, mesh well with any theme, and an excellent way to show a couple’s personalities. Frames can be used throughout the venue to display different photos of the couple, showcase table numbers, or various signs. For example, for the guest book, you could create a sign stating, “Please sign our guest book,” and then place this sign in a frame to easily instruct guests.



There are many wedding to-dos that make it harder to stay on budget, one being favors. Having a favor for every guest can be a pricey endeavor, but a perfect way to say thank you and help them remember this beautiful day. This is an area perfect for a little DIY to save on costs. Put that creative cap on, and really take the time to make something meaningful to show your loved ones how appreciative you are. This will go a long way!


The options for DIY wedding favors are endless. Options for different seasons, color schemes and more. One of the more cost-effective favor ideas that your guest will surely love is DIY soy candles. Add little tags on them saying “thank you” or “keep the fire burning.” Other budget-friendly wedding favors include making kettle corn, chocolate covered pretzels, or a wedding soundtrack for guests to take home!


In your pursuit to have the most magical wedding day, don’t completely write off adding a little creativity. Depending on where your venue is, most wedding necessities are included in the packages, much like Historic Oakland’s features. Whether the dress and venue follow a contemporary, rustic, or modern feel, you can make any themes come to life with your “do it yourself” approach.

-Rebecca T


The staff at Historic Oakland want to help you plan your event. We are here to assist you with everything you need, from lists of caterers to choosing how to decorate the rooms, deciding on how to use our beautiful grounds or finding the best photographer. Our historic venue in downtown Columbia, Maryland will make your event one that all your guests will remember for years to come. Call us to set up a tour or see if we have availability, 410-730-4801 or email us at [email protected].

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