Wedding planning can get expensive…very quickly. You’re playing with Monopoly money when you decide to go with the paper flower wall, s’mores station, and photo booth. But then you realize your ideas for your dream wedding come with a less than ideal price tag (boo!).

Well, don’t go scratching those ideas off your list so fast. Plan in advance and you can DIY those exact concepts — this’ll not only save you big bucks, but it’ll also make your wedding so much more special and personal.

Below are some things you can definitely DIY for your big day:

Photo Backdrop
Whether it’s a paper flower wall or a wall with cute cut out frames for your guests to stick their faces in, there are so many different yet creative ways to create your own backdrop. Save extra money by not hiring a photographer to operate the photo booth. Instead let people snap their own photos (because that’s what they do anyway) or leave Polaroid cameras on a small table next to the backdrop so guests can take home physical photos. Get tons more inspo here!

Wedding Program
There are so many sites that charge an arm and a leg for wedding programs, but this is one area where you can save tons of money considering the program usually gets tossed right away after the ceremony ends. Create your wedding program with sites like Canva or save trees and money by creating a large chalkboard with the program written on it for guests to read as they walk in. Bonus tip: If you’re having an outdoor wedding, kill two birds with one stone by creating a wedding program that’s also a fan!

Guest Favors
No need spend extra money to purchase favors for your guests. You can easily DIY favors that will match seamlessly with the theme of your wedding. Plus, it’s personal and unique if you make them! Consider a DIY candy bar, s’mores kit, or DIY hot chocolate in a mason jar.

Brainstorm some cute sayings that capture you and your fiancé in a nutshell to place at the cocktail bar, dessert table, guest book, etc. Type them up in a pretty font, print onto a gorge backdrop, and add clip art if needed (we’re obsessed with Jen House Design). Then take a few frames (get them at the dollar store), paint them with metallic spray paint, add the backdrop into the frame, and voila! You can even ask a friend with beautiful handwriting to help with signage, too.

Cake Topper
Show off your personality and style by making your own cake topper. It’s something extra special to DIY since it’ll be heavily photographed with you and your new hubby! We love this cute Polaroid topper that’s the perfect mix of clever and sweet.

xx, The FabFitFun Team