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The average cost of weddings has reached an all-time high, averaging out around $35,000. To combat some serious sticker shock, modern couples are turning to alternative methods of creating the perfect day without depleting their savings. This includes getting hands-on with more aspects of the big day, including table settings, favors, drinks, and food. These do it yourself (DIY) wedding ideas allow couples to get creative while adding a personal touch to every part of their wedding.

Serve and Display Your DIY Wedding Food

When the vows are said and done, your guests will be hungry and ready to indulge in delicious foods and boozy drinks. To save on food costs, you may want to consider rallying up a few family members or friends and cooking dinner yourselves. Catering your own wedding is definitely doable, which may surprise some couples. Keep stress to a minimum while trying to feed your guests by planning ahead, keeping it simple, and asking for help if necessary.

Keep costs down even further by utilizing WebstaurantStore’s wholesale pricing when it comes to serving supplies.

DIY Supplies for Beverage Stations

An open bar may be appealing to your guests, but it is a huge expense and can easily get out of hand. If your guests are still anticipating alcohol at the reception, cut costs without sacrificing a good time by offering one or two signature cocktails. This limits the variety of alcohol that needs to be purchased while adding a personal touch to your drink service. You and your future spouse can each name a drink that reflects your style or personality. Offer up “Say Yes Sangria” or a “Something Blue” martini to charm guests while keeping with your wedding’s theme.

Another option to reduce costs is to offer a self-serve beverage station that guests can enjoy as needed.

  • Beverage tubs or ice displays can be packed with cold beer, cider, soda, or water bottles for guests to easily grab and go.
  • Set up several beverage dispensers filled with water, lemonade, tea, or infused beverages.
  • Instead of elegant crystal or fragile glassware, serve cocktails in classic mason jar mugs for a rustic, personal feel. Add a lid and store your signature cocktails in a beverage tub for easy access to guests.

DIY Wedding Desserts

Wedding cakes can be as decadent or understated as you’d like, but they all have one thing in common: a big price tag. The average cost of a designer wedding cake is $450, but prices can easily reach into the thousands in areas such as New York City or California. But guests expect a sweet treat at the end of your reception, and with a little creativity, there’s no reason to eliminate the cake altogether. If you’re still interested in a traditional cake-cutting ceremony, opt for a small, one-tiered cake enjoyed by the bride and groom. And for the rest of your guests, try these clever alternatives that will still satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth.

  • Create wedding cake pops, and decorate them with a groom’s tux or bride’s gown made with icing or fondant.
  • Display cupcakes on tiers, similar to a wedding cake, that guests can come and take from as they please.
  • Fill shot glasses with dessert shooters for a fun and exciting presentation that guests aren’t expecting.
  • Match your dessert to the season. Offer candied apples in fall, bite-sized pies in summer, lavender honey cupcakes in spring, or peppermint brownies in winter.

DIY Wedding Table Settings and Centerpieces

Creating a table setting can be like staring at a blank canvas – the possibilities are overwhelmingly endless. Start from the bottom up, and stick to basics to create a simple yet elegant table setting without going over budget.

For your place settings, choose whether you want to use disposable or reusable dishware based on your needs. When shopping with WebstaurantStore, washable flatware offers an even better price than renting. No matter what you choose, most dinnerware can be dressed up for your big day, so it’s more a matter of practicality and personal preference. Here’s a list of basics to include on every table.

  • Cloth table covers
  • Plates or disposable plates
  • Flatware or disposable flatware
  • Champagne glasses for a toast
  • Cloth or disposable napkins
  • Table number

If you don’t know where to begin, try incorporating your wedding colors into the table cloth, napkin, and plates. From there, you can get creative by painting filled glass candles to use as centerpieces or incorporating kraft paper as table runners or placemats. You can even find someone with good handwriting to write each guest’s name on the paper at their respective seats. Finish off your homespun setting with flatware wrapped in doilies and tied together with a piece of twine. Together, these do-it-yourself table setting ideas will bring a rustic and homey feel to your table settings.

DIY Wedding Favors

Wedding favors give you the opportunity to send guests home with a small thank-you gift for attending your big day. These can be anything, so it’s the perfect time to get creative. If you opted for crafty alternatives to wedding cake, such as cake pops, cupcakes, or other miniature desserts, offer take-out containers to provide guests a chance to take more sweet treats home as their favors.

Another option is to fill plastic candy bags with a mix of the bride and groom's favorite candies for a personalized touch. Webstaurantstore’s small clamp lid jars are the perfect size to stuff with anything from jams and jellies to honey or granola. Include a tag stamped with your initials and wedding date to remind guests of the special day. Plus, once the jar is empty, they can refill it with whatever they please. If you’re willing to splurge, you can even create custom wine or beer glasses stamped with your own design.

Including do-it-yourself details in your wedding is a great way to save money while showcasing your personal style. Whether you’re making food or favors, or simply adding a few homemade touches here and there, you can use these ideas to make your DIY wedding look effortlessly beautiful.

Posted in: Foodservice Trends | By Rachel Jenkins
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