Laura + Ryan wanted to have a fun wedding day on a budget – so decided to cut costs by doing almost everything themselves.
Both the bride and groom have always been crafty and creative, and saw their wedding day as a great opportunity to flex their DIY muscles. They made their own cake, canapés, invitations, and even their own wedding playground!
Find out how they did it in bride Laura’s own words…
We’re both English but we moved to Ireland after graduating university. We met whilst at a sensory food tasting session in Dublin.
Ryan’s first impression of me was that he thought I seemed to know a lot about food. My first impression of him is that I thought he was very Northern!
Our first priority was finding the right wedding venue. We both liked the idea of a beach wedding but weren’t sure what the logistics of that would be in Scotland.
Someone mentioned The Log Cabin Ravensheugh and when we went for a visit it just felt right, and Ryan could tell how much I liked it.
It ticked a lot of boxes that we were looking for and meant we could have the ceremony and reception in one place, as well as all the DIY aspects we wanted to include in our day.
My mum’s allotment provided most of the flowers for the wedding, supplemented by a local florist in Dunbar. Mum and her work friends actually arranged the flowers for the day all by themselves!
We also used flowers from my mum’s allotment for the confetti, which we dried and packed up for the guests.
We really loved the natural feeling of her photos and that she favoured a more candid style of photography. We were so pleased with the results – we couldn’t have asked for a better photographer!
The idea of dress shopping was a little intimidating because I’m not the most confident person. I had an idea of the shape of the dress I might like and I knew I didn’t want anything too fussy.
I finally settled on a dress from WED2B that had an embellished lace top, a ballgown skirt and pockets, which I loved.
I felt very comfortable whilst wearing it and it wasn’t over-the-top big or clinging too much to my body – it was just right!
I love being creative and we didn’t have a big budget so decided to make a lot of the items and food for the wedding ourselves.
The lawn games, decorations, canapes, sweet cart, cake, and any added extras were all homemade by us, family and friends.
We had a pretty small wedding of around 110 guests and we really just wanted them all to get stuck in and mix with each other. We’re quite a laid-back couple and love sports, so we built a DIY playground that really suited the chilled out, informal atmosphere that we were trying to create.
My dad made a cornhole game out of offcuts of wood and old kitchen cabinets. We also found an old badminton net and strung it up on the grounds, so guests could have a game.
We made a ‘Hook a Duck’ game out of an old bird bath, and even stuck up goal posts for a ‘Beat the Bride’ game of penalties!
My dad made a very lovely speech with fewer embarrassing anecdotes than I was expecting! Although he did pull out some old photographs of me from my younger years which made everyone laugh.
Ryan and I both made a speech as he isn’t overly keen on public speaking and I wanted to make sure all the help was acknowledged and that we thanked everyone for travelling from far and wide for our day.
My advice to anyone planning their wedding would be that if you want to go for the DIY touches, do it.
Websites like Preloved.co.uk and Facebook Marketplace were really invaluable to us when sourcing items that suited our budget and choices.