DIY wedding gifts are gaining traction. These days, 64 percent of couples want their wedding to reflect who they are.
Also, 72 percent worry about the cost.
With DIY wedding gifts, you can help friends and family who are getting married manage these concerns.
All About Wedding Gifts
There are 2.4 million couples who get married every year in the United States. In effect, that helps power the wedding industry to earn revenues of around $72 billion yearly.
With the average wedding having more than 130 guests, that’s a lot of wedding gifts.
Further, around 9 out of 10 couples have wedding registries that list down the things they’d like guests to buy for them.
TheKnot has also published the most popular wedding gifts that couples who use their service ask from their guests.
Here are the top 10:
What Engaged Couples Want
- 1Williams-Sonoma 10-Piece Glass Bowl Set
- 2Calphalon Classic Cooling Rack
- 3Pyrex Easy Grab Bake ‘N Store 8-Piece Set
- 4Simplehuman Brushed Bag Holder
- 5The Cellar Selene Cake Dome
- 6Martha Stewart Cupcake Carrier
- 7Martha Stewart Nonskid Mixing Bowls
- 8CorningWare French White Bakeware 10-Piece Set
- 9Martha Stewart Over-The-Sink Cutting Board With Colander
- 10Rubbermaid 34-Piece Easy Find Lids Set
DIY Wedding Gifts
Some people ask, “I don’t get it. The couple has already told you what they wanted; why insist on a DIY wedding gift?”
The answer is simple:
DIY wedding gifts benefit both the giver and the receiver. We will get to that later.
Also, DIY wedding gifts are more personal than store-bought gifts.
Susan Hodara wrote in the New York Times that she was giving her daughter a DIY marriage ring. She worked on this gift for months.
No matter where you look, whether it’s at Target or Amazon, you will not find a gift similar to this marriage ring. It contains personal marriage advice from people who care about the couple.
Further, some people find store-bought gifts too impersonal.
Also, others cringe at the thought of giving money or checks, thinking that it makes the wedding feel like a business transaction where you pay for your invite.
What do DIY wedding gifts convey?
It’s something created for the new Mr. and Mrs. It also denotes a connection between the couple and the giver.
DIY wedding gifts further represent memories that you share. While also signifying looking forward to making more memories.
Furthermore, DIY wedding gifts tell the receiver that you know them more than well enough to know what they like.
It also speaks about your hopes and dreams for your friend and his or her new spouse.
More befittingly, it is an expression of love.
The New York Times article revealed what their contributors gave their closest friends. A marriage ring, a cheeseboard, a recipe book, and a pillow. There are also gifts that the couple enjoyed on their wedding day.
How to Give DIY Wedding Gifts
Most people think that they should stick to the registry when it comes to wedding gifts.
What you should do is:
Ask the couple first if you could go off the list and make your own gift.
This point is essential:
If it’s something that the couple will be using on the big day, then you should coordinate with them or the wedding planner to make sure that there are no duplications. Or to make sure that you don’t get in the way.
Don’t surprise the bride if you are planning to give her an origami bouquet as a DIY wedding gift.
Just a few tips
What do you need to remember when giving DIY wedding gifts? Here are some guidelines.
1. Remember that it’s a gift, which means that you also need to make sure that the recipient will love and enjoy it as much as you had fun making it.
2. Stick to what you know. When giving DIY wedding gifts, you should know what you’re doing. Remember that this is your friend or relative’s special day, and it is not a good time to experiment or learn a new craft.
3. Discover what the couple needs. Let’s say that you have been dabbling in essential oils, and you want to give your friend some of the blends you came up with.
However, if you know that both the husband and wife are also avid oilers, you might want to look for another idea. You should think of items that you know they need, instead of one that they will never use.
Why You Should Choose a DIY Wedding Gift
There are many benefits to giving DIY wedding gifts.
1. It’s easy
Don’t shy away from an opportunity to show your creative side. We assure you that with enough time and practice, you can create amazing projects.
That’s true even if you think you do not have the talent or an original idea to work with in making your gift.
With thousands of tutorials online, you can also come up with DIY wedding gifts that are beautiful, meaningful, and special.
2. It’s fun and healthy
Did you know that crafting is a form of therapy? It has been used since the First World War to help soldiers deal with stress and anxiety, or shell shock.
It can also take your mind off negative thoughts.
And it can even help develop your skills.
3. It’s more affordable than buying gifts
How much do people spend on wedding gifts?
On average, friends of the couple pay $99 for wedding gifts.
However, family members shell out more, with gifts costing at least $127.
Distant friends and co-workers can get away with gifts ranging from $50 to $75.
Crafting allows you to make more meaningful gifts while also saving money.
4. It’s more special for the recipient
You certainly do not have to give a gift in exchange for getting invited to the wedding.
Instead, your gift should be a reflection of how fond you are of the couple.
Also, some couples have wedding registries, but these are merely suggestions.
Remember wedding registries are only suggestions.
Couples might even appreciate DIY wedding gifts more than store-bought ones. Not only are these items more personalized, but they are also one of a kind.
And not only that:
They get to enjoy the perks that come with getting a DIY wedding gift.
The Benefits of DIY Gifts for the Couple
Depending on what the DIY wedding gift is, there are a variety of ways that a soon-to-be-married couple will love you more because of your unique present.
1. DIY wedding gifts can help lessen expenses
The average wedding budget is $33,391.
The truth, however, is that not all of these are essential to starting their married life, but they would be nice to have.
A DIY wedding gift can help lessen expenses, and we have some very concrete examples later on.
What are couples spending on for their big day?
(except the honeymoon)
Groom’s attire and
Catering (price per person)
As we suggest below, you can give gifts that will help lower the couple’s expenses.
2. It’s one of a kind
We don’t know about you, but there are times when we don’t want mass produced items to help us remember such a memorable day as our wedding.
Why use the same products all of your friends are using, when you can ask for DIY wedding gifts?
DIY wedding gifts give the newlyweds a chance to have something unique for their special memories.
3. Goes well with a DIY wedding
There are many benefits to DIY weddings.
Here’s a fun fact: Around 6 out of 10 couples, or 61.7 percent, say they opted to do their weddings, or a part of it, themselves.
Directly because DIY weddings can save them money.
Rather than hire professionals, soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. are going DIY.
Further, 17.3 percent of couples also said that they did a DIY wedding because it allows them to customize their dream day perfectly.
Here’s the good news:
DIY wedding gifts go well with a DIY wedding.
What are the elements of a wedding that are most open to DIY projects?
Print items top the list with 57 percent of couples saying they did their own save the dates, programs, place cards, thank you notes, invitations, and menu cards, among others.
Most couples want DIY wedding invitations and other printed items.
Further, half of the DIY wedding couples opted for DIY decors such as the decorations used in the ceremony, centerpieces, table linens, photo displays, lighting, and outdoor displays.
Around the same number, or 49 percent opted for DIY favors.
Even DIY wedding decorations can look fantastic!
What Are Couples DIY-ing?
Percentage of couples
who opted to go DIY
Photo and video
As you can see:
Couples appreciate the time and effort that goes into a DIY wedding gift because they went through it themselves. They know how time-consuming it can be.
DIY Wedding Gifts: Some Great Ideas
If you want to give a DIY wedding gift, but you are now drawing a blank as to what to make, then you can get some cues from this list.
Here are the 14 things that you can consider.
1. The gift of skills and time
DIY wedding gifts are great for those who earn a living from their talent.
For example, if you are a professional photographer and you want to give the couple a pleasant surprise, then you can do pre-nuptial photography for free.
Also, if you want to give something extraordinary:
Offer to cover the event as your gift to the couple. Further, you can pamper relatives and friends with deep discounts for your services.
Of course, you are threading the fine line between giving your services as a gift and working for free.
The rule of thumb should be if friends or family come to you, then you should charge them. However, if you offer your services, then it’s a gift.
Weddings typically require several professionals working together. If you are one, then you might consider giving the couple (if they are close to you) the gift of skills. Your present will also help lessen their expenses.
Not only that:
You can provide them with something significant and meaningful.
Offering to officiate your friends’ wedding for free will save them an average of $278.
Are you a wedding coordinator, hairstylist, baker, and florist, or videographer? Then you are lucky to have this option.
2. Decorations and details
You do not have to be a professional to be able to help soon-to-be married couples save on their wedding.
Firstly, you can help your friends have stunning decors at their wedding.
Taking time out, a few crafts, and some things you have at home. These are all you need to make the wedding venue eye-catching, while also making the event truly memorable.
Couples spend an average of more than $2,300 on flowers. A lot of these are used for decorations.
You can certainly lessen the amount you pay with DIY decorations.
You can use paper, the plants that you have at home, plastic flowers, or cheaper real ones to come up with stunning centerpieces, lovely decorations, and even cute gift bags.
While the bride and her bridesmaids have their bouquets, the groom and his groomsmen have boutonnieres. You can also give boutonnieres to parents, grandparents, and immediate family members who are not part of the entourage.
Here’s the thing, fresh flower boutonnieres cost anywhere from $10 to $20 a pop, so if you plan to give 10 of these, then you are looking at $100 to $200 added expenses. Some boutonnieres cost as high as $25 each.
Therefore, if you are looking for great DIY wedding gifts, then offering to make the boutonnieres should be very much appreciated.
Here’s a good idea:
To give you an idea of how much this costs the materials you need and price ranges for each follows:
Overall, you will need to spend anywhere from $40 to $55 to create several boutonnieres!
If you are looking for more colorful and more affordable boutonnieres, you can create ones with flowers made out of old magazines or decorative paper.
Turn paper into lovely boutonnieres!
And here’s how you make them.
Another one of those DIY wedding gifts that can lessen the couple’s expenses, invites are very easy to do and can look rather classy and posh.
Couples spend an average of $408 on invitations.
However, paper, high-quality printer, and lace are all you need to have to create an elegant invitation.
Here’s another idea:
In this case, the cost per invitation set is $2 to $2.50.
The average wedding has 136 guests. Even if you make an invitation set for each one, which you won’t need to do, that only amounts to around $270 to $340.
If you like those invitations with gold foil elements, then here are some ideas on how to add that to your printed materials.
5. Wedding hair and makeup
A wedding is traditionally seen as the bride’s special day.
For this reason:
She strives to look her most beautiful on the day she marries.
It’s also for this reason that brides spend an average of $150 to $600 on her hair and makeup.
So, think about this:
If you’re gifted with hair sprays and blushes, then you can help the bride look her best on her special day. And if you need some hairstyle ideas, here’s a great resource:
Further, here are some tips for the perfect wedding hair:
If you also volunteer to do the bride’s makeup, here are some tips you should know.
6. Thank you cards and save the dates
Thank you cards cost anywhere from $66 to $110 for weddings that had between 101 to 200 guests.
Save the date cards also cost around $95 to $105 for a set of 100; that is if you want to include a photo of the couple.
Printed items such as thank you and save the date cards, add at least $200 to the couple’s expenses.
As such, you can use your illustration or coloring skills to create the best thank you or save the date cards.
This video is a tutorial for a reasonably simple thank you card:
Further, here are some more ideas:
7. Your signature tray
Not everybody has the talent to create great stuff from scratch. If you are artistically-challenged, then this project should be an excellent choice.
It is easy to do.
You also do not have to be an artist.
In addition, you can give the newly married couple a unique marbled tray. With some glue and paint, you can turn an old boring container into an elegantly marbled food server.
You can get a three-piece set of trays for anywhere from $15 to $20, a gallon of glue for $10 to 15, and an 18-bottle set of two-ounce acrylic paints for $15 to $20.
You can also buy a 64-ounce epoxy resin for anywhere from $30 to $40.
Overall, all you need to do these fun DIY wedding gifts is from $70 to $95 for three lovely trays.
However, if you do not have that much time, you can paint the trays with acrylic, like this colorful tray that also adds a pop of happiness, color, and geometry into the new couple’s home.
So simple that even a child can make it!
8. Indoor herb garden
If you have been growing herbs yourself and the couple is the type who will like an indoor herb garden, then an indoor herb garden is perfect. An indoor herb garden is also ideal for those who love to cook.
And it’s this easy:
You will need mason jars (a set of three mason jars costs anywhere from $10 to $15), herb plants, soil cover, and potting mix. If you prefer to personalize it some more, then you will also need decorative accents, such as twines, craft paper, boxes, and others.
But all of that is optional.
If you want to save further, you can forego on the potting mix and just use water if you plan to give these herbs: sage, oregano, peppermint, basil, and also the others mentioned in this video.
9. Waterproof picnic blanket
One of the best gifts you can give newlyweds allow them to spend time together. Give them a waterproof picnic blanket if you have sewing skills.
All you need is a large piece of fabric, batting, and a shower curtain.
All of these materials will cost you around $45 to $60.
Further, here is how you do this picnic blanket.
When you’re done, this is how it looks like.
10. Tie-dyed kitchen towels
Shibori kitchen towels are a great way to add a pop of color to the newlyweds’ kitchen.
It is also effortless to do.
You can buy a set of two kitchen towels, the dye, and the fixer for around $25 to $30.
Further, if you want to include specific patterns and design, here’s how you do it.
11. Personalized coasters
You can give something that the couple would love, and it won’t look like you made it yourself. These coasters are great for casual entertaining at home, or for the newlyweds’ daily life.
You can also use your own artworks!
And here’s how you do them:
With personalized coasters, your imagination is the limit. You can choose to have photos of the couple from their social media accounts, the places they have traveled to, or just about any theme you want.
Also, if you are looking for an easier way to do this, there are coaster tile kits that sell for $20 to $30.
But if you are looking to make personalized coasters as your go-to DIY wedding gifts, then you might be able to save some more by buying the ingredients on the video above.
12. Geometric mirror
A geometric mirror serves two purposes. The first is to help you ensure that you look your best every day. It also helps to beautify your home.
Here’s how you can create a DIY geometric mirror.
You can also substitute copper foil tape for the lead trim tape if you can’t find it. A roll of half-inch wide tape costs $8 to $10.
Meanwhile, some mirrors cost $25 to $30.
Overall you will pay around $30 to $40 to make this elegant, one of a kind mirror.
13. Watercolor portraits
Portraits are excellent DIY wedding gifts. However, if you want a unique and affordable picture, but can’t draw a straight line, it can be a problem.
You can create watercolor portraits just by tracing. Here is a thorough tutorial with only 11 steps!
How it will look like when you’re done.
Good quality watercolor paper costs around $10 to $30 for 30 sheets.
Meanwhile, you can also expect to pay anywhere from $10 to $20 for an elegant looking frame.
Even if you make two portraits for the couple, you will only need to spend around $20 to $40 for this DIY wedding gift!
14. Commemorative plates
With a laser printed photo, you can create a personalized plate for the couple.
This stunning DIY project does not cost too much. The materials you need to buy are:
In our sample computation, to buy all the materials needed for this project, you can expect to spend around $65 to $85.
Show Your Love with DIY Wedding Gifts!
Some people might have reservations about giving DIY wedding gifts because they think that handmade stuff is cheap.
They are cheap, alright, because they are affordable.
But by any means, these items are not tacky.
Lovely DIY Wedding Gifts.
Others think that they are bound to buy only what’s listed in the couple’s wedding registry. While others, feel that they do not know the couple enough to come up with DIY wedding gifts that they would appreciate.
Making your own gift ensures that you are giving the couple a unique item that only they have.
It shows your love for the newlyweds. Because here you are taking time out of your busy schedule to come up with something more personal and meaningful.
Have you ever made or received a DIY gift? Tell us about it in the comments!