A guide to creating the ultimate D.I.Y. wedding

Planning your big day? Make it a truly personal event, featuring special touches you can make, budget-friendly buys and inspired styling.

Bunnings magazine, September 2020


Weddings can bring so much joy to many people. Make organising your own event fun and tailor it to your dreams by planning well ahead. Make some of the decorative and even structural elements yourself, and keep an eye out for bargains you can buy now and put away for later. This can also help to keep the budget under control – so maybe you can splurge on stunning blooms or a fabulous cake.*

Table setting

Work with the garden backdrop – keep your colour palette simple with neutral colours and flowers galore. Simple drop sheets flung over basic trestles make a wonderfully textured table dressing.

table and chairs set up outside with candles and flowers as table decorations

Welcome guests

Use tent pegs to steady your frame, and add a flower spray for impact!

welcome sign with flowers

Inspiring indicator

Give directions with a homemade sign. 

sign giving you directions to dinner, photos, drinks and dancing

Name it!

D.I.Y. place cards are a lovely, cost-effective touch. We wrote guests’ names on magnolia leaves with a white Sharpie paint marker – charming and effective!

leaf with guests name on it

Flower fest

Pack blooms into large metal tubs for a casual, more-is-more effect.

pink and yellow roses

Grand entrance

Improvise an aisle and altar with a floral arch and modular decking. Simply thread single stems through the sides of the arch and pack blooms into florists’ foam bricks to devise a beautiful floral base.

wedding arch covered in flowers

Grazing feast

Use food-safe boards, cut to size in-store, to form a table full of delicious treats. Making your own grazing board is an easy project to do and something you'll be able to reuse again at future events.

cheese, crackers and fruit on timber grazing board

The power of flowers

Flowers can be expensive, but they do make a celebration truly special. Supplement with foliage from the garden to stretch the budget.

pink roses

D.I.Y. wedding cake

This pretty cake was created by sandwiching two store-bought mud cakes together, covering with premade icing and topping with homemade candied orange slices. A sprig of fresh rosemary adds a finishing touch.

cake with white icing, orange slices and rosemary

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Photo Credit: Cath Muscat

* But when planning your own event, do make sure you follow the current restrictions and social distancing guidelines as defined by your state government, if required to at the time.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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