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An unforgettable DIY wedding: planning tips

03 April 2017

Planning a wedding is definitely easier with some help. Our first tip? Don’t plan solo. Follow along with us as we help two colleagues find a theme and plan a one-of-a-kind wedding. Then check out our two other posts to see what we came up with for the couple’s party ideas and dining decor!

Brunella and Lukas met years ago in Sweden through mutual friends. “It was love at first sight,” she says. “We’re both interested as persons. That’s why we get along,” he explains. Whether she’s theorising about Barbies (she’s a serious collector) or he’s examining the special effects of ‘80s films, they love learning from each other.  

Our interior designer Emma met them to get them thinking about what they want and don’t want by asking some wedding questions.

“I want people to remember my wedding—not as one of many weddings they’ve been to—but as a special wedding they enjoyed and that was different.”

Brunella, future bride

Different pictures of locations, foods, materials and colours taped to a wall and grouped by likes, dislikes and question marks to make a wedding moodboard

First, dream and decide. They collected examples of their passions and dislikes about everything—from locales to colours. Visuals helped them discuss their dreams and sort them into what’s important. Emma used their loves (Brunella=white and lace. Lukas=forest. And both love film, especially sci-fi.) to make a theme—romance, nature, cinema and space stuff. Her tip for contrasts? Think broad strokes and little touches. Emma looked for an ideal forest spot and started thinking about how to apply the theme to their other ‘must haves’ like a seated dinner, a lounge, a photobooth and favours.

Now, divide and conquer! While Emma did her work, Brunella and Lukas needed to work, too. We aren’t planning a wedding for them; we’re just ‘staging’ it to see the possibilities. But Emma has some tips. Ask friends and family to help with tasks like music, photos, hair, decor, food, addresses, etc. instead of giving gifts. Create a to-do list as a timeline, so you know what to do when. Set a budget to prioritise what to spend on vs. scale back. And spend time together doing non-wedding things to keep the love flowing!
 

“Even if it’s just a hint, I think the wedding’s theme should be part of the invitations.”

Lukas, future groom

 

Next, get creative! Emma followed the theme with a DIY, budget-friendly movie ticket invitation made by cutting and gluing transparent paper into a sleeve and inserting a printed invite. A template makes it easier to write the wedding hashtag (#brunellukas) on the sleeve. Guests can follow along on social media, whether they attend or not. The invite has info about dress code and gifts to take stress off guests and a tear-off RSVP for details like food preferences.
 

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.

Want more? Check out Emma’s party ideas and dining decor!

MADE BY

Interior designer: Emma Parkinson
Photographer: Andrea Papini
Writer: Marissa Frayer