If you want to save money on your wedding, then be prepared for the term DIY to become a very important part of your vocabulary. That being said, once the wedding bells have stopped ringing, if you want to recoup some of your costs then the names eBay, Etsy, and Craigslist will also become very familiar to you. What’s the point of learning how to make boutonnieres out of ribbon and cake stands out of old plates and glasses if you can’t also start selling these unique handicrafts online for some extra cash? I’ve made a number of wedding essentials for my own wedding and you better believe that after I’ve said “I do” I’m gonna turn my skills for making chalkboard paint signs and bedazzled tea lights into a money-making side hustle. Here are a few of the most in demand wedding must-haves that you can make then sell online for a profit.
The wedding cake is a major part of the wedding experience, but most of the time you have to either rent or buy a cake stand and those things don’t come cheap. I’ve been on the look out for a reasonably priced cake stand to buy for weeks and I still haven’t found anything under $50. Instead, I’m going to make my own out of some old dishes, and lucky for me it’ll be the perfect touch of shabby-chic for my special day. Not only that, I’ve seen dozens of these same homemade cake stands on Etsy selling for $70 and up, so it should be a piece of cake to sell it later on. I found a great how-to guide on Pin Cookie’s blog too!
As silly as it may sound, the first thing I bought after getting engaged was my wedding cake topper. I spent $50 on a ceramic bride and groom high-fiving when I could have just made my own for under $5 with materials from the craft store. It may be too late for my wedding, but I bet I know a number of brides who would pay me at least $15 for one of these handmade creations. Thanks to Confetti Daydreams for the inspiration.
Flowers are expensive no matter what season you get married in, so making your own boutonnieres using ribbon or other fabric will save you a ton of cash. Moreover, many brides like to be unique when it comes to styling their groom and groomsmen, so it wouldn’t be difficult to sell these thrifty and fashionable accessories after the wedding. Polka Dot Bride and Hip Hostess have some great tutorials on how to make them, so make sure to check them out.
As cute as all of the different wedding garters are splashed all over Pinterest, the fact remains that you’ll only wear the thing for a day. After that it’s either sell it or keep it in a memory box for decades to come. That being said, spending more than $10 on an item that almost no one will see anyways just seems silly. If you follow A Beautiful Mess’ instructions, you can make your own with ease, and since the blogger had such a hard time finding a garter like this for her wedding, I bet you won’t have any trouble trying to sell these online to other brides too.
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