Wedding DIY: A Lake District Wedding // Sarah from Toby Goes Bananas

We’re off on Honeymoon in the Lake District today, so it only seems appropriate to share Sarah (from Toby Goes Bananas) wonderful guest post now! What a talented lady she is!

Our wedding in 2012 was a sort of shabby chic style. I basically just went with things I liked but tried to tie them together a little bit. We got married in the Lake District and decided to use the names of some of the Lake District fells as our table names so we had names like Helvellyn, Skiddaw and Coniston Old Man.

1. I printed the table names at home and also made our table plan. I spent months before the wedding buying bundles of vintage postcards of the Lake District of eBay. For the table plan I used these to cover a large piece of card.

I then attached string across it and used little pegs to hang each person’s ‘Route Card’ which told them which ‘hill’ they would be going to and who else was in their party. (Route cards are something hill walkers sometimes use to leave a plan of where they are going with someone in case they get into difficulties). Again I designed and printed all the route cards at home.

2.  We had combination favour/place names. As we got married at Easter we had little jars (I think I got these from a wholesale catering supplier) which I filled with mini-eggs (which I bought in bulk – have you ever seen a 5kg bag of mini-eggs? Awesome). The names I wrote with a calligraphy marker pen onto small luggage tags and added a ribbon from East of India. I also added a couple of little bird stamps to the back of the tag. A lot of our early relationship was conducted on Twitter so the little birds were a bit of a nod to that – we also had some little felt birds (bought from etsy) as cake toppers.

3. Our table flowers were in pink jugs which I found online (and sold again afterwards!) and I made little fabric hearts from vintage fabrics which were tied around the necks. The last DIY touch was our alternative guestbook. I didn’t want to just have one guestbook as they never really seem to make it round everyone. Instead I used more of the vintage postcards. I put them in a basket along with some pens, and instructions of what they were for. My very crafty brother then made us an awesome post box for people to put their cards in once they had written a message, and people also used the post box for our wedding cards.

It was lovely to open the post box they day after and read all the messages from our friends and family.

4. Doing so much of the wedding decoration myself definitely helped keep costs down, which meant we could spend a bit more on things like invitations, order of service books and flowers (and my shoes!).

My top tips for DIYing your wedding would definitely be start thinking early about what you want. Make sure you spend time researching to get the things you need at the best price. And finally give yourself plenty of time to get all your projects finished – you don’t want to be making things the night before!

Sarah tweets as @tobygoesbananas.


  1. 1st October 2014 / 7:50 am

    Sarah, it seems we have our weddings in common as well as bearded bald husbands and sons called Toby who have reflux! Your wedding sounds like it was beautiful. I also did my own decorations etc and went for a snappy chic sort of thing xx

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