Feeling the pinch right now? Follow in the footsteps of many other crafty Brides readers who are going down the handmade route. It's a great way to save a fortune and impress your guests with your creativity. Stationery, favours and cakes are a good starting point.

Here's One I Made Earlier
DIY brides-to-be are making their own invitations, place names, menus
and order-of-service cards. Have any creative friends or family members you can call on? See if they'll knock up some designs as their wedding gift. Failing that, check out The Wedding Crafter (weddingcrafter.co.uk) where you can download free templates, get inspiration and pick up cool tips and techniques. In a creative black hole? If you've got a bit more cash in the pot, Bride Made's (bridemade.co.uk) designer DIY stationery looks super smart and you won¹t need to forfeit your pearls to afford them. Prices from £2.50 each.

More Hands Make Light Work
We all love a girly night in, so have your friends round for a favour-making session. Buy in a job lot of sweets or chocolates to match your theme (try aquarterof.co.uk), and lashings of tissue paper and ribbons (there's a huge range of colours and designs at craftyribbons.com), and get sticking. It's great fun, and the perfect way to unwind in the run-up to your big day.

Get Baking!
Individual cakes make a striking display and they're easier to make and decorate yourself than a tiered version. Plus, they can double up as favours. You needn't go for extravagant designs; simple cupcakes decorated beautifully can look just as effective. Pick up tips and techniques at wilton.com, while blueribbons.co.uk and cakecraftshop.co.uk are great for decorations such as sugar flowers and hearts, accessories and stands. Want to learn from the pros before you start? Cakes 4 Fun (cakes4fun.co.uk) runs various cake decorating courses, from £99. Go with your mum or a friend and make a day of it.

I'd love to hear about your creative endeavours and crafty ideas so do get
in touch. In the meantime, if you're looking for more DIY details, check out the latest issue of Brides.