Caitlin Davey and Glenn Hellyer met when Caitlin was just 15 and Glenn was 16, and they have been together ever since (que sigh). Both from Australia but currently living in the UK, this beautiful couple recently wed in January this year.

Caitlin and Glenn were extremely hands on with their wedding and Caitlin has been kind enough to share her DIY projects with us along with all the tips you need to plan and decorate your own wedding. From basically doing all of the decorations herself to the beautiful Asos dresses for the bridesmaids, this couple shows us how to have the wedding of your dreams without sacrificing all of your savings.

We hope you are just as amazed and inspired as we are with Caitlin’s amazing DIY and decorating skills.



Location of Ceremony: Alowyn Gardens in Yarra Glen in the Yarra Valley, Location of Reception: Zonzo restaurant on Train Trak Winery in the Yarra Valley

Tell us about your engagement: Unbeknown to me Glenn had organised with my boss for me to have the afternoon off work. So he picked me up from work on Friday afternoon with 3 outfits for me to choose from and blindfolded me pretending we were “going to a concert of a band we both liked”. We then drove to Ballarat and Glenn took me (still blindfolded) to Her Majesty’s Theatre where we had met (at the band competition) 10 years earlier to the day. He had organised the theatre to be empty and took me to the top tier of seats and asked me to marry him. It was amazingly romantic!

Did you always know what type of wedding you wanted: I wasn’t someone who dreamed about their wedding day, all we knew is that we wanted to have a wedding that reflected us. We are both not religious so we had always liked the idea of getting married in a garden. For the reception, I am not a big fan of reception venues, so we were looking for somewhere that was more a restaurant than a reception venue.

You basically DIY’ed your entire wedding, tell us why you decided to do this and about some of the DIY projects you did and the experience of being so hands on with your wedding: The lead up and planning of the wedding was pretty stress free. I had decided early on that I wanted to make most of the decorations for the ceremony and reception as I love painting/drawing/have always made my own cards etc and I find the process of making things very relaxing. I also liked the idea that when people got their invites and saw the venues that I could say I made it all.

The DIY projects I did were:

1. I made most of the stationary myself with a theme of bunting (from fabric and twine (I bought from Spotlight) and hearts from a heart shaped hole punch. So this was continued through the invitations/save the dates, the order of service and menus.

2. This bunting theme also continued on some signs I made for the ceremony and reception. These were chalkboards from Kmart that I altered by removing the white hearts and adding bunting. I also added bunting to a birdcage I had from our engagement and made it into our wishing well.

3. I printed out maps of Alowyn Gardens and made them into cones that then had petals in them for people to throw on us once we were married. These then could be used to explore the gardens.

4. Made an “I Do” sign for the bottom of my shoes out of blue card for my “something blue”

5. My wonderful friend collected pasta sauce jars, salad dressing jars and any jar that she thought might look good and then I decorated them with lace/hessian or twine for the flowers on the table.

6.  Made the place cards for the tables by hand stamping each name onto some tags bought off ebay. Each also got love hearts to continue that theme and then they were pegged to peoples wine glasses.

7.  We then used these name tags for our ‘guestbook’ idea. I asked my father in law to make a wooden frame and I then placed twine across it so that people could write on the back of their name tags and peg it to frame.

8. Cake/sweet table: I bought the letters “love is sweet” from Typo and then borrowed jars and cake stands from my friends. I then continued with the hand stamping of the cake name cards. We also had lolly bags people could use to take chocolates/lollies home.

9.  Photo Booth: We organised our own. I bought the props off ebay and my husband made it so our camera used a wifi card to send the pictures to our ipad where they were displayed for people to see. We then set up a remote so people could take pictures themselves.

10.  I also made 30m of bunting for the roof decoration.


Most satisfying DIY project you did for your wedding: I loved doing all of my projects but probably the most satisfying moment was seeing them all come together at the reception especially the roof bunting. It was just as I had imagined. As for my favourite, I loved our guestbook/frame and how it turned out post wedding as it will be something we have as artwork forever.

Describe the process of choosing the wedding outfits, in particular, your gown: I went shopping for my gown about 3-4 times. I had always planned to buy one online or maybe have one made. I had actually nearly bought this one from Raffaele Ciuca and was going there to show it to my aunty and mum but I thought, for fun, I would have an appointment at Mariana Hardwick as their store is so beautiful. Well, needless to say the first dress I tried on is the one I ended up wearing. I fell in love with it and having them make it for me meant it was a perfect fit on the day.

For my bridesmaids I had a very specific colour I wanted and we ended up finding our dress off ASOS. All the girls loved them! Glenn had always wanted to wear vests and grey for him and the groomsmen and we found the only ones we liked from Roger David.

Do you have any advice for other brides/couples? Or is there anything you would have changed? I advise couples to do your wedding the way you want. I think it can be easy to get caught up in everything that comes with weddings, but in the end, it’s one day and you want to remember it as a day that you loved and that represents you as a couple. We also took a lot of advise for the running of the day from our photographer and wedding organiser at Zonzo. Their experience made our day run much more smoothly. I also got a lot of my suppliers by word of mouth from friends so I advise to ask around, as you never know whom your friends might know!



Gown: Mariana Hardwick

Photographer: Tess Follett

Ceremony location: Alowyn Gardens

Reception Venue: Zonzo at Train Trak Winery

Reception Decorations: Myself and Wedding flowers by Emma Elise

Shoes: Tony Bianco

Bridal accessories: Angelique from Myer

Engagement ring: Burlington Antiques

Wedding rings: Bride: Burlington Antiques, Groom: He had our 1 year anniversary ring re sized as he had already worn this for 10 years and couldn’t find one he liked better

Groom’s attire: Roger David

Bridesmaid’s outfits: ASOS

Bridesmaid’s shoes: Nine West

Bridesmaid’s accessories: Angelique

Groomsmen’s outfit: Roger David

Page Boy outfit: Bow tie borrowed from best man :-)

Flowers and floral decorations: Wedding Flowers by Emma Elise

Celebrant: Denise Tart (she’s actually my cousin)

Stationery: Through Vista print or printed at home and decorated by me

Hair: Nicole from NKM Hair Design 106959536002065

Make-Up: Fiona Watkins from Hair and Makeup by Fiona Nicole https://

Cake: Hausfrau Bakery in Yarraville

Music: We hired our own DJ equipment from DJ Warehouse

First Night: Yering Gorge Cottages

Honeymoon: The Place in Koh Tao in Thailand

Additional suppliers: Bonbonnaire: Donation to the cancer council and then they supplied pins with custom cards with our names and wedding date.