diy brides

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Almost everything for our small ceremony and reception was DIY including all our paper goods (save the dates, invitations, programs), “flowers” (bouquets/boutonnieres/corsages), decor (ceremony backdrop, cake topper, etc.), and favors/gifts. We also wrote the entirety of our ceremony so it was more personal.

Some of our family even got in on the DIY vibe and shared their skills. For instance, my mom and cousins helped with my hair/make-up. One SIL made me a crocheted shawl and another drew my guest book. It was a lot of work, but in the end the whole day felt more like us and I really appreciated that.

I’ve included a few photos of our paper goods below, but you can see the other DIY projects over at this post.

 

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Aww – thank you! I’m so glad your family is getting in on the fun. Good luck to you!

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@marinewife4:  we definitely DIYed a lot of it – I wouldn’t say pretty much the whole thing.  What we DIDN’T do was tables / chairs / tent setup (venue did that), dinner (had a caterer), and music (my husband’s band + some other friends & family played, rather than an iPod or something.)  But we did pretty much everything else.  We were pretty psyched with how it came together!

Flowers (centerpieces, bouquet, ceremony decor) – out of my dad’s garden, put together by a bunch of aunts & cousins & family friends

Ceremony decor – my husband built the arch, I made paper dot garlands, I made the ceremony window “program”, my aunts & our moms & others made the tissue poms, and a bunch of people decorated

Reception decor – I made a bunch of barnwood signs, the window seating charts, and paper dot garlands; my husband and I made this “faux”tobooth; and we + family/friends put up all the other decor

Drinks & cocktail hour – we DIYed all the drinks (kegs plus wine with personalized labels), and all the cocktail hour food (a big run to Costco + fresh fruit and veggies bought the day before, all put together by family and friends the morning of)

 

To be honest, it was a MAJOR pain in the ass, especially in the last few weeks and week of the wedding.  But we saved a bunch of money, it was really fun to infuse our personality into all the aspects of the wedding, and because of all the help we got from so many loved ones, it felt like SUCH a community event.  Just be prepared for a lot of stress and a to-do list about 10 pages long.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@flying_hearts:  love your stuff 🙂

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

 I DIY’d my brooch bouquet, 8 bridemaids bouquets, a bride anouncement sign, aisle runner, cardbox, place cards, centerpieces, favors, and sweetheart table decor….

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