Calling All DIY Brides!

posted 10 months ago in DIY
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

I bought a template off etsy and did my own invites, printed during a Black Friday sale. 150 for everything. I was looking at 600-1000 before. 

Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2018 - Pine Paradise, Kentucky

I bought artificial flowers and fall decorations when they were 75% off and bought vases from Salvation Army. I was able to make 12 vases that I used for the ceremony and to decorate the tables afterwards. My local craft store also has ‘grab bags’ at the end of the season and I was able to snag some pretty garland and greenery for $10!

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Dollar store, yard-sales, and thrift shops can be your best friend when it comes to DIY centerpieces. I was also on a tight budget but ended up DIYing less than I thought I would…turns out you can get a lot of things cheaper than doing it yourself. Keep an eye out for coupons and sales, especially during the holidays—lots of websites offer free shipping around the holidays which can save a lot. 

How many guests will you have? I had about 80 households (150 people) to send invites to and got beautiful invitations from Bed Bath and Beyond for under $100–I scored a coupon too so it was even less than that. 

My mother DIY’d a small wedding cake for us to cut and serve our bridal party, and then made sheet cakes and pre-cut them for guests. I definitely encourage the sheet-cake cheat, that would be super easy and cheap to DIY 🙂 (you can do it in advance and freeze it) 

I made the ring bearer’s pillow (sadly I don’t have a picture) but it was super easy to make. If you don’t currently have any scrap fabric, you could go to a thrift shop and just buy an old curtain or lacey dress and cut out a pattern from that material (if you’ll even have a ring bearer, of course). Dollar stores also sell decent fake rose petals, if you’re interested in that sorta thing. Pretty sure I found a small white basket for the flower girl from there, too. 

I DIY’d my veil. Also pretty easy, however I just did a raw-edge cathedral veil. Cost me a total of $15, although I’ve heard from other bees that you can find nice veils online for that price (which are probably professionally made) so that might be worth checking out first. 

 

Have fun!

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