- 4 years ago
- Wedding: April 2018
Our venue/catering ended up taking a big chunk of our budget (food and alcohol were our main priorities), so I made most of the decor. I don’t have pro pics back yet, but here’s what I made:
– Ceremony/”selfie station” backdrop
– All signage/table numbers
– Place cards
– Ring box for ceremony
– Iron-on vinyl totes and wood-burned hangers for bridesmaids
– Card box
– Possibly some other stuff I’m forgetting about
Here’s what I have pictures of (backdrop and centerpieces – for centerpieces, I alternated big and small lanterns and used a variety of different gold frames for table numbers)
Still have a few things to do (like putting together our centerpieces, also doing signs – that’s what the easels below are for – and probably a few other things I’m forgetting right now)
The easels (these: https://www.schoolsin.com/MAS-FLX04201MV.html) painted them gold!:
The table numbers (not sure I actually saved any money doing these; I’m afraid to check! =D )
(They still have the plastic covering on them to keep them from getting scratched; then the scan thing/price tag will come off)
Spray painted the egde of my invites gold:
And been sewing together gauzy white curtains for something like this (my inspo pic):
Also, we used vistaprint for our invitations/stationary and I used this site for our logo (highly recommend it!): http://templatetrove.com/mobile/monogram-maker/ We’re having these (but with our info obviously) engraved on the Dollar Tree beer mugs! (got the samples: they look so good!)
Ok, I’ll bite! I’ve really been enjoying the opportunity for creative and crafty projects.
Here’s my DIY hairpiece — probably the DIY i’m most proud of. I fell in love with a hairpiece that would have set me back $475 before tax and international shipping, so I attempted my own with about $80 worth of high quality craft supplies (like real pearls and swarovskis). I’m kind of in love with the result.
Four of these hair vines/halos for the flower girls (used cheap faux pearls for these!):
80 yards of bunting:
Hand-dyed cheesecloth for table runners. This is actually one continuous length of 60 yards; I’m not yet sure how long our long harvest-style tables will be, so this will be cut to length at the venue as it gets installed (seen here in a trial run in my kitchen).
I’ve also made my own veil. My partner did all the design work on our save the dates and invitations which we printed through vistaprint, and also built our website from scratch (like, not using a wedding website template service). I’m still planning to build a photo display frame out of copper pipe, sew pocket squares for the groomsmen and make my own cake too! I’ve already done a trial run of the cake so think that should go ok. Glad I followed other brides’ advice to start the DIYs early. Wedding’s in June!
i want to stress that we knew our audience (which was mostly geeks and acquired family). only people who have known and loved us for years were invited. it was awesome being surrounded by that much love, and everyone got what we were doing.
i had two diy projects, both a bit odd to most people (but not our guests). one was the invitations, which i designed in an online editor using clip art and text. my husband and i both work in the software industry, which is where the theme comes from. they were a big hit; a few people even posted pictures of them on facebook.
the other project was making the favors. we made wish kits: little boxes with a knitted heart i made, a vial of dandelion seeds, a box of matches, a tiny beeswax candle, and a card explaining the whole thing. they were little art pieces and went over very well: most people took one and a dew posted pictures, so i’m pretty happy with how they came out.
I DIY-ed a ton of other things but couldn’t find pics on my phone. Also made:
flower girl crown (floral wreath thing for her head) and basket
floral arrangements for the tables (had a florist make our bouquets)
Belts for the bridesmaids
We can drop off all our stuff for the Saturday reception on Thursday night. So I’m thinking I may leave it unfinished and glue the flowers to the backdrop Thursday night. We are also running the lights, bunting, and gauze across the ceiling Thursday night and dropping off all the decor items so they are already there and ready to set up on Saturday morning before the reception.
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