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What was your favorite DIY project for your wedding? And your least favorite? Why did you take them on? (Financial reasons, your skills/ability, etc.) And did you DIY it yourself, or did you have help, and from whom?
I bought my dress and altered it myself. Bought it at the mall on sale and altered it again and still get to wear it when I go out sometimes. Made my own veil and flowers. did my own hair and makeup we eloped to Vegas. My best friend walked me down the aisle the best man for the job
One of my favorite D.I.Y. wedding projects was little white envelopes that held bird seed. There was one for every guest, and there hadn’t been a wedding in our family for 10 years, so there were hundreds of them. They were purchased completely flat, so each one had to be folded, filled and then a very small rose and ribbon were glued onto the flap to hold them closed. This was my favorite project because it was back when everyone was still throwing rice, and I took it on in an attempt to save some little birdies. It started out as my favorite project, but thankfully I had a lot of help, because it wasn’t long before I had burned every one of my fingers with hot glue. I passed it on to my wonderful auntie and she was still gluing the morning of.
My least favorite project was in preparation for the morning after. Since we had so many guests coming from out of town, we wanted to do something that would allow us to spend a little more time with them. We delayed our honeymoon for a couple of days. So my mother offered to host a very large brunch in her home. I was so grateful that I agreed to fill cheese blintzes for everyone. I wish I had asked her how many she wanted to make before I made the offer. lol It was a nightmare!
We got married in Caesars in Las Vegas with 50 guests, my mother in law and myself found these cool over sized playing cards in our wedding colours. We took those and made them into our programs to direct the guests to the different locations that we needed to be that weekend.
Being a crafty and creative person, I did A LOT of DIY projects for my wedding. Back then (2003) one of the few that stands out, was I created fun gift baskets for each of the members of my bridal party and had them ready in their rooms. Our wedding was a semi-destination wedding, so I wanted them to feel special for all they had done for me. I got some super cute natural baskets and filled them with tons of goodies, created custom tags with each of their names, and worked on them a few days before the wedding day. It was a bit stressful to pack in another responsibility, but it was worth it when I found out that everyone appreciated all the treats and snacks at 2am when they got back to their rooms! :0) Probably the most dissapointing DIY project I had was creating the special seed packets that each guest was given to throw at us after our ceremony. Me and my team of bridesmaids worked hard to fill white paper baggies and stamp them with love quotes. Then we tied them up with pretty ribbon. No one felt like doing them, and they turned out not as cute as I had planned. The worst part: no one opened them up at the end of the ceremony! So it all went to waste Oh well, looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing! Laura
My favorite DIY from my wedding was the centerpieces because they were EASY! My colors were all citrus-y (lime green, tangerine, and bright yellow), so I just bought a crate of lemons, limes, and tangerines and arranged them around the middles of the table with greens (I used salal, because it went so well with the citrus fruit!) and baby’s breath from the florist where I worked at the time.
This would be such an easy/cheap way to dress up the tables for any season, because you could just switch out the fruit and types of greens. Also, your guests can snack on the centerpieces, so hopefully you won’t be left with crates of fruit after it’s all over… ;D
My favorite DIY project from my wedding was creating my cupcake stands. The bakery we used for the cupcakes wanted to charge me small fortune to rent their stands so my mom and I set out to find our own. We ended up purchasing some beautiful glass pieces in all different shapes and sizes from our local Goodwill store.
We turned some glasses upside down and used them as a base for some of our platters. We had some platters just flat on the table, some raised to two tiers and the one that held our jumbo wedding cupcake was three tiers high. The end result was eclectic and fun!
I wanted a table plan with a difference for my vintage themed wedding last year. An old steamer trunk as a statement piece was going to have to make an appearance somewhere in our wedding…so..we eventually tracked one down on Ebay, the poor thing needed some attention so with a little lick of paint, a bit of repair it looked alive again. My bridesmaids were dressed in 50′s style black and white polka dot dresses, so I found matching material and lined the inside. I then found a vintage fire screen from a thrift store and lined it with the same material..this is were the seating plan was put on. By filling the trunk with dozens of old books and placing the fire screen in it it looked amazing!! The whole look was finished off with a dozen long stem red roses and shabby chic signs hanging from the trunk!
We were on a tight budget while planning our wedding in 2009. (The economy was reeling at the time.) The only way I could create the wedding that we both wanted on our less-than-half-the-average wedding budget was to DIY as much as I could. Invitations, place cards, centerpieces, my veil and headpiece, and more…luckily, we had 18 or so months for me to create everything!
I received a bit of help from my Mother in law with assembling the cafe table centerpieces, and our friends and family helped decorate the hall the night before…hurray! And my friends were invaluable with their feedback during the creation process. : ) And my husband may have sworn quite a few times while assisting me with a few projects (he is not into crafting at all), but he did help a bit. LOL
My favorite project…our flowers. It was a long trial process, looking for alternatives I could create. But when I discovered clay flowers, I knew I had finally found the solution. : ) Unfortunately, there was a bit of friction from many loved ones when they heard what I was doing, but it disappeared on our wedding day when everyone finally saw what the bouquets and bouts I had created. And when my hairstylist, photographer and venue manager all told me that I had to continue creating bouquets for other brides, my shop was born. : )
My least favorite…was probably my veil. It’s a bit of a funny story. I wanted to reflect the scallops and beading in my lace dress, so I purchased a long plain scalloped veil, and sewed the crystals on individually along the non-so-straight edge. After about 7 hours of work, I was fluffing it out and making sure it was straight and not pulled anywhere…when our cat took one of its lives in its paws. He grabbed the end of the veil in his teeth, and made off with it up the stairs. (I think I screamed, but I am not sure, as I was the only human home.) Whatever I did, I believe I scared the bejesus out of him, as he dropped it and continued running…from me. (And he didn’t come back downstairs for a few hours.) After reviewing the damage, I found that he had torn the veil next to my cheekbone. <groan> It took another week to find a lace that worked with my gown, which I had to sew onto the veil at the top of each and every scallop…just to cover the one rip he made. I love my veil, but I-yi-yi!
What DIY plans have you planned to do, or have already completed? Do you have a favorite, or discovered in the process that you really don’t like creating something? : )