Here’ s part two in our summer wedding series. We’re moving from dresses to decorations and stationary. When I got married (yikes! I can’t believe it’s been five years in September) we made most of the decorations, the invitations, art for the walls and even a video booth. It was partly a cost-saving measure but we also wanted our wedding to be full of personal touches, which seems to be the route many couples are going. Traditional wedding paraphanelia often isn’t all that personal and the prices are more puffed up than the most over-the-top wedding dress. I’m not going to lie, sometimes a crafty project can end up costing just as much in materials and time, but the end result can also be memorable for you and for your guests. If you’re planning a wedding, or even a big party, these are a few DIY ideas that might come in handy.
The best DIY projects are often the simplest. This save-the-date idea by the wedding blog Ruffled had me saying ‘why didn’t I think of that’. She made a stamp at an office supply store and stamped the wedding date details on vintage postcards. So smart, and I love the finished product. This project also had me wondering if anybody actually sends postcards anymore. A “wish you were here” Facebook message somehow doesn’t have the same charm.
Be Your Own Florist
Doing your own flowers will save you a bundle. I like this arrangement because it’s colourful, uses inexpensive blooms and it’s not too fussy. An arrangement like this would be great on tables at an outdoor wedding. This tutorial by Chelsea Fuss of Frolic! also includes directions on making a matching boutonniere.
This is great idea for a summer wedding favor. Lemonade is nostalgic, pretty and easily packaged. This project uses simple stoppered bottles from Ikea and printed labels. Love how simple this is, and I don’t think you’d have to worry about people “accidentally” forgetting them behind.
DIY Cake toppers via elephantine
Custom cake toppers can be found everywhere but why not make yours even more special by making it yourself. Elephantine has a tutorial on how to make a mini likeness of the bride and groom, and you can keep them on display at home when you’re done with the big day.
Make a Photo Booth
Here’s another great DIY idea from Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day! A Photo booth is a fun way to keep your guests entertained and capture your friends and family at their silly best. To make one all you need is a backdrop, which can be any colour or pattern you like, a camera and some lights, and a photographer. Leave a basket out with some of these printable props and you are guaranteed to get some memorable and creative photos.
With all these great ideas sometimes I wish I could do it all again (with the same fella of course). Are you planning a wedding this year? What sorts of do-it-yourself projects do you have planned?