DIY Wedding

There’s nothing better than getting exactly what you want, right? Do you ever have a vision of something in your head but no matter how many stores you search or websites you scour you can never find that perfect item? I feel this way all the time wether it be shoes, a coat, home decor, whatever. I’ll find a pair of boots that are almost what I want, but the strap is just not quite right!

Maybe this is why I love to make things myself so much, so I can have things that are 100% customized. I like having an idea and bringing it to life. This is way easier by the way, in the days of Pinterest. If you have an idea, most likely so have a thousand other people, and some have posted tutorials. I always research when I have an idea, that way I have some help getting started and can make changes so it’s exactly what I wanted.

My love for all things DIY has never been as important as it is now. Getting engaged and planning a wedding means making A LOT of decisions about design items, aesthetics, dresses, SO MANY DECISIONS. How do you get you wedding to be everything you want it to be? Hire a really good coordinator. Oh don’t have the money for that? Me either. Then the answer is, DIY!

Wedding dress and bridesmaids dress swatches.

Wedding dress and bridesmaids dress swatches.

I may have gone a little overboard on the DIY wedding,having decided to make my wedding dress and all the bridesmaid dresses. Even for my fellow fashion design majors, I would not recommend this, haha.  It is a huge commitment and unless you have a very long engagement (mine is under a year, yikes!) it may be biting off more than you can chew. Regardless, there are so many other aspects of wedding planning for you to go all crafty on.

Beaded belt in process.

Beaded belt in process.

There are the obvious ones; the centerpieces, the name tags, maybe even some garland or those really fun marquee letters. But why not go a step further? Make the alter, make the parking lot signs, and decorate the guest book. Make every piece of the wedding you!

There is one aspect of the wedding I had not anticipated making myself, but I’m so glad I did.  We had looked online for invitations, ordered samples, and found some that we liked alright, but it was the same thing, we liked parts of one but parts of another and didn’t love any one design.  My dad suggested we make them ourselves. I was skeptical, but hey, he is a printer so I trusted him and started designing my invitation.

First draft of wedding invite.

First draft of wedding invite.

After a few weeks e-mailing back and forth with my dad we got the images, fonts, and wording just right and went out and bought out paper. We decided to use multiple colors for the invitations, BECAUSE WE CAN! It’s a fun detail, not everyone will receive the exact same thing.  Not to mention all the paper and envelopes for about 100 invitations and RSVP’s were under $20. Holy savings!

Our paper selection.

Our paper selection.

A DIY wedding is no doubt more work, but I think at the end of the day if you don’t have the dough to hire someone to plan your wedding, this is a great compromise. And, for the things you want to customize but don’t have the means or tools necessary, well that’s what Etsy is for. I got these great stamps from Clarise Crafts, one of them with our names and return address to make addressing our RSVP’s easy and adorable!

Happy DIY-ing!