Sorry, fabulous ladies (and gents), for this unplanned hiatus. We’re going to ease back into the discussion by talking DIY.
I said it.
DIY is something that a lot of people aspire to (some consider it a source of pride, others consider it “trendy.”) But no one can deny that DIY projects for your wedding can save you a ton of money, personalize your event, and give you something unique.
It isn’t feasible for every bride to indulge in DIY, and it certainly will lead to wedding-day baldness if you are pulling out your hair trying to do everything yourself. But you can work on a few projects, or you can have your wedding party help you.
Here are some of my recent favorite tutorials from around the web:
A gorgeous flower headband. Make one for yourself if you’re going sans veil (even the cheapie headpieces start at $20) or make in coordinating colors for your bridal party/flower girls.
Decorative twine balls. Wouldn’t these be precious strung along some twinkling miniature lights? (of course, be sure to practice fire safety).
Garden poms to give your decor (indoor or out) an Edwardian, Alice in Wonderland feel.
Paper flowers to spruce up your table decor, or attach a bunch together for aisle runner decor.
A pendant lamp to give your space modern oomph. Costs far less than renting (or buying) chandeliers, and would look equally suave in your new home (or repurpose as gifts for your bridal party after the wedding).
Teacup candles make an excellent addition to a daytime wedding table, especially if you are using scented wax. Get pretty teacups at the Salvation Army or a thrift store 3 or 4 for a dollar.
Adorable daisy cupcakes to make for your dessert table or to wrap up as favors.
One of the many benefits of DIY is that you can do it as you go along, resulting in less stress for you (less to do as the big day approaches) and for your bank account–expenses are taken out as you go along instead in one big chunk. The longer the engagement, the more time you have for DIY projects.
Happy crafting! (Head on over to Craft Gawker) for some more awesome ideas.