My biggest advice for DIY brides is time management. I started a lot of my projects very early in the planning process, especially the research of how I was going to complete them. I made my layouts early on. When my event details became finalized I simply could pull them up, tweak what I needed and finish them.
TIP: Photograph EVERYTHING! You never really know how something looks until you see it in a photo.
To see all these DIY in action please take a peek at our other pages from the wedding.
Although many of my DIY's are very popular with most brides, the majority of my work on them is from scratch. I took a lot of pride in my DIY endeavors, which is why my photos are watermarked. I've updated the page with some of my own templates and instructions for a few of the projects. If you have any questions about how I did something feel free to ask. I'll gladly give you some suggestions!
If you use a template or instructions from my page, please give credit where credit is due!
If you use a photo for inspiration please save to your computer before uploading to your bio!
I did borrow a few things along the way and the lovely ladies who shared those with me are noted.
STD Magnets , Cards & Matching Seals
I also created matching seals for the front envelope enclosure using Avery Template 3112
Satin Covered Guest Book & Ring Pillow
With the leftover Baroque Satin I created a coordinating ring pillow with rhinestone detail.
My Mother's Veil
The first step in this process was to carefully remove the veil from the original headpiece, a wide beaded headband.
I then gently cleaned the veil in a solution of cold water and Woolite, rinsed and hung to dry.
It got SUPER fluffy again and I realized I was in for a ton of work because it was much fuller I anticipated.
I re-gathered each tier so it would be ready to attach to my comb
I hand-beaded the edges with Swarovski seed, bugle and bicone beads. I worked on it a few hours at a time, on and off for a few weeks. I put about 40 hours total to bead all 3 full tiers. When I showed my Mom the finished veil she got so emotional!
She had no idea what I was up to all these years. It was truly a labor of love!!
"Will You Be?" Cards
After searching the card and craft stores without much catching my eye, I decided to design our own.
I layered cardstock and scrapbook paper for the background and embellished with ribbon and rhinestones.
The tuxes and dresses I drew freehand and cut from cardstock, then assembled and added to the cards.
Cake Topper & Cake Table Words
A few coats of acrylic paint and a few hundred rhinestones later they were finished. I also sealed the prongs of the cake topper in canning wax to prevent any wood particles from getting into the cake. If you can't find canning wax be sure to sand them well!
Rhinestones from: http://stores.ebay.com/rhinestonesandcrafts
Invitations & Paper Goods
I made the pocket “folders” from black cardstock that I scored and cut to size. After printing the base of the invite and the overlay, I added the ribbon and glued that to the front of the folder. I then printed the return envelopes and response cards that came with the kit, and created the accommodations and directions cards on ivory cardstock and cut them to size. I used a bellyband of scrapbook paper to hold it all together and provide a spot to write guests’ names. My envelopes, both return and outgoing were printed on the computer. I love the look of calligraphy but didn’t want to hand write or pay for them to be done professionally. I used a combination of fonts to achieve the look I wanted.
I loved the look of the really full round bouquets. I used a large Styrofoam ball for the center and filled it with the cut heads of the roses and rhinestoned stephanotis scattered throughout. The handle was made from a shipping tube purchased at Staples, then wrapped with satin ribbon. I used a rhinestone initial on the bouquet, as well as a rhinestone cross to embellish the handle.
TIP: Buy more flowers than you anticipate using. Sometimes a store will not reorder flower stock and you won't be able to find more unless you travel to other store locations. Don't risk it! Buy as many as you can and save your receipts. Return the leftovers!
BM bouquets were a smaller Styrofoam ball and roses slightly different in color.
I added rhinestone embellishments to each handle.
The FG kissing ball was made of the remaining roses from my bouquet and the BM bouquets.
The Mother’s and Grandmother’s bouquets were ivory roses and hydrangea in silver tussy mussy holders.
The toss bouquet and reader’s corsages were done in ivory roses and hydrangea.
I kept the bouts for the guys simple using a single calla lily. I added a stephanotis to DH’s so his was a little different.
The alter and stained glass at our church is very ornate so we decided to keep our church floral to a minimum. I made tall arrangements for each side of the alter using Eiffel tower vases filled with assorted roses, greens and wisteria blooms. I used rose swags on the communion rails and simple rose wreaths below the organ pipes.
Attire, Jewelry & Accessories
My shoes were featured on The Knot LIVE Season 1 Episode 16
I used the leftover ribbon on my cardbox.
I ended up doing 2 more for friends getting married last year.
I also revamped the top one of the crinolines to fit smoother under a drop waist gown.
I used a rhinestone hairpiece in place of them.
I decided to redo the ivory hair flower to include a pop of colored feathers for our RTD Shoot
I purchased vintage rhinestone pins for detail on their sashes.
We used the same quote as a background on the vellum overlay on our unity candle.
I beaded ribbon to finish off the top edge of the candle.
I simply tied ribbon to the lids and put them in a basket with a little poem.
was made from the same Baroque Satin that I had used on our guest book and ring pillow.
This is another project I have done for other friends getting married. It’s usually a big hit!
We also provided our guests with menus and donation cards.
These were the mockup of our water bottles set out for guests to take as they exited the reception.
I also tied black ribbon to our candy tongs and scoops.
No fancy poems or rhetoric just “compliments of the newlyweds.”
Gifts & Glass Etching
Our FG gifts were tote bags with their names in rhinestones. I filled the bags with day of goodies including our wedding coloring book.
TIP: There are some Etsy sellers who will custom cut your stencils from vinyl so that can save you a lot of time on this project.
If you have a Cricut you can probably do them yourself with the vinyl sheets they sell!
Helpful Templates I've come across while planning.
Tons more info can be found on Shanbrite Designs under Wedding Help
Timeline Templates Courtesy of DoingItRight on The Knot