Special to OneWed by Susan Alexander-Shapiro from BravoBride.com
Being a DIY bride
can be a daunting but a very rewarding task. Not only can it save quite a bit of the wedding budget
but it can also make your big day feel that much more personalized and unique. If you’re ready to tackle some wedding projects we’ve come up with a list of 10 things that you really can do yourself and your name doesn’t have to be Martha.
1. Wedding Invitations
If you have sticker shock when shopping for wedding invitations
consider using a company like A Printable Press
. You can choose a style from one of their many professionally designed themes and they can be printed at home, a local print shop or online.
2. Aisle Runner
There’s no need to purchase a long strip of fabric that you’ll most likely throw away after the ceremony
. Create your own aisle runner by lining the aisle with rose petals (step-by-step DIY instructions
), candles or even shells if you’re having a beach wedding.
3. Wedding Programs
Programs are a nice touch at a ceremony and inexpensive to make yourself. Design them on your computer, print two up on an a standard size sheet of card stock and take it to a copy shop where they can quickly cut them in half for you. Lastly, punch a few holes on top to add a ribbon and you’re done!
Boutonnieres can be created months before the wedding if you don’t use fresh flowers; YouTube has great how-to videos that walk you through each step. Get creative, incorporate ribbon, buttons and even on-trend feathers
5. Ring Bearer Pillow
Scout out the home section in large discount stores for small, inexpensive accent pillows. Sew on a ribbon in your wedding color and use fabric glue to add a silk flower. Viola! Your ring pillow is ready to go down the aisle.
One way to make your guests remember your wedding is to send them home with a CD of songs from your wedding. It’s a cost effective and a memorable favor you can easily make.
Wedding flower arrangements
are beautiful but can put a dent in your wedding budget. Simply make your own by buying tall cylinder vases, add water and floating candles. Another alternative is to buy shallow glass bowls, also fill with water and place a few Gerber daisies in each.
8. Photo booth
Love the photo booth idea but not the additional cost… then create your own! You just need a sheet for a background, a digital camera, a photo printer and some props like hats and feather boas. Evite has some fantastic instructions
to really get the fun started.
9. Card box
Card boxes are a great DIY wedding
project and they’re fun to make. Find different sized boxes, wrap them in paper that matches your wedding theme, stack and glue them together to make them look like a pile of gifts with the largest box on the bottom. Cut a slit on the bottom box for wedding guests
to insert their cards.
Who says a guest book actually has to be a ‘book’? To create your own guestbook just buy a frame with an oversized matt and insert your favorite engagement photo. Leave a pen nearby and ask guests to write a message on the matt.
What other DIY wedding ideas have you considered?
Post a comment to let us know!