As Many D.I.Y Wedding Stuff Ideas Possible?

by DIY wedding planner on December 12, 2011


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My Wedding is in August of 2011 so there is still a bit of time to get ready but my fiance and I (young couple) are going to pay for as much as the wedding as absolutly possible due to his parents being extreme planners (to be poliet). Anyways yes, him and I have full time jobs and this will work but I’m trying to cut corners where we can. We are having the Wedding at my family farm, my mom and cousin (pro cooks) are making the dinner, and my good friend is doing my hair/makeup and is the DJ (pro hair/makeup stylist and pro DJ) so needless to say we’ve gotten off pretty luck for saving money but I’m looking for as many DIY projects as possible to continue the luck-streak. I’m a very creative person, and I’m going to be making a lot of the decor, favors, etc. and the only thing that I can make but won’t are the invitations.

Anyways, what did you make for your wedding? What projects are out there that I can do? Sorry if this was long…I’m just looking for everything and anything :)

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nbaskes December 12, 2011 at 5:58 am

Well if your handy and good with building stuff, you could build a platform for the band. Handmade decorations for the tables, like flowers you picked yourself can save a lot of money as well.

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C J December 12, 2011 at 6:20 am

I would absolutely do your own flowers. Buying bulk online will save a bundle. There are lots of youtube videos that can give you full lessons on making bouquets, and even arrangements. I did test runs with all of the different pieces I will be making and its actually pretty easy.

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Country Daizy December 12, 2011 at 7:04 am

there are so many awesome websites and blogs where people who did their own DIY weddings submit what they did and all sorts of fun stuff! Here’s one that I’ve found to be the best:
http://mydiyweddingday.com/

what I love about it is that it shows so many cute ideas and then links to someone blog who DID it and the HOW TO!

It’s awesome!
I think it’s so smart to do a DIY wedding, otherwise it just gets SO expensive. My husband and I actually eloped, and we had a super simple wedding of just us, and that’s what the wedding is really about. You and the man you’re going to marry, so don’t sweat the small stuff, but having family there is so important, but just remember it’s really all about you!

Also, if you don’t want to do your own wedding invitations, a great place to get them is on Etsy.com where you’re ordering them from an actual person who has great attention to detail, as opposed to buying in bulk from some big company who doesn’t care about you.
“Etsians” really care about exactly what you want, and you can get some great customized invites!
May be tad pricey though, but so much more original!

hope this helps!

here’s another website with a lot of awesome tutorials!
http://www.do-it-yourself-weddings.com/

Also, buying everything from places like Michaels and Jo-Anns gets soooo expensive as well! I’d check out this link for some awesome prices! http://www.save-on-crafts.com/

oh, and congrats on your engagement! <3

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Artemis December 12, 2011 at 7:12 am

I’m not sure of your wedding theme or colors, but if you’re getting married at a farm and want a rustic appeal, you may be interested in tin can lanterns. You get a tin can the size of your choosing, paint it the color you want, and then use a nail to poke holes in a pattern of your choice. Add candle, and voila. 25 cent centerpiece. http://loganbibby.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/garden-lanterns.jpg . Tell your friends and family to start saving cans when they do their cooking.

If you want something a little more girly, try tissue paper flowers. http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2033/1843528245_747bfb9f52.jpg . Tissue paper is dirt cheap from dollar stores, and these flowers are easy to make. You can google a bunch of different tutorials and find one you like the looks of. You can also make pom poms to hang from the ceiling in a very similar manner. http://thesimplewife.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451f65869e201053716aefb970b-500wi

If you’re handy with paper and glue, you can make your own Chinese lanterns. There are lots of ‘how to’ guides to google, so pick a shape you like. http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/images/uploads/09.11.lantern.jpg
http://z.about.com/d/familycrafts/1/0/9/p/1/st1-eplantern.jpg

If you want a fresh centerpiece, try using fruits. http://blog.weddingpaperdivas.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/lemon-centerpiece.jpg
Just buy dishes you like (dollar stores are excellent for this) and pop some fruit in.

http://media.photobucket.com/image/wedding%20centerpiece%20apples/pottsy122006/apples2.jpg

Pumpkins can make lovely candle holders / centerpieces, but it may be a little too ”autumn” for your August wedding http://www.outoftheordinary.com/gallery/captivating-flowers/pumpkin-centerpiece.jpg

A friend of mine had live fish at each table. You can get fishbowls or clear vases from Michael’s or any dollar store, add pretty stones in your colors, and pop them in the middle of each table. It’s very pretty. At the end of the night she let the kids take the fish / bowls home (with the ok of mom and dad), and kept one for herself. It was kind of fun. You can get ‘feeder fish’ for ten cents from any pet supply store, or Betta fish are pretty and about $5 each. http://www.bettatalk.com/images/betta_in_a_vase.jpg Just make sure you only put one fish in each bowl, as a betta will fight to the death with another male.

Submerged plants are very cool, and you can probably do it yourself a lot cheaper than a florist would. http://cdn1.ioffer.com/img/item/932/450/51/f086_1.JPG

I’ll come back to this if I think of anything else.

Check Martha Stewart’s website, and check lots of do it yourself bridal websites. They’ll have plenty of ideas!

Congrats and have fun!

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Micahs•Mummy December 12, 2011 at 7:18 am

i think you have pretty much all you can do…

but why won’t you make the invites your self?? this is one of the hugest places you can save on money!!! the style of invite i wanted would cost around $600 to get them made professionally, but since i am doing it myself it will only cost $100.

another place to look at saving money is your wedding cake. things like flowers etc can really jack up the price. you could be looking at $3-$15 a slice, and don’t get a bigger cake than what you need either.

and buy things when they are on sale!!! i have saved myself a few hundred $$$ by doing this so far. if you have favors they can double as centerpieces, but you don’t need to have these if you don’t want.

lucky for you, you know lots of people that can help out! :) my to be father in law will be doing the food and cake and setting up all the decor which is pretty much for free. :)

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