Just Do It (Yourself)

Ever watch those shows on bad cable television about over-the-top weddings that seem to have NO budget? I was totally guilty of watching those shows WAY before I was ever engaged, wishing I could have an endless budget for my dream wedding, but guess what? Once you get engaged and begin to realize how much things REALLY cost, you can get super creative and save some money! Here are a few DIY ideas I absolutely love:

Mason Jars
For a romantic and rustic outdoor reception, I love mason jars. Small mason jars can be filled with candy and decorated with ribbons, a custom sticker, or just as they are. Larger mason jars can also be used as centerpieces or even be used to serve a signature drink at the bar! Another plus is that these jars are very inexpensive, so you won’t break the bank in adding whimsy to your reception style.

Photos: Lisa Light, LTD. Brides.com

Candy Buffets
Nothing makes people happy like sweets do, so imagine a whole selection of delicious treats for your guests to enjoy! This may not be the way to go if your having an outdoor ceremony in the Summer, but you should have no issue with melted sweets at an indoor reception. The great thing about a DIY candy buffet is that affordable glass jars of different sizes are not hard to find. I would recommend visiting IKEA, Crate and Barrel Outlet shores, the home goods sections of Ross and TJ Maxx, and even the local dollar store. Buying bulk candy can also help in cutting costs. Keep an eye out for colored candy matching your wedding colors, and keep an eye out on when they’re on discount, especially after candy-driven holidays like Valentine’s Day, Easter, and Halloween.
Get your inspiration from superbly talented event companies, like Amy Atlas Events. I can’t wait for her book to come out next year-I absolutely love her sweet arrangements.

Photo: Amy Atlas Events

Save the Dates
You’ll see save-the-dates referred to as STD’s in many wedding/bridal blogs–but not in this one (gross!). For our save-the-date, Kevin and I did a magnet, which is a popular way to go since almost everybody has a refrigerator they can display it on.

Although not the most original idea, we were creative in designing the magnet with a small vector drawing of our venue and our names were in the font we used for our invites, place cards, and menu’s.
I came across this AWESOME idea for a save-the-date and had to share as my favorite DIY way to spread the news: a save-the-date flipbook!

Click on the link below to see the video of this awesomely cute flipbook:

FLIPBOOK SAVE THE DATE from Chris Nagle on Vimeo.

Super cute, right?

You can find tons of DIY resources online when it comes to different wedding ideas. A lot of websites even provide templates!
The Knot has some great templates and instructions–from wedding favor brownie wrappers and reception chair labels,  to homemade boutonnieres and ceremony programs.

Other online sources where you can find crafts, paper goods and tools to make your dream wedding favors are:

Paper Source (my personal favorite!)

Oriental Trading

and iomoi

Do you have a DIY wedding idea you’d like to share?? I’d love to hear it! Just leave a comment!!

xoxo,
Stephanie

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