We all know that DIY wedding projects are super popular right now! Pinterest has made is so easy to find creative ideas for your wedding, and there are tons of potential benefits to making some of your decorations instead of purchasing them from a store.
DIY projects are an opportunity to make your wedding more personal. Choosing materials and putting things together with your own hands will also give you complete control of the final product. 👩🎨
Can’t find table runners in the right shade of purple? Buy some fabric and make them yourself. Have a unique idea for table place cards that isn’t available in stores? Buy what you need at a craft store and get to work!
Looking around on your wedding day and knowing that YOU created the beautiful things around you can be really satisfying. Annnnddd this will make your wedding photos even more special 🙂
Disclaimer #1: Remember to give yourself plenty of time of work on these DIY projects, and don’t be too hard on yourself when comparing what you’ve created to the perfect, store-bought alternative.
Disclaimer #2: If you’re telling yourself that you’re not creative enough to create your own authentic ideas, that’s just not true! Spend some time away from the computer and the bridal magazines, and dream up how you would want your wedding to look and what you would want your guests to do there. That’s a great starting point, and it leads us to tip #2…
HA…so I KNOW this is ironic, because this blog post is literally my advice, but hear me out. 😂
As soon as you’re engaged, everyone will want to give advice on EVERY detail of your wedding. Your family members who got married 40 years ago will suddenly be experts in wedding planning and have something to say (good or bad) about every decision you make. While it’s great to listen to these old-timers’ marriage advice (I mean, 40 years is impressive!), they may not be up-to-date on the intricacies of pulling together a wedding in 2020.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in all of the ideas being thrown your way and forget what you actually want, or even forget to consider what you want at all! Trust your gut when making decisions and only involve a few outside people in the planning process. There will be times for friends and family to get involved, but intricate decisions are best made by the bride and groom.
That being said, the PEOPLE in your life are not even the biggest influencers! Ads and articles follow you around the internet, perfectly-styled magazines sit on the shelves, and I’m sure you’re getting daily emails from The Knot. So how are you supposed to form your own original ideas??
Limit yourself to only a few sources of information, and don’t get too caught up in what everyone else has done. Be yourself and come up with your own ideas that will make your look and feel like YOU. That leads us to tip #3…
I’ve saved the best for last! The most important (and most overlooked) thing to remember is that you are a team! It’s not the only the bride’s wedding, and taking time early on to discuss how you envision your wedding will help spark original ideas.
Talk about things you’ve seen at other weddings that would be fun to tweak for yourselves. Think about how you can incorporate your hobbies, favorite colors, favorite tv shows, best vacations, etc. into your activities and decor. Any way you can include your own personalities will make it more special for you and for your guests.
Along the same lines…
One of the first things most couples plan is the “type” of wedding they will have. Will it be a “rustic country chic” wedding or a “moody earthy bohemian” wedding? We feel like we need to choose a style, collect the decor that style requires, and do our best to pull it off for ourselves. We challenge ourselves to perfectly mimic or one-up a trendy style that’s already been done 1,000 times. Annnnnddd if we pull it off for ourselves, we win! Wooohoo!!…….wait, what do we win?? 🤔 Well, unless that style was really what we wanted, than the only thing we win is someone else’s dream wedding. 😬
So mostly importantly, talk to each other about what you want the day to look like, and you can’t go wrong!
Decorating a wedding is like pretending to be an interior designer for a year, so buying items with the intention of reusing them after your wedding is always a plus! To avoid spending money on items that won’t use later on, try to purchase things you could keep/use in your home after the wedding!
Picture frames are an easy way to decorate a table! Plus you’ll get to keep them to decorate your home or give them as gifts!
Loved this unique guest book idea!
Isn’t this cake so unique and awesome for two UT grads??
Another beautiful way to celebrate how this couple met (A&M)!