Pinterest. Pinterest is like the holy grail of everything weddings. You can plan every detail of your big day from Pinterest and you can find tutorials on how to DIY anything and everything. It’s a bit overwhelming but of course I had a list of things that I wanted to DIY and I am so happy I did. I saved a ton of money by doing these projects by myself (and with friends). Here is a list of things I went out of my way to DIY for my wedding and a list of things I passed on making.
What I DIY’d
I had this idea in my head to buy a bunch of vases and containers from garage sales and spray paint them gold and put them on cranberry colored table clothes. As I piled stuff up, my mom and friends were a bit skeptical of my plan, but in the end I think they turned out SO GOOD. My mom, one of my bridesmaids, and I did the flower arrangements ourselves the day before with flowers we ordered from Sam’s Club. The mismatched thrifted junk came together so well.
We rented tablecloths for the wedding and I glanced at the rental price of lights. Literally, jaw dropping, the price to rent was PER FOOT. The wedding industry is banking it. I bought white string lights on after Christmas clearance at Wal-Mart for 75% off. I purchased over 1,000 ft of lights for less than $45. We didn’t even open all of them, but we probably have enough for every house on the block come Christmas time. We wrapped these giant columns in our reception space with TONS of lights. It was amazing.
I wanted to DIY fresh bouquets but my mom kept reminding me of the 1,000 other things we had to do for the wedding. So a month before while skimming through Pinterest late one night, I found an alternative that didn’t look fake. I bought pre-made silk flower bouquets from AFLORAL and customized them. I bought faux cranberry stems and gold pine cones to add to them, then wrapped them up in cranberry ribbon. I ended up making 4 bouquets for under $50.
My friend Sara and I sat down one night and made all the corsages/boutonnieres for the whole wedding party. I think we ended up making 17 for the wedding party and family that came to our big day. It was so fun and SUPER easy.
I have like 6 million photos of Kevin and I from our years of dating (I rounded up a bit). This super easy photo wall allowed us to display a bunch of photos of us. All it took was twine and mini heart shaped clothespins from the Target dollar bin. It added a personal touch to our venue.
My AMAZING mother made my veil. Those things are crazy expensive. I knew exactly what I wanted and my mom made the perfect one! I wanted something with lace and only one tier because I had no interest in it covering my face. Also I just wanted a nice elbow length drape across my back, so my mom made it exactly how I wanted it. It turned out beautiful all thanks to my mom and I will be keeping it FOREVER.
Two of my bridesmaids and one of their lucky boyfriends helped tie thank you tags to the cutest favors ever. These favors really are my favorite wedding favors EVER. I will have more on them later.
What I Didn’t
I love to sew, but that was just such a huge undertaking that I did not even think about it. Everyone before the wedding kept asking me if I was going to make my dress, but working full time and finishing my last semester of college made that unimaginable. I loved the dress I found.
There are so many cute placard/seating charts on Pinterest that we totally could’ve done but we wanted our wedding to be so much more casual. Everything worked out just fine without them. I think that assigned seating is one of those wedding traditions that are going out of style (unless you are having something super fancy)!
I am so glad we had the food catered. It was one less thing to coordinate. I definitely recommend having the food catered. It is so not worth the hassle. On the other hand we DIY’d a hot cocoa bar and cookie tree as our dessert table. That was totally doable thanks to so many helpful family members. Dad’s, uncles, and grandpa’s made the cookies & cocoa happen. It was also probably the best hot cocoa I have ever drank.