DIY Projects for Fall Weddings

Crafty brides and brides on budgets will love these lovely yet surprisingly simple ways to dress up your wedding. Follow the instructions or just use the ideas as a springboard for your own creativity. Sometimes it's the small things that make a big impact! * * * All photos and ideas from Martha Stewart Weddings. * * * Escort-Card Posies: All you need are fabric flowers, map pins, and glue to bring your seating assignments into bloom. Would look great with little … [Read more...]

DIY Wedding Cake Designs

Wedding cakes are pretty, but can cost a pretty penny too, so here are a few ideas on how to cut costs but not sacrifice style. Martha Stewart Weddings has some brilliant ideas on how to create your own wedding cake, or turn a less expensive store-bought cake into a masterpiece. Best of all, none of these examples requires any great artistic ability! Pipe your own Roses Just about anyone can reproduce these bright, happy rose confections! Start with a plain fondant cake from a bakery. Next, … [Read more...]

Beads, Buttons, & Buckles: Supplies for the DIY Bride

M&J Trimmings recently updated their new Bridal Center. It took a while, but it’s finally finished and ready for all brides-to-be and wedding planners!  Whether you're undertaking an ambitious project like sewing your own dresses, or something simple like decorating the flower girl baskets, M&J's Bridal Center has all the supplies and great inspiration! Swarovski crystals ribbons & trims laces appliques buttons buckles handbag … [Read more...]

DIY Headbands for the Bridal Party

Headbands are the hot accessory right now, and can be a great way to add flair and unify your bridal party. Plus, they're a fun do-it-yourself project! Simple enough for even the not-so-crafty among us, you can also make them as elaborate as your imagination gets. Here are a few DIY headband tutorials that I've found to get the creative juices flowing. Gather your bridesmaids together and have a good time with them! This photo is of Gossip Girl’s Serena van der Woodsen, who wore a silver … [Read more...]

Gorgeous DIY Wedding Templates & Clip Art

If you are a crafty-sort who enjoys creating beautiful things that reflect your personal style, you've got to check out Martha Stewart's collection of templates and clip art. You can download all sorts of gorgeous things, such as tag & label templates, place card templates,  favor packaging templates, deocration templates, programs, menus, and stationary templates! Here are some of my favorite ideas... Just Married Signs This is perfect for your reception decor or getaway car … [Read more...]

Do-It-Yourself Manicure for Brides

Hands are a main attraction at your wedding, when everyone will be looking at your bouquet and wedding ring. In order to ensure that your nails will be in perfect shape, start taking care of them months before the wedding. You don’t want your nails to be too short, broken, or chipped! Image from crave online. Weekly manicure can do wonders for your nails and cuticles. Professional manicures are a treat, but can be expensive if done on regular basis. Home manicures … [Read more...]

7 Sites for Incredible DIY Wedding Invitations

Your wedding invitations are the prelude to the happiest day of your life, setting the stage for the wedding itself. It shows up your loved one's mailboxes, announcing the significant change that is occuring in your life, and also honors your guests by telling them you want them to share in your celebration.  You'll want your invitation to reflect your personality and style, and there are a number of DIY (do-it-yourself) websites that can assist you in creating the perfect invitation. For some, … [Read more...]

Unique Wedding Centerpieces for the DIY Bride

When it comes to DIY wedding flowers, there's one woman on the web who really knows her stuff. Louann has been a florist for over fifteen years, and her website, Wedding Flowers and Reception Ideas, shows you how you can create your own amazing bouquets and flower arrangements!  "Will it be hard work? Yes. Will you save money? Yes. Will you show me how? Yes . . . that's what this site is all about." After buying some books on the subject, she began making her own silk wedding flower creation … [Read more...]

Do-it-Yourself Hand-painted Wedding Gifts

Everyone loves getting a personalized gift, especially one that's hand-made... with love. I just recently discovered the joy of hand-painting my own gifts for people, which is a fun, relaxing hobby, a chance to get the creative juices flowing, and, of course, a way to show your friends how much they mean to you! A hand-made gift shows that you put extra thought into their gift, not to mention the time and attention you devoted to putting it together. In particular, I've been loving these … [Read more...]

Saving on wedding cakes: Fake layers, fresh flowers, and more!

For the bride who wants a traditional wedding cake, without the outrageous costs that go with it, there are many creative alternatives. One idea is adding fake tiers to your wedding cake. According to Napsnet, this can save you about 50 percent per slice. If you have your baker create a fake layer or two in your wedding cake, and actually serve slices from a sheet cake hidden in the kitchen, no one will know the difference! Simply desserts points out that some bakers charge by the … [Read more...]