Month: September 2016

10 lessons learned from my DIY Wedding

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From the moment I got engaged I always knew I wanted a DIY wedding. For me it, a DIY wedding meant we could create a wedding completely personal to us. Doing it DIY though is no easy feat. There is so much I learnt along the way and some things I wish someone had told me when I started. Having said that, I’m so stubborn that I doubt I would have listened! But anyway, here goes…

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DIY Watercolour Wash Sign

I am in the middle of a love affair with watercolour washes. I absolutely love them. They’re so versatile and always add so much class and beauty to any project. Couple watercolours with typography and you’re always going to be on to a winner. I don’t know what it is about putting watercolour washes behind glass but something about it just makes me so happy. If you’re going for an ombre look or subtle colour scheme this DIY project is perfect! Here I cover the basics you need to create this sign. Once you know how you can write whatever you want and mix up the colours to suit your wedding.

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DIY Circle Garlands

Paper is by far one of the cheapest materials you can use to create decorations for your wedding. I saw so many circle garlands on Pinterest and immediately fell in love with them but refused to pay an average of £3 a meter. The process could not be simpler and is adaptable to any design you like. For our wedding we made about 3km of these bad boys and it was so easy even my husband could do it. The only tricky bit is preventing the garlands from tangling when storing them – I have never been more frustrated than when trying to untangle 5m of garland!

So let’s get to it….

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Our DIY Wedding

Consider this my DIY resume. I wanted to show you what qualifies me as a “DIY Bride” by sharing some of the details we DIYed for our wedding. There was no way I could possibly fit everything into one post so here’s the highlights. I will be posting tutorials for some of these very soon but if anyone has any questions feel free to ask!

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DIY Ribbon Wands

I am completely obsessed with ribbon. When I first saw ribbon wands on Pinterest as an alternative to confetti I instantly knew I HAD to have them at our wedding. I had a quick look online and they seemed simple enough to make so I just got the bits I thought I needed and had a play. This tutorial is the method I found worked best and quickest. As I have mentioned before, sometime’s it’s not cheaper to DIY something for your wedding. With these ribbon wands I found they worked out about the same price as buying them pre-made. However, by making them yourself, you can create something that is exactly how you want it. You can use ribbon, fabric, lace, string, bells, pom poms, sequins or whatever your heart desires! You can even paint the sticks or add flags or whatever takes your fancy. So get creative! Once you know how you’ll be surprised how easy (and fun!) they are to make.

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DIY Chalkboard Signs

Search wedding on any search engine and I guarantee you sooner or later you will see chalkboard signs! With their adaptability, nostalgic aesthetic and beautiful simplicity it’s not hard to understand why they are so popular in weddings at the moment. Signs are a great way of letting guests know what’s going on without barraging them with information in your invites. We used chalkboard signs at our wedding to let guests know about our unplugged ceremony, where to sit, how our bar worked, instructions for garden games and some just for decoration.

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