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Weddings are a joyous occasion but can quickly get expensive in
a hurry. With DIY wedding crafts you can insert a personal touch
and hold the price down as well. Here are a few ideas for
wedding crafts to add sparkle and creativity to your big day.
It is not hard to create your own wedding veil but so much cheaper.
To make this wedding craft, you will need a length of bridal illusion
veil material in the desired length. You will also need a comb
to attach it to your hair and a hat or headpiece to cover the comb.
Sew large running stitches about an inch from the end of the
veil and gather it tightly. Now sew the veil to the comb.
Top with hat or headpiece. As an alternative, you can decorate
a wide-brimmed straw hat with silk flowers, ribbon, and pearls.
The bouquets and floral arrangements can also be personally
crafted. For a simple outdoor wedding, consider wild flowers.
They are free and have a charm all their own. Bouquets can
be arranged in large clear vases, with a bow tied elegantly around.
You can purchase bouquets from big box stores for considerable
cheaper than a florist shop. Buy 2 or 3 bunches, put elastics around
top, middle and bottom of bunches and tie a ribbon around and add pearls, lace or a small framed picture of someone not able
to attend your wedding
Favors for the guests are particularly appropriate wedding crafts.
Get your bridal party together for a "Favor Building Party". Choose something that you all can tackle with little easy and expense. Refrigerator magnet are a simple and well-received favor.
A really nice idea is to make a magnetic picture frame and include
a picture of the couple. You could cut a frame out of craft foam
in one of the wedding colors, arrange over the photo, and glue
all onto a cardboard backing. Place self-adhesive magnet tape
on the back of the cardboard. Decorate the front of the frame
with foil heart stickers and a monogram of the couple's last name.
Bows for the ends of the pews or rows make simple wedding crafts.
Wide velvet ribbons are nice for fall and winter weddings, while
satin is more appropriate for spring and summer weddings.
Loop some flat lace in with the ribbons. In the center of the
completed bow, attach some silk flowers and pearl
sprays with a hot glue gun.
Preparing for a wedding can be expensive, but with wedding
crafts, you can take some of the sting out. Plan early, because
it will take a little while to make favors for everyone
and all the other little details you will want to take care of.
Maybe creating wedding crafts will even relieve some of those
wedding jitters. In any event, crafting your own wedding items
is a way to have a personal, beautiful, and less expensive wedding.
And when in doubt go to Itsy...it's full of DIY projects.
Whether you're the DIY kind or you plan to hire an event lighting company, consider ditching the floral arrangements for
the unforgettable glow of wedding lighting.
Here are some of our favorite ideas.
Create and make an easy, elegant outdoor look with paper lanterns.
Think of illuminating each table with the soft hues of two or three
lanterns. Plus string lanterns overhead to tie it all together.
You can even monogram the lanterns for a personalized
Inexpensive Double Duty
With so many details to look after and take care of why not make your décor work for you? Wine bottles with fairy lights get the job
done as table numbers or centerpieces and added sparkle.
Why not extend some wedding lighting to the altar as well.
Photographers love getting creative with every available lighting.
Outdoors, wrap string lights around trees and branches
to not only light the way, but also delight the person behind the lens.
Little lighting details turn photos into stunning pieces of art.
Candles, Candles, Candles
Nothing spells romance like a candlelit dinner, right?
Forget flowers completely by using various sized candles for your
wedding lighting. It could spark love between your guests
from across the table.
What's a fairy tale wedding without some fairies?
Try placing hurricane candle holders & display cases
with fairy lights for an enchantment beyond flowers.
Keep Them Looking Up
Cascading string lights hung from the ceiling keep eyes up.
The best part is you don't need to worry about the height of the centerpieces blocking conversation because it's floating overhead!
Couples Name in Lights
Who doesn't want to see their name in big, bright marquee lights?
A lighted monogram creates a perfect photo-ops while putting
your stamp on the entire reception.
Most monograms can be rented or
purchased — or you can DIY your own.
Double Duty Lanterns Galore
Light the way to your reception with minimalist elegance
and old world charm with lanterns. The are classic, and can
do double duty by using them later as centerpieces
for a traditional wedding.
Light Up Your Tent
If your thinking of renting a tent for your wedding reception
you will find that many tent companies offer lighting designs
of varying degrees to go with the tent rentals.
Ambiance is the décor that counts.
Keep the party glowing when you immerse
the entire reception with lights.
An Enchanting Affair
Still considering a traditional centerpiece?
Tea lights hanging off bare low branches make for a fuller look.
From farther away, the lights float in the atmosphere
like dancing fairies.
Romantic Illuminated Backdrop
Put yourself in sheer radiance in the front of the room.
A backdrop of tulle and lights behind the head table to create
a stunning ambiance that won't obstruct views of the happy couple.
This is a perfect DYI project for you and your Peeps.
A string of lights is an amazing way to add softness and structure
to any space. Doesn't matter if you're having an indoor or outdoor wedding, brighten up the ceiling on your affair.
Aisle Décor To Walk Down
While you are planning your wedding ceremony try thinking out of the box. Incorporate small things that will definitely catch the eye.
Walk to your husband-to-be with one of these aisle décor
ideas on your special day.
Two Become One Wedding Aisle Runner
This elegant aisle runner highlights the significance of your big
day as you join your life together with the one you love.
Personalized Theme Aisle Runner
Perfect for indoor or outdoor weddings this 75-foot-long runner
is made of sturdy non-woven material to prevent tearing as
it highlights your aisle. Create a custom message in one of the
seven different designs for an even more personalized look.
Metal Candle Lanterns with LED Tealights
Set or hang elegant candle lanterns as aisle décor along the edges
of your aisle to create a romantic glow. Take charge of your lighting
by using the unique features: a timer, color-changing mode,
or flickering amber LED option.
($54.99 for a set of 12, 4 of each style; lightsforalloccasions.com)
Simple Dried Baby's Breath Bouquet
Hang baby's breath bouquets tied with satin ribbon along the
ends of chairs to create sophisticated, chic aisle décor.
Baby's breath bouquets can also be used as the bridesmaid
bouquets to tie the look together.
Personalized Silk Flower Petals
Here is an old tradition meeting a modern twist with personalized
flower petals. Sprinkle any of the 10 available petal colors down
your aisle with a special message printed for your soon-to-be husband.
($43.61 for 100 petals; beau-coup.com)
Offbeat Wedding Venues
When you're planning your wedding, you want your ceremony
to be memorable and stand out. Get inspired by these unique
venues to plan your big day!
Some people incorporate butterflies into their ceremony by releasing several at the conclusion of the ceremony, but why not have
them involved in your entire day? A butterfly pavilion is a
beautiful and fun option as you explore offbeat wedding venues.
For the animal loving bride, your local zoo is a great venue
for your wedding ceremony. Incorporate a guided tour for your
guests while you and your bridal party go off to take pictures.
Carrie Bradshaw almost married Mr. Big in the New York
City Public Library, and choosing a beautiful library
near you is the most perfect of offbeat wedding
venue for a quirky bride!
Want to plan your big day in a place with a lot of history?
Why not try a home with a lot of history? Choose the former home
of a famous statesman or author for your special occasion.
Most of these venues will close completely for your big day,
allowing you and your guests a one-on-one time
with the location's history!
Great for all who love books, but don't think you can swing renting
an entire library, why not try your favorite bookstore?
These stores are usually adorable, intimate, and have a lovely
vibe for a couple wanting a unique ceremony.
Hot Air Balloon Festival
Love hot air balloons, but are afraid of heights?
Marrying the love of your life at a hot air balloon festival
is the perfect way to incorporate the whimsy of a hot air
balloon as a beautiful backdrop.
This has got to be the most offbeat of the offbeat wedding venues
yet. But, finding a cave filled with beautiful rock structures,
stalactites, and stalagmites is a wonderful way to wow them all
with your unique ceremony. Get married in an actual cave!
Are you a history buff, but you don't feel like refurbished buildings
is your style, why not get married in front of or in the ruins
of a beautiful old building? They can be a bit tougher to spot if
you're stateside, but worth the hunt!
Does your ceremony place, welcome table or photo booth need to be
upgraded? Add a creative backdrop to take your wedding décor
to the next level. We've gathered some unique and different
backdrops to fit every bride's style.
From Old to New
Shop at garage sales or if you have some use those
old closet doors! Turn them into a DIY project for you and your
fiancée for your wedding day. Apply paint if necessary, but let the
tarnish and distress shine through then add fresh greenery
to complete this stunning vintage backdrop.
A Pop of Color
Can't pick just a few shades for your color palette? Try being
creative and strung dip-dyed colors of strips of fabric hung on a
cord for a backdrop. Use rich and vivid décor pieces
to brighten your special day.
Wood You Say 'I Do'?
A rustic wooden backdrop is picture-perfect for your countryside
nuptials. The placement of DYI gorgeous floral wreath gives it the
final feminine touch. It is precisely what you need for your
outdoor wedding décor.
A good inexpensive way to add romance and décor. Incorporate
vintage lace with embroidery hoops hung at different levels
for the elegant bride who loves DIY projects.
Whether behind your wedding cake or your sweetheart table,
this flawless look is a genuine combination of style and creativity.
Let it Glow
Dress up your wedding with twinkly lights for a dreamy and
romantic look. Hanging lights create an ambiance like no
other, and they really are not just for Christmas!
Use them during your ceremony & reception to leave
your guests feeling impressed.
For your "something old." use an antique door frame for your altar. Whether your venue is indoors or outdoors this will add the ambiance
of old and romantic. Let the tarnish and distress shine through
this vintage piece of décor for a look that is both unique and
eye-catching. Top of the door frame with your wedding flowers
and lush shades of greenery to finish
A dreamy look for a rustic wedding. A bride can chose birch logs, cut
and tied together to make an alter. Placing candlelit mason jars
with floral arrangements along with garden roses & hydrangeas
to decorate the stairs or path leading up to the altar.
This birch wood alter is a stunning and elegant way to add
décor to your wedding ceremony.
Everyone Has Eyes
We are obsessed with this set up for a wedding ceremony. Place
your chairs to circle around you and your honey for the nuptials
that way everyone has a great seat and with a different view.
The bride may chose to have floral arrangements all around them
for the ceremony. She can also placed a small table in the center
to light their unity candles and added twinkle lights.
Why not use an unconventional object, like a fireplace mantle,
for your altar? This look is both romantic and intimate both inside
and outside. Keep the mantle looking rugged or refurbish it with a
color to match your wedding palette. Decorate with pretty florals
and candle lights to complete the look.
For an outdoor wedding, try hanging your décor!
Hang on tree branches some string mason jars with battery
type tea light candles inside.
You can choose to use some jars filled with beautiful wildflowers or
baby's-breath & for depth to the hanging pieces add a cool
lantern here and there to the mix.
For the bohemian bride this one's perfect for you.
Use a hula hoop strung with macramé. You can add to your décor
with green ferns and contrasting flowers.
To finish the look add a side table, candles, and more
Write Your Own Personal Wedding Vows To Each Other
I know this isn’t exactly unique or new, but as a minister, I feel that
this is one of the best things you can do to personalize your ceremony
for your family and friends. You may cry and need tissues and
bodily fluids may or may not come out of your nose. However, guests
love hearing these and seeing the passion-filled emotions fly. Emotions
are what makes a wedding ceremony memorable. Photographers eat
it up, too. It lets your guests learn something about you as a couple
and allows you both to reach into your past and to share memories
you may have forgotten. It will inspire everyone to join in on the
emotions and set the tone for the wedding you always dreamed
from a very young age.
Have A Good Friend O Family Member Recite A Poem Or
A Song During Your Ceremony
Whether you’re having a religious ceremony (or even if you are), there
is no greater honor for family or friends than to be involved in your wedding ceremony. This is a great way to involve family and friends
and have an important reading during the ceremony.
This is a very intimate and personal act. It’s when the rings are passed around and nice thoughts are delivered to the couple through their
guests. This is usually done when the guests list is less than 30 people. Because of time, if your list is greater than 30 you can chose to only
pass the rings to the wedding party and family.
Groom Having A Grand Entrance Into The Ceremony
Some religious ceremonies already include this, such as with Jewish ceremonies. Here the groom is escorted in with both of his parents.
This is a great idea because to many times the groom is put on the
back burner at times and they deserve recognition as well.
Having the Groom walk down the isle with his Mom is a very nice
entrance and gives the Groom & his Mom center stage for a moment.
Bring Your Dog
This is huge for today's couples who have maybe one or two puppy kids. You can include them by being a small part of our wedding.
Many clients feel their dogs are like there family and what to include
their pups on their special day. If you’re worried about them getting
loose and wreaking havoc, there are companies out there such as
Fairytail Planning that will actually do this for you and take them
home and keep them safe until you return.
Just Make It Your Own
Whatever you decide, just make your wedding in some way personal
and unique to the both of you. Remember that you are not required
to partake in any traditions that mean nothing to you.
After all there are no do overs and this is YOUR wedding! Try to be
brave and creative and think of options that will be more meaningful
to you and your guests. Brainstorm things you love as a couple,
your hobbies, dreams, what gets you excited, and for sure the
ideas will flow once you start thinking together.
10 Popular Wedding Flowers
There's a reason why this is a romantic event staple, and a very popular wedding flower. Available in a virtual rainbow of colors, the rose pairs well with any other flower and can help create luscious, full wedding centerpieces. It also is a bit sturdier than some blooms and does very well in boutonnieres, corsages, and arrangements.
Rather large flower, the stems can quickly fill up any wedding bouquet or centerpiece. A Hydrangea can make tall and expensive centerpieces seem even more magical, or add a sweet touch to glass jars on a rustic table.
Usually the go-to flower for nuptials in tropical settings, the orchid is more than just a destination wedding staple. These delicate flowers are available in several varieties, and in shades of green, white, and purple. Mostly used in weddings using a traditional or modern themes.
Symbolizing happiness, there may be no more relevant flower for a wedding than the peony. Full of soft, fluffy petals, peonies have become the new wedding flower staple. Although they can be a bit expensive their size helps to fill out a bouquet or centerpiece. For those of you who love fragrant flowers, peonies smell delicious. But if you are a little scent-sensitive, you may want to find another bloom to use for most of your decor and bouquets.
Perhaps no flower makes more of a statement than the anemone. These flowers feature a dark center and softly colored petals. The most popular for weddings are white and blush anemones. Their unique shape almost seems like something out of an illustration, giving them a whimsical, but striking, quality.
Carnations are very affordable and come in a staggering amount of colors. Because of their sturdy nature, these flowers are often used to create floral decor elements like flower balls or back drops. In fact, if you love a monochromatic look, but can't afford a centerpiece entirely composed of roses, stretching your budget by substituting in a few carnations is a smart option.
The daisy is available in many varieties and even more colors for the traditional wedding flower. Nothing quite beats the charm of daisies, especially for rustic and vintage affairs. Daisies have been an extremely popular choice for bridal bouquets for centuries. Whether you prefer the technicolor rainbow of Gerbera and Shasta daisies, or the classic white the yellow, daisies are low-maintenance and lovely.
Sometimes confused with roses and peonies, ranunculus is a gorgeous, romantic flower perfect for wedding arrangements. They are not as common as carnations or roses, so make sure you check into whether they will be readily available at your local florist (they are typically "in season" only from late spring to mid-summer). Ranunculus paired with other flowers because they are such a sweetly-shaped bloom they are also stunning solo.
Used to be thought as little more than the "filler" in delivered flowers, baby’s breath is now very popular on its own. Because of the popularity of Barn Weddings over the past years its now considered one of the biggest floral trends we've seen is the emergence of baby's breath as a bouquet and wedding flower standard. And it's easy to see why. First, it's a really pretty, very tiny flower. Bridesmaids will love carrying this lightweight bouquet down the aisle. Second, baby's breath is very budget-friendly. So, large wedding centerpieces filled to the brim with this flower will be both affordable and chic.
Succulents are just divine. Once relegated only to Southwest weddings, this desert plant now makes appearances in fashionable centerpieces of just about every wedding theme, from homespun to posh. Succulents add amazing texture and are extremely durable. Because they don't need too much sun or water, you can find succulents available year-round. And as a bonus, they not only make a great addition to cut arrangements, but are also beautiful left potted (either in centerpieces or small favors).
Rustic Burlap & Lace Wedding Details
For a rustic and refreshing touch to your ceremony, set up a simple lemonade stand where guests can help themselves before you exchange your vows. This is great for any outdoor ceremony location where your guests might be uncomfortable warm in the hot sun. Including fans on the seats will add a very "Southern Flair" to the whole ceremony.
Wine Crate Bar Set Up
Wine crates or wooden crates have an inherently rustic vibe and are so useful. Try setting up a few in different configurations and heights around your bar to display glassware, bottles and menus.
Ladder Photo Display
We love the idea of displaying personal photos at a reception; it's a great conversation starter and gives those guests you may not know as well
a glimpse into your life! Using two ladders and a couple of wooden boards is an easy, rustic way of showing off those childhood photos for both Bride and Groom along with their families.
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