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Welcome to my blog! I thought a great first post would be to show you my most recent DIY project. I’ve always been a fan of DIY. I have been making homemade gifts for as long as I can remember, but they were always small projects. Custom canvases, personalized candles, things like that. But lately I have been experimenting with larger projects, one being my home, but most recently I had one of my best DIY project yet; My wedding!
When I started planning, I was blown away by the cost of anything wedding related. I had Pinterest taste on a penny budget. I had a very clear and specific vision for the decor, but I could not stomach the cost of outsourcing it. So, my solution was of course to DIY it!
Now, my husband and I did things rather unconventionally. We had an intimate domestic destination wedding on a Thursday. Which of course came with some guest complaints, but if there is one thing you take away from this post it’s this: Do whatever is going to make you and your partner happy. Our wedding turned out more magical than I could have ever imagined and I’m so happy that we did things the way we did.
So, let’s get down to the DIY. To save some money, we DIYed everything we possibly could. It ended up that was mostly just decor:
- Bouquet (bride and matron of honor)
- Small centerpieces
- Seating Chart
The most difficult and stressful part of all the DIY projects I took on were the flower arrangements. Not because they were difficult to assemble, but because the logistics of getting fresh flowers delivered to a state you’re vacationing in and making sure you keep them alive is rather complicated.
For the delivery, I used a service called Bloominous. Their customer service, let me say, is absolutely fantastic. They made recommendations on where to get the flowers delivered and when, and they followed up after the flowers were delivered to ensure I didn’t have any questions or difficulties. I also considered services like FiftyFlowers and Blooms by the Box, which seemed to be more affordable options, but I found Bloominous offered a more comprehensive service. The fresh flowers came prepared and bundled by type and they came with a handy laminated sheet of which blooms go in which bouquet.
From there, I kind of did my own thing and used the instructions as recommendations, but if you’re like me, you have no idea how to assemble a beautiful bouquet so guidance was very much appreciated. Here are some photos of how they turned out! Looking back, I would have changed up the rose placement a little bit, but I can’t complain for how much money I saved.
With the flowers for the bouquets, came flowers for itty bitty centerpieces for our cocktail tables. Which were probably the easiest thing to put together. We simply placed a few roses and greenery in the provided votives. They looked so great on our cocktail tables, and now I have little copper votives for my home decor!
Our tablescapes were the most exciting transformation for me. I got inspiration from Pinterest of course, and I was dead-set on having moss and copper geometric shapes. That is the most difficult concept to explain without photos! Regardless, it turned out amazing, but I couldn’t have done it without my amazing coordinator, Jessica Cruz. She brought all of my visions to life, and I didn’t even have to get my hands dirty!
The seating chart and signature cocktail board were easy DIYs that I was able to do before we even left for the wedding. All I used for our seating chart was a drift-wood like poster frame and removed the cardboard backing from it. I used chalk markers to write the names and table numbers onto the glass (which easily wipes off when I’m ready to use it as a poster frame). I found my signature cocktail board at Home Goods (can you say, good find?) and just decorated with chalk markers.
There you have it! All my DIY projects came to life and I couldn’t have been happier with how they turned out, or the memories Riverland Studios captured through their photography. By DIYing my decor, I estimate that I saved about $5K in floral and design costs.
Did you DIY anything at your wedding? Have any questions about how exactly I achieved any of these projects? Leave a comment below!