Broke-Ass Tag: wedding diy


So, one thing I wanted to wrap my head around before I got into the nitty-gritty of wedding planning was my list of DIY projects. I wanted to give myself plenty of time to do a test run for each project so that I could determine if:

  1. I had the skills or could learn the skills needed to create the item. I consider myself a crafting veteran, but I haven’t done EVERYTHING.
  2. I had the time needed to create all of the items before the wedding without pulling out my hair from the stress.
  3. I will actually save money by doing it myself, or if the money and time would be better spent on buying it ready made.

I’m lucky in that I have a lot of family and friends who have offered to help with my various projects. But of course, I don’t want to take advantage of their generosity. So, while I have the option of outsourcing various projects to my loved ones, I want to use that option sparingly. My wedding isn’t the center of their life, and I don’t want to stress them out with a million projects.

I don’t have money, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills.

So, with that said, I sat down with my wedding binder and wrote down everything that I could possibly DIY. I’m not going to do all of them, but I wanted to see what my options were. Once I wrote everything down, I started moving items into two buckets:

  1. DIY Projects – these are projects that I felt my fiancé or I could take on ourselves.
  2. Outsource To Family & Friends – these are projects that I have asked people to take charge of because it involves a skill set that they already possess.

I love making lists, it’s a sickness.

Putting my inner crafting goddess to work.

I’ve always loved decorating for parties, from my mom’s 50th birthday to my daughter’s 1st birthday and everything in between. I love, love, LOVE it! Therefore, decorating for my wedding was a no-brainer. Immediately, I placed ceremony décor and centerpieces into the DIY projects bucket. Next, I added stationery to include: Save-The-Dates, Invitations, RSVP cards and Thank You cards. I made the invitations for my daughter’s baptism, and I felt with enough time, they wouldn’t be a problem. Then, I added the backdrop for the sweetheart table. I’ve made backdrops before, for personal use and work events, and I felt that making one for the wedding was doable. 

Lastly, I stuck the selfie-station and the paper flowers in this bucket as well. I’m a little worried about making all of the paper flowers I need to decorate the ceremony and reception space. So, I might end up making some and buying some, or swap them for something else. We’ll see how the test run goes. As for the selfie-station, I haven’t decided what that will look like yet, so I have more work to do. However, I know I want to make it myself.

Next at bat: my fiancé.

I chose two projects that I had my heart set on, but doubted I could do them by myself. Since my fiancé is a whiz at building things, I asked him to build the ceremony aisle arches and door-frame ceremony entrance. I know you are probably asking yourself, what the hell are those? I wanted to give my ceremony aisle that wow factor, by adding some arches draped in fabric. Something you don’t see often. Since we plan on the ceremony being outside, I wanted to create the illusion of “entering” the ceremony space. Hence the doorframe.

My blueprint for the ceremony aisle arch that my fiance is going to build.

Outsourcing: No need for references.

The first project I added to this bucket was the wedding cupcakes. At first, I was going to do them myself. I used to work in a grocery store bakery as a cake decorator so I knew I could make them. But, I was worried about the timing and being stressed on my wedding day. One of my bridesmaids was also a cake decorator, so when she offered to make them I said, hell yeah! She’s going to do a tasting and everything, just like going to a bakery. I can’t wait. 

Next, I added the wedding signage to this bucket. My sister/ bridesmaid got a Cricut last year for Christmas, and it has upped her crafting game significantly. She doesn’t want to be “in charge” of the signage, but she can take the lead. Then, when she is busy, she can pull me in, which is just as good. If I had to do all of the signs by myself, I probably wouldn’t do half of them.  

Finally, I added the ceremony canopy where we will stand while we say our vows. My future sister-in-law/ grooms-maid is going to knock out this project for us. She is also handy, like her brother, and I thought she would do a great job with it. We are going to tag team it, she’s going to make the frame, and I am going to make the drapes.

My plan for the centerpieces, this is an early draft.

Don’t rush me, I’m still thinking about it!

Now, there are three projects I’m still mulling over, and I go back and forth on them:

  1. Flowers – I don’t want to make my bouquet, but I am unsure about doing the flower arrangements. If I can get some reasonable quotes, I would prefer to hire someone to take care of them, and not have that hanging over me. If I had more experience with flowers, I wouldn’t worry so much, but I seriously lack a green thumb.
  2. Favors – I want to have some type of edible favor, but I don’t want the stress of baking something in the days leading up to the wedding. That’s why I outsourced the cupcakes. I am mulling over the idea of using candy, and have to hit up Pinterest for some more ideas.
  3. Bridesmaid tank tops – I like the idea of my bridesmaids having matching tank tops on while we get ready the day of. I love those pictures and think it would be fun. However, I don’t know much about making them, and I haven’t researched ordering them, so they are still an unknown at this point.

Commence with the crafting parties!

Now that I have my list, I can start testing projects. My plan is to do a few each month so that I have time to come up with alternative ideas if needed. I would like to have a game plan in place by the New Year, so I can create a crafting timeline. I will make an offering to the crafting gods, in the hopes that they will bless this massive endevor. Luckily, nothing is set in stone and if some projects have to go, then they have to go.

Wish me luck!

  • 6/1

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewReal Bride Lucinda: The Final Countdown

    One thing is for sure — the last month before our wedding has flown by. It’s crazy to think that we used to we have to specify the year of our wedding date when people asked when the big day was, since it was so far away. And now it’s three days away!!

    Surprisingly, things have been pretty calm around here except for the few last-minute ideas I had of things I could DIY. I was on the fence about having a veil at all for the wedding, but since everything came together early enough with my wedding dress I decided to give it a go. It was so easy to make — I think it took about an hour to cut out the bridal illusion, gather it, and glue/stitch it onto the hair comb. You’re going to think this is crazy … but I actually made another one!! I made a second veil out of English netting, which gives a less “poofy” look, and will decide after my hair is done on our wedding day which one I’ll wear.

    Real Bride Lucinda: The Final Countdown

    Another DIY idea I had was to make a photo backdrop in lieu of a photo booth — dude, photo booths are crazy-expensive, at least the ones in my area, and I was dead-set on having something at the wedding (I even tried getting a quote for an “event,” not a wedding, and it was still an outrageous price). Instead, we followed an easy tutorial I found on Pinterest to make a backdrop frame out of about $20 worth of PVC piping, and I made a quick backdrop with a pocket for the top of the frame with some funky fabric I found at JoAnn. What’s great about the PVC frame is that we can take it apart easily to store it, or pop it up in the kitchen in under five minutes to take silly photos, like you’re seeing above.

    So what about the most important DIY of this whole wedding, my wedding dress?

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    The most magical moment so far of making my wedding dress was trying on everything with the finished dress — the shoes, the belt, all of the jewelry, and putting my hair up. Oh my goodness … all of the planning, time, sore back from cutting out every single layer of fabric over three days, pricked fingers from tiny little pins and sewing needles, trial and error of finding the right construction techniques, even the absolute frustration and tears at times while making my wedding dress was completely worth it. There was a time when I worried that my dress looked like a nightgown, or that it didn’t look special enough for my wedding day compared to the dresses you see in bridal shops, but trying everything on together solidified in my mind that deciding to make my wedding dress was absolutely right for me as a bride. I wouldn’t have done anything differently over the past 10 months.

    And now, on to the wedding!  But first, I have one more DIY to finish for my bridesmaids … because I’m a crazy bride like that.

  • 5/26

    I cooked this fun little geometric garland project up for Little Wedding Extras, but this has all the makings of a great DIY or DIE project: A.) It's super easy. You trace, cut, fold and glue or tape. Painting is totally optional. B.) It doesn't have to be wedding-specific. I love a project that can be recycled for home use later. (Christen is using this for #babything's…

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    Photo: Shaina Sheaff Photography With time (and money) running short, I settled on three signs. I wanted to let guests know that we had agreed on a flash-free ceremony, that the little blank puzzle pieces were a guest book alternative and what our limited bar was offering. Many couples opt for directional signs pointing out the bar, photo booth or other fun things. Some have a…

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    Fellow BAB's, I have some awful news. Pretty soon, I have to start crafting. Yikes. No BAB wedding would be complete without a certain amount of DIY-mania, and ours is no different. There are three main things we are DIY-ing: 1) My bouquet and the button holes for the menfolk. 2) All the table decorations. 3) The flowers. That's right, we're growing and then arranging…

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    OMG, just over 60 days to go?? Things are getting a little project crazy up in here, ya'll. With my invitations finally, Finally, FINALLY out the door, I've started working on some small projects. I have a couple big ones left to go (centerpieces and table numbers and escort cards, oh my!), but I need a little recovery time with projects that come in small,…

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    I must admit, I'm not much of a crafter. Sure, I dabbled in cross-stitching, rug hooking, and sewing back in my middle and high school days.  This mostly led to a bunch of abandoned, half-finished projects.  My creative talents mainly revolve around cameras, not quilts or paints.  Basically, Martha Stewart, I am not. However, a budget backyard wedding definitely calls for some crafting, whether I like…

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    Sunday morning, 7:45am. I'm calling Angela to make sure her hair and make-up folks showed up, and to see if she needs anything before I show up 4 hours later. She doesn't, but she wants to talk about her processional. The rehearsal brought up more questions than it answered. The ceremony will be held on a stage almost two feet off the ground, and is…

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