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wedding-planning-a-diy-approachI'm hosting a great article by Amy Nebens, one of our friends at Poshmom!

Are you newly engaged or is the day for the big rock coming sooner than later? One of our friends at Poshmom, Amy Nebens, has a great article that takes you through DIY-ing your big day. That's right. Amy has some great ideas for maintaining your wedding budget by making your very own wedding favors, centerpieces, and menus. Check it out... 

If you are newly engaged (congratulations!) or, if you’re thinking that this holiday season may bring him to put a ring on it (Christmas and New Year’s are the two most popular days of the year for engagement news, so you could be right), then your mind is or soon will be whirling with all the wedding planning and prepping that needs tending to.

The good news is that weddings are steeped in tradition, providing a roadmap of how to plan for the special day. Even better news? Brides can use tradition as a guide. But, the most modern brides are crafting their own charming details that reflect them as a couple to create a truly meaningful, stylish and memorable wedding event.

Do It Yourself (DIY) projects can be a lot of fun and can ease the strain on your wedding budget. Plus, you don’t need to be at all crafty to take them on. DIY projects are geared towards everyone, from the beginner to the expert. They can be modern, funky, classic, rustic, chic, fanciful and absolutely exquisite. You can DIY almost anything wedding-related, from save-the-date cards, invitations and escort cards to bouquets and boutonnieres, centerpieces, decorations, ceremony programs, menus and more.

Wedding inspiration comes from a lot of places. Look to your venue, your season, your theme. If, for instance, you are getting married in a vineyard or even a hotel, but are trying to evoke the feeling of your favorite winery or region, try a clever approach to escort cards that is easy to fashion. Make slices along the top of corks (that you’ve collected or you can buy in bulk), line them up and slip the printed cards into it so the corks act as a card stand.


Make Your Wedding: Inspiration, Planning, and DIY Projects

Check out details you like in wedding magazines or online—sites like Pinterest and Etsy are great fodder. There are weddings sites and books packed with ideas and instructions, like the new interactive book Make Your Wedding: Inspiration, Planning, and DIY Projects that is produced exclusively for the iPad and iPhone (they are talking to you, you modern tech-savvy bride).

Make Your Wedding: Inspiration, Planning, and DIY Projects not only has beautiful inspiration shots, themes, project ideas and directions, but it also has HD video how-to’s (from an Emmy-winning designer and on-air crafter for the “Martha Stewart Show”), pop-up crafting tips, and tappable displays to purchase tools and materials online. This book has projects in each theme-based chapter from pearl-dotted fans for a beach ceremony to a moss-chalkboard menu board for rustic cocktails and a vintage bridesmaid’s gemstone necklace. This e-book also has planning tips, inspiration gathering guides, dress code suggestions, reception menus and cocktail recipes.


Adding handmade style to your wedding should not overwhelm—just don’t take on too much. You have to pick and choose your DIY so you don’t get bogged down, especially in the days and weeks leading up to your nuptials. Many DIY wedding projects can be made in advance and stored. You can also enlist the skills of talented friends and family who are willing to help.

Even if you just take on one detail, remember that it is a reflection of the two of you, a symbol of something important and special—and isn’t that what this day is all about?

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