Tuesday, May 12, 2009

DIY Philosophy

My DIY philosophy is to do what I can myself (or with help) without stessing myself out. I am going to do my best to not make myself crazy, which is why the idea to bake a cake for every table to act both as the wedding cake and centerpiece quickly went out the window. Saving money is an obvious advantage to DIY'ing, but I also want the wedding to be very representative of Ryan and I, and not generic.

I hope to do the bouquets after the rehearsal dinner, with the help of my bridesmaids. The boutonnieres will probably not be floral, and thus made by me ahead of time. I'm thinking the centerpieces will not be floral, and will be made by me and my helpers (my maid of honor is crafty and good at it, and she has expressed interest in helping). The corsages for the moms and grandmas will probably be a fabric creation that I will make (more on these later). I hope to do the invitations myself, maybe with the help of the wonderful talent at Printable Press. My sister has a friend who is a wiz with Photoshop, and Ryan knows an amazing calligrapher, so we might go that route for the invites too.

Things that I will not be DIY'ing for sanity's sake include the food, the photography, the dress, favors (I don't think we'll have them), and anything that has to be done the day of the wedding.

I'm going to try to keep this simple, but still have some special details factored in there. What DIY projects are you planning for your wedding?


  1. I'm DIYing a lot of details, including invites and favors... but the biggies (cake, flowers, photography) will all be done by professionals, for the sake of my sanity. :o)

    It's great that you have creative friends that can help you out. That's part of where the fun comes in.

    Can't wait to read more about your projects!

  2. I agree about the creative friends. It makes it so much more personal and collaborative, which is what I think a wedding should be all about!


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