Five Adorable AND Affordable Wedding DIY Projects
By Natalie Tsang
November 14, 2011
Want to DIY and save money? And yes, time equals money. Sometimes this sounds like a contradiction, but here are some quick easy ways to add a personal touch to your wedding without breaking the bank.
1. The Brooch Bouquet
While you can easily buy brooches online for a few dollars a piece, you can also make this your "something borrowed" piece. I love the bouquets that I've been seeing. They looks really classy and sophisticated, and you don't have to worry about them wilting. Some of them are made entirely of brooches, oversized rings, and pins -- I think the sports pins are especially cute -- but other brides choose a mixture of real flowers and brooches. Some have an outer ring of real flowers with a bejeweled center, while others have the glittering pieces interspersed.
Although there are plenty of tutorials online, each with their unique method, the basic concept involves mounting the brooch onto a stem with wire.
2. Shoe Pins
I've also seen several tutorials to easily customize your favorite pair of heels. While some guides tell you how to create you own fabric flowers and bows, others recommend that you buy a few inexpensive hair clips and then attach them to your shoes.
I think this is a great way to get creative with shoeware. You can really show them off with a short dress or add a subtle but quirky touch when paired with formal evening gowns.
3. The Custom Cocktail
Or if you're really into brewing, you can offer a custom beer. Not only is it totally unique, but guests are more likely to savor the experience than drink as much as humanly possible. While you're in the inventing process, be sure to have plenty of people sample this unique brew. It definitely needs to be a crowd pleaser.
4. A Wedding Soundtrack
If you and your fiance have vast collections of music, why pay for a DJ when you can just use an iPod or a laptop? Granted you'll have to have someone man the station, but this is both a cost-cutting and intimate touch. As a favor, you can give guests your wedding soundtrack.
5. Writing your own vows
This is an adorable gesture. There are so many ways and directions to go with this. My cousins did this at her wedding and it was so sweet and intimate. Rather than hiring an officiant, the groom's best friend mediated the exchange of the vows.