Here's more of my DIY/semi-DIY's:
Our favors: My MOH and I packaged 160 of these suckers! I got personalized coffee mugs and then we stuffed them hot cocoa packets and yummy biscotti :) Our guests loved them!
The ceremony programs: I really loved how they turned out. I purchased gold vellum paper from www.paperandmore.com (Paper and More is wonderful! And if you're a bay area bride, you'll get it super fast! They ship from Fremont so really no need to get express shipping) and printed wedding bands onto them. That became our cover. For the inside papers, I purchased paper from kinko's (I picked one of the resume style papers) and printed our programs onto them. Our program included the names of the wedding party, officiant, order of service, thank you's and reception information. Once those were assembled, I folded them in half, punched two holes and then inserted a deep red ribbon and tied a bow.
The flower girl baskets: I purchased these in plain ivory from Michael's. I was able to use a coupon and they came out to be a little over 4 bucks! Then I bought some red and gold ribbon which I ran down the middle and used a hot glue gun to keep it in place. The brooch in the center was actually from a bracelet I bought from Forever 21! It cost somewhere between $7 & $8. It was perfect, had pearl and gold :)
The ringbearer pillow: We've all seen the ones from Etsy...which are gorgeous! But I honestly couldn't bring myself to spend $$$$$ on a ringbearer pillow. So, I bought a pillow, some fabric from JoAnn's (on sale of course), a silk flower, and ring from Forever 21 that I turned into a brooch. Put it all together and you get a ringbearer pillow that cost ALOT less. The pillow was $4.95, the fabric was under $10 for both pieces (covered 2 pillows), the flower was $3, the gold ribbon was about $1 (I only bought a yard), I got the plastic silver wedding bands from my cousin, and the ring turned brooch was about $4. So roughly, this pillow cost $20! SCORE!
Our arrahs/coins: One of the filipino wedding traditions is the blessing of the coins/arrahs. Simply put, it signifies prosperity for the husband and wife. This pillow is similar to the ringbearer pillow. In the center is a gold heart-shaped box that holds the coins...this was purchased in the Philippines for a little less than $5.
Pin cushions: I know there are quite a few out there who shudder at the thought of having a money dance at their wedding. But in the filipino culture, it is tradition to have a money dance. So I made these pin cushions to hold the pins for the money. I took styrofoam balls and then cut them in half so that they would sit flat on the table. Then I wrapped them in red and gold tulle and tied them off with an ivory ribbon. I bought some pins that luckily had metallic red tips and stuck them into the styrofoam. Simple and a much nicer way than spreading loose pins onto the tables. And you also don't have to worry about having someone pass them out at the reception!
Our reception programs: These were a labor of love. Boy was I glad to be done with these! I loved the look of the layered program and thought that they would be easy to do. They were and weren't. LoL. Very time consuming, but definitely worth it. I used the same paper that I used in our ceremony programs and bought beautiful deep red cardstock from www.paperandmore.com. The nice thing was that I was able to have the cardstock sent to me pre-cut to the dimensions I wanted! So all I had to worry about was cutting the rest of the paper. I assembled them and then tied them off with gold ribbon at the top. Each guest had one at their place setting. At the back of one program on every table was a bride and groom stamp. The person whose program had that stamp was the person who could take the centerpiece home :)
I saved alot of money DIY'ing these!