I may not have a degree in interior design, but I have an "eye" for these things. For my wedding, there are certain things that I will be doing myself and/or have help from my sister (MOH) and future in-laws. We have lots of girls, so of course, they are wicked excited to put ribbons on things, etc. (:
Some of the projects that I have decided to DIY are the programs, the calligraphy on the escort cards, the centerpieces and the escort card table decorations. I chose not to have flowers because of the expense and because most brides have told me that people don't really pay attention. I also wanted something a little more organic. My centerpiece will consist of white vases from Ikea (3-4 per table) with branches. Each vase is $1.99 which is a steal. I am not certain if I am going to use candles in tea light holders or fill the holders with blue "glass" yet, so that's still up in the air. I want to go for a modern feel so I will also be having square or rectangle tables at the art gallery. I am really hoping that I can fit square tables because I want to have a more intimate feel at each table.
The escort cards are easy enough and I only have to buy a few black calligraphy pens and put some good music on because that is going to take me a little time. The escort card table will have a manzanita tree either purchased in white or spray painted while with a little bit of glitter and hanging crystals.
The programs will be purchased from The Paper Source. The PS has a kit that you can personalize in several different ways. You just need a printer and some time. I love the fact that you can make it all your own which is the reason that I am opting to buy the supplies and make them instead of buying them from a printer. I will also save some money.
Things like the favors (clear boxes with M&M's in my colors: baby blue, black and white) will be purchased and then put together. The good thing about the art gallery where our ceremony and reception will take place is that it is a blank canvas, so I will be getting hanging Japanese lanterns and white lights to add some "mood" around the space.
Here are some pics that were my inspiration...