DIY Wedding Challenge 2010 – Vote Now!
Posted by Margaret. Filed under Do It Yourself

We had over 130 entries to our second annual DIY Wedding Challenge. It’s really difficult to choose our ten finalists because each and every entry was so unique and creative. So… we’ve enlisted the help of DIY experts who are leaders in the wedding industry because of their creativity and of course their amazing DIY skills. From left to right: Livy from A Field Journal, Cathleya from Weddingbee, Chelsea from {frolic!}, Jesi Haack, and Mary of Pretty Good

Paper Flower Bouquets – it uses simple, everyday materials with really beautiful and intricate results. – Livy

Lighting Paper Lanterns – a thorough and informative article about a favorite even accessory. – Livy

Hand Sculpted Cake Topper the time and love she put into creating the couple’s cake topper far surpasses anything she could have purchased pre-made and the instructions are easy to follow! – Cathy

Save the Date PostcardI love how the couple incorporated his occupation in a funny way for a creative twist on their postcard save the dates. – Cathy

Monogrammed Luminariesbecause they are simple and luminaries add such beautiful romantic light to a ceremony or reception and are easily homemade. – Chelsea

Paper Cake Topperclever and personal and seems pretty easy to make! – Chelsea

Bride Groom Handkerchief – love this homemade touch … cute, creative and made with love! – Jesi

Fabric Boutonnieres – I am always looking for new ways to make the guys stand out in a creative, funky way. This is such a great idea for the out-of-the-box bride! – Jesi

Save the Date Coastersthese made me smile as soon as I saw them! They’re funny, totally unique, and set the tone for a totally fun wedding. – Mary

Scrabble Magnet FavorsThese are one of the most creative favors I’ve seen yet – and usable, to boot! I love the adorable packaging, too! – Mary

And there you have our top 10! Please vote for your favorite entry below. Voting ends on Monday night, May17th. First place gets $500, second gets $300, and third gets $200. Congratulations and best of luck to all the finalists!

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  • hannah howard

    I’m planning my wedding and am trying to think of favors that people actually save. These save the dates are great because they are a momento you don’t have to feel torn about keeping around when you are spring cleaning and organizing your home every year. I love favors that serve a purpose. Costers…great idea!

  • Tony

    I like the out if the box idea:)

  • gotta love ALL the DIY goodies. I love to see creativity in action.

  • jessica

    this is beautiful!

  • Kim S

    Love the coasters

  • Jennifer

    Love them all but the bouquet is just beautiful!!!

  • Pam L.

    So hard to choose!!

  • Sami

    Love the lanterns!

  • Rosanna

    scrabble magnet favors

  • Sabrina

    My favorites are the paper flower bouquet and the Scrabble favors. So cute and creative!

  • The bouquet is so beautiful!

  • carrie

    The hand sculpted cake topper is beautiful! Love it!

  • Cris

    Great job on the cake topper!

  • Ill be seeing my coaster every time I pop a brew – no forgetting that date !!

  • Tonya

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the cake topper!

  • Jen

    Nice boutoniers

  • Jerry

    Love the coasters, great idea

  • Barbara Cross

    Very original. Love the “love birds”.

  • Stay c

    I love the boutoniers, cute.

  • Mary

    Amazingly creative idea… so fun!!!

  • vee

    looks great!

  • Koozies

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  • Koozies

    Very Nice post! Keep up the good work.


  • tammy

    I would save that coaster…I mean, date. Rad and effective!

  • Robert Johnson

    Nice work. Very pretty.

  • I’m always a sucker for the beautiful flower arrangements.

  • My favorite DIY items have to be the paper flower bouquets and the scrabble wedding favors. They are so creative and darling! These wonderful items also show that you don’t have to sacrifice just because of a budget.

    Thanks for sharing this,


  • I love the paper cake topper. I think that it’s more eco-friendly, right?!

  • These are amazing DIY wedding entries. My personal faves are the Save the Date Postcard and coasters. I also love the paper cake topper. Very innovative and lovely items.

  • David

    Great coasters!!

  • Dan

    what a great idea

  • Sue

    Love the Paper Flowers

  • ursula

    really nice!!! and congratulations Dani—wish you all the best ALWAYS!!!! Hoping to talk to you soon and seeing you….. love you a lot!!!

  • j

    the scrabble party-favor things are awesome!!!

  • zeezee

    Love the scrabble kitchen magnets! The little tins are so cute.

  • JoAn

    I love the fabric boutonnier. It’s time for the grooms men to shine too.

  • Cindy Phoenix

    The fabric boutonnier is fantastic! Finally, a boutonnier keepsake that doesn’t have to be squished between the pages of a heavy book! A fantastic wedding picture frame addition….

  • Barbara

    Great cake topper with the doves.

  • Michelle

    I love the cake topper too cute!!

  • It was so, so difficult to choose a favorite. I’ll be linking to all of them though! I love this series!

  • Claudia Constantine

    The boutonnier is pretty jazzy – any fabric could be used to go along with the season or theme!

  • Dawn

    I luv the Scrabble favors, thats such a great idea and a budget saver!!

  • Linda

    The dove cake toppers are great.

  • Great info. I like all your post. I will keep visiting this blog very often. It is good to see you verbalize from the heart and your clarity on this important subject can be easily observed..

  • Natasha

    The cake topper is wonderful!

  • Carol Berry

    I Love the Fabric Boutonnieres ,they are just perfect for a special Wedding like yours 🙂

  • susie

    i love this pic of save the date….soooo unique.

  • Janet

    Beautiful paper flowers!

  • Lewis

    Like the lovebirds

  • Donna

    it is to cute

  • I got to go for Chelsea! That topping’s gonna be a hit! More Power!

  • Pam

    Love that beautiful paper centerpiece. It looks very realistic and compared to real flowers, it is cost effective and can be prepared long before the final days prior to the wedding.

  • Jan Byrne Marchant

    Amazing centerpiece…thought that it was the real thing…

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  • Cool save the date ideas! Love the one of the couple in the tree!

  • Terri Dinwiddie

    Hands down the couple with the tree!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s cool they shared part of themselves with their family and friends. The other ones are too sweet! I would Keep the rescue couples.

  • I love the save the date card! That tree looks pretty high! LOVE IT!

  • That save the date card was a great idea!!! The groom rescue his fiance to become his wife October 1st from a tree that has growned strong in LOVE and Beauty…..I think the rescue couple is lovely.

  • I like save the date card…..The rescue couple did a great job….The tree idea is fabulous !!!!!! Of course this is something to remember….and unforgetable,,,,LOVE IT

  • DJ

    Really creative ideas. The Save the date postcard is a favorite for me. I am a true romantic with a wicked sense of humor. Having her groom “rescue” her to make sure they get to the wedding on time is so fun.

  • The fireman “Save The Date” is by far the best I’ve ever seen!!!

  • Presh

    “Save the Date” postcard with the fireman on the ladder is the cutest thing on the planet!!! No competition – It’s a WINNER!!!

  • ” Save the Date ” As a Fireman save the Bride For EVER…. AWESOME !!!!!

  • Doug Abbott

    I like the fireman photo. The sign could also say “Light my fire on October 1”!

  • Just a reminder that since voting has been extended to Monday night, you still have a chance to vote.

  • jim jaeckel

    very clever postcard! i raised james from a cub and taught him everything that i know. wait, maybe that was what my mommy said about me. but i know i heard it somewhere and thought it might fit. anyhow, from one james to another, way to go, dude! (and dudette, too).

  • julie skalla

    love the postcard! most realistic and personal. I vote for that one!

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