I am soooo proud of myself for doing so many DIYs. I have always felt like I was creative and decided to test my creativity when it came to planning our big day. I didn't come up with any of these ideas on my own. Just searched the web, saw stuff I liked and said, "HEY, I could do that!" and boy, did I ever......
^My bouquet flowers were given to me by my cousin who was married a few months before us. I cut them from the stem, literally stuffed them into a plastic cylinder base, wrapped the base with ribbon, tied it at the top andit with hot glue. I added butterflies a few days before the wedding to match with other items, programs, cake, etc.
Our invitations, simple,(no rsvps for us) but we loved them. These actually only took about 15 minutes at Walmart's photo center and they only cost like 29 cents apiece. A five dollar box of whiteand 2 three dollar packs of gold seals also from Walmart and TADA! We were done.
These are our fans. They were a favorite with our wedding guests. Everybody wanted one as a keepsake. I bought everything I needed from Michael's. A package of cream card stock $3.00, Glitter heart foam stickers $3.00, brown ribbon .50 cents apiece for 2 rolls, craft sticks $2.00. I folded the sheet of card stock in half and glued the stick to the middle with my hot glue gun. (I LOVE THAT THING!) I glued the edges together. Then , I added photos (also from Walmart) with the glue, tied the ribbon, and everyone was in love.
We also had a flip flop basket. It was great and once it was introduced to our guests, they were all gone within minutes. I just wrapped these with brown yarn from Michael's, $6, and approx. 40 pairs of flip flops from the Dollar Tree.
These are my centerpieces. White vases from the Dollar Tree, $1 apiece for eight, red silk roses $8, paper butterflies in all colors from Michael's, 2 five packs for $1 apiece. They looked plain to me so I added the plates, river rocks that I spray painted gold, and moss. (All from the Dollar Tree except the gold spray paint) I cut all of the roses from the stems and put them in the vases, hot glued the butterflies, placed them on the plate, added the rocks and moss on the day of and these are my beautiful centerpieces.
This is one of the sheer bows that were tied to the poles at our venue. Tulle from Michaels, $6 a roll and a roll of gold ribbon for 50 cents.
This is my FG's basket and BM's flowers. I loved them because they were made from the same flowers as my bouquet. I just used one of my, added some small red ones and tied them with a gold ribbon. The FG basket was $1 at the Goodwill store. I just added some red and gold ribbon and that was it for that. It was simple and cute.
These are my programs. They took me all of 2 hours to think up, print out, and assemble. Of course I added the butterfly here again to tie together the details. I just basically listed the wedding party, time, date, place, etc. I added a little saying from me and a special thanks. The red cardstock was $3 from Michael's. I used the brown ribbon from the fans, a hole puncher, and applied the plain (printer) white paper with a glue stick and we have our programs! I think they're super cute.
I also DIYed my food and minor alterations on my dress. I was trying to save EVERY dime I could, lol.
I would say that my projects were a GREAT success!
DIY brides, you can do it. The only thing that can stop you is YOU! Even if you're not creative in the least, enlist help from others and check out the internet. There are tutorials on virtually EVERYTHING!!! Good luck.....