Are you the craftiest bride ever?

When it comes to thinking about a DIY weddings, Martha Stewart has set the standard very high.  Basically you should grow your own flowers and food.

Then you should sew your own dress and bake your own cake.  (don't feel bad if you are an under achiever; I am too)

When it comes to being a crafty bride there is a right way and a wrong way to approach it.   My artsy and crafty brides have been some of my favorite weddings because I love working with their creativity.

1. Know why you want to do it. Most of my brides are DIY not because of price or saving money but because they want to create their own vision and express who they are.  For others, it is because they want something they haven't seen before.

2. Choose what is important.  While Martha can accomplish everything and still look polished, the rest of us tend to be.... well, less super human.  Pick the one area that is important to you and that matters.  Don't try to do it all.

3. Know your strengths and weaknesses.  What are your skills?  What are you good at?  If you are great at unique favors, then get that hot gun plugged in and start crafting.  But don't create the favors and feel successful and then decide to do the decor and then the flowers.  If you know that colors or design are your weakness, then find someone to fill that gap.

4. DIY doesn't mean do it alone or without vendors.  The most successful handcrafted weddings are the ones that make use of vendors.  I work well with DIY brides because I understand the need to express and create.  However, I can also make sure that the projects complement each other, the colors work well and we stay on a timeline.  Making amazing decor? How does that work with the florists designs?

5. Have a plan.  Know how the projects will get to the venue, how they will get assembled, and how they will get back to your home.  There is nothing worse than building a large project and realizing that you don't have a vehicle large enough to haul it.

DIY is a dirty word

Well I guess it's a dirty acronym....bad acronym (sounds like a rock band....)

My crafty and DIY brides are some of my favorite.  I love seeing what they create.  However, make sure you do it right.

DIY sometimes get a bad name and here is why:

1. Bride's try to do things they aren't really talented at.  I have helped many brides by doing their bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces at the last minute when they realize that it is harder than it looks or they don't have the time or space.

Note: If you have never arranged flowers or baked a cake, doing it for the first time for your wedding it probably not a good idea.

2. They make everyone else work harder, kinda like the DIY version of a bridezilla.  Large projects might sound good, but will making your best friends work until 3am assembling full size cherry blossom trees help your friendship?

Note: Don't assume your friends or family wants to help with your crafty dreams

Creative commons Salicia 

3. They underestimate the time it will take. Working away the night before your wedding to finish projects is just a big NO!

Note: Start early and finish well before the wedding day.

Don't make these big mistakes and become a DIY bridezilla.  Trust me...your friends, family and wedding vendors will thank you.

DIY Wedding in Western Maryland

It rained and thunderstormed; then the clouds disappeared giving Hannah and Luke a beautiful wedding day.

They were married in the mountains of western Maryland at Country Acres Retreat.  This picturesque location has a rustic cabin, pavillion, and pond.

Hannah decided to create paper bouquets using

tutorials

she found online.  One of the bride's friends took on this labor of love and created over 200 origami flowers in different styles.   In addition to the regular colored paper, she used pages with Bible verses to incorporate the couples love of God.  The printed pages also helped to break up the color.

The bridal party took photos around the pond with the bridesmaids in mismatched jewel tone dresses.

After a quick dress change for the bride, the couple joined the guests for the reception.

Other fun elements  - check out the cute "wooden" pencils. 

Congrats Hannah and Luke...

otography: Chelsi Kling
Venue: Country Acres Retreat
Catering: Goehringer Catering
Flowers: Vicious Studios
Music: Kyle Bowman & John Meyers, Mark & Linda Treasure, Caroline Stahl
DIY Tutorials: Programs,Table Numbers

 

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