Wedding Planning 101: DIY Projects

Not all DIY projects are created equal.   DIY can save you money, but they can also end up being more expensive.  My projects tend to be because I end up finding more than I need because there is so much fun stuff in the craft store!  Planning ahead is key.  Set a budget and make a list of the things you need.

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1. Start looking early. I find that doing things early not only cut stress in half, but I then you are able to shop around and find deals on all of the materials you need.

2. Pick materials that are inexpensive. If you have a decent size wedding, you are going to find that you are probably going to have to make more than a few centerpieces.  The cost of materials can add up quickly.   Your wedding is a great time to repurpose things you have lying around the house and make them beautiful again.  Plus it saves you a lot of money if you do.

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Wedding Planning 101: Finding your bridal style

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Before you start thinking about all the details that make up your wedding day,  you should determine your bridal style.  It can be as simple as incorporating your favorite color or having a theme as specific as The Great Gatsby.  One of the best ways to start is to gather inspiration.  You can take ideas from everything to a piece of wallpaper, paint chip or fabric pattern.  Once you start collecting things, you will probably see a theme or color pattern begin to emerge.  If you are stuck coming up with ideas, think about interests and hobbies you both have or places and experiences that were meaningful to you.

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Try not to fall victim to obvious design trends. “Being current is important, but looking timeless is even better. Don’t ruin your photos by getting too caught up in overly trendy ideas.” Don’t overdo it. “Focus on a mood or broad statements in the design, rather than an obvious theme or anything too specific. You can tell a story without making things obvious. Everything does not have to be perfect. “Remember you will never find an image of exactly what you want your wedding to look like.  Stop looking so hard and simply create your own: “Consider the images and ideas you might pull together as suggestions rather than literal picture of your own design plans.”

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