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Your DIY Wedding

I was a DIY bride through and through. You should have SEEN my living room a month before my wedding. It was craft after craft, bags overflowing, half-done projects, etc. OVERTAKING my living space. It was out of control. But I loved it.

We made all of our paper suite (STDs, invites, menu cards, programs, escort cards, signage), church decor, centerpieces, out-of-town bags, reception decor, the list goes on and on! It was the perfect way to make our wedding unique – while saving a few bucks – and really making our wedding personal by having so much be home-made. We loves spending our Saturdays perusing stores for the perfect paper and making our projects just perfect.

But then I realized it. How on Earth was all of this going to get taken care of properly?

(From Style Me Pretty)

With so many “add-ons” and little things to set out, hang and place – there were a lot more things on the “to do” list on the wedding day. Sure – florists handle the flowers, musicians show up and play, the bakery brings the cake…those vendors handle themselves for the most part. But what about everything else?

That’s when I realized I needed a day-of coordinator.

Not only did I need someone to run rehearsal, keep people in line on the day of, help direct guests, be a point person for questions and vendors and so much more…I needed someone to take care of all of the projects that I worked so hard on.

A DIY bride needs more help on the wedding day than a non-DIY bride. Sounds kind of contradictive, I know – but it’s true!

DIY Wedding Wands(From ElseaChelsea)

I have coordinated many weddings where I spent many hours on the wedding day putting together the bride’s perfect wedding based on her own DIY projects. If a coordinator isn’t doing it – who is? Let your mom and sister and aunts enjoy the day as well – coordinators are pros at this stuff.

Make sure your coordinator knows about EVERY project and thing that you’ll be handing over. No coordinator needs a “surprise – I also need you to pluck 100 blades of grass and arrange perfectly into these vases” on the day of. Choose someone who gets your style and vision – so you know it’ll be done how you want it.

If you’re a DIY bride – make sure your hard work pays off and is protrayed perfectly on the big day!

Let Them Eat Cake…Off of Pretty Stands!

DIY Cake Stand

Lovelies – I’m in love with this DIY project.

I’d seen it done before on blogs, but had never attempted it myself. Luckily, a friend wanted some help making some – so I finally got to witness the awesomeness first-hand. We made DIY cake stands!

My friend, the bride, is serving cupcakes at her reception, from a long table full of cake stands. A cupcake buffet, if you will. In addition to marking the different flavors of cupcakes with cute little pendant flags – she wanted a vintage feel with the stands. In order to achieve this look, she decided to DIY the stands by glueing candlestick holders, goblets and vases to the bottom of various plates in order to make the perfect variety of cake stands. Fabulous!

DIY Cake Stand(

She found a bunch of these items at Goodwill and the Dollar Store – which really ups the “budget-friendly” rating and we worked to find the perfect pairings for weight distribution and prettiness. 🙂 She got some strong, industrial glue and we all went to work gluing.

DIY Cake Stands(personal photo)

After letting them dry for 72 hours, they’re perfect and ready for wedding cupcake-y goodness! Hoorah!

Check out these beauts…

DIY Cake Stand(

These stands are perfect for cupcakes, cakes and all sorts of desserts that you are serving. How will you be displaying your wedding reception dessert goodies?