If you’re in the middle of planning a wedding, you’ve probably realized how quickly the costs can add up. Thankfully, there are oodles of chic DIY wedding project ideas that can help you save a few bucks. And, doing it yourself is the easiest way to put a personalized stamp on your nuptials.
Certain things like dresses and desserts are best left to the pros, but many other aspects of your wedding are prime DIY territory. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be particularly crafty, there are plenty of simple DIY projects that require nothing more than a little imagination (and possibly a hot glue gun).
To help get your creative juices flowing, I’ve assembled a few DIY projects that I think would make lovely additions to any lesbian wedding.
Save the date with savoir faire
Your save-the-date announcements are your wedding’s chance to make a first impression, and they can set the tone for the whole affair. Ditch the ivory cardstock with black calligraphy. Postcards with a lovey-dovey photo of you and your sweetheart holding a handmade sign with your wedding date are all the rage – and a lot more memorable than the generic alternatives.
If your budget allows, and you want to give your guests an extra-special treat, think about including a token gift that incorporates your wedding theme or destination. Tying the knot in Seattle? Attach your personalized save-the-date card to a small bag of high-quality coffee beans. If you and your fiancé are wine aficionados, include a split of the vino you’ll be serving at your reception with your wedding announcement.
Just as adorable, but more budget-friendly, is a packet of plantable seeds personalized with your wedding details. Include a note asking your guests to plant the seeds upon receipt, and time your mailing so that the flowers bloom just before the date of your wedding. Say it with me: “Awwwwww.”
Creative table markers
With all of the unique ideas available for free on the Internet and all of the inexpensive technology to assist you, there is really no excuse for generic banquet hall black-and-white numbers marking wedding reception tables. Customized table markers are one of the cheapest and easiest ways to add personality to your wedding. Anything from enlarged snapshots to pretty stationary to old maps can be transformed into quirky and original table markers.
I think vintage postcards are a stylish way to take your table markets from blah to ooh la la. Here’s a simple how-to guide. Put the postcards in ornate mismatched frames for an easy upgrade.
If you don’t have time to scour flea markets for vintage postcards, you can print out lots of cute table markers at idoityourself.com. It doesn’t get much easier than that – and it’s free!