10 Weddings with DIY Elements That Add a Personal Touch

10 Weddings with DIY Elements That Add a Personal Touch

Making things for your wedding isn’t just for small, rustic ceremonies. With a long enough timeline and the help of loved ones, even the most lavish weddings can feature some DIY touches that fit with any theme or idea. Here are ten weddings of all sizes, budgets, timelines, themes, and levels of DIY that will spark inspiration for anyone wanting to add their own personal style to their wedding.

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DI-Why? Real Talk About Tackling Your Own Wedding Projects

DI-Why? Real Talk About Tackling Your Own Wedding Projects

The real question you should be asking yourself isn’t whether or not you can pull off a DIY cake pop display, but why you might feel DIY itself is necessary. And if it’s a “must do,” how can you do it smartly?

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Faux Calligraphy That Will Leave Your Guests in Awe of Your Skills

Faux Calligraphy That Will Leave Your Guests in Awe of Your Skills

If hiring a calligrapher for lettering place cards, addressing envelopes, decorating paper goods, etc. is not in the budget, let me impart a little knowledge for free. I’ll show you how to fake some really lovely calligraphy and turn something most couples dread — addressing all those invitations for instance — into a simple task you can take pride in.

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Altering or Customizing A Wedding Dress // AMadden Tailoring

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Altering or Customizing A Wedding Dress // AMadden Tailoring

For us lay-people, the mysteries of bridal gown tailoring can seem like pure magic. We sat down with the expert, Amanda Madden of AMadden Tailoring, and we asked her everything we have ever wanted to know about altering, customizing, and creating wedding dresses!

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The 5 Biggest Reasons Why Budget Weddings Are the Best

The 5 Biggest Reasons Why Budget Weddings Are the Best

The easiest way to save money on weddings is to have a smaller one. The reason for this is simple: if you have fewer guests, you don't have to provide as much on the day. While this seems like you will have fewer people to celebrate with, a positive effect of a smaller wedding is that the wedding will feel more personal.

Reasons for this include:

  • Picking and choosing who to invite results in guests who are closer to the couple.
  • You can be more comfortable in front of your guests.
  • You’ll have a chance to interact with everyone.
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Real Couples // A Destination Wedding on Loving Day: Lacey + Tiffany

Real Couples // A Destination Wedding on Loving Day: Lacey + Tiffany

The day we got married was June 12, 2015. We met two years before that on June 12, 2013. Through a coworker, we found out that June 12 was actually a day called Loving Day. It is named after the interracial couple, Mildred and Richard Loving, whose case managed to make it to the Supreme Court and legalize interracial marriage in the United States in 1967. It was a no-brainer for us that it would also be the day we decided on forever. 

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Real Couples // A Desert-Fabulous Wedding: Jenny + Chris

Real Couples // A Desert-Fabulous Wedding: Jenny + Chris

Jenny and Chris follow their own rules. She works in theater and both of them are whiskey loving, desert obsessed, and all around fun-lovin' folk that aren't afraid to "get a little weird." They DIY'd their entire wedding and used an online calculator to figure out how much booze they need, which they ended up doubling out of fear of running out! Their wedding was a little bit Rock n Roll mixed with desert fabulous. A bunch of guests stayed on site in the cabins (this is where the film crew for old westerns that were filmed at the fake town next door would stay) and partied the night away. Chris constructed the photo booth, they had BBQ ribs and pulled pork, whiskey and lemonade, and some kegs followed by an epic dance party.

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Real Couples // An Intimate Southwestern Love Celebration: Emily + Billy

Real Couples // An Intimate Southwestern Love Celebration: Emily + Billy

Emily and Billy met when Emily got hired at the restaurant where he managed the kitchen. She asked him out a week before she moved out of state. They wanted their wedding to be about celebrating with the people they actually love and live life with, rather than an obligatory and stressful party. They spent the morning of their wedding showing parents and grandparents around the Grand Canyon, then held their intimate 30-person ceremony that evening at Chapel of the Holy Dove, a small shack outside of Flagstaff, AZ with no electricity or water. Their decorations were all borrowed, thrifted or homemade. The money they saved went to helping friends with plane tickets and their European honeymoon. The ceremony itself was hand-crafted by the couple together to exclude gender-specific language and many of the traditional, symbolically problematic elements of weddings, such as the giving away of the bride and the permission to kiss. Emily, being an incredible spoken word poet, recited her vows as a ten part poem that had everyone in tears, blown away by the beautiful honesty and sincerity of her words. When it seemed the ceremony didn't know to follow after such moving vows, Billy began snapping like a beat poet, which perfectly broke the tension and got everyone laughing again. They have no regrets about choosing not to have a big and elaborate wedding. Emily and Billy currently reside in Nashville, TN with their two cats Lewis and Lucy.

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Real Couples // Heritage + Hometown Richmond Virginia Wedding: Vanessa + Ed

Real Couples // Heritage + Hometown Richmond Virginia Wedding: Vanessa + Ed

Ed and Vanessa are a queer couple that are activists for social justice in the Richmond area. Their wedding was DIY and cost less than $500 including Vanessa's traditional West African wedding dress, jewelry and headpiece. The food was catered by potluck through friends. Vanessa made the gluten-free red velvet wedding cake with cream cheese buttercream frosting with a friend's help with the frosting and decorating with the flowers! A true celebration of love and community! 

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