DIY or bust!

How many brides collect crafts throughout their wedding planning with intentions of spending time with bridesmaids doing DIY projects for the wedding? More than half, for sure, and I was definitely one of those. Everyone wants “personal touches” at their wedding and I was no different. However, I am the world’s BIGGEST procrastinator, so my DIY projects didn’t happen until the week of the wedding (and if we’re being honest, the Thursday before).

First, were the chalkboards for the seating chart, drink menu, food menu and desserts. We also had chalk picks to go in the flowers for table numbers.
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My sweet husband had already put together the bags which included water bottles, something sweet, something salty, a coupon book for Charlotte and a tourism guide for Charlotte (CRVA items all thanks to an awesome grad school friend – thanks, Daniel!). My chore with the bags was to tag them and add shuttle times. Mission accomplished! photo-1photo-2photo-3I will say that we initially wanted reusable bags but unless you order online, it’s hard to find them for a reasonable price individually at retail stores. We ended up with multi-colored bags (who really pays attention to the bags, anyway?).

Wooden signs were also a big part of our wedding day. It fit the rustic chic theme we were going for and the fabulous interior of The Dairy Barn. My mother-in-law shared a saying on Facebook on that Thursday and it inspired me to paint it so it could be displayed on our big day.
photo-8photo-7Since we had planned to have our wedding outdoors, we made fans out of our programs. I say “we” but really, my groom-to-be took it upon himself to work on these bit by bit, night by night because I thought it was a boring (and annoying) task. Reason #14567 why I’m thankful for him.
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Other projects that day included: getting pictures in frames, getting all the items together that we wanted at the wedding, boxing up everything that had to go to the site during the rehearsal and whew! It was a busy, long day.

Everything got done (done is better than perfect, right?). We loved the decorations and got so many compliments on them throughout the wedding weekend. It was worth spending the extra time on those things. In many other circumstances, we paid for things that we probably could have done on our own but it was more convenient to pay (Give us a break! We were both in grad school and working full time). In addition to our handwritten vows, burlap bows and fingerprint tree, the little details made our wedding more special. They made it “us.” And we loved every last little detail.

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Wedding favorites

As I’ve said before, I’m a fan of Pinterest and it’s easy DIY ideas… but since we’ve been to 13 or so weddings since we got together, I’ve also picked up ideas here and there. One of our FAVORITE weddings was this past August at Rockwood Manor in my hometown. I decided early on that I wanted a Carolina wedding versus a Virginia wedding… so that’s what we’re having. But Rockwood Manor is the perfect place for an adorable country/southern wedding. My friends Michelle & Ian had THE MOST GORGEOUS wedding there with all of the cutest, personal touches.

And what wedding is complete without a photo booth?

Just a few short weeks after that beautiful shendig, we had another to attend in my favorite spot on earth, Swansboro, NC. Now, although they are both Southern Belles, their weddings were totally different but still totally perfect.

Loving the Bride/Groom signs but I’m picturing burlap bows instead. Every southern gal owns a pair of Jack Rogers… and a TRUE southern gal will have those suckers monogrammed with her new initials before the big day. I’m thinking white ones instead of colored but would love input on that. My bridesmaids will probably be in silver/pewter Jacks depending on the  shade of dress we choose.

And the sweetest detail of Marlana’s wedding was actually at the rehearsal dinner and something done by the groom. We were all swooning over this sweetness…

I definitely want some DIY crafts to be displayed at our wedding…. chalkboards, bows, fun photo booth props, and of course, something very special to do with pictures of us because I am a picture addict (never caught without at least one camera).

Any sweet, personal touches you’ve seen at weddings lately that you think should be incorporated? Of course there are tons of these on Pinterest… I’m sure my head will get full of ideas over the next 9 months!