May 2009
May 29, 2009

Believe it or not, bride Phuong did 95 percent of the design work for her wedding to Linh last month. With DIY projects including invites, centerpieces and intricately beaded pomanders and corsages, Phuong managed to stick to her tight budget and give her wedding an incredibly personal feel. We're so excited to show you these great photos, taken by Tom Smith at the Adventure Aquarium Currents Ballroom in Camden, NJ.


Instead of fresh flowers, Phuong saved money by beading her own pomanders, corsages and centerpieces. She also used bamboo for the centerpieces and place card favors, since it's extremely sustainable and requires only water. (She loves the concept of wedding decor that lasts forever, rather than flowers that barely outlive the day itself.)

For the Asian-themed zodiac signs (one stood at each of the 12 tables), Phuong used materials found around her house. She embellished each zodiac image with scrapbooking odds and ends, and mounted the signs on $1 sticks found at her local craft store. Each sign stood in a recycled bottle, anchored by sand from her neighborhood park and decorated with ribbon scraps left over from her bridal showers. The invites (shown in the top photo) were also cut, assembled and embossed with two golden fish by hand.

Images: Tom Smith Photography
May 28, 2009

Here's an easy and adorable way to package your favors, from the super-talented Ashley Dernick of Something Old Something New Wedding Designs and Little Birdie Boutique.
How-To: Favor Bag
May 27, 2009
SnowandgrahamWe saw these cute paper chains at the Snow & Graham booth at the National Stationery Show last week. Don't let elementary-school memories of construction paper chains turn you off -- we think a grown-up version would look amazing at a rehearsal dinner or semi-casual outdoor reception.

The new Snow & Graham kits come with pre-cut paper strips, but if you don't like the patterns they offer (most are holiday themed), it's no problem to make your own. Just pick out paper in different colors and patterns that fit your theme, and cut out strips in a uniform size. Then, curl the paper into loops, using double-sided tape to secure the loops around each other and form a chain.

Image: Snow & Graham
May 26, 2009


Our favorite DIY tutorials from the last week:

1: Envelopes made of vintage books (Intimate Weddings)

2: Paint can planters (Centsational Girl)

3: Ribbon and pearl necklace (Happy Together)

4: Bulb cover lanterns (This Young House)

5: Pin-up hair clip (A Bit O' Shine)

6: Chiffon flowers (Calamity Kim)

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May 22, 2009

Here's a fun and easy way to display photos at your wedding. The project, found in a real wedding, is perfect for a rustic-style event.

Start by gathering your photos. Engagement pics, old photos of the two of you together and childhood snapshots all work well. If you don't want to use the originals, visit a photo kiosk at your local drugstore or photography shop. These let you make high-quality copies and resize and edit your photos at a reasonable price. Then, attach the photos to different-sized pieces of cardstock using photo corners or special photo glue. (Find all these materials at a craft or scrapbook store.) Finally, clip the photos to long strands of rope or twine using clothespins. Your guests will love looking at all the different images!

Image: Leslee Mitchell Photography
May 21, 2009

What's your take on flower girl fairy wings -- totally adorable, or over-the-top cutesy? We'll be honest, opinions here at myDIYweddingday are split. If you are into the idea, this DIY project is a great way to pull it off. It's not too difficult, and you can select your own fabrics so they match perfectly with your dresses. Thanks to Meredith from The Knot Wedding Obsessions for her help -- we had so much fun crafting with you!
How-To: Flower Girl Fairy Wings
May 20, 2009
Pikme-cupcakeWe spent yesterday morning at the National Stationery Show, and saw some AMAZING stuff -- lots of great inspiration for DIY projects! We took tons of photos, and will share the goods with you over the next week.

These cute cupcake (or really, anything) toppers are from the folks at Pikme. They have about 60 different images you can choose from, but if you don't see something you like or want something more personal, it's just as easy to create your own.

Start with a stack of round stickers or labels. We like the ones from Paper Source, because they come in a ton of different colors and sizes. From here, you can print or stamp your signature monogram or symbol onto the stickers. To print, use the template on the Paper Source website to format your text exactly for the stickers. You can also stamp each sticker individually, using a custom-made ink or wax stamp. When all your stickers are ready, just adhere two together with a toothpick in between. That's it!
May 19, 2009

Our favorite DIY tutorials from the last week:

1: Table number jars (Once Wed)

2: CD-case paper coaster favors (Design*Sponge)

3: Paper lanterns (zakka life)

4: Wedding invites (Weddingbee)

5: Paper flower centerpiece (CraftStylish)

6: Woodgrain box (CraftStylish)

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May 18, 2009

Thank you Nancy Liu Chin for these beautiful pomanders! We're so happy to feature the San Francisco flower designer's great tutorial for classic kissing balls. You might want to practice this one a few times first -- while the instructions are simple, it can be a tricky to get the flowers arranged exactly right at first. A little help is also a good thing, since the best time to make the pomanders is the night before they'll be used.
How-To: Fresh Pomanders
May 15, 2009

We just got these great photos from Ashley, a DIY bride from North Florida. She and Brandon were married in January, in a beautiful ceremony with tons of handcrafted details. Click through to see what she has to say about the DIY process.
Real Wedding Inspiration: DIY Bride Ashley

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