Wedding Should and Should Not DIY Guide

We get it, you’re on a budget and wedding bills stack up before you can even say, “YES!”  There are many helpful resources that can assist with various DIY wedding projects.  Nevertheless, certain items should be left for the professionals.

Go For It!

  • Unique Décor: Many brides are using unique signage to add personal flare to their wedding reception.  In addition, oversize photos and personalized décor that represent the happy couple is a great way to show individuality!
  • Invitations: Choosing to create your own wedding invitations is a fun and less costly method of asking your loved ones to join the festivities.  You can customize with inserts, backgrounds, fonts, photos or anything else that represents the two of you. There are plenty of online resources to help you get started, or simply pull out the cardstock and glue!
  • Party Favors: Create a goody bag for your guests that represents your home town, your favorite hobby, or how you and the groom met! Adding a note to share the story helps to share its special meaning.  
  • Entertainment: Surprise your guests with a flash mob or a special dance previously choreographed between you and the groom.  You can also tell an unexpected funny story, or share a sentimental video of you as individuals and a couple.  The sky is the limit for unique entertainment on your special day!

Leave it Up to the Professionals:

  • Photography: Photographers use certain equipment and knowledge that best captures the most formal and informal moments of your wedding and reception. A wedding photographer can move throughout all the special moments will take the time to sort through hundreds of photos then professionally edit your favorites. With the help of a professional, you can create the book to help reminisce. But attempting this endeavor on your own can become a disaster, and something you may even regret! 
  • Music:  DJ’s and wedding bands understand how to put together the right music to liven up a party and are experts on crowd entertainment.  They can slow things down or liven up the party at just the right moment.  Plus, they know which crowd pleasers will pull your guests onto the dance floor at just the right moment!  A professional will also spend time helping you to select a perfect playlist for the reception and work with the sound equipment to create a perfect atmosphere.  This is not something that can be done well on your own.  You should be dancing instead!
  • Food:  So maybe your Mom is the best cook you know, but a professional is better suited to feed the masses.  Cooking for large groups can be overwhelming and timing is everything.  Professional caterers have the right equipment to organize large quantities of food, to transport it efficiently, and keep it at the right temperature.  Plus, it takes more than one person to pull this off well. Most caterers have a staff available to assist!
  • Flowers: Creating your own flower arrangements and bouquets may seem like an easy task; but if not done correctly they can fall apart or look cheap. A professional florist understands how best to blend varieties and colors, as well as keeping the flowers fresh.  They can help you with selection and style best suited for your day. 

DIY wedding projects can be fun and a great way to spend extra time with your friends and family.  But try not to overwhelm yourself for the sake of saving a few extra dollars.  Leave the heavy loads to the hands of professionals, and use your extra time with the groom!

Top 5 DIY Wedding Ideas

Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, don’t let it also be one of the most expensive! Now more than ever brides are substituting pricey wedding décor for masterful DIY pieces to create an event all their own. Here at Edmund’s we’ve come up with our Top 5 DIY ideas for your special day and how to personalize your wedding while saving money.

Bouquet

Your bouquet is one of the most important pieces in your wedding, so why not give it that personal touch? Instead of buying an expensive bouquet, follow our steps to make a unique piece all your own! All you will need are your favorite flowers, scissors, floral tape, and some ribbon!

  1. Make sure to get your flowers 2-3 days before your wedding to give them time to bloom, also make sure that you order a few extras of each type, just in case some arrive damaged or aren’t usable.
  1. Prepare your flowers by getting rid of leaves and thorns with a durable pair of scissors or even thorn trimmers. For the greenery pieces of your bouquet, make sure to only keep the top few leaves so that it isn’t too bulky or drawing attention away from the main flowers.
  1. Begin arranging your flowers with the base, meaning 3 to 4 flowers you want in the center. Then start adding pieces around them to expand the bouquet. Make sure not to cluster too many flowers of the same color together, and add a greenery piece every now and then for balance. Feel free to play with different heights for certain pieces to give your bouquet a lush look.
  1. When you are finished with your arrangement wrap the entire bouquet with floral tape. You can also wrap the bouquet as you add the flowers to give yourself more control over the arrangement (as sometimes things can shift while you’re forming your bouquet).
  1. Finally, tie your ribbon around the bouquet so that you cannot see the floral tape. And voila! You’re all set to walk down the aisle.

Candles

Candles are some of the simplest DIY centerpieces you can make, but your guests will think you spent big bucks! All you will need are candlesticks, clear glass vases, super glue, and your decorative pieces to get started.

  1. Clean out your glass vases so they are spotless. Any dirty vases will hinder from their elegance.
  2. Take your super glue and line it around the base of your candle stick. Insert the candles inside of your vase and let them sit for a while to settle.
  3. Insert your decorative pieces! Whether they be clear stones or flower petals, fill the sides of the vase so that they surround the candle. For an even more mystical effect, skip step 2 and fill your vases with your decorations and water. Then insert tea lights to float atop. And there you go! A beautiful and easy-to-create center piece that won’t take a hit on your budget.

Balloons

One of the most recent (and fun!) trends is creating a balloon wall. Simply fill your balloons with air (not helium because you don’t want them to float away) and tape them to your wall in a fun formation! Your guests will have a blast taking pictures with them in the background and also helps you easily decorate your space! For added fun, paint cute messages on some balloons for a more personalized touch.

Guest Book

You’ll want to remember every detail of your wedding, including every person who attended. Guest books can be one of the most memorable features of your wedding, of which you can create a unique one all on your own! One of our favorites is creating a quick and easy photo-guest book using polaroid pictures! All you will need is some string, clothespins, permanent markers, and a polaroid camera and film.

Guestbook

  1. To get started, you’ll want to create a few horizontal rows with your string and attach them to a wall
  2. Create a small sign explaining to people to take a picture of themselves and pin the photos to the string.
  3. After your wedding, simply place the photos in a photobook.

Sendoffs

Sparklers are the picture-perfect way to end your wedding reception. To not make your wedding look too much like a 4th of July event, add a special message on each individual sparkler. You’ll need a stencil cutter, a hole puncher, some string, and your personalized messages.

  1. Print out your messages, 1 for every sparkler you plan to use. Take your stencil cutter and cut out each message. Use your hole-puncher to punch a hole on the top and bottom of your message.
  1. Slip a sparkler between the two holes at the top and bottom of your message. Then tie a small piece of string to both the top and bottom of the message to keep it from sliding off of the sparkler. And you’re done! Your guests will send you off with well wishes and a fantastic end to a magical night. For more information from Something Turquoise, click here.

These stylish DIY ideas will help your budget-wedding look top-dollar! Remember that your wedding is about you, and the more personal touches you can add, the better. So create your own unique wedding and enjoy your special day!

8 Amazing Examples of Toilet Paper Roll Art

Everyone has them—empty toilet paper rolls—but so often they’re thrown in the trash as soon as the last square is pulled. If you’re looking for some DIY decorations or arts and crafts ideas, however, there’s plenty you can do with these little cardboard cylinders.

Here are some of our favorite photos of DIY toilet paper roll art:

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It’s February, the month of Valentine’s Day and all kinds of expressions of love. This 3D heart is made out of toilet paper rolls, with a few other cardboard cylinders for pops of color.

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At first glance, you’d never know the design around this mirror is made out sliced toilet paper rolls!

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Don’t these intricate squares look like wrought iron wall hangings? Cut out toilet paper rolls are much easier to hang!

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This light door wreath uses toilet paper rolls to construct leaves and hold fabric flowers.

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This family tree uses bent toilet paper roles at fun, 3D leaves.

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This wall mural of leaves is made entirely out of bent TP rolls.

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These segmented tree paintings also use cut out rolls for the leaf outlines.

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And finally…No idea HOW someone managed to create these, but they look amazing. Like a floating forest for your wall.

What would you create out of toilet paper rolls?

Source:
http://www.woohome.com/interiors/30-homemade-toilet-paper-roll-art-ideas-for-your-wall-decor