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Destination: DIY


Ok. so if you haven’t already figured it out by my previous posts, or my weird and sick obsession by everything on Etsy, here it is: I like to dabble in Crafty DIY.  I’m not sure why but I’ve  always felt a certain amoutn of exhilaration in ‘Doing It Yourself’.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’ll spell it out for you:  I’m one of those people who often browses markets and says “Why would I pay $40 for that when I can make it myself?” (and yes – I’m often that person who should just shut-up and buy it, because rarely do I have the time or energy to ‘make it myself’!) Having said that – I think that in a world full of mass-produced rubbish that there’s something refreshingly satisfying about making something yourself.  It’s unique, personalised and brings about a huge amount of satisfaction when you can tell people you made it yourself!

With my wedding on the horizon, this incessant need to DIY has really been thrust into the forefront as I experience the frustrations that I’m sure most of you planning a wedding have already encountered – That as soon as you mention the word ‘Wedding’ everything is fifty times more expensive than it normally is!  I’m also a huge believer that anything and everything regarding your wedding should be personalised to reflect you and your partner – because after all, it’s all about you two!

With that theory in mind, I decided that I’d start out my DIY test run on the Engagement party (as you may have seen in previous posts) and then really have it perfected down to a fine art in time for the wedding!

This blog is all about motivating and inspiring you to do the same – but keep in mind that you have enough to stress about for the wedding, so whilst the idea of sewing your own wedding dress sounds fabulous in theory – if your more likely to sew your own finger to the dress than be able to hand-craft the 200 taffeta rosettes that you are dreaming of – then don’t go there girlfriend!

Where do I Start?

Alright – so you’ve decided that you want to give this DIY caper a red-hot go, but you have no idea where to start right?  What I would normally do was stalk some of the amazing wedding blogs that are out there (or even event or craft blogs will work!) and start looking for ideas and inspiration (remember – the whole point of this exercise is to do something original – so avoid blatantly ripping off people’s ideas!).  You might find elements of things that you love, and then combine it with your own personalities and interests to make it unique.

Inspiring Destinations

As featured on Ruffled Blog

One of my favourite places to visit for inspiration for DIY inspiration is RuffledBlog. Not only is it a beautiful blog and full of inspiration, but there is also a dedicated section to DIY! They are constantly updating the blog so I recommend subscribing to their updates.

Another fabulous website that is full of inspiration for all kinds of things is Pinterest.  Pinterest is basically a website full of ‘interest boards’ that its users create and share. The boards can include anything from colour themes, images, craft etc. You can browse through peoples ideas and choose who to follow.  You can even make your own Pinterest boards which is a lot of fun….but I must warn you – it can be addictive!

One of my all time favourite time wasters is trawling through the pages of Etsy.  Etsy is basically an online market dedicated to  ‘hand made’ products.  It is the perfect place to find inspiration for any number of projects (or if you like to cheat – the perfect place to buy things that someone else made by hand!).  I spend hours just picking a topic and then sitting back with a cup of tea marvelling at peoples creativity!

Etsy Inspiration - by Geneploss

Practise makes Perfect!

Now that you have an idea of what you’d like to do, my best advice is to do a trial run – I can’t tell you how many fabulous ideas I’ve had, only to attempt it once and then realise my exclamations of ‘I could totally make that myself’ are not entirely true! Think about the cheapest, easiest ways you can achieve what you want, and don’t be afraid to use the expertise of your nearest and dearest to improve on your vision (e.g. I have a fiance who has an eye for detail, and he’ll often as quality control!).

Let the Creativity flow….

Once you’ve started your project and experienced the joy of having it actually turn out the way you’d imagined, start thinking about how you can personalise other aspects of your wedding, this can save you money on all sorts of things such as decorations, flowers, favours, the wedding cake, invitations, place cards, etc.  The possibilities are endless!

Lead by Example

In the hopes of inspiring you all, here are some examples of what I’ve managed to DIY for my own Engagement party/Wedding.  And trust me – if I can do it, so can you!

Click on any of the images below to see them in all their glory 🙂

xx DWB

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Destination: New York (themed) Engagement Party!


Our DIY Engagement Invitations

After much anticipation (and a little bit of trepidation) our Engagement party has now come and gone!  After months of designing invitations, planning menus, and countless afternoons of DIY crafting, our New York themed Engagement party happened last weekend, and it was a massive success! (Although I am slightly biased).

Location, Location, Location!

We chose a gorgeous spot in the Bayside suburb of Manly in Brisbane, and arrived at the park nice and early to secure ourselves a great table that overlooked the water.  We arrived nice and early to begin setting up trestle tables, bunting and all sorts of New York themed decorations, before the guests started to arrive at midday. If any of you also decide to use a public space that you can’t reserve, I recommend you arrive early and check the space out for amenities close by such as toilets, taps, and Barbecue’s that are in good working order

New York – The City that Eats!

Desserts were home-made by family members

Our aim on the day was to keep things as casual and relaxed as possible (an intentional nod towards the demeanor of the couple being recognised on the day ;-)) and decided that a BBQ lunch was the perfect way for people to kick back and enjoy a beautiful day on the bay.  We tried to make the menu meaningful and relevant, so all the usual suspects were present: Steak, sausages, coleslaw, potato salad etc.  It was also necessary to introduce some New York favourites to carry our theme throughout, so this included New York cheesecake, chocolate brownies, and our delicious Arnold Palmer ice-tea concoction!

Styled to Perfection

We also went out of our way to ensure our New York theme was recognisable, but not tacky so we kept our colours muted and used highlights of red to add a pop of colour.  I purchased some fabric that featured New York icons, then matched it with neutral tones of biscuit and white which my Mum sewed into bunting flags.  They looked amazing and it was nice to have this personalised touch which we will also be able to reuse for our Central Park wedding next year.  My fiance ordered some big red disposable cups as he loved the fact they resembled those used at American frat parties.  We then teamed them up with white paper straws that had red hearts on them that I sourced through Sharnel Dollar Designs.  They were very popular especially with the kids that attended!

Bunting made by my Mum featuring NYC icons

Favour Flavour!

As a special thank you to all of our guests who attended, we also created little party favours to ensure everybody got a little piece of New York to take home.  These came in two forms: The first was a little airmail envelope that we’d stamped and tied up with bakers twine.  Inside the envelope was a little thank you note, as well as three little Polaroid magnets that my Fiance and I made ourselves.  The images on the magnets featured photos of New York that we’d taken ourselves, as well as little descriptions.  The magnets were a hit and were a nice little talking point for all our guests as they now take pride of place on their refrigerators.  We got the idea from a blog by Ambrosia Girl and then changed the design to meet our own needs.

 

Red Velvet "Big Apple" Cake Pop Bouquets

The second take-home gift (although many didn’t even make it to the car-park before being devoured) were our Big Apple cake pops!  I ordered 70 red velvet cake pops from Tori’s Delights which were made to resemble big juicy red apples.  The cake pops were displayed in metal pails supplied by Tori and decorated with red and white apple ribbon that I bought from Ribbons Galore.  As a final touch, my Sister helped me hand-stamp our initials onto little manila shipping tags to add a personalised touch.

An Engaging Map

Because our wedding next year will be small and only attended by a handful of family members, I decided that the Engagement party was a more appropriate event to have everyone sign our signing board.  Because I thought the idea of a guest book was a little old-fashioned and not nearly creative enough, I decided to design my own framed map of New York, that was surrounded by a white photo mat that people could write on.  I purchased a good quality re-print of an old vintage map of New York, then took it to my local framing place to have a heart shape cut out of the photo mat.  They then put it all into a silver frame and left the glass out so that people could write on it.  After everybody had signed it, I took it back to the framing store so they could add the glass, and voila! we have a beautiful keepsake that will hang on our wall for years to come.

We designed our own signing board featuring a map of NYC

Party’s Over…

With the party now over, it’s so nice to look back and see all the hard work and planning paid-off, and that our closest friends and family had the opportunity to share such an exciting time in our lives.  If any of you are planning a destination wedding and you also aren’t able to have everybody you love attend your special day, I highly recommend throwing a destination-themed Engagement or Post-Wedding party.  You can do it with a very small budget like I did, or go all out and book a fabulous venue.  Either way, it’s worthwhile and I’m sure you’ll enjoy yourself as much as I did!

xx DWB

The Happy Couple

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