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.
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!
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 🙂