g et back to your creative roots with homemade favors for your most beloved, because doing wedding-things yourself is (chicken-soup-kind-of-) good for the soul. For those who see every spreadsheet as potential paper-doll overalls, each memo a jet plane-in-waiting, AC forever an acronym for Arts & Crafts - this is your perfect fix. make them do-it-themselves
i n the age of DIY, brides are shying away from that which is cookie-cutter and embracing all the off-kilter details they can get their turquoise-polished nails on. This includes the esteemed centerpiece, a stand-out chap but too-frequent frequenter of the flower and candle crowd. Leave the old depenables for the bedroom, and instead, opt for something a little less expected.
i f our paper dolls taught us anything (and they taught us a lot), it’s that discrepantly, the flimsiest materials can be the most malleable. Incorporate paper of the tissue, cardstock and rice variety into your wedding and watch the décor blossom like an accordion-folded crepe flower held open by waxed dental floss. on the paper trail
a ny wed-vice article worth its weight in straight talk will tell you: your big day won’t be without its little blunders. Even when it feels thisclose to perfection, an emergency kit is still in order. Because glutting a purse full of high-priority bridal trappings is a fun but tricky art, its best to break it down by bag size. The roomier the clutch/fanny pack/rucksack, the more secondary accessories permitted. Build up accordingly.
t his is the place card’s moment in the spotlight. They’ve got more airtime on indie wedding blogs than cupcakes, they’re every bit as edible and DIY as the favors – and they’re looking cuter than baby shoes. Get sweet on these place non-cards as they put mini grilled cheese and chocolate fortune cookies to shame. suspend your dis
f athering a signature bevy means getting to play bartender, just you and your fiancé making the most out of playing house. It also means not having to open a bar because come W-day, beer, wine and your immaculate conception will suffice nicely.
a t some point, cake toppers were knocked off their view-top tier in favor of some sleek nothingness. But times have changed (again), and now that modern is vintage – and sometimes vintage kitsch – toppers have returned as cuter, more personal and more homemade versions of their former selves.
a trail of cake crumbs and a champagne fountain run dry may signal the end of a ring-bearing after-party, but sentimentality and the memory of a pretty penny well-spent have left you clinging to the gown-of-the-hour for dear life. Vows of till ‘dust do us part’ are nothing to mess with - thanks to a little ingenuity and a smattering of philanthropist intention, what was old becomes wholly ‘wow’ again once more. Such a satiny cascad
g arlands fall within the realm of twinkle lights, daisy chains and popcorn strings. All of the above do whimsy with the kind of refined, airy gusto typically reserved for monarch migrations and dances of the sugar plum fairy. In other words, no aesthete should let her summer wedding go unstrung. keep your garlands crossed
a rtistry’s all in the detail. If you fancy yourself the mastermind behind a superhuman do-it-yourself wedding, you can’t deny the mood-setting, keepsake value of the class-act invite. Even if your big day’s not self-orchestrated, homespun invitations allow for extra pennies in your pocket (or your dressmaker’s) and a chance to show off your creative side without tarnishing the pure, white-washed décor of your day. Even the most freewheeling art projects could use a little structure. Here are some steps to follow; a little template of a checklist, along with a few crafts-table ready suggestio