The DIY Wedding

DIY elements can add unique and memorable details to your day or they can be the cause of stress and strife. How can you get the former without the latter? Here are some tips:

  • Be honest about the amount of time and energy you want to commit to wedding DIY. Is this something you’re willing to spending hours on each week for the next few months? If it is, great! Go for it! If it’s not, that’s where Etsy comes in.
  • Pinterest: a beautiful, dangerous place. With Pinterest there are thousands of wedding crafts, designs, and ideas at our fingertips. However, as many of us already know from personal experience, everything on Pinterest does not turn out looking like the picture. My suggestion is to use this bounty of inspiration for just that, inspiration. 
  • Use real weddings as a guide. Nothing can show you what looks good better than an actual wedding. I don’t mean copying exactly what someone else did. I mean picking and choosing what works from other weddings in order to create your unique vision.
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According to bride Ashley, whose DIY details are above, if you can’t rent exactly what you’re looking for, it’s time to DIY. See the full post of Ashley & Jonathan’s wedding here.

What are your DIY wedding tips? Things that work or don’t work?

LATE SUMMER HERBAL FLORAL TOUCHES

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In addition to a pretty wedding palette, one of my favorite details from Aimee & Benjamin's Omena, Michigan wedding were the late summer herbal floral touches added to the centerpieces. Sprigs of mint, fennel and flowering dill were incorporated, along with pink dahlia, zinnia, white hydrangea, and cosmos.  Aimee's bouquet was also mix of white hydrangea with ivory and pale pink roses as well as pops of green, and was bound with jute twine and satin ribbon. The palette carried over throughout other wedding details, especially the table setting. The floral added such a relaxed yet chic element to this wedding at Cherry Basket Farm.

Please check back Friday for more Michigan wedding details from this event, and click here to see the full gallery. You can view Aimee & Benjamin's Real Wedding feature here.

PERSONALIZED CAKE TOPPER

Personalization is limitless for your special day but if you are looking for a subtle way to make an impact then a personalized cake topper is the perfect way!  Anna and Joe's wedding exuded elegance and romance. The dining room filled with crystal chandeliers, soft blush lighting and decadent tablescapes wove together perfectly to capture the couple's vision but one ever-so-special detail could have been easily overlooked by guests even though it was like "home" to the bride and groom- home plate that is! Their stunner of a wedding cake was a five tier masterpiece covered in a quilted pattern luster fondant with royal icing, accented layers, and adorned with fresh flowers. But the pièce de résistance of this wedding cake was the custom cake topper of the bride and groom in their signature Detroit Tigers baseball jerseys - the couple has season tickets to Motown's favorite past time. This edible sculpture also doubled as a keepsake for Anna and Joe! anna&joecaketopper1

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Photos by Jen Kroll Photography, cake by Aunt B's Cakes & Desserts

See more images from Anna and Joe's wedding here! There are lots of beautiful Real Weddings in our gallery filled with inspiration, check them out for more details just like this!