Some of my favorite photos from our big day are the detail shots. We had a LOT of DIY projects for our wedding, and these photos really highlight all of our hard work! So I thought in addition to sharing these beautiful photos with you I would also link you to the tutorials I created. The above photo is one of my favorites! It shows off the beautiful damask silk-screened tie that we gave to all of our male attendants. Check out how we made it HERE.
My shoes! I had them dyed to match the sash on my dress.
These are the tissue paper flower pomanders my bridesmaid and Mom spent so much time making for us. They got a little smashed in transit, but they really dressed up our outside seating. HERE is how you make them.
We decided to have a sand ceremony as part of our wedding. On a small table at the front of the aisle we set up a large vase with two vases of each of our color of sand. Our moms each poured in a vase of sand, then we each poured in a vase of sand, and then our attendants sealed the sand by each pouring in a small vase of the sand from the beach. I love how it came out!
Here is a nice shot of one of the paper rose bouquets Nicole and I each carried. It was a LOT of work, but I really love the way it came out, and it became a great keepsake for each of the bridesmaids. Learn how I made it HERE.
Instead of seating cards I had buttons made in our wedding colors. I packaged them up in tiny plastic bags and stapled on folded paper tags with all of our guests names and a spot to write in the table number. I took a piece of foam core and covered it in the cloth that was the inspiration for our whole wedding theme. I attached each set of buttons to some ribbon I wrapped around the foam core with a mini clothespin. These were a huge hit with our guests!
Our cream floral centerpieces were made of tissue paper flowers. I loved the way they looked on all of the tables! A lot of people thought that they were real, and our guests must have really loved them because we only had two left to bring home! Want to make them? You can find out how HERE.
We made menu cards for each table describing the food that was being served. These were very simple to make we printed the cards on our home printer, cut them down and mounted them on some blue card stock. Then we added the ribbon and sticky jewel to dress it up a bit.
The cardbox I also made myself. A friend of ours gave us a nice box she had from buying greeting cards in bulk. I cut a slit in the top of the box, stuck some double stick tape on the box and wrapped it (present style) with our inspiration fabric. I added a ribbon trim (to hide all of my mistakes) and threw in a couple sticky gems in hopes that I could use them up somehow.
My wife and I are both Graphic Artists so in addition to doing all these crafty projects Nicole created a beautiful photo slideshow animation complete with popup illustrations of us over the course of our relationship. It was one of my favorite things from the reception, and it was great fun reminiscing with our families. Nicole has a clip from the animation up if you would like to check it out.
Our Cake toppers looked great I still love them to this day and they have found a permanent place on my vanity. I had them made by an artist on ETSY and I loved working with her!! I go into more detail about the process in my post HERE.
The cupcakes were amazing! The last thing we wanted after the wedding was to have a ton of leftover cupcakes hanging out in our hotel room. So our baker got us these great little cupcake boxes in our colors, and Nic and I made stickers with our theme. These were also a huge hit with the guests, and we didn’t wind up with a single leftover cupcake!
One thing I haven’t written very much about was our favors. I’m giving you a sneak peek at what we gave out: mustache etched champagne flutes. In my very last DIY for So You’re Engayged I will show you how we made these unique, and fun favors.
All image by Kelly Prizel Photography