I never thought I would be partaking in very much DIY for my wedding. I personally think that in the long run you wind up spending the same amount of money (if not more after messing up a project the first, second or even third time) and I believe a bride should be able to relax before her big day to take in the moment & enjoy being engaged. However, I just could NOT find certain things I needed in specific colours. Alas, the inevitable. I give you a small glimpse of just a couple things I’ve done and some info including pictures.
1) Vases & Julep cups.
What I wanted: Mixed metal julep cups and vases/bowls
Reality: Expensive to rent & expensive to buy. I also prefer not having to rent vases this way my family are able to take home and enjoy the fresh flowers.
The compromise (DIY):
I purchased plastic high shine silver inexpensive bowls and Julep cups from www.afloral.com I really love this website and their customer service is fantastic. I highly recommend! After that I took a trip to Joann’s to buy two different types of gold spray paint. One flat, one metallic to give them some dimension. I really had no idea how it was going to turn out, but I’m really really pleased with the outcome. At the end of the day I’m very happy they are mine to own and do what I like with them after the fact, for close to the same price as renting. Oh and just a side note, I sprayed the insides lightly, I personally thought a sheer layer looked really nice over the inside instead of completely covering the sheen. The splash marks on the exterior were first accidental THEN intentional. Isn’t it great when that happens? ha.
Guest book cards:
What I wanted: A box instead of a guest book, that guests could write notes on and then place in the box.
Reality: Note cards for some reason don’t come in quantities higher than 50 and most that do are plain white
Solution: Buy a book of really pretty patterned paper at half price at the craft store and chop them up with the paper trimmer!
I got about six cards out of one piece. I have more than enough.
Book of paper is called “the Gilded Paper Stack” and is available at Joann’s. Currently half off.
That’s all for now! Thanks for reading. Hope someone has found this interesting or inspiring for their big day 🙂