Wedding season is in full swing, as evident from my Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest feeds. I’m not making my way to the altar quite yet, but I can’t help but sit here and browse through hundreds of images of table settings, dreamy receptions, invitations, finger foods, flowers and all the other details that make that day so incredibly special. Plus, I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t been planning my wedding (to Leonardo DiCaprio) since I was at least 9 years old. So, this week I’m putting a little spin on our traditional how-to project. Our sister site, DIYNetwork.com, has created the ultimate DIY wedding guide with everything you need to know to plan your wedding from start to finish. So, that’s what we’re going to do — give you everything you need to plan your dream wedding.
Invitations, Save-the-Dates + More
Save money by using a matching set of printable invitations, save-the-date cards, banners, place cards, food tags and favor tags throughout your wedding. Download and print this complete wedding set by featured blogger Kim Stoegbauer.
Over-the-Top Floral Arrangements
The centerpieces, bouquets and various floral arrangements are often the most stunning pieces of a wedding. But with gorgeous, exotic arrangements comes a hefty pricetag. Pull together budget-savvy bouquets and arrangements by combining affordable blooms with those that may be on the pricier side, and then mix in some greens to bulk them up even more.
Perfect Place Settings
Gorgeous tablescapes at a reception can instantly set the tone for the entire celebration. I was smitten by this bohemian-inspired wedding decor. Everything about the color palette, centerpieces and patterned place settings lets you know there is a vibrant celebration ahead. (I wonder if my future husband would mind all the pink?)
Delectable Food + Drink Ideas
Of course you can’t forget about the food and drinks! Create a delectable menu your guests will never forget by incorporating unique dessert alternatives, like a raspberry and creme trifle or an exotic pear, apricot and goat cheese tart. Then, concoct the perfect cocktail accompaniments for your reception menu. You can even give elegant champagne a vintage, rustic flair by using heirloom flutes and adding celebratory drink flags to each.
Unforgettable Wedding Favor Projects
Send your guests home with a little something to show just how happy you are that they were a part of your special day. I always love a little handmade gift, and these adorable gift boxes are just the right size for enclosing fresh-baked cookies and other treats.
Unique Guest Book Ideas
Instead of the traditional sign-your-name guest books, allow your guests to help capture memories from your big day in a unique way. I love this idea: Set up a table with a Polaroid camera and the guest book, and have your guests each take a picture when they arrive, add it in the guest book and write a special note to the bride and groom.
Are you still at the early, early stages of wedding planning? Here are some planning, organizing and budgeting tips just for you:
- DIY Wedding Planning: Tips From a Pro Planner
- Dos and Don’ts for Saving Money on a DIY Wedding
- Best Time of Day to Get Married, Optimum Seating Layouts + Planning Hair and Makeup
For more DIY wedding inspiration, ideas and projects, head over to DIYNetwork.com.