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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

diy printable wedding invitationsDIY Weddings: Download Invites and Printables

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

diy wedding flower arrangement10 Money-Saving Tips for Creating Wedding 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

bohemian wedding table settingsDIY Weddings: Table Setting Ideas

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

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DIY Weddings: Menu Ideas and Recipes :: DIY Weddings: Drink Menus and Cocktail Recipes

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

diy wedding favorsDIY Weddings: Party Favor Projects and Ideas

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

diy wedding guest book10 Unique Ideas for Wedding Guest Books

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:

For more DIY wedding inspiration, ideas and projects, head over to DIYNetwork.com.

19 Responses

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  2. susan says:

    here is a wedding table I did for local TV http://hometowngirl.typepad.com/hometown_girl/201

  3. Grantley@HGTV says:

    The tablescape hues make me think of colors used in rich Indian textiles. Stunning

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  5. Emily says:

    Congratulations on your engagement!

  6. doreen sappleton says:

    love your ideas,you will save a bundle
    <3

  7. Audrey Fredrick says:

    I like the polaroid camera idea instead of the traditional guest list book. I also suggest that you consider having a bridal makeup in Perth because they have really great artists there. Your wedding is the most important day in your life and the least thing you can think of is to stress yourself out.

  8. Latonya Deberry says:

    The bouquet of flowers with a stud is very beautiful and even if it's DIY, it still looks elegant. I also suggest that those to-be-wed should consider getting a party hire equipment in Perth for an elegant wedding venue or wedding decoration.

  9. Simon says:

    I'm liking that table set up. It would be perfect in combination with some hamptons wedding venues I know.

  10. isabellacuni says:

    I love everything about these DIY wedding idea. These ideas will be a good addition for my ideas in bridal in perth.

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