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DIY Wedding Decor Tips

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Help put that pre-wedding excitement to good use and personalize your magical day.

Tips on how to plan, design & create affordable decor for a dream wedding.

Why should you DIY?

Creating your own decorations can be affordable, and gives the event a personal touch.  As a result, you will unite your friends and family with a unique experience to begin celebrating the love between you and your spouse. Highlight the important moments in your life together by including pictures, mementos, and catchphrases that represent a timeline of your relationship, for instance. 

Know your style

A cohesive theme will centralize design and as a result ease impulsive decisions to buy everything. Therefore, not having an overall theme could quickly deplete a budget and will lead to mismatched decorations. For example, galvanized pails, haystacks, and mason jars, when used together, can create an amazing vintage wedding scene. While adding modern items to the above would destroy the continuity of the desired effect.

Types of wedding themes include but are not limited to:

  • Rustic/ Natural
  • Vintage
  • Industrial
  • Modern
  • Southern

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What should you DIY?

Big items that are central to the event, are low volume and as a result, are perfect for DIY.  Why low in volume? Because putting effort into intricate items is too time-consuming and labor-intensive. Subsequently, brides often overextend themselves with projects such as these. Examples of impractical undertakings are often seen in the form of party favors or invitations, for instance.

However, don’t sacrifice quality over quantity. Larger items will be seen by all and so planning them out properly plays a role in executing the wedding of your dreams.

How to save money 

Go thrift shopping for items to fit the theme of your wedding and then up-cycle the items with a new coat of paint or a good cleaning to elevate and bring life to your new purchases.

Common items regularly found in thrift stores include: 

  • Picture frames
  • Baskets
  • Mirrors
  • Vases
  • Candleholders

Already have a wedding planner?

When it comes to DIY, the wedding planner can assume the responsibility of making sure these decorations make it to the event unscathed! A wedding planner is an excellent choice for the bride who wants to have a stress free wedding. Sharing ideas and decoration plans with your planner will be useful in styling and designing your DIY projects as well as being helpful in completing the plan for other non-DIY wedding decor essentials.

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DIY Decor options:

Ceremony Decor

  • Welcome sign
  • Program display
  • Ceremony arch
  • Seating instructions
  • Ceremony backdrop

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Dinner Table Decor

  • Centerpieces
  • Escort Cards
  • Table Garland
  • Head table Chair Back decor
  • Table numbers

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Reception Decor

  • Guestbook Table Decor, book & sign
  • Gift Table Decor, Cardholder & sign
  • Dessert Table Decor
  • Bar or Drink Station Display & Menu
  • Photo Booth backdrop & Props
  • Cake Stand & Topper
  • Seating Chart
  • Wedding Favor display

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What are some good sources for DIY Ideas?

Ikea Hacked DIY

HGTV Approved DIY Decor

Creative Rustic Sign ideas

The Sorry Girls

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Wedding Cake Pops Diy

Looking to serve a great dessert at your wedding, engagement party, or wedding shower? Cake pops are a fun option that is also super easy to make and decorate!

The Basics

To make the characteristic round shape of this dessert when hand rolling, remember to cup your hands to keep the mixture rounded and keep it from crumbling. One standard-sized cake pop will use about a tablespoon of mix.

Find the lollipop sticks online or at your local craft store in their baking section! Since cake pops need to stay upright, it’s best to buy a specialty cake pop stand to help with cooling and serving. You may also want to consider buying cello bags and twist ties if you plan on handing these out as favors.

The Recipe

Use the recipe we’ve provided below, choose your favorite recipe, or buy your own box of cake mix. Bake into a sheet, according to the recipe’s instructions.

Basic White Cake

    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 1/2 cup butter
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1-3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9” X 9” pan.

In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in eggs, one at a time, and stir in vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder, add to creamed ingredients, mixing well. Stir in milk until batter is smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven and check if done with a dry toothpick. You will then set the baked cake aside to let cool before making the actual “pops.”

While the cake cools, make a buttercream frosting from the recipe below (or buy pre-made frosting).

Basic Buttercream Frosting

    • 3 cups powdered sugar
    • 1/3 cup butter softened
    • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp milk

Mix powdered sugar and butter with electric mixer on low speed. Stir in vanilla and one tablespoon of the milk. Slowly beat in just enough additional milk to make frosting smooth and spreadable.

Crumble cake into your frosting and mix. Roll into balls, place sticks into cake balls, and chill until the mixture is hardened.

Dip cake balls into melted chocolate and chill.

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