Congratulations, you’re engaged! Now it’s time to start the planning process, which can be described in short as exciting, fun, stressful and time-consuming. This day happens once and you want it to be YOUR version of perfect. Might I suggest a way to up the ante and create the wedding of your dreams without breaking the bank? Wait for it…….Do-It-Yourself decorations! I’m Tara McGuire, the Director of Marketing here at Raspberry Creative, and the Queen of DIY decor. I too was in your position not too long ago as I searched Pinterest, wedding blogs, and magazines for inspiration. I found many places that rent and sell décor but I wanted to add my own personal touch to make the day that much more special. Allow me to be your inspiration for a few decorating projects. Read on!
- Birch Branch Backdrop – My husband and I had decided to have a sweetheart table at our reception dinner, which sat up on a riser that was placed front and center of the room. A black curtain hung behind us to block off where the catering staff was headquartered. I wasn’t a big fan of that backdrop so I decided that since this was a big focal point in the room, I would jazz it up a little. I bought a 5 foot long birch branch from Michaels (although if you’re REALLY creative you can go fetch a branch in the woods!), along with some ribbon and a large letter M to showcase my new last name. I painted the letter one of our wedding colors, hung the ribbon from the ends of the branch, and tied some bows down the ribbon. A variation of this would be to buy long pieces of fabric for the ends of the branch to create a curtain illusion.
- Table Assignment Board – For my table assignment cards, I wanted something that would free up table space, arrange guests by table number, and incorporate the use of Kraft paper tags, and burlap. I bought a large black poster board frame, punched out the center (leaving just the frame), painted the frame, then hot-glued a piece of burlap to the back of it. Once I figured out how many table numbers I was going to have, I bought medium-sized kraft paper tags, mini clothespins, and string, then glued the string from end to end inside the frame. I created enough rows of string that would fit 11 tags pinned on, which ended up being 3 rows. Then I simply handwrote the table numbers and clipped the tags to the string using the mini clothespins. Isn’t this adorable?! And my husband is a great model here, that’s for sure. 😉
- Rustic Bridesmaid Hangers – So if you are anything like me, on the day of your wedding you want your photographer to capture your maids’ dresses hanging next to yours. The last thing you want is for all of those dresses to be hanging on random-colored plastic hangers. With this project, I spent MAYBE $21 total for the hangers and all of the material, and was able to make this a cute additional gift for my girls. I bought wooden hangers, twine, and tags, and borrowed some fabric flowers from my friend (Thanks Michelle!) I started at the left side of the hanger and wrapped the twine around it about 2 times in the same spot before continuing to the right. I wanted the layers of twine to be thick enough that I couldn’t see the wooden hanger through it. I kept wrapping up to the hook of the hanger, then down to the right end. Once I finished, I tied a knot and hot glued the piece of twine to the hanger to be sure it stayed in place. (no glue was needed throughout the wrapping here, until the end). I hung a name tag from string and tied it around the base of the hanger hook, and glued on the fabric flower. WaLa(Did I spell that right?), I now have a beautiful hand-made hanger that cost MAYBE $2.50. (If you like this look but don’t want to use the hanger for the dresses, you could always tie a long piece of twine from the base of the hanger hook and then clothespin your favorite photos of you and your hubby-to-be. Hang it somewhere at your reception for your guests to enjoy looking at!)