Blame it on Pinterest or your craft-happy mom: Wedding DIY is here to stay.
That’s because not only does creating your own signage, stationery and other details lend a personal touch to your nuptials, but it also gives your big-day budget some relief.
But before you whip out the Mod Podge, a couple of wedding DIY reminders: First, be honest with yourself about your creative abilities. Redoing a project over and over until it looks just right could end up costing you more than buying a premade version.
Second, be realistic about how long each project will take to complete—and start early to avoid scrambling to finish right before your wedding day. “One of the biggest fails with DIY projects is waiting until the last minute to get going,” says Courtney Lutkus, owner and event planner of Simply Radiant Events.
So with these ground rules in mind, we compiled nine trendy wedding DIYs that won’t take you longer than a weekend to complete—or set you back more than about $150. So grab your partner, roll up those sleeves and let’s get crafting.
Wedding DIYs You Can Craft in an Hour
1. Custom Chalkboard Sign
From introducing the bridal party to displaying the reception menu, chalkboard signage continues to be a popular wedding idea, says Kristen Ley of Something New for I Do, a wedding vendor PR company.
“Crafty brides are creating chalkboards out of items that fit their theme—an antique door, room divider, mirror or a window,” Ley says. “The possibilities are endless.”
Creating the chalkboard part of this project is a snap—depending on the material, you can cut adhesive chalkboard paper ($10) to fit and adhere it to the item (great for mirrors, frames and silver trays) or paint it with chalkboard paint ($7), which works well for wood pieces. This tutorial shows you how to transform a frame for just $9.
Total DIY time: 30 to 60 minutes, based on if you’re using chalkboard paper or paint.
Price: $50 and under if you scour flea markets and Craigslist for items, or use a piece of aged wood for a more rustic look. The key is to buy something you can reuse post-wedding—like a mirror you can hang in your home’s entryway.
Savings: Ready-made signs on Etsy.com can cost as much as $115.
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