The DIY trend in weddings – how DIY do you make your day…

In recent years the trend for DIY weddings has become huge mirroring the rise in the crafts industry in general with HobbyCraft alone reporting an increase in turnover of 12.8% in the 52 weeks ending 20th February 2011*.

We’ve seen a large increase in couples wanting to add their own stamp to their wedding day from couples who set out to make everything to those that decide to choose one part such as the invitations, table centerpieces or the table plan.  We’ve recently had a bride who has spent 6 months solidly on an evening making everything from her invitations to the cake and flower arrangements.

The amazing result of this trend is the diversity of wedding ideas and themes with lots of adaptions on inspiration from the likes of Martha Stewart, the large number of craft magazines available on the market and lots of amazing wedding and craft blogs.

There will always be lots of couples who either don’t have an interest or flair in creating their own or simply as much as they’d like to don’t have the time and this has led to an increase in semi DIY products and DIY look products now being produced, some examples we’ve introduced recently include:

  • Luggage tags which can be added to favours, tied round napkins / wine glasses, used as escort cards etc….in your own way and style for example use raffia / string / ribbon to tie them with, stamp guests names onto them…the possibilities from such a simple concept are endless

  • DIY Favour Boxes – flat pack with no glue required and simple to construct these vintage print favour boxes come in six pretty colours and can be left plain, embellished with ribbon and a tag and filled with something you choose from retro sweets to charity pin badges.

  • Chalk boards and Just Married flags are used here in a simple old milk bottle with a couple of low-cost flowers arranged by ourselves and combines the table number and centrepiece

Below are some fantastic blog posts of real life weddings with very creative DIY touches or fantastic DIY ideas to hopefully inspire:

Tissue Pom Pom’s – I’ve recently made some of these gorgeous tissue pom poms after seeing them in one of my Martha Stewart books and honestly they’re very simple.  Click for a run through on the Rock My Wedding Blog and a fantastic example of a Rock My Wedding Bride having used them on her wedding day.  There are lots of fantastic other DIY projects on the blog too under the DIY devotee tag.

On the Love My Dress Blog this gorgeous featured wedding had a handmade by the bride wedding dress and homemade champagne

http://www.lovemydress.net/blog/2011/04/relaxed-outdoor-garden-wedding.html

Brides Up North featured another gorgeous DIY touches real life wedding full of personal touches to the couple which is the main advantage of incorporating DIY ideas http://bridesupnorth.com/tag/lissa-alexandra/

Some fantastic DIY advice featured on the Little Miss Wedding Blog by Mary from Forever and Ever Events  http://www.littlemisswedding.co.uk/ideas/top-10-diy-style-ideas-for-your-wedding/ of small ways in which you can contribute your own touches to the day.

Do feel free to contribute how you’ve added DIY ideas into your big day or any other DIY inspiration you have loved

Andrea

Xx

*source : http://craftbusiness.com/site/index.php/content/news/hobbycraft_announces_18_rise_in_earnings/

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