Monday, November 5, 2012

Biggest DIY Project Ever!!!

My wedding was the biggest DIY project I think I've ever taken on. I've been involved in weddings before, and even currently have a couple people sucking up to me because they know they'll need my crafty skills when their big days arrive. (Yeah, Brandy Jeanne & Tiffany, I'm talking about you!)  
I shared several projects with you, but there were quite a few last minute ones that I didn't have time to post before the wedding craziness set in. 
Let's start with our save the dates

I was so proud of how these turned out, and more people seem to remember these unique save the dates better then our actual wedding invitations! I borrowed the idea from this Etsy store and loved it because we decided not to take engagement pictures so we didn't need to use pictures to make these. 

This brings me to my invitations!

It was a simple gate card with a green card printed with all the details. The gate card was then closed and put into a sleeve of burlap and ribbon. They were very time consuming, but I LOVE how they turned out.

We used mason jars as decor for the wedding. I decorated these jars that we hung on shepard hooks that lined the aisle. 

photograph by Heidi Hoffman Photography

I also used mason jars as vases for the tables. I wanted blue mason jars since I loved the look, but I didn't want to have to pay the price. So what's a girl to do? I painted them! 

photograph by Heidi Hoffman Photography

 Can you tell? 

The other table decor that I used was burlap table runners, baby food jars wrapped in lace for citronella candles and little thank you notes on every table. 

photograph by Heidi Hoffman Photography

Very simple and easy set up and take down. I loved it! 

photograph by Heidi Hoffman Photography

I wood burned bride and groom signs to hang on our chairs for our sweetheart table. 

My friend. Naomi found the perfect old fashioned drinking mugs for me, and I etched the bride and groom into them using the same font that I used on our invitations. 

photograph by Heidi Hoffman Photography

I used the mason jar design on our programs as well. They were three pages that stacked, hole punched and tied together with twine. Brandy, Tiffany and I did them in one three hours session just a few nights before the wedding. 

I also wood burned the heart sign for the card box, which was an unfinished crate that Matthew used a blow torch to bring out the wood grain on. 

photograph by Heidi Hoffman Photography

Brandy, Tiffany and I wrapped 200 sets of silverware in napkins and tied them together with a piece of burlap and ribbon. It made it easy in the buffet line to grab a roll and go through the line.

photograph by Heidi Hoffman Photography

I wrapped a candle with burlap and ribbon as a memory candle in honor of those loved ones that couldn't be with us to share in our special day.

photograph by Heidi Hoffman Photography
Speaking of people who couldn't be with us for our special day, I made these charms with pictures of both sets of my grandparents, Grandpa & Granny Bradley and Grandpa & Grandma Hiseley. I tied them to my bouquet and they were also able to walk me down the aisle, along with my parents. 

photograph by Heidi Hoffman Photography

I also wood burned little hearts and put pins on the back for my Dad, Matthew and Jason to wear instead of traditional boutonnieres. 

I also made these corsages for the Mom's and Grandma's to wear out of paper flowers and ribbon. 

My wedding was the biggest DIY challege that I ever took on, and I know that if I could go back and do it over, I wouldn't change a thing. The day was perfect! And all the little details that I made myself just added to the uniqueness of the day. 

If you're interested in seeing more wedding pictures from our special day, click here.

I'm sharing this project at the following link parties: 

~ Show Me What Ya Got @ Not Just A Housewife ~ Love It & Link It Up @ The Little Giggler ~ Talent Tuesday @ Vintage Wanna Bee ~ Wow Me Wednesday @ Ginger Snap Crafts ~ Your Whims Wednesday @ My Girlish Whims ~ Wicked Awesome Wednesday @ Handy Man Crafty Woman ~ Show & Share @ Southern Lovely ~ Creative Juice Thursday @ Momnivore's Dilemma ~ Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage ~ BFF Open House Link Party @ The Answer Is Chocolate ~ Weekend Bloggy Link Up @ Serenity Now ~ Strut Your Stuff Saturday @ Six Sisters' Stuff ~ Weekend Wrap Up Party @ Tatertots & Jello 


  1. If I ever get married you're hired to do all my DIY stuff :)

  2. Oh my gosh! YOUR INVITATIONS. They are unbelievably gorgeous!!!

    the Reverie blog

  3. I LOVE the mason jar theme! what a fabulous idea!

    hugs x

  4. So pretty! Great job! I love the burlap and wood details! My wedding day was also the biggest DIY project ever and I wouldn't have had it any other way. :)

  5. You put all of my DIY wedding projects to shame! My fiance and I decided to go the DIY route on everything too but it didn't turn out quite like we hoped.. your stuff looks great! Thanks for sharing and congratulations :)


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