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Laura Furlough

So you might have seen in my bio that I describe myself as a “DIY bride” and that is very true, I love crafting and always have. When I was a little girl, I always wanted to “make” something, even if it was just out of sticks and yarn. So when DIY started to become a popular theme in weddings, I was stoked! It was totally the kind of feel I wanted for my own wedding and I know that it can be a lot cheaper to make things yourself.

But when I sat down to list all of the things I wanted to DIY, I got a little overwhelmed. Here’s the list:

  • Custom corn-hole boards
  • Cake bunting
  • Dessert buffet banner
  • Guest mad libs
  • Painted glass bottle centerpieces
  • Save the Dates
  • Invitations
  • Straw flags
  • Guest welcome bags
  • Cookie bar
  • Tears of joy packets
  • Wedding arrow sign
  • Boutonnieres
  • Photograph wall
  • Reception garlands
  • Moss letters or wreaths (for church doors)
  • Tissue paper flowers
  • Programs
  • Family photo display
  • Message on groom’s tie
  • Photo booth/props
  • Throw pillows
  • Quaker marriage license

Are you overwhelmed for me? 🙂 I know it’s a lot and I kind of had to give myself a reality check. Although it is difficult for me to admit, I have been known to not follow-through and complete projects. I start out so well-intentioned! But I just kind of lose steam along the way. So I commenced with the P-word again, no not panic, PRIORITIZE!

I split all of these DIY to-do’s into 3 categories: “Mandatory”, “Important”, “Bonus.” There are some things on that list that I have to do for my wedding such as the invitations and programs.

Then there are other things that are really important to me to have at the wedding such as garland to decorate the reception tent and the marriage license that I want guests to sign in lieu of a guest book, kind of like this one:

diy bride

Photo courtesy of OrleansPaperie

And then there are those “would be nice to have that” things like the custom corn-hole boards and straw flags. Things that aren’t vital but the little details that make a wedding so special. So now my list looks like this:

MANDATORY!

  • Save the dates
  • Invitations
  • Cake bunting
  • Cookie bar
  • Boutonnieres
  • Programs
  • Family photo display

Important

  • Dessert buffet banner
  • Guest mad libs
  • Painted glass bottle centerpieces
  • Guest welcome bags
  • Photograph wall
  • Garlands
  • Tissue paper flowers
  • Photo booth/props
  • Quaker marriage license

Bonus

  • Custom corn-hole boards
  • Straw flags
  • Tears of joy packets
  • Moss letters or wreaths
  • Message on Groom’s tie
  • Throw pillows

So it still has everything on there, but this helps me focus on the most important things first since I sometimes get distracted by the details.

Hopefully I’ll have some DIY tutorials coming up in the next couple of weeks!

Any advice for undertaking massive DIY projects?


Laura Furlough

is a DIY bride who planned an autumn wedding in North Carolina in 6 months a budget of $7,500. You can read her wedding planning posts here.