Wedding planning is so stressful, so incredibly stressful! There are now less than 45 days left and I feel like I have everything in order, but honestly, I highly doubt I do. For starters, I still don’t have a veil, madness, right? Our ring bearers still don’t have their outfits, I don’t have a makeup artist, and the list just goes on and on. Just writing this is stressing me out.
In the beginning I wanted to do all kinds of DIY’s, I even wanted my family to create the centerpieces. I wanted to purchase the flowers ourselves and take the whole week before the wedding to work on all the decorations. I was basically picturing a Hallmark movie with a loving family laughing and doing arts & crafts together.
My mother quickly nipped that in the bud. She complained that she wanted all of us to relax and actually enjoy the wedding than to stress out and put in a lot of work. Eventually, I agreed. We decided to get some vendors but to still do our own thing with certain decorations like the seating chart, the signs throughout the ceremony and reception and the wedding favors.
Doing at least a little bit of DIYs will definitely save you some money. Not only will you be putting personal touches to your wedding, but you can use that extra money for whatever you think is more important. For us, it’s all about the food!
I do want to give a shout out to Etsy and Pinterest. If you are planning your wedding, these are your best friends! You’ll be able to find tons of ideas and shops off of Etsy that’ll make your idea come to life.
Some do-it-yourself things that were doing for our wedding are as follows.
Wine table numbers
At first, we were not even going to do assigned seating. I don’t know when we changed our minds, but we aren’t going back. Unfortunately, when you start adding ideas to your wedding the costs go up. Now, we have to create a seating chart and label the tables. This all means more headaches for me.
Despite the headaches for me, I think this is an awesome way to show how creative we are and to put a little bit more of ourselves in the wedding. We decided to do wine labels to number the tables, cool right? My favorite app for doing all my wedding DIY’s is Etsy. They have everything! If you’ve thought of it then that means someone else has as well. I searched “wine table numbers” on Etsy and so many items popped up, thankfully.
We also talked to our venue and they are providing us with empty wine bottles to use for the tables. That means, one less thing for me to stress about.
This past April, I actually had to plan a formal and I was happy to take on this job because I knew it would prepare me for my wedding. One thing that I was so excited about was the seating chart sign. I worked really hard at creating the sign until my vision became a reality. I was so excited and proud of myself and the formal turned out being a hit.
Some wedding signs that we’re doing as DIY’s are the wedding entrance sign, the guest book sign and the seating chart. These are all still in the works but I am so excited for how they’re going to turn out, but the one thing about DIY wedding items is that even if you design the item yourself, you should still have it professionally printed, since it is an important aspect of your wedding day (and the guest book will be an important item for years to come, as well). There are many printing companies around Georgia, but one that is highly recommended for doing quality work (which is very important for wedding signage!) is BuckBlue.
BuckBlue is a printing shop located in Atlanta. They create banners, copies, stationery and business cards. What makes BuckBlue so amazing is that they put all their focus on their reliable service and their dependable quality. They provide fast online printing for both businesses and homes. Their mission is “to provide technically innovative, highest-quality printing that sets the standard for the industry“. You can easily receive a quote from them by filling out their form online.
Whenever I get products from a company, I do a lot of research. The great thing about BuckBlue is their reviews. This printing company has an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau and rave reviews from customers online. They’re definitely a company to check out if you need high-quality print jobs for your business or personal life. They can definitely help you make your wedding seating chart or entrance sign vision come to life.
For wedding favors I am absolutely stumped! From some of our trusted friends, they say “don’t do wedding favors because no one remembers them and they’re a waste of money” (I kind of feel the same way). From others, I hear of all the fun ideas that they’ve seen or done. For example, giving out packets of wildflower seeds or fans because it’ll be hot outside during the wedding, and even mix-tapes that resemble vinyl records. All of these ideas are so cute and fun, but none of them are Jacob and I, unfortunately. This leads me to being stumped.
So far, we bought little boxes and ribbon to put whatever we go with in them.
We have several ideas in the works: