Just because the economy is down doesn’t mean you can’t have your dream wedding, exactly the way you always imagined. DIY weddings, which stands for do-it-yourself weddings, are also sometimes referred to as homemade weddings or handmade weddings, are all the rage in the wedding planning world these days. So the Wedding Craft Editors here at FaveCrafts.com have put together this handy resource, complete with everything you need to know about how to make your own wedding cake, handmade wedding centerpiece ideas, details on how to make your own wedding invitations, and more great wedding craft ideas. Spend the time to piece together the most important day of your life by hand, with the help of your bridesmaids or spouse-to-be and save some big bucks for that dream honeymoon!
Don't make your centerpiece too tall or too wide on tables where people will be eating. The last thing you want is for your guests to be unable to communicate with those across the table from them. Shorter is usually best.
Consider varying the sizes of the centerpieces -- they will look more unique and there's no rule that says they have to be identical.
Be careful when using real flowers -- you should be wary of those with strong scents as they may irritate some of your guests with allergies.
Using a mirrored base will make your centerpiece look larger.
How-to Make Pick a Vase for a Floral Wedding Centerpiece:
Create these gorgeous wedding invitations using craft punches and calligraphy pens.
By Sue Eldred for Uchida of America, Corp.
Clever Lever Super Jumbo Scalloped Heart Punch
Clever Lever Jumbo Daisy Punch
Clever Lever Standard Daisy Punch
DecoColor Extra Fine Silver
DecoColro Silver Calligraphy Pen
Paper Trimming Buddy: Straight Blade
Mini Glue Tape
Wedding Faded Paisley (D ja Views )
Vellum 40 lb.
Adhesive Pearls (K & Company)
Black & Grey Cardstock
Accu-Cut Die A-7 Card Foldout #4
Xyron Sticker Machine with Permanent Adhesive
Cut Invitation base out of black cardstock using an Accu-Cut Die Cutting Machine and the Accu-Cut Die A-7 Card Foldout #4.
Size computer generated Wedding Information so that it can be cut 4 1/2 x 6 1/2. Print Wedding information onto 40lb. Vellum and run through Xyron Sticker Machine to get an even coat of adhesive on the back of the vellum. Adhere to the Wedding Faded Paisley scrapbook paper and cut to 4 1/2 x 6 1/2. Add glue tape to back of paisley paper and adhere to a piece of dark grey cardstock 4 3/4 x 6 3/4. Adhere to inside of black wedding invitation base.
Cut a 1 x 11 strip of Wedding Faded Paisley, adhere to 1 1/4 x 11 piece of black cardstock, then adhere layers to a 1 1/2 x 11 piece of grey cardstock. Gently fold around invitation so that each end of the layers meet in the middle of the invitation. Adhere ends together.
Punch two Super Scalloped Hearts one from the Silver Wedding Texture scrapbook paper the other from black cardstock. Glue the two hearts together. Using the Silver Calligraphy Pen, add a thin silver line around the front of the scrapbook heart. Add small dots with the Extra Fine Silver Deco Pen in each scallop.
Punch two daisies from both the standard and jumbo daisy punches. Adhere both daisy sets together so that you can see all petals. Glue smaller daisy on top of larger daisy, add small adhesive pearl to middle of daisy. Adhere to middle of the Invitation Band to cover seam.
Practice makes perfect -- make sure you work on several practice cakes before attempting the real deal for your big day.
Do your research. Flip through bridal magazines for a starting point on your own cake and sketch your original design ahead of time.
Keep the weather in mind when selecting a frosting -- some buttercreams fare better in hot, sunny weather than others. The last thing you want after all your hard work is to see your cake melting away.
Be prepared by having the proper tools. Making a wedding cake may require that you pick up some of the more unusual tools ahead of time. Think about getting some piping tips and fondant smoothers for the frosting and some wooden dowels and cardboard bases for the tiers.
Revised and posted as of March 4, 2013
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