A Tip from a DIY Bride

Necklace and Earring

I’ve been married for a little over a year now, but with wedding season just around the corner, I wanted to remind all of the brides to be that going DIY doesn’t mean you can’t be elegant. Last time, I shared how I made the jewelry for my bridesmaids using Swarovski round crystal pearls and rondelles, accented by gold jewelry components. You can have an assortment of fancy beads, but the key to pulling off the right look is all about balance. Above is a close-up of my bridesmaid’s jewelry, but you can read more about how I made the sets here.

DIY Wedding Centerpiece for Fall

Another great way to stay in budget and still have a fabulous wedding is carefully choosing your decorations. Stimulate the senses by working with the natural elements found during the season your wedding falls in. My wedding happened to be in the fall, so I worked the crisp, autumn colors into my theme. It turned out beautiful! Working with natural elements really helped me hone in on exactly what I wanted to do for centerpieces. I carved out live pumpkins and filled them with flowers in the colors of fall—you could do the same sort of thing for any time of the year! In winter, hang bare branches with icy accents; in spring or summer, choose bright and blooming flowers to complement your theme. If you’re trying to stick to a budget, opt for fake flowers in your centerpieces. They’ll last longer and you’ll be considerate of guests with outdoor allergies.

There are tons of different ways to make your big day special without breaking the bank if you’re willing to do the projects yourself (or have your bridal party pitch in, too). A couple of other members of the Artbeads family recently got married, and you know they had some awesome DIY project, too! Stay tuned to the blog as we’ll be bringing you more about this soon. Remember that you can always find amazing ideas on our DIY Weddings Pinterest board!


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    • Kate Denby
    • February 5, 2013

    For some added fun use Swarovski hotfix gems to write out each member of the bride’s wedding party name & how they’re involved… Sue ~ bride, Linda ~ flower girl….

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