DIY Savannah Wedding

October 22, 2009

Planning a wedding can be stressful.  There are so many vendors to book and organize, it’s all too easy to blow your budget on unnecessary things, and there are only a million and two ways you can design, decorate, and piece together the whole darn thing…oh and then there’s the fact that you’re only going to do it once, so you better get it right the first time.

Almost every detail of our day had a personal touch, and I have an army of friends and family to thank for all their creative thoughts, helping hands, and support.  These DIY ideas saved us big bucks, while allowing my inner-control-freak-crafty-mad-woman to shine.  Here goes!

Being that I’m an illustrator, I took it upon myself to design our own invites…(I probably should have started this process 5 years ago, as my indecisive brain had me drafting them by the hundreds)  It was also important that our invites be printed on a nice stock, and after sampling several from various online printers, I settled upon  a lovely heavy weight watercolor paper found at our local art supply store.

DIYinvites3

For a peek at the response card CLICK!

In keeping with our Bluebird and Gerber Daisy theme, I enlisted the help of Granny S.  I had a vivid memory of her crafting grapevine wreaths when I was a kid, and I thought we could translate that well into nest centerpieces.

DIYnests

Uncle George got roped into the process when I decided I needed a custom cake stand for the cake…a fine job he did making it look like a fourth tier…

DIYcakestand

Oh and yes, I did make a veil and top hat for my lovin’ blue birds.

We decided against a traditional guest book, and instead had our guests sign tags for a wishing tree.  It was great fun, and I’ll be able to work these tags into a scrap book later on that will be far more interesting than reading names in a book…

DIYtags

All you need to create these little gems is a really smelly colorless blender marker, I prefer the Chartpak brand, and a cheap photocopy (mirror image) of what you want to transfer.  (Please note that images printed from your home printer will not work, you need cheap photocopy machine ink) And there you have it!   A personal touch that doesn’t break the bank or take up a ton of time.

As the vast majority of our guests were from out-of-town, I thought a welcome bag was in order, and what better way to welcome folks than with some good old southern pralines?

DIYpralines

Aunt Pam, cousin Rebecca, and I spent a good half day cooking up those delightful treats…oh did that kitchen smell good!

Mom put her soap making skills to task and made  monogrammed soaps for all the bags..

DIYsoap

Of course, I saved all the left overs for me!

Oh and you know I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have custom water bottle labels for each bag…this, however, turned out to be quite the process…

DIYstudiomess

Sticker paper does not adhere, so each had to be hot-glued…and boy does it make a mess…Nick threatened to go bowling in my studio.

DIYwaterbottles

DIYwelcomebags

Last, but not least, I wanted our favor to be something that people cherished.  So I painted the tree under which we got married, and gave out these little hand-signed prints.

DIYprints

It was such a fun journey to pull this all together!  Thanks to all of you who lent a helping hand!  There is not a single thing about this wedding that didn’t have a personal touch, and it means so much to us!

Tomorrow’s post will highlight all the local vendors, and debut the professional photos, so be sure to come back!

xo

h