Unique DIY ideas from May’s featured couples


It’s the start of another month so it’s time to highlight some DIY ideas and personalization tips shared by our featured couples in May!

1. Incorporate your heritage(or anything significant to you) into your details using colors, patterns, or motifs. Jamie wanted a nod to his Scottish heritage so he and his bride Rose based their color theme on a red tartan pattern from his family crest’s colors. Red tartan ribbons were also used to adorn his bout, the bride’s bouquet, and their decor and favors.

From Rose & Jamie’s Sweets, Red Tartan & Gaudi DIY Wedding in Manchester, photo by Hannah Webster of  LifeLine Photography

2. Use cakes as both centerpieces and table names! Rose and Jamie love the architectural work of Antoni Gaudi — which they fell in love with when they got engaged in Barcelona — so they named each of their tables after a Gaudi building. Cards featuring a photo of a Gaudi creation were placed on the tops of cakes which also served as centerpieces!

From Rose & Jamie’s Sweets, Red Tartan & Gaudi DIY Wedding in Manchester, photo by Hannah Webster of  LifeLine Photography

3. In need of a subtle “something blue”? Take inspiration from Rose who placed little blue dried flowers on her big toes during the “day” portion of their wedding. She quickly changed into light blue Chucks for the “night/dancing” portion of their day.

From Rose & Jamie’s Sweets, Red Tartan & Gaudi DIY Wedding in Manchester, photo by Hannah Webster of  LifeLine Photography

4.  Make your own ceremony/reception signage! John and Kelly are architects (who also happen to have pretty awesome graphic design skills) so they printed out posters that helped their guests find the way to their rockin’ party! (The cohesive graphic designed details in this wedding are a must-see).

From Kelly & John’s Urban-Cool Architectural Wedding, photos by Carolyn Scott Photography

5. The other DIY idea in the photo below are tables named after activities you love doing together. Kelly & John even added a framed photo of them in action as proof!

From Kelly & John’s Urban-Cool Architectural Wedding, photos by Carolyn Scott Photography

6. Use your expertise and fashion something original that only you can and then incorporate it into your decor. As mentioned above, Kelly & John are architects and they made these awesome cube lanterns out of wood dowels and rice paper which they hung over the dance floor. Keeping everything in theme, they also decorated the tables with colored cubes which were spray painted wood dowels.

From Kelly & John’s Urban-Cool Architectural Wedding, photos by Carolyn Scott Photography

7. A simple way to add a handmade, homey vibe to your wedding is by painting key words onto some wood and then strategically placing them all over your venue.

From Katie & Nathan’s DIY Salt Spring Vineyards Wedding, photos by McKinnon Photography

8. A simple motif idea: focus on a plant or leaf and use the pattern to decorate all your other elements! In this case Katie and Nathan took the fern leaf as a motif which made it easy enough to come up with consistent and cohesive decor and favors.

From Katie & Nathan’s DIY Salt Spring Vineyards Wedding, photos by McKinnon Photography

9. Hang childhood and couple photos on a clothesline for guests to peruse.

From Katie & Nathan’s DIY Salt Spring Vineyards Wedding, photos by McKinnon Photography

10. As a quick no-fuss option, chalkboard signs are useful, helpful, and easy to personalize with your own whimsical art.

From April & Jared’s Rustic and Rock and Roll DIY Wedding, photos by Chi Photography of Charleston

11. Make your own bouquet out of buttons and brooches and make sure to add personal elements that make it “uniquely you”. Jessie made her bouquet and added objects to represent her dad and late mom: a motorcycle and a red flower. Also, she and her best friend love the Twilight saga and since her friend couldn’t make it to the wedding, they added paper discs that contain passages from the book to represent their friendship.

From Jessie & Brad’s Black and Purple Gothic-Lite DIY Wedding, photos by Blest Photography

12. Honor a departed loved one with something that represents your bond at your outdoor ceremony. Matt’s dad passed away 4 years ago and a big thing they had together was lighting the fireplace every night. He really wanted to acknowledge his dad in the ceremony so he and Tara lit a big bonfire and had it going all night so guests could gather around it.

From Tara & Matt’s Vintage Chic Americana Wedding (Part 1), photos by Chloe Moore Photography

13. Have a beloved pet? Invite him/her to the festivities and include him/her in your portraits!

From Tara & Matt’s Vintage Chic Americana Wedding (Part 1), photos by Chloe Moore Photography

14. On a budget? Take to the nearest flea market and decorate your space with chic and cheap finds! After your wedding you can still use them to decorate your home.

From Tara & Matt’s Vintage Chic Americana Wedding (Part 2), photos by Chloe Moore Photography

15. Having an intimate wedding? A lovely way to welcome the guests and make them feel special is to write out all their names on your welcome sign. (Let’s hope everyone rsvps so you can write down the names of everyone present)

From Cat & James’ Pastel Pretty Handmade Vintage Wedding, photos by Click Click Bang Bang Photography

16. Feeling a little crafty? You can make little scrapbooky signs to identify items on your sweets table! Add some charming handmade posters while you’re at it.

From Cat & James’ Pastel Pretty Handmade Vintage Wedding, photos by Click Click Bang Bang Photography

17. If you’ve got some time on your hands, craft a paper flower bouquet in the colors of your motif.

From Cat & James’ Pastel Pretty Handmade Vintage Wedding, photos by Click Click Bang Bang Photography

18. Have a tribute table for your parents and other loved ones where you can display their wedding photos and more.

From Cat & James’ Pastel Pretty Handmade Vintage Wedding, photos by Click Click Bang Bang Photography

19. Great guestbook idea — create a guest book station. Place an instax camera, crayons, glue and stickers on a table and have your guests take their own photos and leave messages on an unlined scrapbook which they stick the photos on and decorate with colorful drawings and stickers.

From Rose & Jamie’s Sweets, Red Tartan & Gaudi DIY Wedding in Manchester, photo by Hannah Webster of  LifeLine Photography

20. Not keen on wearing a white gown? Wear a purple and gold wedding dress like Andrea or even a black one like Jessie. You can even wear knee-length dresses like Mel and Paula did.

From Andrea & David’s Ultracool City Wedding (featuring a sassy purple dress!), photos by Candice Cusic Photography

* If you enjoyed this list, feel free to see all the personalize your wedding DIY idea compilations with real-life examples!

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