DIY & Wedding Personalization Ideas from Featured Couples in June-July


It’s the start of another month — and oh my gosh we’re halfway through the year! — so it’s time to highlight some DIY projects and wedding personalization ideas shared by our featured couples in June and July. (Apologies for not coming up with a list last month, I’ll make up for that today.)

1. Roll your own candles: Clara & Sam’s family and friends helped make these candles out of different colored beeswax sheets which were then mounted on hand-cut wood slices.

Handmade roll-up candles

See more images from Clara & Sam’s 5-Day Wedding and Camping Weekend (Part 1), photos by Photokino.at

2. Use Playmobil figures. Clara & Sam used tiny toy figures to represent important family & friends who couldn’t make it to their wedding.

See more images from Clara & Sam’s 5-Day Wedding and Camping Weekend (Part 2), photos by Photokino.at

3. Make bunting using covers of your favorite books. Katie & Henry hung some of their favorite Penguin book covers on a line and used it to decorate their reception space.

See more images from Katie & Henry’s DIY Cath Kidston Vintage Oxfordshire Wedding, photos by Lovestruck Wedding Photography

4.  Use Scrabble tiles to make “signs” at your party. Katie & Henry also used the tiles as table place cards for their guests.

See more images from Katie & Henry’s DIY Cath Kidston Vintage Oxfordshire Wedding, photos by Lovestruck Wedding Photography

5. Take inspiration from  highschool yearbooks — which is exactly what Alison & Adam did. Their ceremony program contained cute doodles and text like “Couple Most Likely to Get Married,” and “People Most Likely to Pay for Our Wedding” to introduce the key people in their wedding.

See more images from Alison & Adam’s Dynamic Duo / Comic Book / Superhero Wedding, photos by Hazelton Photography

6. A Where’s Waldo-inspired illustration! The artistic grrom drew this “Where’s Waldo” inspired illustration starring the couple and their friends. It was printed in their ceremony program and blown up as a poster for the reception.

See more images from Alison & Adam’s Dynamic Duo / Comic Book / Superhero Wedding, photos by Hazelton Photography

7. Bring out your childhood photos. Photos of the Alison & Adam taken during different stages of their lives adorned the pews! Such a cool idea!

See more images from Alison & Adam’s Dynamic Duo / Comic Book / Superhero Wedding, photos by Hazelton Photography

8. Design your own invitation. Drew is an illustrator so he designed their own wedding invitation suite.

See more images from Joanne & Drew’s Playful and Artistic Ravinia Wedding, photos by JWiley Photography

For another wedding we featured, Ashley, the bride, designed theirs:

See more images from Ashley & Ryan’s Cozy Non-Traditional Earth Day Wedding, photos by Bit of Ivory Photography

9. Make your own “Just Married” getaway car out of cardboard! Who says you need a limo for your wedding? Artistic Drew surprised his wife Joanne and everyone at the wedding with this cardboard car complete with tins and windows.

See more images from Joanne & Drew’s Playful and Artistic Ravinia Wedding, photos by JWiley Photography

10. Take photos that really show your fun personalities. Philip and his groomsmen do parkour so they posed for a series of fun & active portraits that really showcases their abilities!

See more images from Liz & Philip’s Funky, Cool, and Yellow CAM Raleigh Wedding, photos by Blest Photography

Joy & Rick had a blast parodying some iconic pop culture poses at their Neon Museum wedding!

See more images from Joy & Rick’s Red Hot and Glamorous Neon Museum Wedding, photos by Imagine Photography

11. Love animals? Hold your wedding at a zoo. Jenny studies Anthropology and one of her dreams has always been to work with animals and the Columbus Zoo,  a special place for her and James, so…

See more images from Jennifer & James’ Columbus Zoo Wedding, photos by Corey Torpie Photography

12. Decorate with homegrown succulents! The groom Brian and his groomsmen made all the succulent centerpieces & favors for their Arizona wedding.

See more images from Colleen & Brian’s Minimalist Eco-Conscious Dog-Friendly Wedding, photos by Elle Rose Photo

13. Not fond of wearing gowns? Wear a short & sassy wedding dress with a big black bow like Vikki did!

See more images from Vikki & Jason’s Intimate Meadowlark Gardens and Hotel Monaco Brunch Wedding, photos by SoftBox Media Photography

… Or a short colored dress with a lace overlay, like Kathleen did!

See more images from Kathleen & Axel’s Sweet Surprise Wedding in Central Park, photos by Sarah Tew Photography

14. Serve burgers! If you want to keep the tone casual, serve your favorite everyday food like Jax & Michael did.

See more images from Jax & Michael’s Eclectic Bring-Your-Own-Awesome Wedding, photos by Harper Point Photography

15. Bring your pets to your wedding. And if you can’t physically bring them, have their photos around. Ashley even carried her kitty’s photo on her custom hairpiece!

See more images from Ashley & Ryan’s Cozy Non-Traditional Earth Day Wedding, photos by Bit of Ivory Photography

16. Decorate your props according to your theme. Thea & Ian wed on the 4th of July and they had a cool vintage bike so they decorated it accordingly.

See more images from Thea & Ian’s All-American 4th of July DIY Wedding, photos by Jenny GG Photography

17. If your venue allows it, announce your wedding message on a marquee or via a neon sign.

See more images from Amy & Brad’s Quirky Neon-Lit American Sign Museum Wedding, photos by Darrin Ballman Photography

See more images from Lesley & Kyle’s Vintage Fountain Square Theatre Wedding, photos by Luna Dulce Photography

18. Patterned paper in different colors make for great bunting!

See more images from Jen & Michael’s Colorful Rustic DIY Wedding at The Barn at Valhalla, photos by Blest Photography

19. Center your wedding theme around how you met. Jennifer & Doug met because of a set of forgotten keys so their wedding was filled with key-themed elements.

See more from Jennifer & Doug’s DIY “Key” Themed Wedding, photos by Misty Minna Photography LLC

20. If you have a  rowboat, set it upright and use it as a bar! Liz’ dad built her a small dingy when she was 4 — its too small for her as an adult now, but they knew it would be a perfect set up for a bar. Such an awesome idea!

See more images from Liz & Will’s Beautiful DIY Harborside Wedding, photos by Zac Wolf Photography

21. Inviting children to your celebration? Get them involved in the fun! Azadeh & Omid had a kiddie station where they placed blank sketchbooks & crayons with directions to draw what parts of the wedding they liked, where they traveled from to join them, etc.

See more images from Azadeh & Omid’s Colorful & Culture-Rich Dabney Gardens Wedding, photos by Chloe Moore Photography

22. Have an album or scrapbook filled with your photos for your guests to get to know you better. Pam & Josh had a small, intimate ceremony on a beach and couldn’t invite everyone so they had an album filled with their beach wedding photos and vows at their wedding reception/party a few days later so guests could be part of it too.

How about you? What are you DIY-ing for your wedding? How are you injecting what you love into them? Feel free to share in the comments section below!

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

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