DIY—For some brides this is the scariest abbreviation in the wedding dictionary. For other brides (like myself!) DIY-ing is a super fun and creative aspect of wedding planning. Not to mention a killer way to add your personal “stamp” to your day.
In the past, some viewed DIY weddings as makeshift and frugal affairs. Not anymore, my friend! Today’s modern bride is taking DIY-ing to new and exciting places. We’re not just talking about backyard weddings anymore (which are adorable btw), these days DIY projects are finding their way into many chic and classic wedding receptions.
Recently I had the privilege of being in my brother’s wedding party as a bridesmaid. Kristen, his bride, was chalk full of exciting DIY ideas to bring her vision of a “black tie wedding with subtle forest details” to reality. After booking a beautiful ballroom at the Liberty Grand in Toronto, Kristen embarked on her DIY mission.
Six DIY projects, 10 trips to Michaels, four bridesmaid craft parties and one visit to the Ashley’s Warehouse sale later—the wedding day had arrived. Was the DIY mania worth the final result? Saying ‘HECK YES!” is the understatement of the year. Watching the faces of their guests as they walked into the ballroom that evening was one of my favourite memories of the night. Many stopped dead in their tracks to soak up the decor of the entire room: the gorgeous centrepieces comprised of fresh flowers and cotton branches, the adorable bird details, the delicate damask accents. It was stunning. And so very “Kristen.”
At the end of the day, Kristen’s wedding was a perfect example of a high class ballroom wedding with personalized DIY touches that made her day stand out from the rest. Oh, and of course, the budgetary benefits of DIY-ing is not one to be overlooked. In Kristen’s case, it meant her having her Martha Stewart-inspired cake and her Vera Wang dress too.
xoxo Chantale from La Belle Bride
P.S. Some of the DIY projects of this wedding can be found at La Belle Bride.