Tutorials that could save your wedding

September 7 |

fabric rosesThe whole wedding planning bonanza is a bit like thrusting your head in a cannon and waiting for it to blow… there is just SO much anticipation and worry. To DIY or not? Should you go all out or pinch pennies? What about decorations and favors?

If your head is swimming with possibilities and your palms start sweating at the mere thought of diving into the planning, take a look at these tutorials. They might just save your wedding — and your sanity!

A super easy way to jazz up an outfit, bouquet or the ceremony/reception decor, this amazingly easy tutorial on how to make fabric roses is an inexpensive way to put your DIY mark on your wedding without breaking the bank. Etsy seller DuhBe was gracious enough to share this tutorial for the fabric roses that she sells in her Etsy shop.

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Linda Permann over at Craft Stylish put together a how-to for those adorable floral hair fascinators you're seeing everywhere. (I had one made by the amazing JulieKe!) This fascinator would be FAB for a spring wedding.. maybe with a bit of tulle or feathers to create some drama? It takes a little skill and a few simple tools, but don't be daunted, it's a how-to any slightly crafty gal can get their head around.

Wedding invitation options are endless. There are letterpress, recycled, hand-written, collaged, screenprinted, viewmaster invites… the list goes on and on.

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If you're feeling a creative streak, have access to Adobe Illustrator and are a wee bit computer savvy, this Craftzine.com Illustrator invitation tutorial might take a bit of the guess work out of such an important piece of paper. You can pop in your own design, customize the colors and fonts (wouldn't these cross-stitch printables and typefaces be divine?!?!) and go wild! No fuss needed.

Wedding favors are always a touchy subject. Some people abhor them and some people would be embarrassed NOT to have them. We chose to incorporate them because it gave my crafty farmer grandparents a way to contribute in a very awesome way (homegrown and canned jalapeno jelly!).

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This printable gift box by the always ingenious Shala at Don't Eat the Paste is super easy to download and print right out! If you're handy with a 'puter you could probably change the colors and add graphics or text to it as well. Sure would be a handy and attractive receptacle for small wedding favor doodads!

Looking for more inexpensive, DIY, rad ideas to save your big day? Check out this $10 wedding dress and this handy dandy DIY ring pillow. Now get crafting!

  1. I saw the video of how to make a wedding dress for 10.00, its out of t shirts which can be done if you're a good sewer and having a simple, casual wedding. But won't work if you are having a formal wedding. I was going to sew a t shirt wedding gown for my hawaiian theme wedding but ended up wearing a red laced wedding gown instead. Now I wished I had made me a t shirt wedding gown since I had a bit of problems with a formal gown at a casual wedding. I should just make one for our second wedding we are planning since my grooms family could not make it and they are planning it for us. Anyways thanks for posting these ideas and hints for wedding planning!!

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  2. DIY is all the rage, isn't it? I wish I'd had the letterpress tutorial when I tried to do my invites. You might want to include another 'how-to' guide on resolving wedding drama because the whole thing can get pretty intense, especially when you throw in crafting!

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  3. This is the kind of post I would like to see more of on offbeatbride. It's such a nice way to get your creative juices flowing. It's one thing to see a final product but when you see the steps you see more opportunity for customization. A++

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  4. Totally! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Our wedding was full of DIY creative stuffs and I really want to help people like me, who had to stress and look and look for ideas and information… so you don't have to search and fret so much!

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      • I do! Thanks for the tips and insight. I'm trying to plan a wedding on as little of a budget as possible, doing most of the work by myself, in six weeks, so this is exactly the kind of stuff I need.

        I only wish I'd seen this before I made my invites, which I've already sent out. The ones above look way more polished. Oh well…

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  5. Hahahah… I'm a crafty beeyatch (I try to be anyway!). I just think this topic is a very important one, especially since NO ONE has expendable income anymore. Right? RIGHT girls and guys?

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  6. please more of these posts! They give excited but overwhelmed brides-to-be like myself a little hope that you dont have to give up your budget!

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