It all started with my wedding planning – after all, I had only been to two other weddings prior to my marriage on June 12, 2010. I hardly knew where to begin, and with the wedding date only a couple of months away I needed help. Advice from friends, family and the web gave me a jump start into one of the most fun times of my life, as well as instilling into me a love of creative, DIY wedding planning. Here are a few of the projects that I did for my wedding:

My invitations, each individually and uniquely handmade:

I used pre-cut round cards and stickers, art papers and ribbons from Hobby Lobby to make these. It was a pretty time-consuming project, so at that time I was pretty thankful for a small guest list!

With a little help I was able to do the floral decorations as well. I used artificial flowers, floral tape, floral wire and ribbon from Hobby Lobby to make lovely coordinating bouquets and boutonnieres.

I did not want to carry a bouquet, but I made sure my gorgeous bridesmaids had them.

To the surprise of many I even managed to make my own wedding cake. I was able to keep the hassle to a minimum by baking the layers ahead of time and storing them in the freezer until it got close enough to the wedding date to start decorating.

Another fun, cost-effective thing we had at our wedding was a picture frame instead of a guestbook. We got ours at Hobby Lobby during a sale (yes, I spent a lot of time in that store!), but it could easily be homemade.

Cute, cheap centerpieces: Leftover artificial roses from the bouquets, borrowed glass dishes, and floating flower candles bought on clearance at…you know where to go…

Wedding photography: Lizography on Facebook



I had the pleasure of helping some friends put together their wedding, and created their invitations, the bride’s veil, the bride’s bouquet, floral hair accessories and bouquets for the bridesmaids, and a rose boutonniere for the groom.

The bride requested a romantic-looking, medium-length veil with a floral wreath. To make it, I stitched a length of tulle to a plain hair-comb and used floral wire, floral tape, wedding ribbon and silk roses to create the wreath to the bride’s measurements.

Here is a photo, taken by Misty Bowman, of the gorgeous bride, wearing the floral wreath veil and carrying the bouquet of artificial red roses and greenery.


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