diy-save-the-date

These days, I'm all about DIY. From decorating my home to trying to convince you lovely people that DIY is the best, most satisfying (and possibly one of the more tried-and-true) ways to pull together a wedding, lately the details seem just that much better when they involve a little bit of handmade love.

However, I think we can all agree that some things are easier to DIY than others. While I can cut and tie pieces of twine around pretty much anything, I'm going to go ahead and admit that arranging flowers (or sewing anything on anything) is a little more outside of my skill-set. Fortunately there is one realm in the area of wedding planning that is incredibly DIY-friendly: chances are all you need are a printer and maybe a couple of glue sticks. That's right, I'm talking about paper.

Every wedding (unless your knowledge of technology is way more definite than mine and you can manage to make everything from invitations to programs digital) ends up using a variety of paper goods, and while designing your invitations might not be the way you want to spend your time, there are several simple projects you can undertake with ease.

  1. Save the Dates. These announcements lend themselves perfectly to DIYers. Simple, sweet, and easily sent out as a postcard bearing an engagement photo or a simple announcement, as a calendar, or, if you have a little more elbow grease available, a homemade magnet (because who doesn't love covering their refrigerator with wedding invitations? I know I do...).
  2. Place cards: from tags to tiny potted plants to paper airplanes...well, I think we can safely (and almost literally) say that when it comes to these details, the DIY sky is the limit. Everyone gets one, so they can take a little more time to pull together. But everyone gets one and they don't need to be especially elaborate - just a taste of you, your fiancé, and the wedding you've worked so hard to plan.
  3. Thank you notes. Now, I am assuming that each of you is already planning on writing your own thank you notes. But, whether you're planning on buying a box of stationary at Target (guilty), you have someone hand-crafting their details, or you're looking for another chance to give your own creative genius a chance to shine you can't go wrong. You could use a photo from your wedding day or even simply opt to showcase your new last name with a personalized stamp.

Now all you've got to do is spend a little bit of time brainstorming, take a trip to Hobby Lobby and you're set! What do you think you'll DIY for your wedding? Anything? Everything? Some combination of the two? I'd love to hear all about it!

Photo Credit: The Natural Wedding Company