DIY Wedding Inspiration


Big, big, big, big surprise today everyone! Some time ago I featured a guest post by a gorgeous bride to be, Sarah Beckman, well Sarah is now Sarah Heckle and back again today to sure some of her gorgeous DIY Wedding Projects and some of her amazing wedding photographs! { Big shout out to Sara & Mallary Photography for these great pics! }


Take it away Mrs Heckle ;)

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A while back I guest blogged for Wedding High about how to plan for engagement photos, and I am so happy to report back now with some wedding photos that show all the DIY projects I undertook for our wedding.

Going into wedding planning, I had already been scouring wedding blogs looking for inspiration. Decor-wise, I knew I didn’t want a traditional wedding. I wanted to do something that reflects my personal taste.

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The biggest of these DIY undertakings was definitely making yards and yards of pennant banners. They weren’t hard to make, but time intensive, as we sewed each banner. To make these, I used thin white rope, flannel fabric for the pennants (the fabric needs to be heavy and stiff enough to keep its form), thread to match, and ribbon to secure the banners to the chairs. It was just a matter of cutting the fabric into triangles (using a rotary cutter). I doubled up the triangles so each side of the pennant would be the right side of the fabric. We sewed the triangles together — and sewed a channel at the top to string the rope through. They were a lot of work, but ended up looking darling.

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We got married in a gorgeous, wooded area, so I knew I didn’t need too much decoration on the altar.  I used some whimsical tissue paper poms in grey and yellow to add a little color.
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After spending a pretty penny on our wedding invites, our paper budget was pretty much shot. Luckily, I have a very talented cousin (who was  also a bridesmaid) who made our programs. I decided to go for fan programs in case our outside wedding was hot (the day ended up being cool, but the fans were still a cute novelty).
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For table decorations, I collected hundreds of vases and doilies from antique stores, thrift shops, and my relatives. Each table had an eclectic mix of vases and doilies to create a very vintage feel. I loved that every table was unique, and I think the guests loved walking around checking out all the centerpieces.

Working on all these DIY projects was really a labor of love for me. I know most brides are relieved when the big day is over, but I miss all the creative time I put into our wedding planning!
Author bio: Sarah Heckle is a newlywed who has a love for DIY. She works at Affordable Style where she writes about everything from how to look fashionable inreading glasses to how to style a circle scarf. She can’t wait until next May when she’s Maid of Honor in her best friend’s wedding!

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