Unexpected Wedding DIY Trends for 2017 [Instructions Included]
Everyone loves a good wedding DIY – there’s something so cool about seeing a bride/groom’s creativity come to life for their special day! We’ve selected some of our current favorite wedding DIY projects of 2016.
The Periodic Table of Seating
There’s no denying the creativity of this wedding DIY project – we can’t get over the amazing attention to detail!
“Each guest was an “element” with their initials as the element’s abbreviation as well as the guest’s name, table number, and food preference. Visually, it was colorful and cute, and we had a lot of fun with putting in little Easter eggs like including our cats and characters from our favorite TV show, Friends,” says bride Elaine of her clever Yountville wedding DIY.
What a personal way to approach the seating chart – we imagine the couple’s guests were just as impressed when they first eyed the incredible creation!
“It was really gratifying to see everyone hovering around the periodic table because they wanted to find all of the hidden eggs and then talking about how many they had found. It took a simple seating chart and made it into a cool game.”
You might be thinking, ‘that’s great…but how do I do it?’ We’ve got you covered!
Check out Elaine’s incredible wedding highlight video to see more of her special day!
The great thing about this DIY project is there is so much room for you to get creative. Incorporate your favorite characters, like Elaine and her husband, or perhaps reference special moments in relation to you and your fiancé’s unique love story!
Adult Coloring Station
Another awesome wedding DIY we saw this year was bride Xa’s incredible coloring station! The image guests are invited to color in? The ceremony space!
“There was an adult coloring station, a photo booth, and a mashed potato bar during cocktail hour,” she said.
What a unique way to both entertain guests and memorialize your special moment! For this DIY – you will need a canvas and lots of markers! Simply draw a cartoon style outline of your ceremony space (or another special romantic spot for you and your fiancé) and lets guests do the rest! It will be so exciting to watch it come together over the course of the night!
Concerned about your artistic skills? Simply trace over the outline of a picture of the space, then use transfer paper to put the design onto the canvas.
Xa’s romantic wedding extravaganza is one you will NOT want to miss! Check out some of the highlights in her video below and don’t miss her featured wedding blog post!
We could never forget Jessica and Eben’s super fun reception – especially when it comes to this amazing DIY!
The couple had a close friend – and comic creator transform a cardboard sign into their likenesses! What a fun reception idea – perfect for some fantastic photo ops!
An easy shortcut? There are websites where you can simply send in your photo and they will create life sized cardboard likenesses of you and your fiancé!
You won’t believe how fun Jessica’s reception was, trust us – this wedding was super exciting! See for yourself:
Having a loved one help out with planning the wedding can make a huge difference! Bride Rebecca was appreciative of her mother’s aid in creating gorgeous wedding accents for her big day!
“I knew I could trust her to put things together in Houston where I couldn’t see them, and she made all sorts of cute signs and decorations for the tables that I just loved,” says Rebecca.
Lace is a great way to add a bit of elegance to a design. To DIY these table cards, you will need a lace ribbon, a table card display piece, and two types of decorative paper. A hot glue gun is recommended, but not required. We recommend using a stockier paper to prevent the card from bending during the night.
Personalized Wedding Favors
Allison and Adam were married in Stowe, Vermont. In the spirit of their home state – they decided on these adorable maple syrup wedding favors. What was really neat was the couple’s decision to personalize the bottles!
“We thought it would be a treat to have everyone take home a bottle of Vermont maple syrup. We purchased a 5-gallon drum of maple syrup from a coworker. We individually bottled and labeled the maple syrup with our own design for the wedding,” says Allison.
The couple really made the favors their own with custom labels and ribbon accents. This would be a great way to incorporate your wedding colors into the favor designs and perhaps add a heartfelt ‘thank you’ for your guests!
This idea is not limited to maple syrup – put each favor in a mason jar, then wrap a ribbon beneath the lid. If you want to add a glam touch, dip the bottom of the jar in glue and then glitter and allow it to set. A custom label with the wedding date and couple’s name adds a nice, personal touch!
See more of their celebration in their wedding highlight video below – filmed by friends and family of the bride and groom!
Wedding DIY Video
All of these weddings have one DIY project in common – the wedding video itself! That’s right, guests took on the role of the videographer at each of these couple’s celebrations! Their personal footage was then crafted into a personal wedding video to be cherished for years to come.
Don’t take it from us – look at what some of our brides had to say:
“WeddingMix allowed our guests to participate in capturing a great moment in our lives. It gave us 4 or 5 different perspectives. Time rushes by for the bride and groom so it’s necessary to have several friends get more candid shots of the whole event.” – Allison
“Videos are able to capture moments that may not be accurately depicted in photos. But, we also did not want to shell out thousands of dollars for a videographer. WeddingMix was a good compromise because this meant that we would be able to capture our special moments on video but not have to pay so much to do so.” – Xa
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Mark Edin says
Excellent article, some really helpful tips.