Jarod + Nicole

Happy Tuesday and a big congratulations to all the couples who got engaged over the weekend! No doubt you’ll be diving headfirst into the planning process this week by gathering inspiration online and marveling over all the pretty that DIY Bride has to offer. The Real Weddings section is a great place to start since the weddings we feature are great examples of how to make your budget stretch while infusing the spirit of you and your intended into the details of your day.

Today we have the wedding of Jarod and Nicole, who created their wedding around a beachy ocean theme. They were married in an outdoor ceremony near the water, and their inspiration was present in the starfish charms on the wedding stationery, color palette of navy and watermelon, the sand dollars and seaglass used in the decor, and the rosa rugosa seeds used as favors for the guests. Nicole DIY’d most of the elements of the day, including the florals, invites, cake topper, bedazzling her shoes, and sourced her materials for inexpensive decor from Goodwill, Michael’s Crafts, JoAnn’s and Etsy.




Location: Camden, ME

Photography: Sasha Felix Photography and Jessie Felix Photography

Venue: Merryspring Nature Center

Caterer: Coastal Critter Clambakes

Event Coordinator: Budget Brides of Maine

Dress: Nicole Miller from Filene’s Basement

Hair: I Do Travel Spas

DJ: Sound Spectrum Entertainment

Ezra + Lauren

With all the tradition that surrounds a wedding, sometimes it’s easy to forget to enjoy your wedding day. Sometimes, you just need to jump on the bed with excitement about getting married – in your wedding dress, just like Lauren did before her ceremony with Ezra. Lauren and Ezra infused their lively personalities into the table numbers, I Spy game, programs, sweets buffet, and even included their dog in the wedding ceremony,




Location: Las Vegas, NV

Photography: Cardin Creative Photography

Venue: Bear’s Best

Leif + Amy

Last week we showcased a beautiful wedding that was pulled together in four weeks, and today I wanted to switch around and present nuptials that fell towards the other end of the spectrum. Amy took her time planning and creating the elements of her wedding to Leif, and it shows in the cohesiveness of the details. Since their venue was a farm, she wanted a rustic feel and spent many hours sourcing pieces for the decor from thrift stores and even more hours crafting. A unifying theme to both of these weddings is the adherence to a color palette – Amy and Leif chose a green and brown scheme with touches of yellow. While picking colors is not always a necessity, it does provide a great framework to work within when whittling down your decor and flower options.



Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Photography: Chelsea Brown Photography

Venue: Misty Farm

Caterer: Eat

Florals: Pot & Box

Anne + Mark

With only a month to pull together a wedding, some couples could buckle under the pressure, or simply scurry on down to the courthouse. However, Anne and Mark decided to take the bull by the horns and create a beautiful DIY day with their abbreviated timeline. Members of the Sequoia Yacht Club, they chose to have the wedding there to celebrate their love of sailing, and members of the club banded together to assist during the day – one member was the bartender, and another built the trellis where the ceremony took place. Anne purchased her florals wholesale, created the blue tablecloths for the tables, and purchased vases from IKEA to create easy centerpieces.




Location: Redwood City, CA

Photography: Kelly Freedman Photography

Venue: Sequoia Yacht Club

Officiant: Jewish Interfaith Wedding Network

Dress: Glamour Closet

Caterer: Roli Roti

Cake: Bite of Bliss

Danielle + Will

The engagement session of Will and Danielle is full of whimsy, sunshine, and small furry bunnies – so you know its Alice in Wonderland vibe is going to done well. It’s interesting, with this shoot there are a lot of props, but instead of being distracting like some can be, they highlight the smiles of the couple and create an atmosphere of love. Speaking of, you can DIY all the props and decor in this shoot or source it from antique and resale stores (even your grandmother’s attic), or find them on Etsy like Danielle and Will did.



Location: Tennessee

Photography: Jessie Holloway Photography

Goods Designer: Sparrow’s Eave


Ashley + Rob


I think I may be developing a love for wine-themed weddings, and all the different ways couples are able to take what used to be a pretty traditional theme and mix it up to create something new and fresh. In the case of Ashley and Rob, all of their reception decor was DIY and they created tablescapes from wine bottles, curly willow and candles, which gave their wedding a very elegant feel. They named all the tables after different wine varieties, and at each table placed custom guest books where guests could offer advice to the newly married couple, jot down their favorite memories of the couple, or any other thoughts that sparked their fancy.




Location: Daytona Beach, FL

Photography: Weber Photography by Wes + Liz

Venue: Sunset Harbor Yacht Club

Florals: Simply Roses

Cake: Paradise Cheesecakes

Harpist: Melody Long Anglin

DJ: Mister D.J.

Rachel + Matt

One of the best things about selecting a venue with bare bones for your wedding is that a couple gets to decorate from the ground-up according to their personal aesthetic. It can be heaven for a DIYer, and Rachel and Matt were no exceptions. Cobblestone Farm provided the space with tables and chairs, and Rachel took over everything else. She crafted all the decor for the wedding and reception, and for the tables purchased flowers from a local florist while creating the centerpieces herself.




Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Photography: Chelsea Brown Photography

Venue: Cobblestone Farm

Florals: Thrifty Florist

Traci + John

Every so often I get hung up on a few details in a wedding that are just so great I just have to sit and stare at them, absorbing all the pretty. With Traci and John’s wedding, there are two – Traci’s dress, and the banners that hang on the back of the reception chairs. She purchased her dress and added the cap sleeves, and the banners were made with burlap from a thrift store with R’s stenciled on with black marker. They really tie the rest of the details together and set the tone for the day – that is what really phenomenal details can do.




Location: Amelia Island, FL

Photography: LanierStar Photography

Caterer: PLAE

Florals: Dottie B’s Florist

Dress: David’s Bridal

Hair and Make Up: Rita of Aura Salon

Mens Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Robyn + Josh

Usually when a couple decides to go with a wine-themed wedding, a rich and dark color palette usually follows. However, Robyn and Josh bucked the trend and went with bright bursts of pink and daisies to accompany their wine motif. They had their guests sign a wine box they later used in the ceremony to hold letters they wrote to each other and will read on a future anniversary, as well as wine tags for place cards, and they used corks in the table decor. The daisies made an appearance in Robyn’s hair, on the tables, and even on the shoes they bridesmaids and bride changed into during the reception, and pink could be found everywhere, contributing to the atmosphere of fun romance.




Location: Tucson, AZ

Photography: Danielle Daigle Photography

Venue: Reflections at the Buttes

Hair Stylist: Circa 79 Salon

Elizabeth + Brian

Colorado is full of beautiful scenery, and Elizabeth and Brian took full advantage of it by getting married at the summit of Pikes Peak. They used the location to inspire the invitations (which were based off vintage Pikes Peak postcards and done by a family member) and the DIY elements throughout the reception were created by the couple and several family members. They had a local restaurant cater their wedding, and used sunflowers in galvanized watering cans collected by Elizabeth’s mother to add a colorful touch.




Location: Colorado

Photography: Amanda Lamb Photography

Ceremony Venue: Pikes Peak Summit

Reception Venue: Private Residence

Caterer: Bird Dog BBQ

Cake: Whole Foods

Florals: Lisa Foster Floral

Dress: J. Crew

Bridesmaids Dresses: Anthropologie

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