Sos + Jessica

To kick off the weekend, we have a wonderful Michigan wedding full of rustic details and sweet, sweet love for you. Sos and Jessica had an outdoor wedding with a gorgeous teal blue, green, and white color palette – just get an eyeful of those gorgeous bridesmaid dresses and the bride’s bouquet! I’m a sucker for weddings held among trees, and especially those with bubbles, so this photo gallery is quite a treat. The mason jars, lanterns, metal buckets and vintage books all lent their own charms to the decor as well.



Location: Michigan

Photography: Summer Jean Photography

Jewelry: Women at Risk International




Cricut Paper Bouquet

Paper bouquets are among our most-requested projects these days – and with good reason. They’re trendy, fun, beautiful, inexpensive, versatile (limited only by your paper), and fairly easy to make. What’s not to love, right? Well, they are very labor-intensive and many of you are short on free time for crafting.

If you don’t have the time (or simply want a shortcut) to spend days cutting individual flowers by hand, an electronic die cutter such as the Cricut Expression® 2, is your go-to tool of choice. Our friends at Provo Craft, makers of the Cricut, have shared the tutorial for making this oh-so-pretty paper bouquet.

What You’ll Need:

Provo Craft Supplies

·       Cricut Expression® 2 Personal Electronic Cutter
·       Cricut® Flower Shoppe cartridge
·       Cartridge Cuts:
·       Flower Shoppe
·       Flower centers  3 ½”, 2 ½”
·       Flowers  2”, 2 ½”, 3 ¾”, 4 ½”

Other Materials:

·       Cardstock:  pink, yellow
·       Patterned paper:  3-4 coordinating papers
·       Styrofoam ball
·       Bridal Bouquet holder
·       Ribbon:  green
·       Pearls:  on wire
·       Brown ink
·       Dabber
·       Dowels
·       Pins
·       Scissors
·       Glue gun
·       Glue sticks
·       Glue dots
·       Foam squares
·       Pencil
·       Quilling pen

Instructions For Assembling The Bouquet:

1.     After you’ve cut the flowers, ink the edges with a dauber and brown ink.
2.     When layering flowers, use foam squares in between the bottom two layers.
3.     Before you adhere a flower layer, roll petal over a pencil.  This will create the flower to lay better without creasing.
4.     Layer all pieces of the flower.
5.     Using glue gun adhere the dowel to the bottom of flower.  Dowel length’s 2 ½”, per flower.
6.     Insert flowers into Styrofoam ball.  Start with large flowers, fill in with small flowers.
7.     Cut ribbon in pieces of 3 ½

If you liked this project, we have more Cricut projects coming up as well as a review of the Cricut Mini!

Anna + Kristian

Happy Friday, my crafty lovelies! It is nice and sunny here in Portland today, so I am in a rather snazzy mood. Hopefully you all have a change to get out and enjoy your weekend to the fullest.


One of the things I love most about putting together the Real Weddings section of DIY Bride is the wide range of submissions we receive. It really goes to show that no matter if you get married in your backyard, a barn, a church, or on a pier, you can DIY the details to fit your personal aesthetic. Anna and Kristian are the couple that married on a pier in New York, and the result is a modern and fresh ceremony with a reception at the home of a local light installation artist. The bride’s dress was vintage, she made her own veil, and all the florals and arrangements were created by the mother of the bride and maid of honor.





Location: New York, NY

Photography: Hannah Colclazier Photography

Ceremony Venue: Pier 45, Hudson City Park

Reception Venue: Private Residence

Wedding Coordinator: Meredith Sorkin of Bella Cosa Events


Kelley + Chris

Having time constraints on your wedding celebration can be a bit of a bummer. You only have a few hours after the ceremony to mingle with all your guests, and the day goes by so fast! Enter, the idea of a wedding weekend.

Multi-day celebrations are not unheard of by any stretch of the imagination, and our couple today took the idea in an emerging direction. They rented out a local YMCA camp for an entire weekend of festivities and fun with all their guests. Kelley and Chris were married in an outdoor chapel on the property among the redwoods, and their reception was in the mess hall. The decor for the day was created and executed by the couple, their family, and friends.



Location: Boulder Creek, CA

Photography: Julie Cahill Photography

Venue:YMCA Camp Campbell

Caterer: Camp Campbell Food Service

Florals: Lydia Parrish

Wedding Dress: Saja

Groom’s Attire: H&M

Bridesmaid Attire: Macy’s

Musicians: Allodola Duet

Guestbook: Inviting Moments

Cake Topper: ReadyGO

Invitations: ellothere

Swarovski Wedding Princess Comb

It’s no secret that we go weak in the knees over glittery, sparkly projects here at the DIY Bride offices. Among our favorite ways to bring in a bit of sparkle and romance is to add crystals and, of course, no mention of crystals is complete without giving a shout-out to Swarovski. If you’re not familiar, Swarovski® is the manufacturer of the world’s most-recognized and respected brands of crystals. Their products? Luxe. Gorgeous.

We’re excited to share this Wedding Princess Comb from the Love is in the Air by SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.


Click here to download instructions. (PDF FILE)


Katherine + Christopher

I’m always so intrigued when the weddings of people who work in the wedding industry make their way across my desk. Since they are constantly surrounded by weddings, my interest is piqued by what elements they select for their own special day. Katherine is a wedding photographer, and was very hands-on when creating the DIY decor elements of her wedding. Christopher and Katherine were married in the church where the groom is the pastor, and they built their ceremony and reception from the ground up – the favors, ceremony covering, tree bark tags, and signs were all made by the couple.



Location: Irvine, CA

Event Coordinator: button up events

Photography: Gavin Wade Photographers

Venue: Irvine Presbyterian Church

Caterer: Stone Fire Grill

Florals: Whimsey Florals

Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero

Makeup Artist: Adiana’s Salon


Kids Table Crayon Activity

We receive a lot of requests for activities and child-appropriate gifts for kids at weddings. Though we have a number of coloring/activity books in our downloads section, we’re always happy to share fun DIY things to keep the little ones occupied.  (As a mother of a 3 year old, these dilemmas are cropping up in my everyday life, too!)

From my favorite rubber stamping queen comes this super cute coloring book page and heart crayon project. I’m thinking this could also double as a “will you be my flower girl / ring bearer?” card or transformed into a save-the-date or valentine’s card with a more sophisticated rubber stamp design.


Supplies Needed

  • Crayons, assorted colors. Check out your local dollar-type stores for cheapy crayons or ask friends with kids to donate their broken ones to your worthy cause.
  • Muffin tin
  • Cupcake liners
  • Skewer or chopstick for stirring the crayon mix
  • Oven
  • Heart-shaped candy mold. (Or any shape you so desire.)
  • Rubber stamp with open artwork that can be colored
  • Permanent ink
  • 1 piece of white cardstock trimmed to 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • 1 piece of colored cardstock trimmed to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Double-sided tape


1. Place cupcake liners into the muffin tin cavities.

2. Remove paper labels from crayons and break the sticks up into small chunks. Place the broken crayons into the muffin tins. It’s best to sort by color, otherwise the crayons will melt into each other and the results usually aren’t very pretty. You can do a single color or a color family (reds and pinks, for example) for best results. If you want to swirl colors, do that in the mold.

3. Place muffin tin into a 250 degree oven and bake the crayons, stirring occasionally, until melted which should be about 20 minutes.

4. Once your crayons have turned into liquid, you’re ready to pour the wax into the molds. You can use a spoon to ladle the wax into the mold cavities or you can carefully pick up one of the cupcake liners and pour from it into a mold. Careful here: the wax is HOT and will burn you. The wax also hardens quickly so move fast.



5. Put the full mold to the side to let the crayons cool and harden.

6. While your custom crayons are hardening, go ahead and make your cards. Using permanent ink (pigment or alcohol ink), stamp your image onto the piece of white cardstock. Adhere the stamped image onto the piece of colored cardstock using double-sided tape.

7. When your crayons are cool, pop them out of the mold and present them with your sweet little card. Voila!




Stephenie + Stephen

We have another fabulous engagement session this week, full of whimsy and romance. The story behind the inspiration for the shoot could not be sweeter, as the four year old twin daughters of Stephen and Stephenie chose the theme! Stephenie was dancing in a ballet company at the time, and they had been performing Alice in Wonderland. The girls decided that of course, Mommy should be Alice, and the shoot was born from there.





Location: Virginia

Photography: Rabiah Khwaja Gohar Photographer

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