Right after we got engaged, my then future husband and I felt really overwhelmed with all of the questions about our wedding. Date? Venue? Bridesmaids? Caterer? What we really wanted was to invited our family and friends to a party to celebrate our future together instead of something that felt like an overly thought-out production. We wanted something that felt like us. And what we really wanted was for the wedding and honeymoon to cost less than $15,000. It wasn’t easy, but we were able to get creative (so many DIY projects), and pull it off.
One of my favorite DIY projects was one that him and I were able to do together and served a dual purpose on our wedding day. It also meant more than a few trips to our local Antique Market (it pops up the third weekend of every month) and that might have been the best part. Thanks to an awesome tutorial and a long engagement, we were able to repurposed antique silver spoons into keychains that served as both the place cards and the favor.
First off, that awesome tutorial was from Eclectically Vintage and covered stamped silverware. There’s no need for me to do one of my own because Kelly’s covers it so well. The only changes I made was flipping the direction I stamped and we didn’t flatten the spoons. It was seriously easy and kind of fun, I stamped, he took care of the bending, then I tied each spoon keychain with a bow with a thank you tag. On the day of the wedding, we followed the seating chart and set them at each place.
All of our guests seemed to love their spoons and several found other uses apart from keychains for them, including Christmas tree ornaments! Sans keychain, these would be great for a November or December wedding.
I really enjoyed giving something we made ourselves to our guests as favors. A lot of them traveled really far to join us and I wanted to give them something that would spark a happy memory when they look at it. I think the key when you decide to DIY parts of your wedding is to choose projects within your comfort zone and to space them far enough away from the wedding that you don’t feel stress leading up to the day. We also decided to DIY our flowers (big mistake!!!) and that was the most stressful part of our wedding day. The ceremony started twenty minutes late because I was running around finishing centerpieces. If I could go back, I would have hired a florist!
Do you plan on DIY-ing parts of your wedding? Or maybe you already have! What was your experience? Would you recommend it?