Saturday, July 3, 2010

How to add a little DIY to your wedding

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 Khris Cochran, founder of DIY Bride
Whether or not a wedding budget calls for it, it can be fun to turn some of your wedding elements into do-it-yourself projects.

To find a few easy ways for brides and grooms with minimal craft skills to integrate some DIY elements into their wedding, enlisted the help of Kris Cochran. Cochran runs DIY Bride, an online wedding resource for do-it-yourself couples and is author of "The DIY Bride: 40 Fun Projects For Your Ultimate One-of-a-Kind Wedding" and "The DIY Bride Crafty Countdown: 40 Fabulous Projects to Make in the Months, Weeks & Hours before Your Special Day."

Here are the areas where Cochran suggests going DIY:

1. Stationery. Nearly everyone has a computer, printer, word processing software at home and the basic skills to put together a great invitation, save-the-date or program. Paper goods are pretty cheap, too, so there's not a big investment up front.

2. Bridal accessories. Veils, for example, are deceptively simple to make. Simple drop earrings are easy for beginners. Headbands. Necklaces. I love jewelry as a way to introduce people to crafting because simple projects can look like a million bucks.

3. Favors. This a vast category and it's wide open to whatever the couple wants it to be. I usually recommend something edible with fun packaging. It could be as easy as taking the paper label off of a chocolate bar and re-wrapping it with some gorgeous paper and a lush ribbon. Or a clear cello bag of cookies tied with a pretty

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