Saturday, July 3, 2010

How to add a little DIY to your wedding

Khris Cochran headshot
 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, Wedding-Scoops.com 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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