DIY Wedding Crafting

January 24, 2013, In: Lifestyle Design

This post is long overdue. I’ve been meaning to share the many DIY projects I made for our wedding and something else always seemed to come up. Well, enough procrastinating. With the passing of our 2 year anniversary this week, today is the day I am finally sharing.

We made several of the items for our wedding in order to save money and make it more personal. These items included welcome bags full of treats, luggage name tags for seating, menus and table cards, and the flower arrangements for the big day.

The Welcome Bags

We made a welcome bag for every room reserved by our guests. Because we were all traveling from different locations, we waited to put them together until our families arrived. By then, some of the guests had arrived, so we handed them out personally instead of having them available in the room at arrival.

The welcome bags included:

  • Wedding Welcome BagsWelcome Book
  • Uh-oh Kits
  • Map Coasters
  • Wine Charms
  • Shell Necklaces
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Chicklets Gum
  • Kleenex


Welcome Books:
The Welcome Books were designed to look like passports. My mom and I stamped and embossed the covers while my mother-in-law and I assembled the inside pages. Of course, Brett designed the layout (just like with all of the other designed pieces). We started with information about the wedding and a welcome letter. The book also included information about the island, maps, local services, things to do, fun games, simple Spanish phrases, photo sharing information for after the weekend, and the itinerary of wedding activities.

Uh-Oh Kits:
Using snack sized ziplock bags we filled them with items that would help our guests get over a stomach bug or hangover. We included Advil, Tylenol, Alka-Seltzer, Imodium AD, Pepto Bismal, Emergen-C, Bandaids, and Emory Boards. I was able to put all of these together at home and bring them in my luggage. We finished the bags with printed labels so guests knew what items were included.
Uh-Oh Wedding Kits


Map Coasters:
My mom and I made up a set of 4 coasters for each welcome bag when I was home visiting for the holidays before the wedding. She agreed to pack these to help us cut down on space. The coasters were made from maps of Mexico that we picked up from the local AAA office. We cut out matching shapes from cork board purchased at the craft store and attached the maps with Elmer’s Glue. When they were dry, we added 2 coats of Mod Podge to seal them.
Wedding Map Coasters


Wine Charms:
My mother-in-law and I put these together over the holidays in Iowa before the wedding. We used 4 different types of stones  and wine charm rings. When the charms were assembled, we attached them to a designed card so they could be inserted in the welcome bags. These needed to be assembled on-site as they fell apart on the flight.
Wine Charms


Luggage Name Tags for Seating
Keeping with the travel theme, I made fabric luggage tags for everyone and used them as the seating cards. I found a two tutorials (Skip to My Lou and Fat Quarter Friday) that I merged together and modified a bit to make these.
Fabric Luggage Tags


Menus and table cards
The menus were made as cootie catchers. On the outside we printed our names, wedding date, and the word menu. The first inside flaps listed the course in English and Spanish, so we had “drinks/bebidas”, “salad/ensalada”, “dinner/cena”, “dessert/postres”. Guests could open each of these flaps to see what was being served for each of the courses. 
Wedding Cootie Catcher Menu


The tables were named for places Brett and I had travelled to in the past. Since there were 5 tables, we used Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, New York, USA, Antigua, Guatemala, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. For these cards we also included a photo of us as each of the locations to make it more personal.
Wedding Dinner Table Setting


Wedding Centerpieces and Table Cards


Flower Arrangements

As crazy as it might seem we also put together our flowers once we were in Mexico. Actually, I guess that’s not the crazy part. What might have really made others a bit queazy was that I ordered the flowers in (my limited) Spanish two days before the wedding. I guess you could say I’m trusting of the Universe that everything will work out.

I owed a huge thank you to all of the lovely women in my family that helped me get these together in time. It was a bit of a tighter timeline that morning than I had hoped for. In fact, that’s probably the only thing I would have changed. I would have moved up the timeline by an hour that morning so that the flowers would not have been as stressful for these beautiful ladies.

DIY Wedding Flowers

Thank you for indulging me on this long overdue post. We’re moving past the wedding phase in our lives so I needed to get it in before that’s past.

What about you? Did you do any of the pieces for your wedding yourself? Was it a success? Would you have done it again?

    • Rachel @ The Ongoing Planner
    • January 28, 2013

    WOW! I am beyond impressed! How creative and well done! We did our own save the dates, invites, wedding fans/pamplets, and I did my own wedding bouquets (origami). But everything you did looked fantastic!

    • Reply

      Thank, Rachel! It sounds like you were pretty ambitious yourself!

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