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8 Real DIY Wedding Ideas You’ll Want to Steal

Posted June 21, 2013 | 3 Comments

Hello, loves! If you’re a fan of DIY wedding ideas, you are going to LOVE this post! Meet Margaux and Chad – now newlyweds! – a charming couple who combined their love for handmade, vintage, and DIY details to create one truly memorable day. The bride, Margaux (of the oh-so-chic Harmony Creative Studio), styled and created nearly everything you see here from start to finish. Today, you get a front-row seat at Margaux and Chad’s wedding where you’ll see eight hand-picked DIY wedding ideas (like stationery, vintage bottle centerpieces, a candy buffet, escort cards, and more), you’ll find out how Margaux tackled these DIY ideas, and you’ll get a glimpse into their incredible wedding venue. Ready to get started? Read on to begin! (Also, a special thank you to Meghan Christine Photography for all of the images you see below, except where noted. Beautiful work!)

P.S. Check out this amazing backdrop! It’s an succulent-lover’s dream come true!

DIY Wedding Ideas - Succulent Backdrop

When I saw this, I pretty much couldn’t believe my eyes, so I did more research. The venue – called Smog Shoppe – is chock-full of walls like these!

DIY Wedding Ideas - Succulent Backdropsucuclent-wall

photos via smogshoppe

And, here’s a group photo of the wedding party. I love those mis-matched (but still color-coordinated) bridesmaid dresses.

DIY Wedding Ideas: The Wedding Party | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

Now, onto the handmade wedding ideas!

DIY Wedding Ideas

DIY Wedding Ideas: #1 – The Stationery

First, let’s take a moment to admire the wedding invitations Margaux and Chad sent to guests. These were recently featured on Invitation Crush and we think they’re absolutely lovely. The invitation concept was by Margaux on behalf of Harmony Creative Studio, created by Shayna of Steel Petal Press, and the postcard save the dates were by Ginger of Serendipity Beyond Design. Talk about one amazing artisan trio!

vintage-wedding-invitationsvintage-lace-wedding-invitation

photos via invitation crush

Margaux designed these kraft paper ceremony programs herself. I love the lace ribbon and the kraft paper. (You can buy your own customized programs in her shop!)

DIY Wedding Ideas: Kraft Paper Ceremony Programs (by Harmony Creative Studio), photo by Meghan Christine PhotographyDIY Wedding Ideas: Kraft Ceremony Programs (by Harmony Creative Studio), photo by Meghan Christine Photography

This kraft menu wrap is another brilliant idea!

DIY Wedding Ideas: Kraft Menu Wrap (by Harmony Creative Studio), photo by Meghan Christine Photography

DIY Wedding Ideas: #2 – The Bouquet

Margaux captured all elements of ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue’ in her heirloom brooch bouquet which she handmade herself. It took her nearly 4 months to create and hand-wire the brooch bouquet. She included a light blue pin from her maternal grandmother in the bulk of the bouquet making this a true heirloom.

DIY Wedding Ideas: Brooch Bouquet (by Harmony Creative Studio), photo by Meghan Christine Photography

Margaux not only carried her ultra-gorgeous brooch bouquet; she also incorporated two lovely sentiments. The first sentiment was ‘MH’ initial hat pins which belonged to her paternal grandmother, who coincidentally shared the same initials as Margaux. She attached the hat pins to her bouquet handle.

DIY Wedding Ideas: Monogrammed Hat Pins in Bouquet Handle | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

She also borrowed a locket which opened to reveal a photo of her grandfather; she wrapped the locket around the bouquet.

DIY Wedding Ideas: Locket wrapped around bouquet handle | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

DIY Wedding Ideas: #3 – The Wine Box Ceremony

The wine ceremony was an important part of their day. Margaux tells us, “The highlight of our ceremony was a ‘Wine Box Sealing’. We placed a bottle of Champagne and letters to each other in a wine box and nailed it shut, to be opened on our first anniversary. We will then place another bottle and letters in, open it in on the next anniversary and have a mini tradition each year. Leave it to my handy husband – when we couldn’t find the exact box we were looking for, he made and stained this one himself.”

DIY Wedding Ideas: Wine Box Sealing at Ceremony | photo by Meghan Christine PhotographyDIY Wedding Ideas: Wine Box Sealing at Ceremony | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

DIY Wedding Ideas: #4 – The Escort Cards

The escort cards were made of kraft tags and displayed on jute twine using clothespins. Margaux adds, “On each table were bowls with over 1000 1″ buttons we made with 10 different custom designs, and one special button for each guest with nicknames, inside jokes or other fun info. The DJ announced for our guests to search their tables and try to find the buttons made just for them, and they ended up being great ice breakers.”

DIY Wedding Ideas: Kraft Tag Escort Cards with Buttons (by Harmony Creative Studio), photo by Meghan Christine PhotographyDIY Wedding Ideas: Wedding Buttons (by Harmony Creative Studio), photo by Meghan Christine Photography

DIY Wedding Ideas: #5 – The Sweetheart Table

Margaux and Chad chose a sweetheart table rather than a head table for their reception. I love the lace table runners and the ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ kraft signs on the chairs.

DIY Wedding Ideas: Sweetheart Table with Lace Runners | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

DIY Wedding Ideas: #6 – The Candy Buffet

Margaux tells us, “The backdrop for the candy buffet was quite a DIY project, and large scale projects like this are something Harmony Creative Studio specializes in due to my extensive Retail Store & Fixture Design background. I loved making this piece out of individual strips of lace used
elsewhere in the wedding, and the geometric layout was a way to keep it modern and fresh.”

DIY Wedding Ideas: wedding candy buffet | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

Favorite candies were housed inside vintage-inspired apothecary jars, which featured labels made of kraft paper and ribbon.

DIY Wedding Ideas: wedding candy buffet apothecary jars and tags | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

Guests filled their custom-made kraft paper candy bags as their take-home wedding favor.

DIY Wedding Ideas: wedding candy buffet custom candy bags | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

DIY Wedding Ideas: #7 – The Centerpieces

In true vintage wedding fashion, Margaux used mason jars, vintage glass bottles, vases, baby’s breath, succulents, lace table runners, and kraft table numbers in her centerpiece design.

DIY Wedding Ideas: Centerpieces | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

DIY Wedding Ideas: #8 – The Welcome Bags

Margaux tells us, ” My husband is originally from Iowa, but we met a year after he moved to Los Angeles. LA is our home and we wanted to show it off, as our celebration quickly became a destination wedding for the more than 60 out of town guests. We put together Welcome Bags that were based on our home city of Santa Monica, where our guests were staying. We included our favorite local snacks, custom 1″ buttons and an 8-page booklet that included all the wedding info and highlighted our favorite spots to eat, shop and sightsee.”

DIY Wedding Ideas: Wedding Welcome Bags | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

Additional Details

Here are a few more shots we wanted to share from the wedding. Here’s the beautiful bride, Margaux…

DIY Wedding Ideas: The Bride | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

… and holy smokes, check out these heels! (They’re appropriately named ‘Hottness’ by Steve Madden.)

DIY Wedding Ideas: The Bride's Heels (Hottness by Steve Madden)

And these from TOMS? Awesome.

DIY Wedding Ideas: TOMS Gold Glitter Shoes | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

We think Margaux and Chad did an awesome job with their handmade wedding. We wish them a very happy marriage ahead!

DIY Wedding Ideas: The Happy Bride and Groom, Margaux and Chad | photo by Meghan Christine Photography

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Vendors

Event Design & Styling, Day-of Papergoods, Candy Buffet, Florals, Brooch Bouquet & Coordination | Harmony Creative Studio

Photography | Meghan Christine Photography

Venue | The Smog Shoppe

Stationery | Invitation concept by Harmony Creative Studio + created by Shayna of Steel Petal Press | save the date postcard by Ginger of Serendipity Beyond Design

Makeup & Hair | Monique Powers

Bride’s Dress | White by Vera Wang

Bride’s Shoes | Gold Glitter Slip-Ons by TOMS, ‘Hottness’ by Steve Madden heels

Bridesmaids Dresses | H&M (one shoulder), LC Lauren Conrad for Kohls (ruffles), Francesca’s Boutique (lace maternity dress)

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Happy Planning!


-E.

Are you completing any DIYs for your wedding day? Share them below!










  • http://emmalinebride.com/ Emma | Emmaline Bride

    Glad you liked it, Shannyn! Those vintage postcards are amazing… and, I know, glitter TOMS? Who knew? Thanks for stopping by!

  • Margaux

    Thanks so much for the feature! I loved every second of putting together our wedding, and hope everyone finds some inspiration!

    • http://emmalinebride.com/ Emma | Emmaline Bride

      Margaux,

      It’s our pleasure! You did an amazing job putting everything together. Thanks for sharing your ideas with our readers!

      -E.




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