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5 DIY Wedding Secrets Every Bride Should Know

Hello, loves! Happy Friday! If you are planning DIY wedding projects for your big day, there are a few secrets to help it go off without a hitch. Today, we’ve compiled five of our favorite DIY weddings secrets that every bride should know to save you a headache down the road. DIY wedding projects can be fun, but they can also be overwhelming, too. And, since holiday break may be an excellent time to get crafting, we are also sharing some of our favorite DIY wedding kits to inspire you. Reveal what you need to know after the jump!

5 diy wedding secrets

5 DIY Wedding Secrets Every Bride Should Know

1. Know when to DIY – and when to buy.

What’s your DIY skill level? Are you skilled at painting or more sewing inclined? Find your strong suit and complete a project that ties into it. One example of a painting project you may want to undertake could be a DIY wedding cake topper, like this kit by Goose Grease. It comes with paints and wooden dolls so you can give it a go:

5 DIY Wedding Secrets - #1 Know when to DIY and when to buy - via Emmaline Bride (image: goosegrease) #handmade #wedding

However, if your painting skills aren’t up to par – and you have a specific look in mind – it may be better to have a custom topper made. (This one is also by Goose Grease.)

5 DIY Wedding Secrets - #1 Know when to DIY and when to buy - via Emmaline Bride (image: goosegrease) #handmade #wedding

2. Know WHERE to buy (+ how to save money).

It’s also important to know where to buy your DIY wedding supplies. Yesterday, we talked about mason jar mistakes to avoid and how buying in bulk can save you money. This also applies to any supply item you can think of, as long as you’re sure it’s the item you want (or you’ll have a headache trying to return and find the right item). One place you can order online is Amazon, which offers any craft item you can think of (and many in bulk). I’ve purchased these muslin spice bags in a pack of 100 and stamped them to make my own favors. I’ve also ordered mason jars in bulk to save money – and avoid the hassle of lugging 50+ mason jars home. You can also check Hobby Lobby online (their online store is amazing) to place an order or see what’s in store; then, print the 40% off coupon and bring it with you to buy. Look for coupons from Michaels and JoAnn to save you money, too, and make an effort to buy items only when you have a coupon.

If you’re looking for handmade details, check out The Marketplace to snag tags, envelope seals, blank place cards, and more. For instance, round scalloped paper tags from The Kraft Room can be an excellent canvas onto which you can print guests’ names, attach to twine with clothespins, and use as an escort card display at your wedding.

5 DIY Wedding Secrets - #2 Know Where to Buy. - via Emmaline Bride (image: the kraft room) #handmade #wedding

Or, add a custom detail to your favors with kraft bunting stickers (also from The Kraft Room):

5 DIY Wedding Secrets - #2 Know Where to Buy. - via Emmaline Bride (image: the kraft room)

Some artisans are willing to share their craft with you in a DIY wedding kit. One example is The Crimson Poppy who makes a DIY paper flower kit you can make at home.

5 DIY Wedding Secrets - #2 Know Where to Buy. - via Emmaline Bride (image: the crimson poppy)

And, here’s the result:

5 DIY Wedding Secrets - #2 Know Where to Buy. - via Emmaline Bride (image: the crimson poppy)

3. Pace yourself.

It goes without saying that even if you want to DIY every aspect of your wedding, you need to pace yourself. Give yourself plenty of time to buy supplies, create your crafting space, and complete projects before moving onto the next one. Few things would be more stressful than waiting until a few days before the wedding to complete a dozen crafts. And, the crafts should be fun – not stressful!

4. Call in your crew to help.

Don’t go at it alone! Your crew – you know, fiance, MOH, bridesmaids, mom – are there to support and help you. Just ask! I’m sure if they’re special enough to be in your wedding, they’re nice enough to lend a hand. But, they can’t help if you don’t ask – so, ask, ask away! (And reward them with plenty of food, drinks, and make it fun.)

5. If you don’t like it, scrap it.

Last but not least, if you work on a DIY wedding craft and it’s not going as planned (which will undoubtedly happen), scrap it. Start over. Or, move onto something else. If you don’t like how something looks, don’t settle because you spent time on it; move on and craft something you’ll love and of which you’ll be proud.

For more handmade ideas and DIY wedding inspiration, check out The Handcrafted Wedding. I’ve even included step-by-step DIY wedding ideas that you can do at any skill level!


Next week, we’ll be here with Real Weddings, handmade wedding features, and our 4th Annual Holiday Palooza! So, don’t forget to tune in for a chance to win TONS of handmade goodies from our lovely Featured Artisans – you won’t want to miss it! We’ll be kicking off the fun on Monday, December 24th and continue through the week (with the exception of Christmas Day, of course). We’ll be delivering the handmade wedding inspiration all week long so subscribe for FREE so you don’t miss it!

P.S. Did you enter this week’s giveaway? Do it now!

DIY Flower Kit Wedding Giveaway

Did you catch the Oscars last night? It was gleaming with elegant gowns, sentimental speeches, and plenty of parties behind the scenes, many of which included bags of swag. (As Michael Scott would say, “SWAG. Stuff We All Get.) As a viewer, you had the opportunity to see the gowns and hear the speeches, but did you get any swag? No. That’s why this week we’ve teamed up with The Crimson Poppy to offer one lucky reader the chance to win swag in the form of a DIY flower kit. This DIY flower kit was included in celebrity gift bags at the Oscars gift lounge this weekend and now you can score this swag for yourself! This DIY flower kit is perfect for your wedding or special event and includes a gift certificate. Read on for more…

diy flower kit

by the crimson poppy

DIY Flower Kit Wedding Giveaway

This week, enter for a chance to win a gift pack by The Crimson Poppy featuring an artist bio, business cards, small 3×3 “mock” DIY flower kit, and a gift certificate with a handwritten note. The pouch gift pack the winner will receive looks like this…

by the crimson poppy

… and inside is a gift certificate redeemable for the DIY flower kit, which looks like this:

diy flower kit

by the crimson poppy

The DIY flower kit is one of The Crimson Poppy’s new flower kits and has a retail value ranging from $29 up to $50. This DIY flower kit will teach you how to make your own beautiful paper flowers, perfect for your wedding.

This giveaway is now closed.

Winner Announced

Our winner is… Nicole! Congrats! Please check your inbox for details. Thank you to all who entered and to Crimson Poppy for sponsoring this giveaway!


How to Enter

1. Visit The Crimson Poppy.

2. Return to Emmaline Bride; comment on a DIY paper kit you’d like to see in a future product.

3. Share on Twitter and/or Facebook for additional entries!

Beginning Monday, February 27th, 2012 through Sunday, March 4th, 2012 (11:59pm EST), enter for a chance to win a prize pack including a certificate for a free DIY flower kit. Simply enter Crimson Poppy and check out the DIY flower kit section. Then, return to Emmaline Bride and share feedback on what flower you’d like to see in a future DIY flower kit. You may enter with a comment up to one (1) time per day per person. You may also enter one (1) additional entry per day by sharing this giveaway on Twitter (and commenting below to let us know). You may also receive one (1) additional entry per day by sharing this giveaway on Facebook (and commenting below to let us know). This means you may enter for a chance to win up to three (3) times per day using only one (1) of each method per day. This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents. If the winner resides in the United States, he or she will receive free shipping; residents of Canada must pay shipping and handling charges. You must be 18 years or older to enter. No purchase necessary. Winner will be randomly selected on Monday, March 4th and announced on our blog. We will also contact the winner via email with details on how to claim his or her prize. Winner selected using Giveaway winners within the past 30 days not eligible. No cash value.

Good luck!


DIY flower kit giveaway sponsored by The Crimson Poppy, Featured Artisan in The Marketplace.

DIY Paper Flowers in a Kit

What if we told you these were made of paper…

diy paper flowers in a kit

diy paper flowers in a kit

…and, what if we told you that you could make them yourself? Both true! The Crimson Poppy now sells DIY paper flowers in a kit so you can make them for your wedding – and take all the credit. When guests ask you who made your centerpieces or your bouquet, smile and say, “I did!” (with a little help from your friends at The Crimson Poppy, of course). The kit includes everything you need to make these Iceland Poppies – just add scissors!

diy paper flowers

Colors available (‘in bloom soon’ = new colors being added!):

paper flower colors available

Update: 3/25/11

Congratulations to our winners! All 5 lucky winners have been notified and confirmed via email. Congratulations to… Jessica, Danielle, KH, Marlys, and Breanne! Thanks to all who entered! If you didn’t win, be sure to check back to Emmaline Bride! We have plenty of giveaways lined up coming soon.

Enter to Win! The giveaway has ended!

And, now, you can enter to win a kit! Jenny of The Crimson Poppy is giving away kits to FIVE lucky Emmaline Bride brides (one kit per winner)! To enter, let us know which color is your favorite by commenting below. We’ll select five lucky winners via on Wednesday, March 23rd at 3PM EST and announce on our blog. Good luck!

Want to buy kits for your wedding? Read more details here! The Crimson Poppy is a featured artisan in The Marketplace.


Pretty Paper Flowers

When I planned my wedding, I remember being slightly nervous when ordering the flowers. (Placing a rather large albeit expensive order for something that wilts the same day it is delivered can make one a wee bit nervous.) Fresh flowers can pack a pretty big punch to your budget, and while they are lovely let’s face it: they will get thrown away. Also, not all types of fresh flowers are in bloom year-round which is why I love paper flowers. If you order from an experienced designer they will look realistic, can be customized to fit your unique color scheme, and will not wilt. In fact, they will last forever. After the wedding, you can place your bouquet in a pretty vase to dress up your desk.

These flowers are handmade by The Crimson Poppy, an Emmaline Bride Featured Seller whom we adore!

Find more options by visiting the website and The Crimson Poppy’s EB Shop!

We have more handmade loveliness coming up later today!



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