This wedding was all about love. How so? Everything, including the wedding decor and the cake were handmade by family and friends. Now, that’s how you get your guests involved! The bride wore Alfred Angelo but everything else is custom made. For those of you looking for some DIY ideas, this wedding is for you!
Windows in trees – To make the outdoor wedding more cozy and add a feeling of closeness, the couple hung window panes in the trees. “We bought window panes in any shap from several different places, cleaned them and repainted each one. We added two eyelet hooks to each and tied wire we bought from Lowe’s around the trees and slipped the wire through the eyelets. We went this route because the wire left no marks on the trees, it was sturdy and it created the “outdoor room” look. Tips: Do NOT pay more than $10 per window pane. As long as you are willing to put in a little work (and maybe some haggling), you can get decent windows at about $5-$7. Also, remember to sand down the existing paint on a window pane, this helps the new paint to stay smooth and fresh.”
Chalkboards & Bottles – The couple bought several chalkboards from Hobby Lobby and painted the edges white. A friend did hand lettering for each one. “Hobby Lobby was where we bought most of the things we couldn’t make ourselves like bottles, chalkboards, and cake stands. They are always having crazy sales so be sure to take advantage of them! We bought all of our bottles at 50% off and it saved us so much more money than trying to buy each one individually like I had been trying to.”
Ceremony arch – For the arch, the groom and his father went out and cut down a tree! They put the arch together on the wedding day by digging small holes in the ground to place the wider pieces. They then tied the smaller pieces to the top to connect the arch together. Talk about homemade!
The bride bought flowers from FiftyFlowers. The bride, bride’s family, and bridesmaids all arranged the flowers themselves.
Cake backdrop – “This was one of my favorite things from our wedding! I saw this tutorial on A Beautiful Mess blog and loved the concept. For our backdrop I used clothesline bought from Lowe’s (instead of nylon roping from ABM, I didn’t like the sheen the nylon had). To create the backdrop, I started with the ABM tutorial, but then looked up other knots online and added them to create an original backdrop. This worked well for us because the wall behind us was brown, and I wanted a simple backdrop with texture so this was perfect. If we had a bit more time, I would have added some of our white flowers to the top corner of the backdrop, but it was still wonderful. We actually use this as a wall hanging in our home!”