WediYou!

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Guess what, everyone?
It’s time for a special WediYou feature. WediYou presents real, live couples – directly from our Wedifun community! Who’s turn is it to shine?
Richard and Wanda have been following the Wedifun community since its launch! We have decided to feature this couple today because in fact, in less than a month they will be celebrating their 30 year wedding anniversary! Richard and Wanda were married on July 19th and they held a beautiful backyard ceremony & reception
Thank you for being a part of our community, Richard and Wanda! Couple’s like you define Wedifun and we wish wish you guys 30 more years of happiness!

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DIY – Wedding Decorations, Centerpieces, Invitations & more

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‘Do-It-Yourself’ weddings have grown enormously in popularity over the past few years, letting couples everywhere exemplify their creativity. From wedding invitations, chair banners and placements cards – today, anything is possible.

If you’ve chosen to have a warm-hearted, personalized wedding then start thinking outside the box with these unique DIY wedding projects that will match any celebration!

 

Wedding Invitations:

Wedding invitations are a subject of their own, as their is basic etiquette when writing wedding invitations. However, we are starting with this DIY project as their is so much room for personal creativity.

Ranging anywhere from themes, to color schemes, to fonts, format and size – the possibilities are endless and the choices are up to you. Your wedding invitations often give off your special events first impression, by making them yourself you have a grand opportunity at truly making them your own and standing out from the crowd. Furthermore, making your own invitations couldn’t be any greater for you guests! They will definitely feel like you are reaching out and inviting them personally.

There are a handful of really helpful websites out there, like Pinterest for example that can bring out great wedding invitation ideas, each one more interesting than the next!

 

Table Centerpieces:

Like most busy brides, you’ve probably already thought to yourself ‘…not the most important element to my wedding’. Think again! Although a table centerpiece isn’t what’s going to make or break your wedding reception, centerpieces can often be a costly component to your big day. Take a second to do the math: a centerpiece from a local florist can easily cost $200, if you have 10 tables then you have $2000 in total costs!

So, changing your mind on the whole flower idea? Here are a few other DIY options:

  • Plain and simple mason jars receive a makeover – coat several mason jars with your favorite pastel colors, or those that fit with your wedding theme. Once dried, rub them with sandpaper to give them an old, rustic look. Fill them with sand, rocks and pebbles. Instead of flowers, you can opt for potted plants that make your wedding decor stand out.
  • Use lanterns – You can make you’re own lanterns and decorate them yourself or, you can buy lanterns that work with your style. Either way, this option is much more cost effective than a floral centerpiece. And better yet – lanterns are much safer if children are present at the wedding!
  • Use bowls of fruit – Don’t forget that you can always take a step away from traditional centerpieces and instead, opt for an edible one. Weeks before your wedding, you can start looking at interesting bowls that can hold the fruit. Remember, they don’t all have to be the same in order to add a unique and fun touch to your wedding reception!

 

Personalized Place Cards:
If you really want to add a personal touch to your DIY wedding decorations, then place cards are the way to go. Your guests will notice your work and better yet, there are a million of different ideas that you can work with. Your place cards can easily be matched with any wedding theme, color, or flower. Further still, your personalized place cards can take on a theme of their own!

You can further personalize each table at your wedding reception by adding vintage wooden table numbers. By visiting your local craft store, you will find all the necessary (and inexpensive) materials needed to create super unique table numbers that are often perfect for backyard or barn themed weddings.

 

DIY Candle Holder
Lighting type has forever influenced the ambiance and the mood of a specific space – which is why the correct lighting is really important at your reception. Candles are a common way to create an elegant and romantic evening, so if you’re looking for a DIY project, this one just might be for you.

There are too many ways to create candle holders to start making a list. However, you can create really classy holders by taking tall, narrow tea light holders and decorating them with gold glitter. Or, if you’re aiming for a more personal touch, you can also make them out of mason jars. Simply visit your local craft store to pick up some glue and a few decorations that fit your wedding theme and decor!

 

Chair Banners:

Here’s a really unique way to set your wedding apart. Do It Yourself wedding chair banners are easy to create with just a few art supplies.

You can really personalize your seating area by representing your couple on your chair banners. Choose your favorite hobbies and pastime activities and include images or details of these along the banner. You can even add in the nicknames that you have for each other. If you want to stay a little more low key, you can still take on a DIY chair banner project by keeping things simple and elegant.

Overall, DIY wedding projects can be really fun and truly add a personal, creative touch to your wedding celebration. Handmade projects are one of the best ways to combine originality with traditions. However, when it comes to wedding planning – some things should really be left to the pros. Remember, planning a wedding can be really stressful and taking on too many Do It Yourself projects can become really overwhelming, really fast. Best to figure out ahead of time which projects you will enjoy doing and more importantly, that fit your wedding-planning schedule!

 

The Worst Wedding Advice ever (& how to avoid these mistakes!)

Engagements and weddings are full of fun. As soon as you announce your engagement, you’re sure to receive tons of unsolicited advice from your friends and family. Much of the tips and tricks are helpful and can really be used on your big day, however sometimes the advice may be a little less great – or absolutely, downright horrible!

We have decided, as the Wedifun creators to provide you with a top ten list of the WORST possible wedding tips, and of course, how to avoid such a disaster for your wedding planning process!

 

#10. This is YOUR special day and you can do whatever you want!

True, this is your special day. But it’s important to think of your guests, your wedding party and of course your husband-to-be. It is a much better idea to treat everyone with respect and listen to others opinions when you can! For example, letting your bridesmaids help choose their dresses can avoid much unneeded drama. Avoid a cash bar, which can make your guests feel uncomfortable.

 

#9. Send invitations to those who ‘deserve it’ – even though they won’t come
You are much better off only inviting people who you EXPECT to show up at your wedding. Just because you think they won’t show up – doesn’t mean they won’t. In the end, they might choose to make an appearance and you might end up stressed with overcrowding.. And busting your budget! Yes, you might get the extra wedding gift, but is it worth the hassle?

 

#8. Have the Cocktail Hour before the ceremony
This is definitely not a good idea. Have cocktail hour before your ceremony and you risk exchanging your vows in front of a rather drunken crowd! A better way of organizing your wedding might be opening the bar after the ceremony, but serving fruity, non-alcoholic beverages before like lemonade or cucumber water.

 

#7. You should take out a loan for your wedding or be fully prepared to spend more than a 5-digit sum!

No! Taking out a loan to fund your money is not the way to go. Alright, the average US wedding cost may be of $25 000 but many spend much much less and are entirely rewarded with a personal and meaningful wedding. Starting a marriage with debt is no fun and neither are money issues so instead, save diligently and be proud of your wedding (and its price tag)!

 

#6. Wear a white dress on your wedding day, or people will think you’re not a virgin
Thing is.. Chances are, you’re already not a virgin! We’ve all heard this one before and in fact, this ‘wedding rule’ is completely antiquated (or getting old!). Way back when, a white dress was traditional but today, you can find a virgin-bride wearing ivory or even red (GASP!). It all comes down to the same thing: wear what you’re comfortable in and what works best with your skin tone.

#5. Cut back on wedding costs by organizing a BYOB

Actually, keep in mind that a wedding, and the reception, is an event that you host and everyone you invited are your guests. For this reason, you should never expect them to provide for their own drink, or even food.

Costs sometimes may be an issue. However, you can look into having an early brunch with mimosas or even having your wedding catered by a local restaurant. These are often money-saving tips that will please you and your guests equally!

 

#4. You don’t need a wedding planner

A wedding is stressful in and of itself. Taking charge of the entire planning process (unless you’re a party planning guru) can cause extra anxiety and problems that are greatly unwelcomed. Sure, you can take charge of certain details – maybe even let your mom give you a hand on the more person decisions, otherwise we recommend leaving most of this task up to the pros.

 

#3. Skip out on a professional photographer and save on expenses!

Keep in mind that after your big day is over, all you will have left are the memories and the photos!

We totally agree that the apps and websites where your guests can post their mobile pictures is amusing, but are dimly lit, blurry photos really what you want to commemorate your wedding?

We greatly recommend the use of a professional photographer, but understand that price can be an issue. Remember that photographers can be found and hired at varying price points and you can always negotiate a flat rate for a few hours – before handing the task over to a room of amateurs!

 

#2. You can’t please everyone

This one is a little contradicting because true, it is physically impossible to please everyone. Planning a wedding isn’t a simple task and sometimes it’s necessary to pick your battles and come to the realization that some just aren’t worth it.

Of course, we know that every bride has their limits. But it’s a really good idea to ‘play nice’ whenever possible to avoid an unforgettable, drama-filled wedding.

 

#1. Type and print generic ‘Thank you!’ notes beforehand

Thinking of printing out the same thank you note for everyone and simply sticking a label with your names on them? Think again. The people you invited are your guests and should be treated as so. They did take the time to choose and pay for your gift (whether it was on a registry or not) and therefore, it is your job to be gracious and considerate to write out a personal note.

This task is much easier done once you’ve received your gifts! In a timely fashion, take a moment to thank each of your guests personally with a handwritten, heartfelt and signed note instead!

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Quick Update

Hey everyone! Last minute update before shutting the lights! Stay tuned in the next couple of days for our original article titled: The Worst Wedding Advice Ever (& how to avoid these mistakes!)