#WeddingPlanning – 10 DIY Tips To Plan Your Wedding

DIY Wedding Conference 11.15.15 Washington, D.C.

As I plan my wedding, I love the idea of DIY decor, gifts, and treats to make our wedding personal and unique. When I heard about Sweet Thymes DIY Wedding Conference in Washington D.C. on November 15th,  I was excited to sign up! After learning more about the great speakers, tools, tips and resources, I wanted to learn more. I partnered with Monique Smaby, founder of Sweet Thymes to give you her 10 DIY tips to plan your wedding. Hope you can attend the conference and look forward to seeing you there!

#DIY – 10 DIY Tips To Plan Your Wedding

Planning your own wedding can be exhilarating, but having the know how to put on a gorgeous event takes a few tips and tricks. That is where we come in, as savvy DIYers at Sweet Thymes we will give you the inside scoop. DIY is not only about saving money, an equally important part is using your creative talents to bring your personality into every aspect of your wedding.

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  1. Invest in a wedding planning system. As a DIY bride you will want some direction on timelines, how to pace your planning, and track every detail. There are some great online planning guides out there, if you are old school a planning guide binder will be your go to.
  2. Organize all your design ideas, color themes, and wedding inspiration by creating a master pinterest board or multiples boards for each element of your wedding. This will keep all your visual inspiration in one place and is easy to share with others. Pin your heart out.
  3. Hire a day of coordinator- check out Just for The Day. Planning to go all out and DIY every detail of your wedding? We recommend hiring a day of coordinator, breathe easy knowing that someone else will take care of directing the caterer, tell you when to walk down the aisle, and direct any lost guests on your big day.
  4. Skip the stationary and send your wedding invitations digitally. The internet age has no lack in creativity and there are stunning designs out there. Stationery for invitations can rack up the bills – take a modern approach. By sending your invitations digitally can direct your guests to links on your personalized event page and wedding registry.

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  1. DIY decor projects are fun and a great way to incorporate your personal style. Get started early on DIY projects, you don’t want to cut it close and be crafting right up to your wedding day.
  2. Enlist your bridal party to complete DIY crafts. Making tabletop decor, escort cards, and favors get the creativity flowing, but it might get a little mundane make 200 of the same item. Host a DIY bridal get together, spend quality time with the ones you love, make a few cocktails, and put your creative talents to work.

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  1. Fresh flowers are pretty, smell good, and oh so expensive. Opt to have your bridal bouquet made by a local florist (we love Petals and Hedges) and DIY your bridesmaid bouquets. Create alternative bouquets with paper flower, dried flowers, pinwheels, fans, the sky’s the limit on creativity.

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  1. Another tip on florals is needed since they consume a large part of a wedding budget. Whether you are creative or just looking to cut costs, you can create simple elegant floral centerpieces for your wedding. Use a classic glass cube, tape off the top into a grid and arrange flowers until the container looks full. Watch a few youtube videos to see how to cut stems to make the flowers last longer and how to make your centerpieces look as full as possible.
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  1. Your bridesmaids will love you even more if you choose affordable bridesmaid dresses. Create a few criteria: colors, dress length, and overall style (pinterest boards are great for this!) and let your bridesmaid pick out something that they not only want to wear but is in their price range. We are all for mixing and matching different styles or event colors, one dress does not fit all styles and body types.

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  2. Remember to pick something special to splurge on just for you. It is the most important day of your life after all! See a pair of wedding shoes you fell in love with…outrageously expensive perfume… a home decor item that would be perfect to start your new home with? After taking on DIY wedding planning and spending days on details, to do lists and master spreadsheets, you deserve to splurge on one item for yourself.

Want to learn more about planning your own wedding? Sweet Thymes will be hosting the DIY Wedding Conference on Nov 15th in Washington, DC at The Loft at 600 F. Come with ideas and leave equipped to plan your own wedding. Local vendors will lead interactive sessions giving you tips and resources in this fun filled day.



  1. The 10th tip is bang-on! All brides deserve a little splurge , especially after a DIY wedding. :)
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  2. Loved the tips ! Such a great idea to get a planner to help and last idea to spend on your ownself as a bride is so cool !
    Good luck with all the planning !

  3. Ankita says:

    Great tips. Will check their website out. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I really love your DIY tips. I am always looking for new ideas since I get invitations to help in one thing or another. Your tips are spot on and you have enlightened and inspired me. Making DIY bouquets is my fav. It helps save money and also Thanks a lo for sharing this.


  5. These are neat tips! Thanks for sharing.

    Adding a few DIY touches can definitely let your personality shine through! TIp #10 is important – every bride-to-be deserves a treat!