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DIY Books For Your Handmade Wedding

If you're looking for ideas to give your wedding a handmade touch there are quite a few books on the market full of crafty projects. Here are three that look interesting.

Handmade Weddings


Authors: Eunice Moyle, Sabrina Moyle, and Shana Faust.
Photography by Joseph De Leo

Written by the founders of Hello!Lucky, the book offers fifty craft projects to customize your big day. Looking through the index page there is a nice range of themes including retro homespun, girly romantic, using found materials, and much more.

The DIY Bride


Author: Khris Cochran

Written by the founder of DIYbride.com, this book features forty crafts and offers budget-saving ideas as well as fun projects to do with family or friends.

One-of-a-Kind Handmade Weddings


Author: Laura Maffeo

Written by a former stylist for Martha Stewart Weddings, this book is filled with inspiration and provides step-by-step instructions for creating wedding crafts with a personal touch.

For more books to guide you click through to view other titles Amazon has under the heading of DIY Wedding.

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Knitted Royal Nuptials

How cute are these! Fiona Goble has put together a knitted tribute to the upcoming nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton, with her manual Knit Your Own Royal Wedding. It includes patterns to reproduce your favorite Royals in wool and yarn, from Queen to corgi. I think it's hilarious she even included a knitted bishop in the series!

Knitted Royal Wedding Party
The wedding party.
Knitted footman
A footman
Cute corgi
Knitted Royal Wedding

You can view the whole series of knitted Royals on The Telegraph web site.

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Wedding Planning Tools: Pinterest

I'd like to introduce you to Pinterest, a handy little online tool I've been using for the past six months and really like. The tagline for the site is, "a place to catalogue the things you love". The site is both a tool you can use for collecting in one place all those images from around the internet you want to keep track of, and a hub to find even more interesting things shared by others. I was introduced to Pinterest by a friend who is a future bride-to-be and she uses it to collect inspiration and ideas for her wedding.

Using it is easy as installing the "Pin It" button on your browser's tool bar. Wherever there is an image you want to catalogue all you do is click and pinterest saves it to the "pinboard" of your choice. I have five pinboards at the moment, collecting images on subjects such as home decor, books I want to read, or artwork made from paper. For the bride, pinterest is great for keeping track of bridal gowns, invitation designs, or even exotic locations for the honeymoon.

Pinterest is awesome

Pinterest is invite only at the moment, but it's easy enough to request an account on the homepage. Happy pinning!

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Brooch Bridal Bouquet: Wedding Ideas for a DIY bride

I've recently noticed a trend towards brides having bouquets made from brooches rather than flowers, and I really like it. These brooch bouquets can be very striking and are an interesting alternative to consider if you're allergic to flowers. They can also become a fabulous keepsake from your wedding day, especially if you've sourced the materials from family jewelry boxes.

Here are some lovely examples:

Photo credit: Katie Sokoler
Bridal Brooch Bouquet by Fantasy Floral Designs
Photo credit: Fantasy Floral Designs
GARDEN OF HAPPINESS 2
Photo credit: hairbowswonderworld.
Check out her Etsy shop because she actually makes the bouquets.

There's an excellent post on Glamour This! with step-by-step instructions if you're interested in making your own bouquet. I think half the fun would be thrift shopping for the brooches.

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Custom Wedding Cake Toppers for the DIY Bride

The cake topper is the tiniest of details in the larger picture of everything involved in planning a wedding, but it can be just the thing to give the event your own unique touch.

I was curious to see if there was something for everyone in the range of available cake toppers. Thanks to the cleverness of the DIY creative set, there REALLY is.

These were just some of my favorites, but I'm sure there are many more out there catering to every taste, or geek obsession.


A personalized wedding cake topper by annacrafts, with skin and hair color made to order.

Double riders bike wedding cake topper by heatherboyd, for the cyclist bride and groom.
Cute merino felted birds cake topper by emiliefriday, which can be ordered in custom colours.
Jack and Sally from the Nightmare Before Christmas by sweetiecaketopper

Han Solo and Princess Leia peg dolls by CreativeButterflyXOX (This would be one of those geek obsessions I mentioned above).

It may take a bit of searching but as you can see, there really is a wedding cake topper for everyone.

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