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The DIY Bride

BY: Judy Patterson, Senior Catering Manager

Pinterest, wedding blogs, smart phone apps, etsy ... the list goes on and on. Brides today are finding that inspiration, “how to’s” and resources are just a click away. You want your wedding to be a reflection of you (and the groom, of course!), but where do you start?

One of the biggest mistakes I see many brides make is to do too much or take on too many projects. With so many great ideas out there, it is very easy to become overwhelmed. Be realistic with how much time you have to devote to hand crafting items for your ceremony and reception. If it becomes a chore or is creating stress, take a step back and reevaluate. Maybe creating 300 handmade favors for every guest wasn't the best idea after all! Instead, select one idea or craft project and incorporate it into your wedding day.

If you do decide to get crafty, here are a few DIY ideas we've seen at The Woodlands Resort.

Blend handcrafted items along with fresh flowers from your florist. It's a great compromise that can save you money while adding that personal touch to your décor.


























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Have guests sign wine bottles or use a pre-made scrapbook instead of traditional guest books













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A unique alternative to the flower bouquet, use brooches and other family heirlooms to create a stunning masterpiece.






















































































With some planning and a reality check (or two) along the way, you can add that special handcrafted touch to your very special day!

Want to know more? Drop Judy a line at

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