Any bride who takes on DIY projects while wedding planning deserves a medal in bravery — but there are some who go above-and-beyond handwriting their table numbers or designing their own broach bouquets. These brides tackled downright crazy DIY projects, and are here to dish on all the details.
__The bride who designed — and sewed! — her own wedding dress. __
"I have always loved making this or that for special occasions," says this fashion-forward bride. "I'm by no means a professional, but I have been sewing since I was a little girl. So when I started wedding-dress shopping and couldn't find The One after, like, a dozen stores, I thought,* I can make The One myself*!" She sketched a blush-hued ball gown on lined notebook paper — seriously! — then shopped local fabric stores and online retailers until she found swatches that matched her silk and organza vision. "It took me, my mom and my sister almost 30 hours to cut and sew this thing," she recalls now. "But it was so perfect."
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The bride who learned calligraphy and wrote out 325 invitations.
"I've always loved how gorgeous dark-colored envelopes look with white, hand-drawn calligraphy," says this bride. "But we were sending out 325 invitations for our fall wedding, and there was no way we could afford to pay someone to write out that many." But this bride was determined. She bought a book and spent countless hours binging on Netflix shows as she practiced scrolling the alphabet. How long did it take her address those 300-plus envelopes? "Let's just say I got through all the seasons of several shows," she says.
The bride who catered her own wedding.
"We wanted to cut our wedding costs and spend our money on our honeymoon," the bride explains. "And when you look at how much you spend and where, a huge chunk of it goes toward food. So we decided we'd cook it all ourselves, rather than bring in a caterer for our backyard wedding." The bride, with the help of her family members and a few friends who acted as sous chefs, spent the days leading up to her wedding whipping up delicious dishes that would keep and be easy to serve the day-of, such as a shaved asparagus salad and pasta primavera. "We set everything up buffet style. People still talk about how much they loved our food!"