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CRAFT: DIY Wedding
ellenwedding 04 dress3 Ellen and Kevins Wedding
Ellen and Kevin got married last year on the summer solstice and just celebrated their first anniversary! (Congrats you two!) They had a very small budget, so creativity and DIY were key.

I was extremely lucky that my soon-to-be mother-in-law offered to make my dress. Since our wedding would be fairly casual, I wanted a tea-length, simple dress. Funny enough, I found the pattern for my perfect dress in an unlikely category: this office dress! We ignored the jacket and lengthened the hem to fall at the calf, and I chose a mauve silky fabric with a lace overlay. We had tons of leftover fabric, so I made a matching tie for my groom – I even added the lacy layer for the facing and the loop label.

Ellenwedding 03 Tie2

Ellenwedding 05 Headpiece Bouquet
Ellen: I also had some fabric from my mother’s wedding dress that I really wanted to incorporate into my own wedding. So I made a headpiece with the fabric, some tulle, and some silk flowers from Michael’s. I also sewed some of the same fabric into a ribbon to go around my bridal bouquet.
Ellenwedding 07 Invites
Ellen: One thing we did splurge on was our invitations. I laid them out in InDesign and then brought my design to a local letterpress (Firefly Press). To cut costs a little, we used one-color printing, but then I handpainted the little flourishes on each invitation with watercolors.
Ellenwedding 08 Cake
Ellen: Kevin baked our two cakes: a rainbow cake with chocolate frosting (using this recipe we found through CRAFT!) and a red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting and coconut. They were simple but delicious.
Ellenwedding 09 Flowers
Ellenwedding 10 Flowers
Ellen: We had friends and family pitch in with making flower arrangements. I’d planned for simple centerpieces: peonies and Queen Anne’s lace in mason jars tied with a ribbon. Alas, sadly, not all of the peonies opened in time and we had to scramble to substitute with whatever other flowers we had on hand. Moral of the story: Although everyone will tell you to keep your flowers in a cool dark place so that they don’t open prematurely, if it’s 60 degrees and rainy out, that might not be the best idea!
Ellenwedding 11 Vows
Ellenwedding 12 Keepsake
Ellen: A friend officiated our wedding, and in what was perhaps my favorite DIY, we read the personal vows that we had written for each other. We had also printed them on a Quaker-style wedding certificate, and after the ceremony was over, we asked all our guests to sign it. We now have it framed in our living room, as a wonderful keepsake from our special day!

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