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The DIY Wedding by Kelly Bare – Book Giveaway!

Let’s face it, it’s not easy to plan your own wedding – somehow I lived through this in the fall of 2006 in the midst of all my other girlfriends getting married each month, and of course, CRAFT magazine launching on the newsstands. If only I had this book, The DIY Wedding: Celebrate Your Day Your Way by Kelly Bare, I would have saved myself from so much headache through wasted months that now I consider a huge learning process. Trust me, time is precious when you are planning a wedding (weeks, especiall months) so you’ll be able to use this book like a true guidebook. You’ll get great advice on how to save money on all those things that cost so darn much — from flowers, invitations, favors, decor, food, and more. I also love the crafty projects Kelly brings into the book in each chapter so you can really bring your own touch to your wedding from making jewelry for your bridesmaids to creating your own table centerpieces. Plus each chapter is chock full of tips from budgeting to organizing, as well as advice on how to deal or chose vendors. I was really honored to be asked to write the forward to this book and I know if you are a crafty DIY’er like me, you’ll love reading every page of this book! For more info on The DIY Wedding, visit Chronicle Books to find out more. Link.
As a special treat we are giving away 2 copies of The DIY Wedding to our Craftzine readers, our “DIY Brides to Be”! Just leave a comment here to this post today through tomorrow Wednesday, November 21 by Noon (PST). We’ll pick 2 random winners and will announce them at the end of the day on Wednesday!

82 thoughts on “The DIY Wedding by Kelly Bare – Book Giveaway!

  1. LDH0416 says:

    Hi! My name is Lauren and my boyfriend and I have just decided to get married! I consider myself to be crafty and I would love to win a book to help me with wedding planning (especially one that will help to save money and make my wedding unique!). Thanks!

  2. Juderino says:

    I got engaged earlier this year and we’re on a super tight budget. In desperate need of some crafty inspiration and hopefully some money saving tips! Would love a book like this :)

  3. jashugan says:

    my boyfriend proposed earlier this year! I want this book!! I want it!
    By the way, I love your site, I check it out many times a DAY!!! I know, i’m crazy!

  4. medusaaa says:

    This is the book I need! I am getting married next summer, and I LOVE the idea of a crafty wedding! I also want to save money, as I realized it’s not gonna be cheap! I adore your blog by the way! Thanks!

  5. megrje says:

    I’m sure this will have lots of great stuff since it’s published by Chronicle!

  6. CraftyBelle says:

    I would love a copy of this book. Both me and a friend are getting married soon. Thanks!!

  7. enkyenky says:

    My fiancé and I are in the midst of a very DIY wedding–we’re locally sourcing all the produce, flowers, baked goods, game/meat, cheese, for the wedding, as well as planning band, reception area, etc., all from 2200 miles away! It’s getting a bit hectic, especially since we’ll have to fly back to Wisconsin a couple times to help grade the property and build a driveway to my family’s land (for the ceremony). I would love a little DIY book help in this endeavor. Cheers!

  8. MichelleA says:

    I love DIY. My fiance and I are getting married next year. I have a few ideas already, but any bit helps. Love this website, and like others, check it several times a day. Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. Anomalocaris says:

    That looks like an awesome book! I always love looking around online for tutorials but instructions and tips in book form are always useful.

  10. rastaman5150 says:

    Oh, that looks great. If I don’t win it, I’m going to buy it for a friend that’s getting married in the summer.

  11. annaberry5 says:

    I know my wedding is about 2 years in the future, but I’m already thinking about cool things I can do to save money and make it really personal! This book sounds super awesome. Yay!

  12. asciiprincess says:

    I’m getting married in Portland in July and that book looks just like what I need. I’m pretty crafty and I’ve had my fill of books and magazines telling me I need to shell out big bucks for someone else to make monogrammed napkins or a cake topper that doesn’t fit our style at all.

  13. Tilena says:

    Count me in! :)

  14. dorklandia says:

    This looks great! :)

  15. ChicagoEssie says:

    I would love a copy of this book! It comes at a perfect time in my life. And really just what I was looking for :)

  16. js0 says:

    yes, please! this looks like a great book…

  17. aliciak says:

    This is one of those books I wish I came up with the idea for! Sounds great!

  18. ZombieJellyfish says:

    I just propsed to my girlfriend last week while we were visiting my friend in Switzerland! I’m totally gonna get this book, she’ll go nuts for it!

  19. missmarymary says:

    how perfect.
    i’d like to be in the drawing please.

  20. GirlieNZ says:

    What a fantastic idea! Count me in for the draw, please.

  21. CrochetNerd says:

    My live-in boyfriend of a year and a half claims he hasn’t proposed because we can’t “afford” a wedding planner, flower arranger, caterer, child-wrangler for friends…. This book would be a GREAT hint on our coffee table!

  22. Cathoo2 says:

    Her book “The F Word” (as in Fiancee) looks interesting too!

  23. Gunnr says:

    This book looks great. I cannot imagine leaving such an important day up to strangers when I know I can do a lot myself.

  24. Danelda says:

    I’m getting married at the end of August and am determined to have a ceremony and big party that encapsulates my fiancé and myself, and not the tradiational white/flowers/blah blah that wouldn’t feel like “our” day. I’d love to get some more ideas on what we can do/make/create together to add the personal touches we want.

  25. woodlandchild says:

    I need this book! I’m getting married in May, and the whole affair is very DIY. I need help!

  26. skylarkelm says:

    I’m just starting the planning for a fall wedding next year and am thinking that the lovely crafties I’m envisioning probably need to start now. This book would be a great way to get my butt in gear. Thanks for cluing us into it! (Cluing? Clueing? hmmm…)

  27. nickyloo says:

    After going to many cookie-cutter weddings, i am obsessed with planning my own crafty, but special wedding. That book would be a real treat!

  28. iluvkyoto says:

    please put me in the drawing!

  29. foolily says:

    i want my wedding to be a special day and share my craftiness with my friends and family. hope the bf doesn’t see this posting -_-”

  30. folk says:

    With only 5 months to plan our DIY wedding I would love all the help I can get to make our event a truly unique day!

  31. FallBrownEyes says:

    I would love to have this book. I foresee a wedding in my not so distant future and I want to diy as much as possible.

  32. bitessa says:

    This looks to be a great book! We need more resources like this.

  33. WhitneyB says:

    I’m getting married next fall and am having a crafty, DIY wedding .. this book would be perfect!

  34. armacy says:

    whoa! this reminds me of the pr stunt where a bunch of women in bridal gowns had to wrestle/run for free wedding stuff. (pick me! pick me!!)

  35. Amber_N. says:

    I’d love this book! Our date is 06/07/08 and we’re doing a ton of DIY stuff for the wedding!

  36. Stina218 says:

    My fiance and I are getting married next summer, and are buying a house right now. We need to DIY as much as possible for both things on our teachers’ salaries! I love CRAFT, and I’m getting into the whole crafting revolution in a serious way. Your website and zine have great project ideas, and the instructions are really intuitive and easy to understand. Thanks!

  37. picapicadesign says:

    So glad to know a book like this exists! Although we’re married in our hearts & minds, my boyfriend of almost 10 years (!) and I are only now thinking of braving the complexities of wedding planning… this should be a big help on the way to the kind of outside-the-box not off-the-shelf wedding we’re hoping for!

  38. Jinxedtimes2 says:

    I’m getting married next summer and am doing quite a bit myself (with the help of some creative friends and family). This sounds like a great book to use.

  39. 3beadgirls says:

    I would like to enter this giveaway. thanks, 3beadgirls

  40. Squezzle says:

    Unless I can scrape up the money to elope in las vegas, I’m planning it myself so this book would help lots!

  41. mkbier says:

    The book sounds really cool & A great resource! I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

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