4 years ago today, I married my best friend. Our wedding day was perfectly sunny, super relaxed, and overall one of the best parties we’ve thrown to date. At the time, I hadn’t even considered starting a blog, but our colorful DIY decor was such a huge hit, I think it deserves a place in the present! And with wedding season in full swing, I hope sharing some of my DIYs for the big day will inspire brides to be who are looking to make their event beautiful on a budget.
Before we jump into the details of decor, I want to share a little history of how our hobbies really shaped the entire theme of our wedding. My husband proposed on April 2nd, 2014 on top of a mountain. But not just any mountain, this was Mt. Lafayette, the second highest of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. Why the second highest? Because we had already climbed the highest, Mt. Washington.
Yep thats us, bundled up in parkas, battling dark clouds and 30mph winds. I got a quick look at the ring and then he packed it away until we were on flat ground, with minimal wind speeds.
Over several years of dating, we climbed mountains, scaled rocks, and spent many a night cramped into a tiny tent in the middle of nowhere. When it came to planning our big day, we wanted to capture that passion for the outdoors and adventure that brought us together. What I wasn’t ready for was the cost– it seemed as though adding the word “wedding” to anything instantly added to the price. As we began the wedding planning process there were really only 3 major details we were set on: Keep the cost low, incorporate our love of nature, and ensure everyone in attendance had a great time. Okay 4… I wanted lots of bright and cheery colors throughout all of the decor. Scroll on down for a look at some of my favorite DIYs from the big day!
Photography credit throughout this post goes to our wedding photographer, Jennifer Morgan.
Also major credit to my very crafty mother who made most of the DIY decor I’m about to share.
DIY Wedding Decor Idea #1- Brooch Bouquet
Most would consider me more outdoorsy than girly girl, but I have a weakness for the color pink and shiny costume jewelry. I knew I wanted a brooch bouquet for my wedding, and started collecting brooches before we were even engaged. For brides considering this option– it gets expensive quick! It takes so many more brooches than what you think! I recommend hitting flea markets and bargaining for a bulk discount. It was totally worth the expense, and the best part is it lasts forever! I have mine resting on a shelf in my office so I can enjoy it everyday.
DIY Wedding Decor Idea #2 Crepe Paper Streamer Entrance
Okay- I know I may lose some of you here with crepe paper from the party store, but the total cost was under $15 and I love the look of it! The bright colors really popped against the greenery, and it made an excellent backdrop for some of our pictures!
DIY Wedding Decor Idea #3 Tequila Bottle Centerpiece
Amid all the bright colors I wanted a few natural elements to represent our love of climbing and being in the mountains, so I began brainstorming what I could use as rocks. I’m not sure how many margaritas I had before coming up with this one, but if you haven’t noticed, Patron tequila bottles look similar in shape to small boulders. I made one as a test, and when it came out so cute, I went to a local bar and asked if they could save tequila bottles for me. They were thrilled to have someone putting them to good use! To make one yourself, simply spray a coat of primer on the bottle and let dry. Then spray on two coats of stone textured Rust Oleum paint. The twine and beads were supplies I had on hand from other macrame and jewelry making projects.
DIY Wedding Decor Idea #4 Forage for Your Decor!
The stone fire place in the lodge where our reception was held made a bold statement and didn’t need much decor. We foraged around the property the night before and found the tree stumps and branches which we arranged on the mantle. The Ale8 is an old ginger ale bottle I had saved from one of our climbing trips in Kentucky, where the ginger ale is brewed. If you look off to the far right, you will see basic tin cans we saved from the trash, added a stripe of color with craft paint, and used as planters to bring more greenery into the lodge.
DIY Wedding Decor Idea #5 Get Crafty with Your Card Container
Pinterest is a wealth of ideas when it comes to creative ideas for containing cards, but once again, my mom nailed it with her creativity. Knowing we love to camp, she made this adorable little tent from dowel rods and canvas fabric. She even thought to use the tea light and rocks to make a little faux campfire. Mom crafts for the win!
DIY Wedding Decor Idea #6 Custom Cornhole
Cornhole is a favorite in our circle of friends and family, and just outside the lodge was a large yard perfect for setting up a game. The scene painted on the boards came directly off our wedding invitations. My mom took one of the invites and blew it up to use as a stencil. She then painted the scene, matching the colors back to the invite. Last was a clear coat to seal in the artwork and protect from scratching. These get pulled out for backyard parties constantly, and the camp scene is always a conversation piece.
Overall, I absolutely love how all of our colorful, DIY decor came out and worked together on our big day. While we kept the cost low by doing most of the work ourselves, it really allowed us to personalize our special day. Each piece had a story, and sharing that with 75 of our closest friends and family meant so much.
Thank you for allowing me to share a little bit of our special day with you! I hope that the festive colors will encourage you to bring some brightness into your home decor this summer season. And if you are planning an upcoming wedding, maybe consider some DIY to bring a personal touch to your big day!