Weddings

Craft Ideas for Weddings

Crafty souls can create a wedding just their type

By Danita Fausek

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If you and your bridal party are "crafty" individuals, it's possible to make your wedding even more personal by making some of the items you'll need on your big day. These can range from table decorations to gifts for the bridal party or wedding guests. With a little imagination, some time and help from a few friends, you can add a special touch to your wedding that will have everyone talking.

Beads and Baubles

Make jewelry for wedding participants. No matter what level of skill you possess, it's possible to make something that can be worn and enjoyed for years to come. A simple necklace can be made for your bridesmaids by stringing pearls, crystals and/or beads on beading wire and attaching a clasp. Matching bracelets can be made for special family members such as grandmothers, aunts and the mothers of both the bride and groom. Expand on the idea by adding a watch face to a simple bracelet design. Create beaded candle rings to go around candles in your wedding decorations. Use memory wire cut to the size of your candle; add beads and charms that coordinate with your wedding colors and decor.

Decorations

Think about making decorations that will work both at the ceremony location and at the reception area. Buy a plain, unfinished wooden box (about 11 by 16 inches and 5 inches deep); paint it in your colors, add a stencil or paint a design on it. Use it at the wedding to hold programs and later at the reception to hold extra wedding favors. The season can influence your decoration ideas as well. For example, a winter wedding can be made to sparkle with icy reflections by painting branches white, covering them in white or silver glitter and wiring them with white, battery-operated lights. Place the branches in a crystal vase filled with acrylic ice cubes. Make some simple beaded snowflakes and icicles that can be hung from the branches and given as favors. Either string beads onto wire or glue an assortment of white, crystal and silver seed beads onto precut wooden snowflakes that are painted white.

Papercraft

From invitations to thank you cards, from programs to table numbers, paper is prevalent in every part of the planning. Use scrapbook techniques as well as a computer and printer to create your own wedding invitations for everyone -- or just for those special family and friends you want to send a personal message to. Buy some printable notecards in the colors that match your wedding. Write a message for the card on your computer using the templates that coincide with your type of paper. Print them using your home printer. Using ribbon, embossing powder, paper die-cuts and embellishments, decorate the front page of the invitation. Invite your bridesmaids over and have them add their creative flair to your invitation designs. Create your own place cards and table numbers using the same idea. Set up the numbers on your computer using at least a 54-point font and print them on card stock or clear labels. Cut them to size. Glue the cut numbers onto a slightly larger piece of card stock or apply the clear labels to the center. Decorate with ribbons, embellishments or glitter. Add the table numbers to your centerpieces by gluing them to a dowel painted to match. Place cards can be done in the same way, printing the name of the person and table number on a clear label or card stock and adding it to a piece of card stock that can be folded in half and decorated.

About the Author

For more than 15 years, Danita Fausek ran her own business doing weddings and event planning.

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