Crochet blogger and all round creative, Anna Fazakerley (aka Dotty Doily) is gearing up for her August wedding. We asked her to share her DIY wedding tips in this guest blog post …
Well, they all said it would be stressful planning my wedding and I hate to say it but they were right! Determined though I have been not to get all ‘Bridezilla’ over getting hitched, I have still found myself sweating the small stuff as the big day draws ever nearer!
Darren and I have never liked the idea of a package wedding. I didn’t want to have to conform to the typical bridal idea – I would look awful hanging out of a bustier dress anyway! So we looked for a way we could set a budget and piece together the DIY wedding we wanted. Cherry picking our favourite bits and chucking the rest out.
Eventually we decided on a church wedding – our local church is very beautiful. It turned out that they had a church hall just next door, which we could hire for a nominal cost. We were sold and from there we have been bolting on all the good bits: The hog roast; the mobile bar and disco; a lovely home made cake courtesy of my talented Aunty Linda; and, of course, the flowers, bunting and decorations.
We have tried not to take on too many home makes because we both work full time (and are on a serious fitness regime ahead of the wedding photos!) so it has fallen to me to make some decorations to “prettify” the hall. So here’s my wedding theme pinterest board. It’s a crazy mix of all the elements I have been looking at and I have found it a valuable tool when consulting aunties about cakes, dress companies, florists and so on.
We are hiring wooden picnic benches and I am making hessian and lace table runners for these. I have been given a great tip for these by the clever Beverley of Sew Canny. She says if you pull out a warp thread at the point where you want to cut along the fabric this creates a perfect line for you to cut without marking it – can’t wait to try that out!
Flowers will be seasonal British blooms for the most part – I love the riot of colours at this time of year and have taken inspiration from this kind of thing.
My florist has come up with some great suggestions – making a hessian and lace handle for my bouquet, flower crowns for my flower girls (oh the cuteness!) and I have spent hours scrubbing up these vintage glass bottles and a load of old jars so that we can use them for the centrepieces on the tables.
I have been on the scrounge for fabric for my bunting as you saw here and three lovely ladies I know through instagram; @sewcanny, @ballyfuller and @susan_askey sent me some beautiful fabric scraps to work with from their stashes. A massive thank you to them all! This has meant that with my existing stash and some leftover hessian from my table runners I will be able to make all my bunting. Cutting out has begun in earnest and I think I am about ready to start chugging it through the sewing machine.
It would not be Dotty Doily’s wedding without some crochet of course and I have made a fair few metres of crochet bunting using squares I had made for a chair cover which never worked out (I got rid of the chair before I finished making them!) I have also made this giant doily from a vintage pattern. I love playing with scale like this. I was thinking of using it somewhere on my cake table perhaps.
Speaking of the cake table – Darren has been getting his craft on too! He found this old cable reel at work and they let him cart it home. It has been looming over us in the garage for weeks and last weekend he pulled it out, sanded it back a bit and gave it a coat of some kind of finishing oil. It really brought out the grain and we are thinking of keeping it as patio furniture – but first it will bear our cake and gifts at the wedding. You can see the look we are going for in the pic next it by Another rustic element to contrast with the pretty.
The other furniture item we could not resist creating is our sweet stand. We bought a tiny old cupboard and you can see here I painted it up with the old faithful Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – other paint is dead to me! It was so quick and easy to do and I slapped a bit of chalk board paint on the insides of the doors so we could write up a little sweetie menu and some sweet messages. Ebay had this great little sweet jar kit with scoops and tongs and the striped paper bags. All we need are loads of sweets to fill them and here will be some upset tummies at our wedding for sure!
Tissue paper has been ordered so that I can make a dance floor display of paper pom poms – in rainbow colours of course! I am hoping I can coerce a few friends to come and help me with these a bit nearer to the time. There is a great little tutorial here showing you how to make them – warning – they are addictive!
Finally, I have been using my ‘in front of the TV time’ to make wool pom poms. I was inspired by this post to get my pom pom makers out and hope to have enough to make a few garlands to hang around the place.
All in all it is shaping up to be a crazy riot of colour and texture – I have never really been a one colour kind of girl! Let’s just hope it all gets done before the big day. If not, I will still be married to the man I love and that’s good enough for me!