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Wedding DIY ideas – Orange County Register

It’s wedding season, and I just got married! As a crafter, I wanted to make as many things as possible for our wedding in order to save money and personalize our experience. I quickly learned that making something doesn’t necessarily mean saving money, and almost always means taking time you may not have. Luckily for me, I have a sister who is a professional calligrapher, and she helped me make handmade items to customize our special day. Don’t worry if you don’t have a sister like mine; you can find similar items from various Etsy shops just like the ones she made for me. Here are five DIY ideas you can tackle yourself for your wedding day (all lettering and designs by The Lemonade Store, thelemonadestore.com):

Signs

We used black parenthesis plaques from Michaels throughout the reception including for our welcome sign, cards basket, hosted bar hours, cupcake varieties and, my favorite, our Mr. and Mrs. sign for our sweetheart table.

How to make them: Letter the language for each sign, vector them in Adobe Illustrator, use a cutting machine to cut each one on gold vinyl and transfer them to their corresponding plaques.

Name cards

We wanted our reception name cards to be something our guests could take home and save. We bought black hearts from Michaels (49¢ each) and customized them by adding our guests’ names. We then attached the corresponding table assignments with ribbon, so they could be used later as ornaments.

How to make them: Letter each name, vector them in Adobe Illustrator, and use a cutting machine such as a Cricut or Silhouette to cut each one on gold vinyl. Finally, transfer a name to each heart.

Sign-in book

We wanted a book we could easily store on a shelf so we opted for a 12×12 kraft wire-bound display book from Amazon ($16.50) and customized the cover.

How to make it: Letter “guest book,” then vector it in Adobe Illustrator…

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