If, like me, you're a somewhat nontraditional bride who's looking for creative and budget-friendly ways to individualize her wedding, then I highly recommend checking out The DIY Wedding. Written by Kelly Bare, who intersperses tips, stories, and details from her own DIY wedding throughout the book, this is a great resource for any bride who wants to plan her nuptials on her own.
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I read this book shortly after I got engaged, and it really streamlined my planning process, giving me hints on everything from how to save money on flowers to how to get your friend legally recognized as an officiant. Kelly (shown here at her Nebraska nuptials) recommends starting the process with a realistic budget that also takes into consideration other resources at your disposal. Having friends or family with land you might use for a ceremony site, or an aunt who's a state fair award-winning cake baker, can help to shave money off of your budget while also involving your loved ones in the wedding in a significant and meaningful way. However, be advised that the book will help you more with planning your wedding yourself — while there are a number of DIY projects scattered throughout the book, the real DIY part of the title refers to planning, budgeting, and managing your wedding yourself. I definitely feel like this is the real battle when getting a wedding pulled together. There are definitely other DIY project resources online or in print to help you jump those hurdles.
Natalie Zee Drieu, who wrote the book's introduction (and who's also the senior editor for the fabulous magazine Craft), says that she wishes that she'd had this book while planning her 2006 wedding, and that having access to such a resource would've saved her months of planning difficulties. I'm just happy that my upcoming wedding planning has coincided with the release of The DIY Wedding — it's saved me time, money, and planning quandaries. I hope that it will do the same for you as well!