Now that we are less than 7 weeks out, it seems wedding is on the mind 24/7. This past weekend my cousin and best friend came over to tackle several items on the to-do list. DIY decorations was top on that list. Besides saving money, one of my biggest priorities was to not have a ton of decor leftover that I needed to sell. To accomplish these two things, Brandon and I did a combination of borrowing signs from friends, renting locally, looking for bigger expensive items on sites like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace, and buying smaller items at hobby lobby.
A few months back I was looking for French doors, which I hoped to repurpose into a seating chart. As I searched on Craigslist and Google, I noticed that all the doors for sale were either too expensive at several hundred dollars (some even in the thousands) or were missing windowpanes. My best friend put word out on social media of what we were looking for and later that day someone sent us a link to a person in a nearby town giving away two doors. We quickly messaged the person and told them we would come right away. To our surprise the doors were in great shape and had all windows intact. The best part was, they were free!
Since my cousin so graciously volunteered (or maybe it was more voluntold) to do all the sign writing, she came over to help plan out the layout for the doors and start fixing some of the signs I had borrowed from a friend. We started off by bringing the doors out to the lawn, we removed all the hardware, and then scrubbed and hosed down both sides leaving them in the sun to dry. We then went to Michaels to purchase white, gold, and green paint pens and chose oil based for both the glass and chalkboards to keep the words from getting smudged or nicked in transportation. In a couple weeks, when all the RSVPs are received, my cousin will come back to write out the seating chart and finish the signs she couldn’t get to this wekeend.
Teamwork seriously makes the dream work. I don’t know what I would do without these people being so willing to help. My key takeaways from this DIY experience are 1. Social media is your friend! You never know what you’ll be able to find for a good price or even free. 2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. 3. DIY is a great way to save money and add personal touches to your wedding day.